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Monday, February 15, 2021

The Evolution of the Trinity of Agriculture, Money & Usury

 

The Evolution of the Trinity of Agriculture, Money & Usury



You'll likely not find the ideas in this 20-minute video anyplace else. I'm feeling good about them. 

Through the evidence of Indo-European and Semitic language etymology, as well as through the Hebrew Bible, through mythology and logical deduction, I show how agriculture, money and usury are inextricably linked since their inception thousands of years ago. 

As well as demonstrating the destructive nature of interest (usury), I also show how the very nature of money itself separates the consumer from the producer, separates human actions from accountability, making it a thousands-year-old breeding ground for corruption, poverty, and environmental destruction. 

Something I forgot to mention in this video is how also in the Quran, not just in the Bible, the Fall From Grace story is also about the introduction of money and possessions, as interpreted by Quranic scholars, seen in Arabic linguistics. See my blogpost about this from November, 2019:


Please come back soon to this very page if you want to see a written essay and transcript to coincide with this video. For now I just want to publish the video.  
[I'm realizing the video doesn't show up for some reason for some mobile phones, so I just put the link here too]:

Suelo's website, with FAQ on living moneyless:


Quotes from the world's religions & philosophers denouncing usury:

Some of Suelo's other essays correlating with this video:



Video Transcript:

Hola amigos.

In case you're new here, my name is Daniel Suelo. I'm known as "The Man Who Quit Money." I lived without money for 15 years, from 2000 through 2015. Then I had to start taking care of my parents, and now just my mother. So I don't exactly live without money now. I still live minimally and use money sparingly. But I have to manage my mother's finances and do grocery shopping and pay bills, etc., etc. Anyway, if you want to know more about my life without money you can check out my website. It has Frequently-Asked Questions, and the link is below

Today I want to talk about money and usury. This is in response to a comment somebody made a few weeks ago. They said that usury is the problem; money is not the problem. And I've talked extensively about usury and I've talked about the evils of usury. And there's a link, also below, about that--what the world's religions and philosophers say about usury. In this video I want to talk about how usury and money are inextricably linked, from the very beginning, from the very conception of money in the beginning, and how we can tell the history of money and the evolution of money just by our language, by the etymology of our words.

For example the word "pecuniary" and words "fee" and "feudal" and "fiefdom": they all come from the same root, which is "pecu", which means cattle.

And also the word "capitalism" comes from "cattle." "Capital" means "head," "kaput." "Cattle" comes from that same root, "kaput." You count heads of cattle. And "capitalism" means the principle for interest.

Even look at our words for "stock," like "stock broker," "stock market." This comes from "livestock," "cattle."

It's also interesting to look at the Spanish word for "cattle." That's "ganado." "Ganado" means wages for something gained and "ganar" literally means to earn wages.

Now this gets really fascinating when we look up the word for money in Greek. The Greek word for money is "nomisma." The root of "nomisma" is "nomos." "Nomos" means "law," as in "the law of Moses" or "the law of the land." Now the root of "nomos" is "nemo" which means "to parcel out, especially food or grazing to animals." Here we see at its root is agriculture, grazing and agriculture.

Also you can see, not only the evolution of money from the idea of "cattle" in Indo-European languages, such as English, but you can also see it in Semitic languages, such as Hebrew. Like, the word for cattle in Hebrew is "mikneh." And the root word of "mikneh" is "qana." "Qana" means "to purchase" or "to own." Also, the Hebrew words for jealousy come from "qana." "Jealousy" and "own" and "possession." And "mikneh" means both "cattle" and "possessions." Basically, "mikneh" means "money" and "cattle" simultaneously.

So let's talk about the very beginnings of civilization and why I believe that money and civilization and agriculture are inextricably linked, that they're based on the same principle, and this is the principle of money. It's actually a pretty simple concept. It isn't that complicated

Our words for money, like, as in "cattle," 
they also come from agricultural concepts. Like, we talk about seed money. You invest a seed and you reap the reward. You harvest seed, the fruit of the seed. This is investment.  And this is what civilization is based upon. It's based upon agriculture: planting a seed and waiting for the reward; whereas wild nature is based upon a pay-it-forward system.

