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Is being poor a choice? "RICH is a choice and being POOR is a choice". Comments?

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Tom2-- Apparently, you've had a lot of stress reguarding finances. But know that not every parent or grandparent desires a big house, a $40,000 SUV in the driveway, nor is foolish enough to saddle themselves with a whopping mortgage. Many see the value of property ownership...a modest house that they can pay off in the future, and a bank account to provide a cushion until they do.I guess a lot depends on what you think the "American dream" really is.
---Donna66 on 6/28/11

Tom2, you have reasons that I do not understand because I have not gone through them, so I'm sorry if it sounded like I was coming down on you. I was just answering the comments. Many here go through a lot that others don't, so we don't see the same things the other sees. I'm also sorry you have gone through a lot. Peace I leave you brother,
---Mark_V. on 6/27/11

my termoil is the same as any american,and parent,surrounded by children and grandchildren in need,and brainwashed by american society in the american dream of wealth and ownership of property and big bank accounts.u know the big beautiful house with a WHOPPING MORTAGE,AND 40,000,00 DOLLAR SUV IN THE DRIVEWAY.
---tom2 on 6/27/11

Tom2-- I'm sorry for your life of turmoil. If you give until you have nothing left, and you believe that is God's will for you, what is the source of your turmoil?
(You do understand that it is YOU Jesus wants, not your possessions, don't you? In Him is where your salvation lies)

Psa 119:165 Great peace have they which love thy law and nothing shall offend them.

Jhn 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
---Donna66 on 6/27/11

donna66,OH CONTRARE,i have spent a life in termoil fighting the materalism,possession,more things disease so prevelant in amereicans,lam a sinner also,in need of salvation. usually what i do is give until i got nothing left.
---tom2 on 6/27/11

Tom 2, I respect your view but do not agree in your statement there is no genuine Christians. While they might be a very small group compared to the others, and are many times not noticed, there is genuine Christians. I don't know what people you have met, but I have met thousands of what I believe are genuine Christians by the evidence they show for Christ and for others. In the riots of L.A. I asked my pastor if he had seen what was happening on the streets and he answered and said, that is what happens when people are without God in their lives. In the riots you only saw the evil of man, but I guarantee no genuine Christians were out there stealing or beating up anyone. That is why you did not see them.
---Mark_V. on 6/27/11

Tom2-- I'm glad you have seen the poverty of the third world. It's an eye opener for many. Many of the poor, especially those who are persecuted for their Christianity, are more Godly than most in the United States and have also seen great miracles. Very few Christians in America have ever suffered true persecution or seen much privation. Do they deserve your scorn for this?

Ordinary Christians elsewhere are not necessarily better nor worse than American Christians.

My real objection was your statement //sadly to this day here in america i cant say i have ever meet a genuine christian,//
Sounds like you think you are the only Christian in the country and look down upon all others. Please tell me that isn't true.
---Donna66 on 6/26/11

donna 66 my oh my are u defensive,oh by the way i have visited just about the entire world,5 continents,on mission trips,and evagelism.and contrary to your slap in the face statement iam not perfect,neither are u,but again america is,and has a spciety that is as far from god as any other,the closet ones are in third world contries where people nare really poor.i have seen sooooooomany miracles there,and just about none here.
---tom2 on 6/26/11

Tom2--You were the one who used the phrase an appropriate amount of time spent serving God. That is what I was questioning, not the lifestyle. Of course, the things you mentioned should be the life-style of the Christian. How much "time" it takes is incalculable.

I'm glad for you if you live this lifestyle continuously and never worry about material things. However, I don't think this makes you the only "genuine" Christian in America. Christians everywhere (not just in the US--perhaps you should visit some other countries) exist in varying stages of spiritual growth and maturity. And Christianity is not about being perfect. If it were we would not need a Savior.
---Donna66 on 6/26/11

donna66,time spent with God?sister,I believe your missing my point,iam talking about a lifestyle that reflects your daily thinking,and decisions reflect you are following christ,that you are seeking the kingdom first,before worldly needs. christ said dont worry about what you wear,hat you eat,where you sleep,but seek first the kingdom,and that the father knows you have need of them.
---tom2 on 6/26/11

