Friday, April 25, 2008

Nancy Pelosi: Bible Scholar?

'Fraid not. From

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is fond of quoting a particular passage of Scripture. The quote, however, does not appear in the Bible and is "fictional," according to biblical scholars.

In her April 22 Earth Day news release, Pelosi said, "The Bible tells us in the Old Testament, 'To minister to the needs of God's creation is an act of worship. To ignore those needs is to dishonor the God who made us.' On this Earth Day, and every day, let us pledge to our children, and our children's children, that they will have clean air to breathe, clean water to drink, and the opportunity to experience the wonders of nature."


LaVrai said...

I don’t think Ms. Pelosi was going for a Bushism…but she should have made it clear that she was paraphrasing…because she would be condemned if she tried to make us think the Bible actually says that.

Believe me, I was all lined up to throw the first stone, but after actually looking at some verses, I find that what Ms. Pelosi paraphrased is actually quite correct and can be in the Holy Bible.


Philip said...

Okay, after reading your blog post on this subject, I think I understand where you are coming from. I certainly agree that our job is to take care of (have dominion over) His creation.

But just to recap, here is the verse you think she might have been paraphrasing:

GOD blessed them and GOD said to them, “Be fertile and increase, fill the earth and master it; and rule the fish of the sea, the birds of the sky, and all the living things that creep on earth.” Gen. 1:28

Now here is what Pelosi said:

To minister to the needs of God's creation is an act of worship. To ignore those needs is to dishonor the God who made us.

Sounds a bit different to me. God's design for humans seems to involve us using the resources here wisely, but expressly for our benefit.

Pelosi's design for humans seems to center around protecting the earth for its intrinsic value (which, by the way, is completely beyond our power as human beings).

Of course, that assumes the her intentions are honest and good. I do not believe they are. The left uses environmental issues as just another way to move their agenda, as a way to gain and hold power, and a way to have dominion over all of use through countless regulations.

Then, we must also consider way she would be "quoting" the Bible in the first place. Does she believe in God? This seems very odd, given her opposition to all sources of Christian influence in our society. This leads me to think that maybe she is trying to use "scripture" as a political tactic, to help bridge the sizable gap between her extremist views and those of most Americans.