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  • Patrick Nielander

    This article is more subjective than Biblical fact. It’s more of a personal emotional point of view and interpretation. It’s a good thing Joseph didn’t have the same perspective as the author. The Egyptians had seven years of plenty to prepare for seven years of famine. Had that not been done, people would have starved to death. Where does the author get the conveyed Biblical implication to dictate what is correct concerning “prepping.” I suppose Joseph went beyond the authors prepper limitations analysis of the stated five years. When Biblical truth is mixed with human understanding, confusion and division results.

    Gen 41:54 And the seven years of dearth began to come, according as Joseph had said: and the dearth was in all lands; but in all the land of Egypt there was bread.

    “The Joseph Effect is a term derived from the Old Testament story about the Pharaoh's dream as recounted by Joseph, which led ancient Egyptians to expect a crop famine lasting seven years to follow seven years of bountiful harvest.”

  • Patrick Nielander
    Most scriptures are interpreted by ministers of all faiths to justify their particular understanding and personal belief systems. The commandment root word is thou shall not “murder.“ The Bible has many examples of killing. Had David killed Goliath today there would be shirts saying “Giants Lives Matter.” He would have been tried, convicted, and placed in prison. One cannot truthfully declare killing in defense is wrong or carrying a gun is wrong spiritually. It can only be done by personal justification of twisting of scripture. Different Bible interpretations of scripture is why there are so many COG splinter groups today. If all COG church leaders practiced what they preach, we would be one with each other. Vanity and egos prevent this at this time in history.