Did God Really Say…?

Nancy Pelosi, the Speaker of the House, used a “Biblical quotation” to support an argument.

The hitch? The words, although eloquent and thought-provoking, simply aren’t from the Bible.

What she claimed is found in the Bible is: ‘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.’

Was this a paraphrase that inadvertently got turned into a quotation? Something read elsewhere and attributed to the Bible? The Bible itself seems to include cases of both these sorts of thing, and so Pelosi would be in good company. If this was an attempt to willfully concoct a Bible verse to support her view, then that is much more disturbing. Apparently this wasn’t the first time she has “quoted” this “verse”.

You’d think people nowadays would know that they are unlikely to get away with such things. Then again, young-earth creationists have been saying the same things about evolution for decades, and even though they’ve been answered time and again, it seems to have little effect. So let’s wait and see just how long this “verse from the Bible” will continue to reappear…

The fundamentalists should not get too smug about this. Is inventing a “quote” that bears at least some resemblance to what at least some Christians understand the Bible to teach worse than quoting the Bible accurately out of context in order to make it say something other than what the author is likely to have intended? Of course, Pelosi has been accused of doing that too
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  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/16900943829679088001 Iyov

    What is this CNS news? I’ve never heard of them. It looks to be a right-wing looney bin.Can you provide a link to Pelosi’s “press release” they quote? I can’t find it, even though her press releases are all online. How about a legitimate media story?Looks like a smear job to me.

  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/02561146722461747647 James F. McGrath
  • http://www.blogger.com/profile/08022725291281227401 Dr. Claude Mariottini

    James,There is a lot of truth in what the Speaker said. However, one can say the same thing without misquoting the Bible.I am sure the quotation comes from some place, however, it is also possible that the quote was made up in order to provide authority to what she was saying.Claude Mariottini