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220px-Gollum.jpgMy precious

 

 

The Picture plus two words=1002 words :thumbsup:  ...

all satan has to do is change your definition of what the love of it is!

 

Not everyone who has wealth is in love with their riches.

 

It is simply a matter of education, stewardship, and following God.

This whole idea that it is evil for those who have any form of success, work hard, use their money wisely, and allow God to use them to further the kingdom... It is just wrong.

 

But I believe we will have to agree to disagree on this.

 

God bless,

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"The true way to test a man's character is to give him power". Those aren't my words someone else said that but I don't know who.

 

You see guys, the money is ok and good, it pays the bills, and buys food for eating. But we have to remember that if we have a lot of it we can tend to get caught up in money.

 

It is just as Isaiah said. Money is an object just like a brick. You can use the brick to bash someone or you can use the brick to bash a guy who is attacking an orphanage. You could also use many bricks to build a prison and force innocent people into that prison. Or you could use those bricks to build that very same prison and put criminals behind bricks for good. Either way, the streets have less people. Those bricks could also be used to make the Berlin wall all over again which could separate families and friends from one another. But, the bricks could be formed into a powerful wall used to keep enemies at bay. Its your choice and your choice matters. God understands our choices.



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Many people these days who says rich people and money are evil these days are just envious of the rich people's wealth, hence the socialist and wealth redistribution movement.



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"The true way to test a man's character is to give him power". Those aren't my words someone else said that but I don't know who.

 

You see guys, the money is ok and good, it pays the bills, and buys food for eating. But we have to remember that if we have a lot of it we can tend to get caught up in money.

 

It is just as Isaiah said. Money is an object just like a brick. You can use the brick to bash someone or you can use the brick to bash a guy who is attacking an orphanage. You could also use many bricks to build a prison and force innocent people into that prison. Or you could use those bricks to build that very same prison and put criminals behind bricks for good. Either way, the streets have less people. Those bricks could also be used to make the Berlin wall all over again which could separate families and friends from one another. But, the bricks could be formed into a powerful wall used to keep enemies at bay. Its your choice and your choice matters. God understands our choices.

Power+riches+temptation......... :unsure:

 

This whole idea that it is evil for those who have any form of success, work hard, use their money wisely, and allow God to use them to further the kingdom... It is just wrong.

 

But I believe we will have to agree to disagree on this.

 

God bless,

GE

 

No GE but it is sure a good way to test someones heart.I am not talking about just having some money I am talking about having alot of money.

Say for an example a man gets an offer for this HUGE promotion at his job.We are talking big bucks.Everything he has always dreamed of.Yes,he is thinking success but this job would be more work.He also was told that he might have to take a few trips out of town with this wonderful new promotion.His friends have told him that their are also a few women in this organization and some of these married co-workers have gotten together with these women and had some fun.Maybe too much fun.This man loves his wife and children very much.How many men are going to pass this up and say "No way,it is just not honorable"?.And walk away possibly jeopardizing his current position. :mellow:



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:) Soooo....what do you think?What about my above post?Any comments?



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"The true way to test a man's character is to give him power". Those aren't my words someone else said that but I don't know who.

 

You see guys, the money is ok and good, it pays the bills, and buys food for eating. But we have to remember that if we have a lot of it we can tend to get caught up in money.

 

It is just as Isaiah said. Money is an object just like a brick. You can use the brick to bash someone or you can use the brick to bash a guy who is attacking an orphanage. You could also use many bricks to build a prison and force innocent people into that prison. Or you could use those bricks to build that very same prison and put criminals behind bricks for good. Either way, the streets have less people. Those bricks could also be used to make the Berlin wall all over again which could separate families and friends from one another. But, the bricks could be formed into a powerful wall used to keep enemies at bay. Its your choice and your choice matters. God understands our choices.

Power+riches+temptation......... :unsure:

 

This whole idea that it is evil for those who have any form of success, work hard, use their money wisely, and allow God to use them to further the kingdom... It is just wrong.

 

But I believe we will have to agree to disagree on this.

 

God bless,

GE

 

No GE but it is sure a good way to test someones heart.I am not talking about just having some money I am talking about having alot of money.