Oh tom2,: "markv,sadly to this day here in america i cant say i have ever meet a genuine christian," This saddens my heart, both for you and for the sad state of America. I have met many, but they are rare indeed, a very small percentage of the population. Ironically, most I know claim Christianity as their "religion", but IMO, they are not genuine Christians. Some are very nice people, few have a passion for God and the things of God, yielding their life's to Him, walking in the Spirit, in love... I pray you meet some, that you might encourage one another in the Lord.
---Christina on 6/26/11

markv,sadly to this day here in america i cant say i have ever meet a genuine christian,not when i see how everyone lives,or better said ,when i look at our american society
---tom2 on 6/25/11

Tom2 -- Everything you say should be true of a Christian. But I don't believe you can equate these things to "time spent".
---Donna66 on 6/25/11

Tom2, here is where I disagree with you and also John. When people talk about Christians or answer questions about Christians they group two kinds of Christians together. Those who call themselves Christains by name and those who are genuine Christians. And most of the time the answers given seems to indicate that genuine Christians act the same way as those who or not. But they don't. Though we cannot tell who the genuine believers are, we know them by their true love for Christ not the world. And genuine Christians are not fakes. The Bible distinguishes between the two. And we also must do that in order to give the correct answers. That's why many times I use the word "genuine" to make sure others understand I'm not speaking of both.
---Mark_V. on 6/25/11

john,i agree,exactly what is a treasure?what makes someone wealthy?believe me most so called believers arent wealthy,even with big homes,fancy cars,and huge bank accounts,they are still poor in spirit,because they serve their true love,THE WORLD.OR THE FLESH.
---tom2 on 6/25/11

donna66,as with so many things we as humans complicate what is probably a simple answer to your question as the an appropriate amount of time spent serving answer would have many facets including a lifestyle filled with ,loving thy neighbor,going about doing good,obeying the word day and night,judgeing not lestye be judged,sharing the gospel when and where you can,and probably much more,but thast would be an excellent so the world can see who you serve,and when needed your telling them.
---tom2 on 6/25/11

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tom2--You make a good point. But the average person working 40 hrs a week, is not exactly "amassing wealth". Most call it "making a living". What would be a "proportionate" amount of time serving God?
---Donna66 on 6/24/11

Odd, seems all the answers so far revolve around material wealth.
There are other ways to be "rich"....
---atheist on 6/13/11

I was watching...
as these Psuedo Carnals Bourgoise so called "Christians" expose themselves.

These are the ones who decided to marry the world and therefore they decided to divorce The Christ.(Though they were never married to Him in the first place.)

"For where your heart is.. so is your treasure!"
---John on 6/24/11

markv,my point is comparing time spent serving God to time spent ammassing wealth is out of proportion in the vast majority of believers lives,society has made them sunday worshippers,for about 2 hours,then comes football and beer.
---tom2 on 6/24/11

Tom2, what Christ did before the Cross was for examples and teachings. He does want us to sacrifice ourselves for others. He brought conviction to those who listened to Him in the context. But the Spirit works through believers in many different ways. You say, "how many hours do you do?" The Spirit selects those whom He chooses by putting burdens or convictions in their hearts to work helping the poor, others to help single moms, others to pray who are prayer warriors, to teachers, etc. Not everyone is destine to give to the poor. But they sacrifice themselves nevertheless in other duties.
---Mark_V. on 6/24/11

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let us not forget what our lord said about seeking riches,about being wealthy,about selling all your goods and giving the proceeds to the poor as a requirement to follow many hours a day do you spend seeking who ,or what.
---tom2 on 6/23/11

tom2--Tom, I'm even older than you. I see that greed,love of money and possessions are not unique to America. Nor are they new to America. They are universal...just as sin is universal.
In other places, corrupt government officials keep for themselves foreign aid sent to relieve the starvation of their people. They perform public services only by taking bribes, which, of course the poor cannot pay. They build palatial homes for themselves and crude dungeons for their lawbreakers. Sin is ugly everywhere.
---Donna66 on 6/22/11

donna ,let me tell you that now at the age of 62 what i see in america is that greed,love of money and possessions has taken over,and is plainly seen as even so called believers live ,and work for their retirment,or dream of being ultra wealthy, as the most important thing in their life.
---tom2 on 6/21/11

Amen to that, Donna!
---CraigA on 6/21/11

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People MUST stop equating the poverty of African, South American and Middle Eastern poor
with poor in the United States!

In the US, whole families do not live in a cardboard box (which some consider a luxury) at the city Dump...which is their only source of food and water. We do not have swollen bellied children suffering from parasites and malaria and Aids. These people have NO CHOICES. MOTIVATION is irrelevent.

