WASHINGTON — In a recent interview published by the New York Times, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters that the Bible “was and remains the biggest influence on my thinking.”
“If you had to name one book that made you who you are today, what would it be?” the Sunday Book Review asked Clinton.
“At the risk of appearing predictable, the Bible was and remains the biggest influence on my thinking,” she replied. “I was raised reading it, memorizing passages from it and being guided by it. I still find it a source of wisdom, comfort and encouragement.”
Following Clinton’s comments, some praised the former first lady for her statement.
“RT If you love this quote by @HillaryClinton on how the Bible was and remains an influence on her life,” Tweeted Faith4Hillary.
But others scoffed at the notion, stating that Clinton is far from biblical.
“How do you believe in God and support abortion?” one commneter asked. “Killing babies is premeditated murder. They are people, you know.”
“Apparently Hillary Clinton didn’t read the verses about lying and bearing false witness,” another wrote.
As previously reported, Clinton also spoke about her Methodist upbringing in April as she was the keynote speaker at the United Methodist Women’s Assembly in Kentucky, where she addressed a group of over 7,000 women about spiritual and social issues.
“I have always cherished the Methodist Church because it gave us the great gift of personal salvation but also the great obligation of social gospel,” she stated. “And I took that very seriously and have tried, tried to be guided in my own life ever since as an advocate for children and families, for women and men around the world who are oppressed and persecuted, denied their human rights and human dignity.”
Clinton additionally spoke of how Jesus fed the five thousand, remarking that it reflected the duty of mankind to care for the less fortunate.
“In the story, when the hour grows late and the crowd grows hungry, the disciples come to Jesus and suggest they send away the people to find food, to fend for themselves,” Clinton said. “Jesus said ‘No, you feed them.’ He was teaching a lesson about the responsibly we all share to step up and serve the community, especially to help those with the greatest need and the fewest resources.”
But Pastor Bryan Ridenour wrote earlier this year on his blog America, Look Up that he could never support Clinton should she run for president due to her stances that contradict the word of God.
“If a church member asks in 2016 if I can support Hillary Clinton, I can unequivocally respond, ‘Not in this lifetime,’” he said. “If we vote for leaders who support abortion on demand, then we essentially hold the surgical knife that strips life from the womb. If we vote for leaders who support and champion gay marriage, we in effect officiate at their ceremonies. God holds us accountable for what we do behind the voting booth curtain.”