Say for an example a man gets an offer for this HUGE promotion at his job.We are talking big bucks.Everything he has always dreamed of.Yes,he is thinking success but this job would be more work.He also was told that he might have to take a few trips out of town with this wonderful new promotion.His friends have told him that their are also a few women in this organization and some of these married co-workers have gotten together with these women and had some fun.Maybe too much fun.This man loves his wife and children very much.How many men are going to pass this up and say "No way,it is just not honorable"?.And walk away possibly jeopardizing his current position. :mellow:

 

 

I disagree with your view. Everyone is different, what is only some money to certain people is a lot for others. You view that wealth and money is inherently bad, which is wrong. There are people who have been trained to handle vast amount of wealth and still lead a godly life (Joseph, Abraham for example) because responsibilities has been added on to them as their abilities increased. I personally knew a couple of such people. Many people use their position of power and wealth to blessed people, just because you can't handle it or you don't think they can, mean that they can't. What you mention is a specific case that the person facing it should decide depending on his susceptibility to temptation and walk with God.



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Yes,I am saying that a lot of money can be some what of a test.And the choices that you make with that kind of money.



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Matt 19:23-24

23 Then Jesus said to His disciples, "Assuredly, I say to you that it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. 

24 And again I say to you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God."...

Why?

Rom 6:16a
16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one's slaves whom you obey,

whether of sin leading to death,...

 

what is death but the cessation of continuance with God

does money continue ...No 

Isa 55:1

55 "Ho! Everyone who thirsts,
Come to the waters;
And you who have no money,
Come, buy and eat.
Yes, come, buy wine and milk
Without money and without price.
NKJV

does the world continue... No

2 Peter 3:10-11

10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night, in which the heavens will pass away with a great noise, and the

elements will melt with fervent heat; both the earth and the works that are in it will be burned up.  11 Therefore, since all

these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness
NKJV

 

therefore it is that

Rom 6:16b-17

or, of obedience leading to righteousness? 17 But God be thanked that though you

were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered.
NKJV

 

What doctrine? We see it in the temptation of Christ where we are to deny bodily substance and all that is in the world... 

Because in this manner only can we know and show the world that He 'IS' worth more to us then the things of this world!

It is the path of life to God to reckon ones self dead to self and this world but alive to God... 

 

No Wonder their response was such as it was including even themselves in the inquiry-

 Matt 19:25-26

25 When His disciples heard it, they were greatly astonished, saying, "Who then can be saved?"

 

26 But Jesus looked at them and said to them, "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
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 Love, Steven



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So what is your point Enoob?



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So what is your point Enoob?

You cannot immerse yourself within a system that has been in design since the fall of man, a system, that

was given over to satan for his use ... and think it benign! 

Eph 2:1-3

2 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according

to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the

sons of disobedience,
NKJV

Notice the course of this world -clearly a different course than the one we are now to be walking! The point

above is if you spend your energy and focus on that which passes away you cannot be in obedience to The

Lord Who says are focus is to be this way

Col 3:1-4

3 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right

hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is

hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
NKJV

It really is a no brainer!  Love, Steven



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Many people these days who says rich people and money are evil these days are just envious of the rich people's wealth, hence the socialist and wealth redistribution movement.

 

This is probably true to a certain extent.



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Many people these days who says rich people and money are evil these days are just envious of the rich people's wealth, hence the socialist and wealth redistribution movement.

 

This is probably true to a certain extent.

 

The 10th Commandment.

10) “You shall not covet your neighbor's house. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” This is a command against desiring anything that is not one’s own. Coveting can lead to breaking one of the commandments listed above: murder, adultery, and theft. If it is wrong to do something, it is wrong to desire to do that same something.

 


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So what is your point Enoob?

You cannot immerse yourself within a system that has been in design since the fall of man, a system, that

was given over to satan for his use ... and think it benign! 

Eph 2:1-3

2 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according

to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the

sons of disobedience,
NKJV

Notice the course of this world -clearly a different course than the one we are now to be walking! The point

above is if you spend your energy and focus on that which passes away you cannot be in obedience to The

Lord Who says are focus is to be this way

Col 3:1-4

3 If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right

hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is

hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.
NKJV

It really is a no brainer!  Love, Steven

 

Well Steve,

Money is a tool, an enabler. You can't spent your entire life not knowing how to use it effectively either.Money is just a method of trade and resource distribution. 

