September 29, 2007 Leave a comment
I found this article linked to from Drudge about Giuliani and how he understands the Bible. In the article Giuliani is quoted as saying
“I have very, very strong views on religion that come about from having wanted to be a priest when I was younger, having studied theology for four years in college,” he said. “It’s an area I know really, really well academically.”
He is basically saying the he knows and understands much of what is taught in the Bible. The only problem is that a few paragraphs before this comment he demonstrates that he apparently does not. He said
“I’m guided very, very often about, ‘Don’t judge others, lest you be judged,'” Giuliani told CBN interviewer David Brody. “I’m guided a lot by the story of the woman that was going to be stoned, and Jesus put the stones down and said, ‘He that hasn’t sinned, cast the first stone,’ and everybody disappeared.”
There are two errors in this one quote. Did you see them? First, Giuliani quotes for Matthew 7:1 and gets its meaning wrong. To be fair though, he makes a mistake that many people make with this verse by not knowing the context of it. Matthew 7:1-5 says
“(1) Judge not, that you be not judged. (2) For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. (3) Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? (4) Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? (5) You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”
The context of this verse does not mean that we are never to make judgments about other people as Giuliani seems to be suggesting. It simply means that when we make those judgments that we should know that the same standard will be applied to us.
Second, he refers to the story in John 8 about the woman caught in adultery. John 8:1-11 says
“(1) but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. (2) Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. (3) The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst (4) they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. (5) Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” (6) This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. (7) And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” (8) And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. (9) But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. (10) Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” (11) She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”
In his quote Giuliani says that Jesus put down the stones. We see in the text that Jesus never had a stone. This is a very well known passage and someone who “studied theology for four years in college” should not make this error. Interestingly, the author of the story actually points out the error. I was a bit shocked by that but then I remembered that Giuliani claims to be a republican and is one of the front runners so the media will point out every error they can.
Now, for my take on this and remember my analysis is worth every penny you paid for it. I think Giuliani is trying to appeal to the religious conservative voter. He is pandering. I think he knows that he cannot get elected without them. The problem is that he does not have the background for it at least that is what comments like these seem to indicate. His liberal policies on things like abortion also indicate this. Do we want to elect someone who is just trying to say what they think we want to hear? Giuliani is not the answer and this is just another example of why!!!