a reply to: DpatC
Christ's teaching are at odd's with modern economic's on almost all count's, actually socialism is far closer.
Treat your neighbor as you would be treated, love your neighbor as yourself, if your brother (neighbor) has no coat and you have two GIVE him the one
you are not using.
Go sell all you own, give it to the poor and come and follow me - The son of man has no place to lay his head - no property no land no home, house or
That is not to say that he meant you to walk out with nothing he meant society to work for the common good - HE is king so these are his government
guidelines on how to run society.
Working for the common good, all wealth in common, everyone recieving as they have need, seeing society as a greater self - so no selfish me,me, me
consumerism driven by feel good short term profit margin's.
Of course then you have the false preachers whom twist the words of christ, you know the sorts those guy's on TV whom make you feel fantastic but are
actually lying two faced self serving wolves in sheeps clothing so rich they have more money - donation money - than a coporate hedge fund manager
would know what to do with.
There was a guy whom was rich, used his wealth wisely and helped those around him, obeyed the law of Moses/Moshe and came to Jesus asking what he
should do to earn salvation, Jesus told him to go and sell all he owned and to come and follow him but he walked away sadly for he could not
relinquish THIS world so easily, Jesus like the young man though because he had spoken the truth and did indeed follow the law so said to his
followers that it would be easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of Heaven BUT for God
anything is possible, guess that mean's that young guy is or will be in heaven.
Wealth does not damn you but how you earn it and how you use it certainly can, true altruists and philanthropists have helped many people and society
in general over the generation's but there are and will always be more greedy, self serving and false christian's and money men than there will be
true humble people whose first priority is espousing the kingdom of heaven (often unknowingly because it is just in there nature to do good and help
those around them).
When people are poor and share a common society they are more likely to help one another, when they are rich and set apart they are less likely to
see the suffering and would rather shut it out even hating those that have nothing as if God had somehow made them a superior creature to his other
children, guess which God see's as a disease in his body on earth, guess which do not get into heaven.
So it depend's what finances you mean, Christ is actually the very best financial adviser in the universe, if he wanted you to have dross he would
make you as rich as Solomon but that is false earthly wealth and he gave a far greater treasure, it is already your's but you have to earn the right
to partake of it.
Store up your treasure in heaven were it can not be stolen, tarnished, rot or run out.
But store it up on earth, why you and your offspring only live a very limited life, this world is only a temporary state were all money rot's, all
wealth tarnishes and vanishes and it is ruled by your enemy.
IT therefore depend's on what you regard as wealth, but remember those tycoon's are actually flat broke and outside the kingdom of heaven on the