In the US many are "poor" because of circumstances beyond their control. Not ALL lack motivation, but they ABSOLUTELY will not better themselves, if they do not have it.
They have cell phones, TV, free medical and a check from the government every month. Not too bad in comparison.
---Donna66 on 6/21/11

Rhonda, I suppose you close your eyes when you see the dying women and children in African countries and in many places in South America.

nothing new from you Mark ...see you are still at IMPLYING something that just does not exist in my statement

I suppose I should dontate all my wealth to "make" this problem go away?

without WEALTH and those who contribute to these plights it will NEVER go away

but bury your head in the sand and pretend the wealthy do not contribute to anything and ignore the FACT that YOU support the idea of poverty by condemning those with wealth
---Rhonda on 6/21/11

Christina--Finding the opportunity is sometimes a challenge by itself. Certainly not all poor are there because they lack motivation. But NO ONE will get out of poverty unless they are motivated. I think there is a great need for people to share their "know how" about the world of work/school with the poor, and give them hope that they too can achieve.
---Donna66 on 6/20/11

Donna, I've seen lots of opportunities thrown away too,and agree, motivation can make a huge difference. I believe that for the Christian, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me" would apply. I have seen/worked with young, single mothers, very poor, who work extremely hard, still can't pay all bills, and it's a fight just for survival. Situations vary, but some cannot access pell grants, or can't travel to school, and every moment of every day is spent hard at work either at a low paying job or caring for children. I am hopeful that situations may change, but for some, it's a long road with little hope in sight. All in poverty are not there because of lack of motivation. Of course, all things are possible with God.
---christina on 6/20/11

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Tom2-- You made my point. You wanted to improve your life and You DID IT. Wasn't easy was it? But you kept trying and you succeeded.

The United States provides more opportunities than any other nation...even Europe where socialism is in vogue. In most developing countries there is nothing for the poor. And the level of poverty in these countries is shocking to most Americans... worse than any poverty they can find in their homeland.

I do not know that the apostles were "poor".The fisherman were self-employed-- but all gave up normal wages when they followed Jesus.
And Jesus taught that to be "rich" spiritually, one must be "poor" in spirit: and our true treasures are laid up for us in Heaven.
---Donna66 on 6/20/11

absolutely not,i wanted a beter life for both myself and my children.but i was born and live in america,big difference than say nigeria,or el salvador,or guatemala.
---tom2 on 6/20/11

and it depends on just how important money and material possessions are to you,were the apostles wealthy? no,so if by their example just what are we as believers suppose to seek in life?big house,nice cars,lots of cash?absolutely not,and as i have said whos really poor?and is being rich rewarded in heaven?being obidient,living a life following the word,doing good,being kind,loving thy neighbor,all riches all rewarded.
---tom2 on 6/20/11

Here's the deal.
Gather around you the people that love you and will tell you the truth. Listen to their answers to some questions. What are my strengths? How could I make a living with them. Rank them. How can I improve them? What are my weaknesses? What ones are crucial even if you don't want them. Find mentors who can help you improve are your strengths and weaknesses.
Do it know!
---Rev_John_Wood on 6/20/11

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Christina--- "Equal" opportunities, no. But there are opportunities for those who are highly MOTIVATED. I've seen a lot of the opportunities thrown away by those who decide that, after all, they would rather be supported by somebody else.

For example I took a 21 mo course with a few PEL grant students (gov. supported). One of them, in the 19th month. quit. The reason she gave was that her daughter was hit by a school bus and broke her arm. She intended to sue the public schools and live off the award she received.

Right now MANY are jobless and having to do without. But when conditions improve so should their financial condition.

Tom2-- are you still living in the poverty of your childhood? If not, why?
---Donna66 on 6/20/11

"through hard work and throwing off the sin of hopelessness IN poverty they overcame this condition", still many others work very hard just to survive, unable to do anything else. Examples of third world countries have been given, but even in the US, some wrongly assume there are equal opportunities, and while more so then in many places, too many fall through the cracks of an inadequate system. Part of the problem is relying so heavily on a far from perfect and often corrupt system in the first place, but at least it's something. I do believe God has the resources, and we all share responsibility. Even in the church, many are lovers of pleasure rather then God, and squander His provisions, meant to be given.
---Christina on 6/20/11

donna66,thanks for attempting to clarify,let me tell you that personally with 7 siblings i grew up in poverty,in the applachians,without runnning water,or plumbing,we had an out house,which is extremely uncomfortable on a cold winter night,wore plenty of hand me downs. i have read reports that even today in the us 1 in 3 children go to bed hungryand worldwide 27000 die from starvation each day.I live in a depessed area,no jobs,plenty of folks with nothing,and not by choice.
---tom2 on 6/20/11