So, basically, civilization, from its very beginning, is based upon owning other living beings, enslaving. We call it domestication, but domestication is actually just a euphemism for slavery. They mean the same thing: you own another creature, you exploit that creature, you use that creature. This is where the word "usury" comes from. It comes from using, exploiting, exploitation.

So, basically, you own a creature. You control the creature's food supply. You control the creature's sexual reproduction. And this is for your own profit. 
You use the creature for, not only labor (such as workhorses and work oxen), but also as money, as currency. And you can see that the first currency was cattle, as I pointed out in our Indo-European and Semitic roots. So, basically, civilization is based upon the concept of agriculture, money and ownership and banking.

The very first land is the very first bank. This is what agriculture is: it's a bank. It's setting up land as a bank, and you invest your seeds in that bank, and those seeds reproduce and they bear interest. You put your cattle on land and the cattle reproduces, the capital reproduces. And beyond the capital is interest. That's your usury: using other living beings. And this is slavery. This is chattel. The word "chattel" comes from "cattle." Also, "chattel" and "capitalism" come from the same root: "kaput."

So, basically, you can put your cattle on my land, you can invest your money in my bank, and the cattle reproduce and bear interest. Then you profit and I profit. You keep some of the profits and I keep some of the profits. It seems like a win-win situation.

However, the problem with cattle is they're big and bulky, and also they take up resources. This isn't money from nothing as is usury nowadays. It's money that actually comes from expendable resources of your land. This is why many herding tribes have to keep on the move, because the cattle deplete one bit of land, so they have to move to another.

But if you're in a sedentary community and you have cattle, they basically deplete the land and then you have to buy or use other land, to put your cattle on it.  Also, if you're trading money, if you're trading your cattle as money. It's difficult to keep carrying cattle everywhere.

Hence, this is when non-living currency was invented. This is when people started using things like metal ingots or other forms of trade, other currency of trade. And metal ingots evolved into coinage, of course

But the concept of interest (usury) remained, and the concept of banking remained. This time your bank is your house, or a bench. That's what the word "bank" means--"bench." You set up your bench, people bring your their ingots or their coinage and you hold it for them. And the fee that comes from holding money is called "interest." The money, like the cattle, bears interest. It multiplies.

But, this time, your money currency, because it's a non-living entity, doesn't deplete resources. That sounds great. Now you're making profit from nothing! With cattle, you're making profit with something. You're also aware that your exploitation depletes resources. But, with the new money, with ingots and coins, you realize that your money is actually an idea in the head, and an idea in the head can come from nothing.

Basically you are, when you're charging interest, you are creating money out of thin air, and you are profiting from nothing! You are profiting from no resources, no goods and services, no labors, nothing. You're not working for your money, your money is "working" for you. This is the saying of an investor: "Let your money work for you, don't work for your money." By the investor's very own admission, the investor doesn't work for money. Money comes from nothing. So, for the banker, for the investor, this sounds great! You're getting money from nothing!

Let's step back and look at the bigger picture. Money from nothing. You're accumulating massive amounts of wealth, now. This is what bankers do! From nothing! Not from your own work, but from thin air!

So, basically, usury (gaining money from nothing) is really the same concept of counterfeiting money. We consider that criminal. Yet it's the very same principle as interest, gaining interest. And what happens is, you accumulate all of these nothings, which is what money is--it's nothing. It's an idea, an idea in the head. You're taking your nothings and trading them for somethings. You're trading them for goods and services produced by other people, produced by the environment.

And this is exactly why goods and services flow from the workers to the non-workers! This is why goods and services flow from the poor to the rich! This is why there is massive poverty in the world. This is why there's massive environmental destruction in the world.

We believe that we can trade nothings for something. Money creates the illusion that there are unlimited resources, because money itself is an unlimited, so-called "resource." But it is nothing! But the goods and services, that we trade for money, are limited--limited resources.

This is what's insidious about money: the very idea of money separates the producer from the consumer; so we are unaware of where our goods and services are coming from.

The goods that we use are produced, say, overseas in sweat shops, exploited labor. They're produced by environmental destruction, say, in the Congo by Congolese children digging up minerals, day in and day out, in slave labor, so that we can have our computers and our cell phones, etc.

So we're unaware of the exploitation that our lifestyles are producing. This is why I'm adamant about figuring out a way to make money go obsolete, living without money.

