Spiritual Wealth

In the interests of full disclosure, I am not a Christian. But I do believe that there are a lot of important lessons to be learned from the Bible. I think there are lessons to be learned from many other sources as well. The trick is to separate the wheat from the chaff.

Unfortunately, the chaff often does not come from the philosophy itself, but from the way that philosophy gets twisted by others for their own benefit. Nothing makes me more angry than seeing people get taken advantage of. Nothing is so heartbreaking as seeing people preyed upon and then cast aside.

I may not be an expert on all things Christian, but I do know this: Jesus did not advise people to crave money. He never said that the way God shows favor is by making you rich in this life. He cast out the money lenders. He said, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter heaven.” (Matthew 19:24)

Basically, Jesus wasn’t about stuff. He wasn’t about accumulating riches. He wasn’t trying to show people how to game the system so that God would give them prizes.

He did not approve of greed. And he certainly never told anyone to go without groceries so that some creepy preacher could buy a private jet. Jesus would be horrified by the prosperity gospel.

Money is not the key to happiness in this life or any other. Whether you agree with him or not, does Trump seem particularly happy to you? He worships Mammon, and I wouldn’t want his life for anything. Golden toilets don’t make the going any easier.

Love, decency, kindness, generosity, the ability to learn and think critically… these things are priceless. Clamoring for stuff and money… that’s not your kingdom here on earth. It’s just a form of burial before death. If you learn nothing else in this life, let it be that.

Money Church

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3 thoughts on “Spiritual Wealth

  1. Angiportus

    Hard to concentrate on being decent and thinking critically when you are starving and/or cold and/or sick. That said, once basic needs are met, one can think, and decide what will really bring one closer to one’s goal. E.g., do you really want that item for its intrinsic appeal to you or are you just trying to impress someone? And can you just go look at one, or keep an eye out for it at the thrift store, or build your own?
    Some of us are just more into things/ideas than people, and we are tired of being conflated with the greedy/ostentatious types. Also, some of the people who are trying to make as much money as they can, do so because it is an uncertain world out there and they don’t know who will or can help them in a crisis. Forming good social networks–I mean real friends and so on, not ape power-games–would really help, but some of us do our best and still wind up with flakes.
    It’s worth noting that the original Satanist church claimed to favor reason and critical thinking, but turned out to be highly money-oriented too (and not entirely free of sexism either, based on the founder’s personal fetishes.) Haven’t kept an eye on the prominent atheists these days, but I guess we all who want to avoid the harmful thought-ways you describe, need to use our heads the best we can, whatever our ideas about the Unknown.

  2. lyn sutton

    I love these quotes :
    Some people are so poor all they have is money.

    Money doesn’t change people, it unmasks them.

    It’s impossible to be both selfish and happy.

    Greed is a by product of fear.

    These all apply to the scared naked emperor as he sadly sits alone upon his golden throne.

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