I don't see Christian organizations being successful if they can't use what resources donated to them effectively.

 

All your posts seems to say stay away from money, I believe that is the wrong attitude. Money in the broadest sense of definition is anything you can exchange in what you desire more, in essence it could be any and all things. It doesn't make sense to stay away from everything, you might as well not exist.
Yes, we shouldn't be consumed by money, but we ought to be a good steward of resources/tool provided to us to further the kingdom while on Earth.



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Well Steve,

 

Money is a tool, an enabler. You can't spent your entire life not knowing how to use it effectively either. Money is just a method of trade and resource distribution. 

I don't see Christian organizations being successful if they can't use what resources donated to them effectively.

 

All your posts seems to say stay away from money, I believe that is the wrong attitude. Money in the broadest sense of definition is anything you can exchange in what you desire more, in essence it could be any and all things. It doesn't make sense to stay away from everything, you might as well not exist.
Yes, we shouldn't be consumed by money, but we ought to be a good steward of resources/tool provided to us to further the kingdom while on Earth.

 

Matt 6:24

24 "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other,

or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
NKJV

I have been in both worlds both riches and poverty I know subtlety of the riches how the more you have

the more you immerse yourself in their care the more time you spend in that immersion of things that pass

away! So the Christian presents it as stewardship and they cross OT borders to justify the gain of riches...

BUT they are not true riches by keeping them are they

Matt 19:21

21 Jesus said to him, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor,

and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me."
NKJV

Luke 12:33-34
33 Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old,

a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys. 

34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
NKJV

 

 

1 Peter 4:2-3b
2 that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.

3 For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles
NKJV

what is the will of gentiles?

Matt 6:31-34

31 "Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'

32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day

is its own trouble.
NKJV

If we would have adhered to the order in which this teaches maybe The Lord would never have had to say this

Luke 18:8b
 Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?"
NKJV

Love, Steven

 



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Well Steve,

 

Money is a tool, an enabler. You can't spent your entire life not knowing how to use it effectively either. Money is just a method of trade and resource distribution. 

I don't see Christian organizations being successful if they can't use what resources donated to them effectively.

 

All your posts seems to say stay away from money, I believe that is the wrong attitude. Money in the broadest sense of definition is anything you can exchange in what you desire more, in essence it could be any and all things. It doesn't make sense to stay away from everything, you might as well not exist.
Yes, we shouldn't be consumed by money, but we ought to be a good steward of resources/tool provided to us to further the kingdom while on Earth.

 

Matt 6:24

24 "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other,

or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
NKJV

I have been in both worlds both riches and poverty I know subtlety of the riches how the more you have

the more you immerse yourself in their care the more time you spend in that immersion of things that pass

away! So the Christian presents it as stewardship and they cross OT borders to justify the gain of riches...

BUT they are not true riches by keeping them are they

Matt 19:21

21 Jesus said to him, "If you want to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor,

and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me."
NKJV

Luke 12:33-34
33 Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old,

a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys. 

34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
NKJV

 

 

1 Peter 4:2-3b
2 that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.

3 For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles
NKJV

what is the will of gentiles?

Matt 6:31-34

31 "Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'

32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day

is its own trouble.
NKJV

If we would have adhered to the order in which this teaches maybe The Lord would never have had to say this

Luke 18:8b
 Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?"
NKJV

Love, Steven

 

Doesn't look like you are doing what you are preaching. If you have given all your riches away, how do you still have a computer...why haven't you given your riches away then? By the standard of poverty of the most poor in the world, everyone in the US are extremely rich.

 

Lets have a thought experiment. If all the rich Christians (anybody that has anything) has given everything they have away. Who is left to bring food and shelter to the poor?

Instead of one time offering, isn't it better to manage the wealth you got so you can continuously give and increase in giving as it grows?



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Doesn't look like you are doing what you are preaching. If you have given all your riches away, how do you still have a computer...why haven't you given your riches away then? By the standard of poverty of the most poor in the world, everyone in the US are extremely rich.