Rhonda, I suppose you close your eyes when you see the dying women and children in African countries and in many places in South America. Many moving across their countries for water and food. They are born poor and have no choice. By closing your eyes to this truths you become a part of the problem. And I say close your eyes because that is what your comments suggest. You suggest they can get educated, but what they need first is water and food.
---Mark_V. on 6/20/11

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tom2 -- I believe Rhonda is speaking mainly about "poverty" in the U.S. which is entirely different from poverty in less well developed countries where the poor have NO choice concerning their situation. There is literally a world of difference.

In this country and Europe, nobody needs to work if they don't want to... because the government will meet their basic needs (and often much more).And in the US, there are opportunities for those who are really determined to better their state by study and work.
---Donna66 on 6/19/11

rhonda,there are many people in third world contries that have no assets,and no infrastructure around them to ever acquire them,I eatched them gather fire wood in el salvador to build a fire,and watched children scouring a dump for usable items,these people have no vehicles for transportation they live as people did 200 years ago,there aree born into this and have no choice
---tom2 on 6/19/11

theres legal theft,even on our own stock market,and the rich steal everyday,leagally,so stealing and thefery is not just a sign of one being poor
---tom2 on 6/19/11

in some cases yes,because they are timid,lazy,etc,for others reasons because they have no ambition,or as in third world countries because they have no infrastructure,or because a dictator takes everything,many times the choice is made for them by surpressing free thought,and free enterprise. there are many factors.
---tom2 on 6/19/11

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Yet, it is not a choice for many who are born in poverty and don't have a choice.

what an outlandish ignorant statement

how sad you are either programmed to believe this lie and shame on you for SELLING it

I know many people who were raised in abject poverty and believed they had a way out

through hard work and throwing off the sin of hopelessness IN poverty they overcame this condition

VERY FEW people steal or get their riches through deceit

however the POOR will rob, steal, and commit many hateful crimes and then blame it on their poverty and people like you FEED their irresponsibility
---Rhonda on 6/19/11

those who are materially poor are poor by their own choice.

materially poor due to LIVING within their means?

or POOR as a condition and you believe you are poor because it is your lot in life and you have no hope of any other existence?

MAJORITY cannot understand this concept because they cannot GRASP that money is simply a tool

rich is a condition and poor is a condition

broke is temporary - when one has no money to meet daily needs

everyone has a choice in life to live to their full potential whether that brings wealth is subjective

CHOICE of poor is a condition that is plagued by mediocrity and low self worth

material things do not define wealth
---Rhonda on 6/19/11

//many do not seek to be rich but find themselves rich due to hard work or some invention or ideas.//

MarkV--Good thinking. But that makes it sound like, for these people, wealth is some sort of happy accident.

Hard work usually is spurred on by a goal of some kind. Sometimes the goal is to "get rich" (which usually takes
more work than others are willing to put in). Sometimes the goal is something else..
To take an invention from the drawing board to the market-place takes considerable cash as well as work. It is a gamble. People don't undertake such a thing with the anticipation of just making ends meet.

A few people exceed their goals. Most do not.
---Donna66 on 6/18/11

"Rich is a choice and being poor is a choice"

Rich is not always a choice, many do not seek to be rich but find themselves rich due to hard work or some invention or ideas. Or someone leaves them a lot of money, or are born into money. Yet some do make a choice to be rich by ripping people off through ideas that have bad intentions.
Poor is a choice, for some do not want to work and want others to always help them, many times their children do the same, while others are in drugs. Yet, it is not a choice for many who are born in poverty and don't have a choice.
---Mark_V. on 6/18/11

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Tom ... Yes I undwerstand that.

