christians warp the bible: money

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It seems that a lot of Christians believe that their god God has blessed wealthy people. This bizarre interpretation of the money-hating New Testament is particularly rife in the USA, where Christians often attend ostentatiously rich churches and boast about how the god God has blessed them with material wealth as some form of earthly reward for their worship. Christians aspire to be financially successful as if this is something natural to their belief system.

What does the New Testament say about money?

For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. (1 Timothy 6:7-10)

Jesus said to them again, “Children, how difficult it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” (Mark 10:21-25)

Listen, my beloved brothers, has not God chosen those who are poor in the world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom, which he has promised to those who love him? … Are not the rich the ones who oppress you, and the ones who drag you into court? Are they not the ones who blaspheme the honorable name by which you were called? (James 2:5-7)

“Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.” (Luke 12:15)

The New Testament authors couldn’t be any clearer about their disdain for possessions and wealth. Even the model of life adopted by those most closely associated with the character Jesus continues this theme after his departure from the story:

All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need. (Acts 4:32-35)

So the questions remains, why have Christians warped such a clear message from the writers of the New Testament?

 

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