I want to talk a little bit more about the etymology of money and the mythology of money. We can even see it in the very beginnings of our mythology. By mythology I don't mean non-truth. I define mythology in the same way that Joseph Campbell defined it. It's a story that reveals deep principles within us, and deep principles within our civilization.

So I was talking about the Hebrew word for "cattle" being "miqneh." The root of "mikneh" is "qana." "Qana" means "purchase." And "qana" means "possession." And also the Hebrew word for "jealousy" comes from "qana."

Lo and behold, we find the concept of qana in the very first stories of the Bible, in Genesis, for example: Cain. There's a play on words in the story of Cain and Abel. When Cain is born, Eve says, "I have purchased a man from the Lord." The word for "purchase" is "qana." It's a play on words with "Cain." Cane represents purchase. Cain is the child of purchase.

Google Translate translates it for what it says: "And the man knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bare Cain and said 'I have bought a man for the Lord." So, yeah!

So, then, let's look at the story of Adam and Eve and taking the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. This story is actually about the birth of money and interest and agriculture. What we miss out in English is that the Hebrew in the Bible is full of puns, and these puns reveal deeper meanings. Let's look at the story of the Serpent in the garden of Eden, and Adam and Eve taking the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil.

First of all, in Jewish rabbinical literature, it's said that Cain is the offspring of the Devil. He's the offspring of the Serpent. He's the offspring of purchase. This is what I want to show. In Genesis 3:13, after Adam and Eve had taken the fruit, Eve says, "The serpent deceived me." The word for "serpent," interestingly, is "nahash." And the word for "deceived" is "nasha." "Nasha" ("deceived") also means "to charge interest" and "to lend at interest."

Also, it's interesting to look at the word for "snakebite" in Hebrew. The word for snakebite is "nashach."

For example, when, later in the Torah, in the story of the Israelites in the wilderness, snakes come along and bite them. That word for bite, snakebite, is "nashach." "Nashach" not only means snakebite, but it also means "to lend on usury." It's an entering into of debt.

Now remember that, in the New Testament, Jesus uses the words "debt" and "sin" synonymously. For example, in the Lord's Prayer: "Forgive us our debts even as we forgive our debtors."

In another Gospel it says "Forgive us our trespasses." So "trespassing," "sin" and "debt" are synonymous. And these are core principles in Judaism and Christianity.

Snakes are actually symbolic of the creditor, and the snakebite is the lending at interest.

Even other words for "serpent" and "dragon," such as "leviathan," represent the same idea. "Levi," or "levy," in "leviathan," also means "to bind with debt." 
And this is the whole idea of the Levitical Law, like the book of Leviticus. It's law. It represents binding in debt.

And this is the idea in Christianity, of freeing ourselves from debt. "Forgive us our debts, even as we forgive our debtors." Freeing ourselves from the old law of debt, credit and debt.

And this is the very first concept of money. This is the knowledge of good and evil. Like the New Testament calls the Law the knowledge of good and evil. The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil is the Tree of Credit and Debt, the Knowledge of Credit and Debt.

This is confirmed by the very vocabulary, the Hebrew vocabulary, of the Genesis stories. So, when Eve says, "The serpent deceived me," she's also literally saying, "The serpent bit me"! She's also literally saying, "The creditor charged me interest"! It can mean any of those things!

And, in the end, the great curse for Adam and Eve was agriculture! No longer does the Earth provide for them, as the Earth does for all wild creatures. Now they're living in a world of domestication. Now they're living in the world of agriculture. And this is the curse, said in Genesis:

"Cursed is the ground for your sake. In toil you shall eat of it all the days of your life. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread till you return to the ground."

And what is Cain's deal? Cain is the first agricultor. Cain brings produce from the ground. And Cain is the son of purchase. That is the meaning of Cain's name! And this play on words goes into the land of Canaan. The land of Canaan is the place where money and agriculture are said to have begun, in the Levant. From there spreads the commerce of the world.

Reclaiming Canaan, and returning it to the state of Grace, is actually the subtle theme of the entire Bible.

I talk more about these things in my website. Along with the Frequently-Asked questions, I have essays, and one of them is called "The Seven-Headed Dragon." And there are other essays also that talk about these concepts. These essays talk about these concepts in the Bible and other world mythologies.

