American Theology 101: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves
Does the Bible really say "God helps those who help themselves?" Not only does it not say that, it could be argued it says the opposite. Our culture, however, preaches that verse as if it were divinely inspired. And it goes all the way to the top.
The error was compounded:
Obama's spokesman Jay Carney denied that Obama had perhaps gone too far by dragging the Almighty into a fierce political spat.
"I believe that the phrase from the Bible is 'the Lord helps those who help themselves,'" Carney said.
No, that is not a phrase found in the Bible. Not at all. There are quite a few stories of the Lord helping people despite themselves, however. And you know how much bearing that should have on whether to pass a bloated, poorly designed bill?
That's right, no bearing.