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Blessed Are The Poor: By Dr. Teresa Whitehurst

While some have argued (and hoped!) that this beatitude was meant to be taken metaphorically, reflecting the poor in spirit, or pious, that seems pretty doubtful; Jesus repeatedly urged his disciples and everyone who would listen to care for those who were suffering because they lacked money, food, shelter, or medical care. Other Bible scholars warn that we should take care lest we use rational arguments to make Jesus’ original meaning easier to swallow. If indeed the financially poor are blessed, what are we to make of this beatitude?
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