God clearly warns us there is deceitfulness in riches!

Matt 13:22
 22 Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares o
f

this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.
NKJV

God also clearly warns us

1 Cor 10:12-13

12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.
NKJV

 

Lets have a thought experiment. If all the rich Christians (anybody that has anything) has given everything they have away. Who is left to bring food and shelter to the poor?

The poor cannot be eradicated! Because  every jot and tittle will be fulfilled in His Word

Mark 14:7
 7 For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good; but Me you do not have always.
NKJV

 

Instead of one time offering, isn't it better to manage the wealth you got so you can continuously give and increase in giving as it grows?

Except it seems to me you are presuming upon God granting you tomorrow...

Luke 12:18-21
18 So he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. 

19 And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry."' 

20 But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have

provided?' 21 "So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God."
NKJV

Matt 6:19-21

19 "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 

20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in

and steal.  21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
NKJV

1 Cor 7:29-31

29 But this I say, brethren, the time is short, so that from now on even those who have wives should be as though they had

none, 30 those who weep as though they did not weep, those who rejoice as though they did not rejoice, those who buy as

though they did not possess, 31 and those who use this world as not misusing it. For the form of this world is passing away.
NKJV

 

 

Everything I have I use for God and others... don't get me wrong I am every bit a sinner as the

next I just burn inn my heart to be nearer to Him! Don't worry people here think I'm nuts too :)

I love to give from my need because until you do you cannot know those depths and riches!

Mark 12:43-44
43 So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that this poor

widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury;  44 for they all put in out of

their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood."
NKJV

 

I am fully persuaded that true riches are the spiritual substances of relationship with His Word through

Spirit and that outworking to others! So much so that I am willing to deny myself and draw near to Him...

Comes with a promise you know

James 4:7-10

7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will

draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.

10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.
NKJV

Remember we do not answer to God collectively but individually and right now can you tell when

 you are going to die? So most all live in complete disregard to this Word

Matt 6:34
 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things.

Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
NKJV

 

I don't think it would be a bad thing to be at the point of starvation and care more about His Word than bread...

do you?    Love, Steven



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Doesn't look like you are doing what you are preaching. If you have given all your riches away, how do you still have a computer...why haven't you given your riches away then? By the standard of poverty of the most poor in the world, everyone in the US are extremely rich.

God clearly warns us there is deceitfulness in riches!

Matt 13:22
 22 Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares o
f

this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.
NKJV

God also clearly warns us

1 Cor 10:12-13

12 Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.
NKJV

 

Lets have a thought experiment. If all the rich Christians (anybody that has anything) has given everything they have away. Who is left to bring food and shelter to the poor?

The poor cannot be eradicated! Because  every jot and tittle will be fulfilled in His Word

Mark 14:7
 7 For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good; but Me you do not have always.
NKJV

 

Instead of one time offering, isn't it better to manage the wealth you got so you can continuously give and increase in giving as it grows?

Except it seems to me you are presuming upon God granting you tomorrow...

Luke 12:18-21
18 So he said, 'I will do this: I will pull down my barns and build greater, and there I will store all my crops and my goods. 

19 And I will say to my soul, "Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry."' 

20 But God said to him, 'Fool! This night your soul will be required of you; then whose will those things be which you have

provided?' 21 "So is he who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God."
NKJV

Matt 6:19-21

19 "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; 

20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in

and steal.  21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
NKJV

1 Cor 7:29-31

29 But this I say, brethren, the time is short, so that from now on even those who have wives should be as though they had

none, 30 those who weep as though they did not weep, those who rejoice as though they did not rejoice, those who buy as

though they did not possess, 31 and those who use this world as not misusing it. For the form of this world is passing away.
NKJV

 

 

Everything I have I use for God and others... don't get me wrong I am every bit a sinner as the

next I just burn inn my heart to be nearer to Him! Don't worry people here think I'm nuts too :)

I love to give from my need because until you do you cannot know those depths and riches!

Mark 12:43-44
43 So He called His disciples to Himself and said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that this poor

widow has put in more than all those who have given to the treasury;  44 for they all put in out of

their abundance, but she out of her poverty put in all that she had, her whole livelihood."
NKJV

 

I am fully persuaded that true riches are the spiritual substances of relationship with His Word through

Spirit and that outworking to others! So much so that I am willing to deny myself and draw near to Him...

