posted Mar 13, 2016, 1:56 PM by web feat
Consider this: the sister of Lazarus, the man Jesus raised from the dead, decides to show her appreciation by messaging Jesus' feet with an enormously expensive perfumed oil. But if sold, this same precious oil could have brought in a lot of money - enough to support a laborer and his whole family for a full year! Jesus' disciple Judas was quick to point this out, and was none too happy. Given Jesus' concern for the poor, you might think he would agree, no?

But consider this: Judas said this "not because he cared two cents about the poor but because he was a thief. He was in charge of their common funds, but also embezzled them." And Jesus' response? “Let her alone. She’s anticipating and honoring the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you. You don’t always have me.”

So, does this mean we don't have to care for the poor? Not at all! And it's a good example of how Jesus' teachings can be twisted and skewed for selfish purposes.

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