Bible rewritten: the book of Barack
There is a lot going on lately about God. The House of Representatives has passed a resolution 396-9 reaffirming "In God We Trust" as America's national motto. Virginia Republican Congressman Randy Forbes says he was compelled to introduce the measure because there were so many falsehoods in the public square about God and country. He said that people misunderstand the phrase "separation of church and state," there are many errors regarding the founding of the nation in the new Capitol Visitor Center, and there have been many times when courts and others have tried to prevent citizens from exercising their freedom of religion. One of the biggest misunderstandings came from the White House.
Forbes said that the man who occupies the Oval Office misrepresented the national motto in his November 2010 speech aimed at appeasing the Muslim world. Forbes said the president "falsley proclaimed that our national motto was E pluribus unum. The President failed to respond to congressional entreaties to issue a correction; the uncorrected transcript remains on the White House website." The president, who appears to be standing firm that the national motto should not have God in it, also set the record straight about the Bible during the week. He said, "I trust in God, but God wants to see us help ourselves by putting people back to work." So now he is prophet as well as president.
Americans would do well to check his credentials for both. White House press secretary Jay Carney explained the president's remarks, saying, "I believe that phrase in the Bible is 'the Lord helps those who help themselves.'" While a column by Jim Denison states that 75% of Americans believe the statement is in the Bible as do 68% of born-again Christians, the phrase is not in the Bible, unless of course the president is rewriting it as well as the national motto. The phrase actually originated in 1698 in British politician Algemon Sydney's "Discourses Concerning Government" and went national when Benjamin Franklin published it in "Poor Richard's Almanac" in 1757.
While the book of Barack may suggest that government is God's arm in America, the truth of the matter is that the government is far from God. And evidenced by the poll numbers cited by Denison, so are born again Christians. Christians have been bombarded by so many teachers and preachers who paraphrase or downright misquote the Bible that the sheep do not even know what is in it. That's how false prophets begin to rewrite things anew and people begin to accept them. Jesus said in Matthew 24:4, "Take heed that no man deceive you." Jesus also said that we would know them by their fruits. At the G-20 meeting in France, the president shook hands with all the European leaders, but hugged the Islamic leader of Turkey. I'm just saying...
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!Bill Wilson