Monday, January 18, 2021

"IT'S JUST WORDS": A DIALOGUE BETWEEN DONALD J. TRUMP & THE BIBLE

I'm ultimately not so much interested in politics but the cultural and spiritual forces behind them. 

Here's something to share with your professed Christian friends.  Please do share.  No commentary, no personal opinion, just Trump's & the Bible's own words.  I ask an important question at the end.


Starring Caste: DONALD J. TRUMP and THE BIBLE,

playing themselves, in their very own words.

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ON IDLE TALK

TRUMP:

"It's Just Words."

THE BIBLE:

"Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned." (Matthew 12:33-37)

"For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. For every tree is known by its own fruit. For people do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks. But why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' and not do the things which I say? (Luke 6:43-46)

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ON LOVE OF MONEY

TRUMP:

"I’ve always been greedy. I love money, right?"

"Part of the beauty of me is that I am very rich."

THE BIBLE:

"For the love of money is the root of all evils" (1 Timothy 6:10)

"But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!" (2 Timothy 3:1-5)

"Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, also heard all these things, and they derided Him. And He said to them, "You are those who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts. For what is highly esteemed among men is an abomination in the sight of God." (Luke 16:14-15)

"No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money." (Matthew 6:24)

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ON COVETOUSNESS & WEALTH

TRUMP:

"The point is that you can’t be too greedy."

THE BIBLE:

"It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." (Mark 10:25 & Luke 18:25)

“But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.... But why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' and not do the things which I say?" (Luke 6:24,46)

"And He said to them, 'Take heed and beware of greed, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.'" (Luke 12:15)

"But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows." (1 Timothy 6:9-10)

"'And I will say to my soul, 'Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry.' But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have provided?' So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.... Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." (Luke 12:19-21, 33-34)

"Come now, you rich, weep and howl for your miseries that are coming upon you! Your riches are corrupted, and your garments are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have heaped up treasure in the last days. Indeed the wages of the laborers who mowed your fields, which you kept back by fraud, cry out; and the cries of the reapers have reached the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth. You have lived on the earth in pleasure and luxury; you have fattened your hearts as in a day of slaughter. You have condemned, you have murdered the just; he does not resist you." (James 5:1-6)

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ON EGO & WEALTH

TRUMP:

"I have featured and will always continue to feature my name prominently in all my enterprises."

"We got more money. We got more brains. We got better houses, apartments. We got nicer boats. We're smarter than they are. And they say, 'The elite.'"

THE BIBLE:

"They trust in their wealth and boast in their great riches....

They have called their lands after their own names....

This is the way of those who are foolish,

And of those after them who approve their words....

Do not be afraid when a man becomes rich,

When the glory of his house is increased;...

Though while he lives he congratulates himself--

And though people praise you when you do well for yourself--

He shall go to the generation of his fathers;

They will never see the light.

Man in his pomp, yet without understanding,

Is like the beasts that perish." (Verses from Psalm 49)

"Let the brother of low degree rejoice in that he is exalted: But the rich, in that he is made low: because as the flower of the grass he shall pass away." (James 1:9-10)

"Pride goes before destruction,

And a haughty spirit before a fall." (Proverbs 16:18)

"A man's pride shall bring him low: but honor shall uphold the humble in spirit." (Proverbs 29:23)

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ON REPENTANCE

TRUMP (when asked if he’d ever asked God for forgiveness):

"I am not sure I have.  I just go on and try to do a better job from there. I don't think so. I think if I do something wrong, I think, I just try and make it right. I don't bring God into that picture. I don't." (at Family Leadership Summit, July 2015)

THE BIBLE:

"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us." (1 John 1:8-10)

“Therefore bear fruits worthy of repentance.” (Matthew 3:8)

“From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, 'Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.'" (Matthew 4:17)

"I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish." (Luke 13:3)

"Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent.” (Acts 17:30)

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ON BRAGGING

TRUMP:

"I know more about courts than any human being on Earth."

“I know more about ISIS than the generals do. Believe me.”

"Nobody knows more about trade than me."

"I know more about renewables than any human being on Earth."

