No doubt, Money is an essential, It is the money through which we can purchase all the necessary comforts and amenities of life, If you have money, you can obtain what seems impossible to others. It is the money which gives a man confidence, creditworthiness, credentials, capacity, capabilities and courage. Based on your monetary status you get the prestige, respect and social status, except at some point money can't purchase a true love. Sometimes wealth can be a curse of its owner, and can throw people in arrogance, bankruptcy and dissatisfaction .
“An obsession with possessions enslaves us to the demon of worry. Jesus invites us to change our priorities, focus on the kingdom, and share with the needy” (Kraybill, 2011, p.101). A man’s wealth will be measured by the love, kindness and empathy he has for the poor and the hungry in Gods kingdom. For this matter Jesus wants the wealthy to humble themselves and receive their blessing by offering opportunities to the poor instead of being greedy and celebrating their own wealth.
The question of how to spend money could also be connected in Matthew 16 when Jesus spoke about discipleship. Jesus asked of his disciples, “What profit would there be for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life” (Matthew 16:26). I connect this with verses listed earlier, how Jesus preached against materialism and monetary obsession. I think that Jesus is saying a life wasting money is a life wasted. That life is more meaningful when the focus is not on money.
Money— sweeter than honey but oh so destructive. It facilitates a man’s life, while a lack of it imprisons him in the streets of penury. It raises his social status, while an absence of it leaves him unnoticed. It gives him an aura of superiority and importance among others, while a deficiency of it makes him worthless in society’s eyes. Considering these two roads, most do not take more than a second to decide to chase riches.
Money brings the inequality of possessions, also called “the haves and the have not’s.” We may all be equal in the eyes of God, but here on earth some eyes grow green with envy. Children come home from daycare complaining that Little Jimmy’s truck was bigger than his, husbands and fathers are forever eying the Jones; new corvette, and entire wars have erupted over the “you have it and I’m gonna get it” mentality. Inequality of possessions is not bad though many passages in the Bible teach that even in heaven there are different degrees of rewards. Even God’s spiritual gifts are not given equally to each of us, but this does not mean He loves one person more than the other. It is what we do with
In warning about the evils of greed, Jesus used a parable: “There was a rich man blessed with [fertile land.] He thought to himself, ‘What will I do? I have no place to keep all my crops.’ “Then he said, ‘I know what I will do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger barns! I will put all my good things together in my new barns. Then I can say…Rest, eat, drink, and enjoy life!’“But God said to that man, ‘Foolish man! Tonight you will die!... Who will get [your things] now?’ This is how it will be for anyone who saves things only for himself. To God that person is not rich.” (Luke 12:13 21)
The author perpetuates his Christian viewpoint that it is not Godly to strive towards riches, or to obtain an abundance of material possessions on earth, but more important to seek the rewards in Heaven (Lines 27-28). Additionally, the Bible teaches, “Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have” (Hebrews 13:5 NIV). His perception is that every man should be being Christ-like by heading Jesus’ warning, “You, my
For instance, as noted in document 3, more respect was given to the merchant who did not keep all of his wealth and did not value his wealth as the most important aspect of his life. Earlier, Christians had disliked and rejected the idea of great wealth, however that idea was modified over time. Christianity had instead rejected the idea of someone having great wealth without working for it or putting forth a great effort. Christians then and still today, including myself, believe that wealth is best earned through work and
Christians do not think money is a bad thing. However, they believe the way money is earned and used is the issue. Most Christians believe that wealth is a gift from God to benefit others. Christians believe that all money belongs to God and he gives them stewardship of his money to use wisely. The Bible teaches, “You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 6:24). For Christians this means that they must be careful not to replace their love for God with the love of money.
The Parable of the Dishonest Steward (Luke 16: 1-13) This parable is an exhibition of an unjust action committed by a dishonest steward that continues to be sneaky even after he is fired by his master for squandering his belongings. How could one be remorseful over his or her actions but proceed to surreptitiously receive money underhandedly in a way he that makes it seem like he or she is doing it in a honorable way? The dishonest steward knew what he was doing was wrong and once he was caught he just found a way to do it again but without the label of being the master’s steward. This passage teaches readers to find one who is trustworthy in every situation, because if you cannot trust someone in a small dilemma what could possibly make you
One common thread or underlying theme that can be distinguished from units 1, 4 and 7 is that they all question the traditional perception of “more money, more problems” and its relationship to happiness. In fact, each reading combined thoroughly proves how crucial of a role money makes regarding overall life evaluation, religion, material satisfaction and emotional well-being. All readings effectively dissolve the stigma that penetrates the classic religious attitude towards money and its significant role in life, happiness, and spirituality. All arguments and theories mentioned in each reading uses quantitative data for reference. Such as demographic and behavioural data, statistics about income and surveys, among many more research methods.
[26/12 2:09 pm] Mostafa Nader: How much you have is essential to build upon your decisions and plans. Not only does money hinder individual people but it stops the progress of many nations. Can you intend to buy a new car without having money? Didn't it happen one day that you decided to buy three tickets for a cinema show and you found the price to high? Money is always there to support or damage your plans.
The Bible, the most sacred text to all of Christianity. Christianity is more than just a religion that follows the lord to salvation but instead a way of life that many dedicated souls follow vigorously every day. The passage in the bible “Matthew 6:25-33” was written around 70 to 90 Ce by Matthew and is incorporated into the bible as a set of collections. The passage emphasizes the aspects of Jesus through views of his life. As I was reading the passage, I realize that Jesus is telling his followers that materialistic things are and should not be important since those things are temporary. He explains that you should make yourself strive first for the kingdom of god and his righteousness. Do not worry about things for God shall provide. To me this passage is very positive. In many situations of everyday life, we are bombarded with questions and judgmental thoughts for instance like “why is his shirt torn up?” or “why does he smell like that?” but are not looking at the bigger picture; god has given us life. Though the questions do differ, such as, what will I eat or what I will drink it can easily be transferred to everyday modern life. The almighty knows what you need and how much you can take before you give up, like it says in the passage “Indeed your heavenly father knows that you need all these things” As a Hindu it’s hard for me to agree with some parts of the passage because we believe that everything is life is earned not given by working hard for something then
Money is a precious thing and it can become challenging to not spend it immediately after getting it. It is crucial that this does not happen. There is no denying that money is an important part of society. The world revolves around money and without it, one? would not be able to function. In everyday life the average household will spend one hundred and sixty dollars daily. It is safe to say that money is an resource used daily. It is a tool that can be used to connect with other people or buy anything a person could want or need. Yet it is easy to spend money without realizing how much is really being spent. With only a few simple tips it will become much easier to save money instead of spending it on frivolous things. One’s hard-earned dollar should be saved, and simple tips such as using cash instead of cards, saving small change and only purchasing what one really needs are a few of many ways of doing this. The power of money can easily be abused and it is very important to make sure that a person is well informed on ways to save and spend money wisely.