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The Donald trumps the Bible on financial advice

Published March 6, 2012 2:50 pm

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Washington • When it comes to financial advice in these tough economic times, more Americans would rather take advice from business mogul Donald Trump than from the Bible.

According to a survey conducted in February by two biblically oriented nonprofits, 50 percent of Americans would choose Trump as their financial adviser — despite his history of filing for bankruptcy — and only 32 percent look to the Bible.

"The Bible offers sound advice about managing money, avoiding debt and prospering in difficult times," said Lamar Vest, president of the American Bible Society, co-sponsor of the survey, but 94 percent of Americans are unable to pinpoint the verse from Proverbs about these themes.

The survey also found that 86 percent of Americans do not follow what the Bible says about managing money and 24 percent of those think they would have more money if they did follow that advice.

American Bible Society and Compass — Finances God's Way recently released The Financial Stewardship Bible, an integrated study guide that highlights more than 2,000 verses that discuss money and finances. The survey was timed to coincide with the release of the book.