THE BIBLE:

"And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know." (1 Corinthians 8:2 )

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ON SELF-VENERATION

TRUMP:

"I am the chosen one" [in response to a pundit calling him “the second coming of God”]

BIBLE:

"Son of man, say to the ruler of Tyre, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says:  'In the pride of your heart you say, "I am a god; I sit on the throne of a god in the heart of the seas." But you are a mere mortal and not a god, though you think you are as wise as a god.' ... Therefore this is what the Sovereign LORD says: 'Because you think you are wise, as wise as a god'" (Ezekiel 28:2, 6)

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ON FORNICATION AND RAPE

TRUMP:

"I moved on her, and I failed. I'll admit it.

I did try and fuck her. She was married.

And I moved on her very heavily… I moved on her like a bitch. But I couldn't get there. And she was married…. Just kiss. I don't even wait. And when you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything. Grab 'em by the pussy. You can do anything."

THE BIBLE:

“But fornication and all uncleanness or greed, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them.” (Ephesians 5:3-7 )

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ON WOMEN

TRUMP:

"Look at that face. Would anybody vote for that? Can you imagine that, the face of our next president? I mean, she's a woman, and I'm not supposed to say bad things, but really, folks, come on. Are we serious?"

"Horseface"

"Such a nasty woman."

"An extraordinarily low IQ person."

"You never get to the face because the body's so good."

"A crazed, crying lowlife" and a "dog."

"Does she have a good body? No. Does she have a fat ass? Absolutely."

"Asked if her butt is big: "Well, absolutely. It's record-setting. In the old days, they'd say she has a bad body.”

“You could see there was blood coming out of her eyes, blood coming out of her wherever."

"I've seen a close-up of her chest. And a lot of freckles. Are you into freckles?... She's probably deeply troubled, and therefore great in bed. How come the deeply troubled women — deeply, deeply troubled — they're always the best in bed?"

“I mean, I'd look at her right in that fat, ugly face of hers, I'd say, 'Rosie, you're fired.'"

"Can you imagine the parents of Kelli... when she said, 'Mom, Dad, I just fell in love with a big, fat pig named Rosie?'"

"That must be a pretty picture, you dropping to your knees."

THE BIBLE:

"He shall regard neither the God of his fathers nor the desire of women, nor regard any god; for he shall exalt himself above them all." (Daniel 11:37)

“I will put hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring.”  (Genesis 3:15)

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ON INCEST AND ADULTERY

TRUMP:

“Don’t you think my daughter’s hot? She’s hot, right?”

“My daughter, Ivanka. She’s 6 feet tall, she’s got the best body.”

“I've said if Ivanka weren't my daughter, perhaps I'd be dating her.”

“She's actually always been very voluptuous. She's tall, she's almost 6 feet tall and she's been, she's an amazing beauty.”

“You know, they’re standing there with no clothes. ‘Is everybody okay?’” he continued. “And you see these incredible looking women, and so, I sort of get away with things like that.”

THE BIBLE:

"But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart." (Matthew 5:28 )

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ON RELIGIOUS LIP-SERVICE

TRUMP:

“For Christians this is a holy season, the celebration of the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.”

“It’s my second favorite book of all time. Do you know what my first is? The Bible! Nothing beats the Bible!”

THE BIBLE:

"But why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' and not do the things which I say?" (Luke 6:46 )

“He that says, ‘I know him,’ and does not keep his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.” (1 John 2:4)

"You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain." (Exodus 20:7)

"These people draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me." (Matthew 15:8)

"So they come to you as people do, they sit before you as my people, and they hear your words, but they do not do them; for with their mouth they show much love, but their hearts pursue their own gain." (Ezekiel 33:31)

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ON NAME-CALLING

TRUMP:

“I know words. I had the best words.  But there is no better word than ‘stupid’.”

 “How stupid are the people of Iowa?”

“You will have a president to put it another way, who was voted on by a bunch of stupid people who lost all of these things.”

“So I hope Mike has the courage to do what he has to do. And I hope he doesn’t listen to the RINOs and the stupid people that he’s listening to.”

 “Low IQ Maxine Waters”

 “Fat pigs”

"Horseface"

"Such a nasty woman."

"An extraordinarily low IQ person."

"A crazed, crying lowlife" and a "dog."

“I mean, I'd look at her right in that fat, ugly face of hers.”

