No safety net in the Bible
Dear Editor:”For the poor ye always have with you.” Gospel According to John, Chapter 12.The Times Weekly story on Aspen’s Bible study group (Aspen Times Weekly, June 3) reminded me that the gap between the rich and poor is still with us. Many people who don’t know the Good Book could learn a lot from it. For example, the poor have survived for 2,000 years and helping them has been a treatment, not a cure. Popular opinion is that there’s more to be done. Let’s look at one idea of the ultimate social safety net. “To lead a good life, men also need a reasonable supply of the economic goods which constitutes wealth or which wealth provides – such things as the means of subsistence, the comforts and conveniences of life, medical care and health protection, educational opportunities, recreational opportunities, and ample free time from toil. The right to these economic goods is certainly a part of the right to pursue happiness.” – Great Ideas From The Great Books by Mortimer Adler.The idea of religion and/or government helping the poor to lead the above good life is not a future that works. That’s because our idea of equality means it would include everyone. And without the rich there would not be very much to share.This I know for my Bible tells me so.KNCB MooreSanta Barbara, Calif.
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