But I set up this blog to find out the reaction of members here to the suggestion of one of us that those who are materially poor are poor by their own choice.
---alan8566_of_uk on 6/18/11

alan,its not that iam not concerned about people who are in need of basics required for physical mneeds we all have,I have seen this with my own eyes as I have traveled extensively,its the pre occupation people have with comfort and ammasssing material possessions that upsets me.
---tom2 on 6/18/11

Tom, I agree there is wealth and poverty beyond the material."Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." I live in an area where most are well off financially. My children sometimes struggled with comparing what we did not have compared to what they have. I have more children then many, so I'd say to them, what's more valuable in Gods eyes, one of you, or a big house, boat etc? They knew they were more important, so I'd tell them, look at how many of you I have been given, and tell me, who's really rich?
---christina on 6/17/11

I have been poor and I have had plenty and I didn't choose either of them. If I had a choice it would be to be rich. The rich always have plenty of food,money to pay the bills,good clothes and whatever they need. Who in their right mind would chose to have no money or not enough for food,clothes,doctors and to pay bills. Their children suffer shame often times due to used clothing. Money doesn't keep one from being kind and generous,or going to heaven only greed does that. People in the building and construction busness have been hurting since this recession stopped the builders. There is no honor in having money nor is there any praise for being poor.
---Darlene_1 on 6/17/11

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Tom2 ... What you say is of course true, but the situation is that in this world, there are many who are suffering material hardship.

Jesus tells us to feed the hungry and clothe tha naked, so He is interested on people's material welfare, even though you may not.

The statement was made elsewhere that these hungry and naked and the homeless are poor materially by their own choice.

I was asking others to comment on that claim
---alan8566_of_uk on 6/17/11

i understand my whole point is why discuss financial matters,when they are of no importance,in real wealth
---tom2 on 6/17/11

multi-millionaires...the SMART ones, live in modest homes and drive cars that are a few years old.

Absolutely and there is a book on that subject called the millionaire next door - people as I said who live below their means

MONEY is simply a tool on this earth ...what one does with that tool is NOT going to earn them salvation and eternal life

wealth IS by definition a way of how ONE RESPONSIBLY handles the TOOL of money

living in abject poverty and hopeless state of mind in BEING poor certainly NOT a condition anyone would willingly choose if they TRULY understood the had a CHOICE ...however most are blind to that understanding

broke is temporary
poor is a condition
---Rhonda on 6/17/11

Yes Tom ... they have mainly

That's probably because they recognise that the question was based on a quote on another blog, which referred specifically to msterial & financil poverty
---alan8566_of_uk on 6/17/11

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every rply has been based on worldly possessions,o money as a mesurement of wealth,or the lack being poor.THIS AINT IT are those who know christ,poor and dead are those who dont.
---tom2 on 6/17/11

"some are poor or remain poor because their focus IS sensually based."
---Christina on 6/15/11
That's deep, It took me a while, but I understand.
"People make the choice to be/remain poor daily in the great land of opportunity we live in."--paul on 6/14/11
Paul, this may surprise you, but not all have the same opportunities.
Yet as I make that statement Christina's profound statement resonates in my mind.
---joseph on 6/16/11

Rhonda-- And a surprizing number of multi-millionaires...the SMART ones, live in modest homes and drive cars that are a few years old. A person who lets his wealth show is very foolish and asking for a lot of trouble.
---Donna66 on 6/16/11

rich is temporary illusion most americans live today ...showy empty shallow ...big house expensive cars designer clothes wasting away money on things of no value ...their internal value of themselves is equated to stuff

they look rich they smell rich yet MAXED out on credit and material possessions

they are simply POOR in their choices

wealth is a state of mind can be wealthy when they live BELOW their means and have plenty ...whether that "plenty" is a mansion or a simple home

poor is a state of mind ...the poor BUY that state of mind every day ...a truly poor person either believes it is their lot in life or they have NO hope of any other life
---Rhonda on 6/16/11

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Poverty is sometimes a choice, as when a man spends too much, invests unwisely or fails to plan for the future.
Such poverty is of a man's own making
But sometimes unforeseeable things just happen. And a person needs some help to get back on his feet.

In the US, poverty does not have to be a permanent state. It often is, however, even for generations, because the government subsidizes it. And a young person who has never seen first-hand what it takes to be self-supporting, is at a tremendous disadvantage in competitive society.
---Donna66 on 6/15/11

Paul, You wrote: "People make the choice to be/remain poor daily in the great land of opportunity we live in." That belief is mind boggling. MAYBE true for some, but I've seen first hand too many people loosing what they have worked hard for, and unable to turn their situation around. Others trying to find a way to improve their situation in an area where there are no jobs. I'm fortunate to live in an area where there are jobs, and most here have on rose colored glasses.

---christina on 6/15/11

""Is being poor a choice?" If it was, I doubt seriously that anyone in this sensually based system of things would make that choice.
---joseph on 6/14/11"

I agree, though some are poor or remain poor because their focus IS sensually based.
---Christina on 6/15/11


People make the choice to be/remain poor daily in the great land of opportunity we live in.

