Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Wealth -

God is not going to ask me how much I made. He will ask me how much I gave.

Riches are good if they are free from sin. Sirach 13:24

O Christian, never be proud of things that are so transient, injurious, and uncertain as the riches of this evil world! But set your heart on the true and durable riches of grace in Christ Jesus. ISAAC AMBROSE

MAMMON, n. The god of the world's leading religion. The chief temple is in the holy city of New York. - THE DEVIL'S DICTIONARY ((C)1911

Among the rich you will never find a really generous man even by accident. They may give their money away, but they will never give themselves away; they are egotistic, secretive, dry as old bones. To be smart enough to get all that money you must be dull enough to want it.-G.K. Chesterton A Miscellany of Men

Saving is a very fine thing. Especially when your parents have done it for you.-- Winston Churchill

When asked about the best and worst places on the earth, the Prophet said: "I don't know. But the Almighty God said to me that the best place is mosque and the worst place is market". -- Hadith.

Told that a certain man had acquired great wealth, a sage asked: "Has he also acqured the days in which to spend it?"--Solomon ibn Gabirol, 11th century

Many men hoard for the future husbands of their wives. --Solomon ibn Gabirol, 11th century

Life is short. The sooner that a man begins to enjoy his wealth the better.--Johnson (1709-1784)

Riches are the pettiest and least worthy gifts which God can give a man. What are they to God's Word, to bodily gifts, such as beauty and health; or to the gifts of the mind, such as understanding, skill, and wisdom! Yet men toil for them day and night, and take no rest. Therefore God commonly gives riches to foolish people to whom he gives nothing else. --Martin Luther (1483-1546)

Antichrist is Mammon's son. - JOHN MILTON

The problem with the rich young ruler was not that he had riches but rather that the riches had him. Gary Neitzke

He swore that all other religions were gammon, And wore out his knees in the worship of Mammon.- Jared Oopf

If we want the whole world to be rich, we need to start loving wealth. In the difference between poverty and plenty, the problem is the poverty, not the difference. Wealth is good. You know this about your own wealth. If you got rich, it would be a great thing. You'd improve your life. You'd improve your family's life. You'd purchase education, travel, knowledge about the world. You'd invest in worthwhile things. You'd give money to noble causes. You'd help your friends and neighbors. Your life would be better if you got rich. The lives of the people around you would be better. Your wealth is good. So why isn't everyone else's wealth good -- P. J. O'Rourke

Why snatch at wealth, and hoard and stock it?
You shroud, you know, will have no pocket!
Betty Paoli, 1870
When we have gold we are in fear, we we have none we are in danger.-- John Ray English proverbs p 12 (1670)

Lately in a wreck of a Californian ship, one of the passengers fastened by a belt about him with two hundred pounds of gold in it, with which he was found afterward at the bottom. Now, as he was sinking --- had he the gold? or had the gold him? John Ruskin 1860

Regarding Christianity and public policy: "May I also say a few words about my personal belief in the relevance of Christianity to public policy - to the things that are Caesar's? The Old Testament lays down in Exodus the Ten Commandments as given to Moses, the injunction in Leviticus to love our neighbour as ourselves, and generally the importance of observing a strict code of law. The New Testament is a record of the Incarnation, the teachings of Christ, and the establishment of the kingdom of God. Again we have the emphasis on loving our neighbour as ourselves and to 'Do-as-you-would-be-done-by.' I believe that by taking together these key elements from the Old and New Testaments, we gain a view of the universe, a proper attitude to work and principles to shape economic and social life. We are told we must work and use our talents to create wealth. 'If a man will not work he shall not eat,' wrote St. Paul to the Thessalonians. Indeed, abundance rather than poverty has a legitimacy which derives from the very nature of Creation. Margaret Thatcher, speech to the Church of Scotland General Assembly, 21.5.88

Nevertheless, the Tenth Commandment - 'Thou shalt not covet' - recognises that making money and owning things could become selfish activities. But it is not the creation of wealth that is wrong, but love of money for its own sake. The spiritual dimension comes in deciding what one does with the wealth. How could we respond to the many calls for help, or invest for the future, or support the wonderful artists or craftsmen whose work also glorifies God, unless we had first worked hard and used our talents to create the necessary wealth? -- Margaret Thatcher, speech to the Church of Scotland General Assembly, 21.5.88

Creating wealth must be seen as a Christian obligation if we are to fulfill our role as stewards of the resources and talents The Creator has provided for us. - Margaret Thatcher, speech to a Conservative Women's Conference, London, 1981 in Andrew Thomson, Margaret Thatcher: The Woman Within, pp 68-69

How few, like Daniel, have God and gold together. --Bp Henry Montague Villiers

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Blogger Anders said...

I recommend an extensive research of the origin of NT and Pauls doctrines; and a study of what the first followers of Ribi Yehoshua (ha-Mashiakh; the Messiah) – the Netzarim - said about money (see the below website).

You will find a wealth of invaluable documented information at:

Anders Branderud

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Blogger Graham Weeks said...

This appears to be an orthodox Jewish missionary url. Where specifically is the teaching on wealth?

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