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Only if you believe that God can or will bless you through your hard work. Don’t put anything before him. Love him with all of your heart. Be the best that you can be. 1 Cor. 15:33- Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” King James Bible
Job 42:12 So the LORD blessed Job in the second half of his life even more than in the beginning. For now he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 teams of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys.
Proverbs 10:22 The blessing of the LORD brings wealth, and he adds no trouble to it.
Genesis 24:35 The LORD has blessed my master abundantly, and he has become wealthy. He has given him sheep and cattle, silver and gold, menservants and maidservants, and camels and donkeys.
Hosea 4: 6, “My people perish for lack of knowledge” We need education, my friend. We need money to sustain ourselves. I spoke with someone that told me that God does not want us to have wealth, because people that have it, had to do something bad to get it. By the way, she needed to borrow a few hundred dollars from me. Get my point.
That’s interesting. I never looked at the church in the contest of wealth building. But in the past whenever I intended to attend Catholic sermons I would think about carrying money to give during sermons. As boy I did not really know what the money was used for – maybe it was to thank God. I know wealthy old people give bundles of money before they die. I guess they believe doing so will have easy access to heaven. I also know Catholic priests drive expensive cars and live good life. However since you have raised the issue and finding Catholic priests were abusing and bribing kids for sex, I have to re-evaluate my intention before giving money during church service.
Wealth building is a contest, only if you choose to particapate in a contest. I’m talking about survival and assisting others. It is difficult to assist and thrive for that matter, if you are barely making it yourself. When you see lack of money, you see poverty, increase in crime and corrosion of the community. Money is just a tool. It can be used for the good of mankind or for evil.
Money is what it is. An exchange tool. It is us humans who can choose between doing good with it or the opposite. Feeding the hungry and clothing the naked, doing good to others without expecting something back. Isn’t that written for human beings? Rich and poor alike? All the more of course the rich.
If a pastor, rabbi, imam or pundit thinks it is normal he is entitled to remunarations of millions of dollars per year there is something wrong with his morals. That the church, mosque, synagogue or whatever needs money for repair, rent, and organizing events, that is one thing. But a man of God who explicitly chose this profession or rather calling and learned years to get there and sees the poverty and is supposed to know his people? He is the one who should stand in between and with his people. Not telling them what to do and how to do it but spiritually inspiring them and being there when needed. Very difficult job indeed. (And there are many sincere ones). All the more helping spiritually. Money can corrupt especially when you want or have much. Rather, people corrupt themselves. It is then and there one is tested. What do you with it? Living the luxury life and forgetting from Whom you got it (assumed you got your money from a good source and not by e.g. selling dope or by robbery). What does any church, mosque, synagogue have to do with your finances? None of their business.
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