Gospel According To Sir Bob

Written by Kent Pete

Monday, 14 April 2008

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Jesus or Bob? You decide.

He has already been hailed as a saint for his campaigning work on African poverty - and now it seems many people think Sir Bob Geldof actually wrote the Bible.

A quarter of British people confused passages from the Bible with speeches made by the famous activist, according to new research.

The survey by public theology think tank Theos asked people about the statement: "You must defend those who are helpless and have no hope. Be fair and give justice to the poor and homeless."

Some 27% wrongly believed it came from a speech by the former Boomtown Rats singer turned poverty activist.

A further 20% thought the quote was from a report by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.

Only 13% correctly identified the statement as coming from the Bible (Proverbs Chapter 31, verse 8).

Paul Woolley, director of Theos, said: "It is a concern that people actually confuse the work of high profile celebrities with the Holy Scriptures. Some 35% of respondents claimed that Jesus did not like Mondays . A further 42% believed that the words, 'There's a world outside your window and it's a world of dread and fear' formed part of the Sermon on the Mount. More concerning still 36% of respondents attributed the line, 'Cast thy bread upon the waters; for thou shalt find it after many days' to Delia Smith " (Ecclesiastes Chapter 11, verse 1).

When asked to comment on Theos' findings that he was being confused with the Lord Almighty Sir Bob replied,

"For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?"

We genuinely hope he was taking the Piss.

The story above is a satire or parody. It is entirely fictitious.

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