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by Gary North

“Even a fool, when he holdeth his peace, is counted wise: and he that shutteth his lips is esteemed a man of understanding” (Proverbs 17:28).

Recently, I received an email from someone I had never heard of before. She did not tell me what article she had read, or what book of mine she had read. She said this:

Wow, that article you had on usury and the Bible was incredible. I can not see your logic on any level, but again when you proclaim such ideas, along with Capitalism and the Bible, well, your Calvinsim is evident. Thinking that Jesus endorsed interest based loans based on the parable of the 10 talents completely misses the point of using ones gifts on earth and not burying them. The spiritual laws governing the prohibition of interest are based on the fact that humans are to make their livings with their deeds, their efforts. When humans loose this as they do in interest based schemes, the community aspect of the economy is lost. Economy is brotherhood, and is where the spirit is present. Excluding brotherhood is dangerous and why the usury suggestions were put in place. The temptations of Christ involve three human trials of power, illusion and materialism. Christ overcame each one of those temptations as a lesson to us as to what we are capable of doing. You are free to act and believe what you wish, but please do not use Jesus and his mission to justify interest payments. It is not a rational argument by any stretch of the imagination, not logical at all. You do yourself a great disservice, and are distorting the Gospel for your purposes.

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