The numbers in the Biblical verse quoted by President Reagan to support arms spending were reversed in an article Friday. The correct version is Luke 14:31.
President Reagan said last night that the Bible "contains an answer to just about everything and every problem that confronts us" and defended a speech he delivered earlier this month in which he invoked Scripture in an appeal for his military budget.
Asked whether he had "any problem with using the Bible in a political context," Reagan said: "Well, I don't think I've ever used the Bible to further political ends or not, but I've found that the Bible contains an answer to just about everything and every problem that confronts us, and I wonder sometimes why we don't recognize that one book could solve a lot of problems for us."
Reagan asserted twice on Feb. 4 that U.S. arms spending is sanctioned by Scripture. Quoting Luke 14:13, the president said the passage indicated that the United States should never allow itself to be so weak that it would have to negotiate "peace terms" with the Soviets.
Last night Reagan said he had checked the meaning of the passage with "a few theologians" to see if he was "interpreting it correctly" and "they seemed to think it was perfectly fitting, yes. It was a caution to those people in our country who would, if given the opportunity, unilaterally disarm us."