Comes with a promise you know

James 4:7-10

7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God and He will

draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

9 Lament and mourn and weep! Let your laughter be turned to mourning and your joy to gloom.

10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up.
NKJV

Remember we do not answer to God collectively but individually and right now can you tell when

 you are going to die? So most all live in complete disregard to this Word

Matt 6:34
 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things.

Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
NKJV

 

I don't think it would be a bad thing to be at the point of starvation and care more about His Word than bread...

do you?    Love, Steven

 

Very good post for all of us to read! Thank you Steven :)



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Does money control what you choose to do or does God's leading?

 

If money ceased to have any value in the eyes of people, would you still go do what you do for a living tomorrow without it's incentive?

 

Do you value people based upon what they have to offer you?

 

Why is a doctor worth $200,000 a year but the one who cleans the toilets $9 an hour when each one is only doing that which they are suited to do through the abilities given them by God?

 

If money is so important to God then why did the book of Acts declare twice that those who believed had all things common and none of them declared that that which he possessed was his own?

 

As fallen human beings we have the capacity to rationalize, justify and minimize based upon our own understanding but the truth is that there is a distinct reason why this is a temporal state wherein it is appointed man once to die and then the judgment.  Selfishness and self-centeredness are simply the acts of playing God due to being made in the image of God and having the eyes of our understanding opened which is exasperated by a fallen angel who desires to be God.  Self-sacrifice is the true mark of Christ in the believer.

 

We live in a society that places value on stuff.  They worship and serve the creation more than the Creator.  They love things and use people as it is the way of the world.  They justify themselves but will not be justified by God in the day of judgment.  We as Christians must be in this world but are not to be of this world.  Knowing the truth has helped us to escape the corruption that is in the world through human desire to possess, being earthly minded.  We have been given the power to overcome evil desires to be self sufficient through trusting in uncertain riches and instead place our faith in God to provide for us while we are self-sacrificial.

 

Money is just an object no matter what form it comes in, paper, gold, etc.  The love inside the heart of man who is glad that money can be used to control that which refuses to be controlled by God is the evil.  When I would to do good evil is present with me.  I either deny God or that evil.  The choice is mine.  God help us through Christ to choose Him.



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Does money control what you choose to do or does God's leading?

 

If money ceased to have any value in the eyes of people, would you still go do what you do for a living tomorrow without it's incentive?

 

Do you value people based upon what they have to offer you?

 

Why is a doctor worth $200,000 a year but the one who cleans the toilets $9 an hour when each one is only doing that which they are suited to do through the abilities given them by God?

 

If money is so important to God then why did the book of Acts declare twice that those who believed had all things common and none of them declared that that which he possessed was his own?

 

As fallen human beings we have the capacity to rationalize, justify and minimize based upon our own understanding but the truth is that there is a distinct reason why this is a temporal state wherein it is appointed man once to die and then the judgment.  Selfishness and self-centeredness are simply the acts of playing God due to being made in the image of God and having the eyes of our understanding opened which is exasperated by a fallen angel who desires to be God.  Self-sacrifice is the true mark of Christ in the believer.

 

We live in a society that places value on stuff.  They worship and serve the creation more than the Creator.  They love things and use people as it is the way of the world.  They justify themselves but will not be justified by God in the day of judgment.  We as Christians must be in this world but are not to be of this world.  Knowing the truth has helped us to escape the corruption that is in the world through human desire to possess, being earthly minded.  We have been given the power to overcome evil desires to be self sufficient through trusting in uncertain riches and instead place our faith in God to provide for us while we are self-sacrificial.

 

Money is just an object no matter what form it comes in, paper, gold, etc.  The love inside the heart of man who is glad that money can be used to control that which refuses to be controlled by God is the evil.  When I would to do good evil is present with me.  I either deny God or that evil.  The choice is mine.  God help us through Christ to choose Him.

This is the sense I also get from God's Word Gary!  When God said there is deceitfulness in riches ... what you have written is the light upon how deceitful!  Love, Steven






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