Sometimes the people of the Bible, with their funny clothes and their unrestrained outpouring of emotions seem two thousand years away. Other things in the Bible are timeless... Like beggars. You may not even notice them anymore, which isn't surprising. Being American's we're uncomfortable with even the idea, the concept of beggars. Because first of all, we like to think that people should be fiercly self-reliant, and secondly we're scared. Not just of the beggars themselves, but that someday, we might be like them. Totally reliant on anyone but me.