Putting the Poor in Poor Richard’s Almanac


As to Jesus of Nazareth…I think the system of morals and his religion, as he left them to us, the best the world ever saw or is likely to see; but I apprehend it has received various corrupting changes, and I have, with most of the present dissenters in England, some doubts as to his divinity; tho’ it is a question I do not dogmatize upon, having never studied it, and I think it needless to busy myself with it now.

— Benjamin Franklin, qtd. in Danny Akin, Exalting Jesus in 1,2, & 3 John, 7-8; emphasis added.

“I think it needless to busy myself with it now.” For all Franklin’s wit and wisdom, this is the dumbest thing he ever said. This is the dumbest thing anyone could say.

Eternal life, joy, hope, peace, forgiveness, mercy, purpose, identity, and an imperishable inheritance kept in Heaven are all found in Jesus.

Please don’t “think it needless to busy” yourself with Jesus. It is more needful than anything else in life—than even life itself.


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