Dear Mr. O'Reilly,

You told the Presbyterian pastor today that one of the great passages in Scripture is, "The Lord helps those who help themselves." I challenge you to show me where this is in the Bible. It does not exist. On the contrary, Romans 9:15-18 says that God shows mercy to whom He desires and hardens whom He desires; thus, it has nothing to do with any person's effort -- it has to do with the mercy of God alone. The Lord helps those who are UNABLE to help themselves -- whomever He chooses to help.

Marc D. Carpenter

Sudbury, Vermont


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