“The Kingdom of God doesn’t mean the “haves” should be forced into handing over what they have (although in death everyone will hand over everything) and give it to the “have-not”s. It means they should not put their trust in their riches.” (BB)
“Historically speaking, the best any government has ever been able to do at creating prosperity is to allow the individuals who work and entrepreneur to be rewarded by the free market and those who don’t to suffer…Historically speaking the poor are best served by the free market. Anyone who tells you different simply envies the rich…”(BB)
“Statistically speaking a person who does only 3 things is virtually guaranteed of staying out of poverty: 1) Get a job, any job 2) Don’t fornicate/commit adultery 3) Graduate from highschool” (BB)
“We will always have the poor to give to (through what Paul calls, “The most excellent way”, that is, charity), but not everyone has Jesus. No government program or redistribution of wealth can bring people to know Jesus. In poverty there is suffering, but without Jesus, life is simply not worth living. And that is why giving money for people to know Jesus is better spent than money on government hand-outs.” (BB)
The question of money is dealt with quite extensively in the gospels, and in some of the letters. My questions about money are quite simple:
Can we be rich? Should we be rich? Is this a blessing from God?
Do we have to give? If so, how much and to what?
What do we use ‘money given to God’ for?
Is addressing issues of poverty a biblical imperative?
Does the church have a double standard concerning money?
Do politics of the nation represent Christ’s original vision regarding money?
Is responsibility of your wealth even an issue in the bible?
Just questioning the ideas about money – I have heard a lot of conflicting idealogies about the correct Christian stance in my lifetime – if I had to live by one biblical model – what should that be? Someone please show me -I am totally confused.