THE BIBLE:

"But I tell you, everyone who is angry with his brother or sister will be in danger of judgment. Whoever insults his brother or sister, will be in danger of the the court. Whoever says, 'You fool!' will be in danger of hellfire.” (Matthew 5:22)

“He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now.” (1 John 2:9)

“If someone says, "I love God," and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?” (1 John 4:20)

“Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.” (Ephesians 4:31-32)

“To speak evil of no one, to be peaceable, gentle, showing all humility to all men.” (Titus 3:2)

 “But fornication and all uncleanness or covetousness, let it not even be named among you, as is fitting for saints; neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting, but rather giving of thanks. For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. Therefore do not be partakers with them.” (Ephesians 5:3-7)

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ON COARSE JOKING

TRUMP:

“It was sarcasm. It was joking.”

THE BIBLE

“But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God's holy people, nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving.” (Ephesians 5:3-4)

"Like a madman who throws firebrands, arrows, and death, is the man who deceives his neighbor, and says, 'I was only joking!'" (Proverbs 26:18-19)

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ON INHUMANITY

TRUMP:

“Torture works. Torture works”

“Would I approve of waterboarding?  You bet your ass I would!”

 “Donald Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”

“I’m putting people on notice that are coming here from Syria as part of this mass migration, that if I win, they’re going back!”

THE BIBLE:

"But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you." (Matthew 5:44)

“Therefore ‘If your enemy is hungry, feed him; If he is thirsty, give him a drink; For in so doing you will heap coals of fire on his head.’" (Romans 12:20 )

"Do not mistreat or oppress a foreigner, for you were foreigners in Egypt." (Exodus 22:21)

"You are to have the same law for the foreigner and the native-born." (Leviticus 24:22)

"Do not deprive the foreigner or the orphan of justice, or take the cloak of the widow as a pledge. Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and the Lord your God redeemed you from there. That is why I command you to do this. When you are harvesting in your field and you overlook a sheaf, do not go back to get it. Leave it for the foreigner, the fatherless and the widow, so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work of your hands.... Remember that you were slaves in Egypt. That is why I command you to do this."

(Deuteronomy 24:17-19, 22)

"I was a foreigner and you did not invite me in, I needed clothes and you did not clothe me, I was sick and in prison and you did not look after me.'... 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'" (Matthew 25:43, 45)

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ON SUING

TRUMP:

“I really value my reputation and I don’t hesitate to sue.”

THE BIBLE:

“And if any man will sue you at the law, and take away your coat, let him have your cloke also.” (Matthew 5:40)

 “Now therefore, it is already an utter failure for you that you go to law against one another. Why do you not rather accept wrong? Why do you not rather let yourselves be cheated?” (1 Corinthians 6:7)

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ON VIOLENCE & VINDICTIVENESS

TRUMP:

“When people wrong you, go after those people, because it is a good feeling and because  other people will see you doing it.  I always get even.”

"I'll beat the crap out of you”

"Part of the problem... is nobody wants to hurt each other anymore."

"I'd like to punch him in the face."

"Knock the crap out of them."

“Any guy who can do a body slam — he's my guy.”

THE BIBLE:

"But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also." (Matthew 5:39)

"Repay no one evil for evil. Have regard for good things in the sight of all men." (Romans 12:17)

"See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all." (1 Thessalonians 5:15)

"Not returning evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing." (1 Peter 3:9)

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ON DEBT

TRUMP:

"I’m the king of debt. I’m great with debt. Nobody knows debt better than me."

THE BIBLE:

"Owe no one anything except to love one another, for he who loves another has fulfilled the law." (Romans 13:8 )

"And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors." (Matthew 6:12 )

“He lends at interest and takes a profit. Will such a man live? He will not! Because he has done all these detestable things, he is to be put to death; his blood will be on his own head." (Ezekiel 18:13)

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ON THE MOST BASIC CHARACTER

TRUMP:

“I think I am a nice person.”

THE BIBLE:

"You will know them by their fruits." (Matthew 7:16)

"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law." (Galatians 5:22-23)

"Love suffers long [and] is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things." (1 Corinthians 13:4-7)

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EVEN AFTER READING ALL THIS, WILL IT CHANGE ANYTHING?

TRUMP:

"I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn't lose any voters, OK? It's, like, incredible."

THE BIBLE:

“And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie, that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness.” (2 Thessalonians 2:11-12)

"If they do not hear the Law and the Prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead." (Luke 16:31)