---paul on 6/14/11

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I'm thinking first about what it really is to be rich . . . to be able to love > it is more blessed to give love than to receive love (c: To be rich in love. And it says, "But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare," in 1 Timothy 6:9. So, if you desire something, in your heart, already in your heart you have it. And Paul says that only by desiring to be rich we can fall. So, why work? You can be miserable just by wanting to be rich. But God can satisfy us in His love, "and you will find rest for your souls." (in Matthew 11:29)
---Bill_willa6989 on 6/15/11

>>Is being poor a choice? "RICH is a choice and being POOR is a choice".<<

Yes, only that the choice may not be of our choosing as in this similitude:

Matthew 19:12 "For there are some eunuchs, which were so born from their mother's womb: and there are some eunuchs, which were made eunuchs of men: and there be eunuchs, which have made themselves eunuchs for the kingdom of heaven's sake. He that is able to receive it, let him receive it."
---Nana on 6/15/11

As I posted the question, may I say that the quote ""RICH is a choice and being POOR is a choice" was made on another blog in the context of material wealth
---alan8566_of_UK on 6/14/11

"Poor" is not so much a "choice" as a default position.
It takes no effort to achieve poverty.

Many who were rich become poor because of complacency or misjudgement.
Many who were poor, are poor no longer because they saw an opportunity, seized it and worked hard to better their lives.
---Donna66 on 6/14/11

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"Is being poor a choice?" If it was, I doubt seriously that anyone in this sensually based system of things would make that choice.
---joseph on 6/14/11

Ok, John, RICH and POOR take on entirely different meanings in many under- developed countries.
Even our poorest in the USA would be rich by their standards. People from industrialized countries are often shocked to view the slums of Rio de Janeiro or Cairo, or various areas of India.

There is also usually quite a difference in what it takes in these countries to become "rich." Usually one must be born into wealth or marry into it if you are female. All governments are corrupt to a degree, but there are some that purposefully deny the poor any chance for improvement.
---Donna66 on 6/13/11

//Odd, seems all the answers so far revolve around material wealth.//

Actually, it is not odd. it is very commonplace and expected.

money in the bank does not a rich man make by any means.

but, there are blogs to avoid.

these blogs are full of endless rabbit trails and rich with rabbit "pellets".
---aka on 6/13/11

Odd, seems all the answers so far revolve around material wealth.

There are other ways to be "rich"....
---atheist on 6/13/11

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lazarus was spiritually rich,yet worldly poor,the rich man was worldly wealthy yet spiritual bankrupt,one went to heaven the other to hell,guess which one?so what does wealth matter? when your spirit is dead?and even if you are never wealthy by the worlds measure ,what does it matter? christ was poor,no place to lay his head down,yet he was the wealthiest man who ever lived.
---tom2 on 6/13/11

Maybe first we should define the terms Rich and Poor. Perhaps one should visit a country like Niger or Burkina Faso and begin the debate there....
---John.usa on 6/13/11

depends on what your perception of being rich or poor in the parable about lazarus the poor beggar,and the rich man,who was really wealthy?
---tom2 on 6/13/11

Going from rich to poor is absolutely a choice. There are people who make $100,000s or more a year who have so much debt that they can barely live because he is never content. Going from a poor person to being rich is much harder due to the fact of paying for college, having to work immediately after school or not finishing school because you need income. A cycle develops that is very hard to break. However it can be done going from poor to rich by making wise choices.
---Scott on 6/13/11

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Some people feel that being rich or poor is just a matter of luck. In a few cases, I believe that may be least to begin with. A person may inherit wealth or someone may be a victim of circumstances or losses they cannot control.
But money is made (or maintained) by effort. Money is always the result of somebody's work.

If a poor person lacks the opportunity or the will, to work, they will stay in poverty.

It's totally untrue that if one person gains wealth another must necessarily lose it. Money is not a fixed quantity in the world that just gets distributed in varying ways. Money is an infinitely renewable resource that can be created with effort, thought, determination and inspiration.
---Donna66 on 6/12/11

We all are afforded the same opportunities in life so YES it is a choice.

Why is the CEO of GE rich? Because he chose to put in the time and effort to prepare for the position.

Why is the long term McDonalds employee poor? Because he chose not to put in the hard work required for success.

The only time you will find success before work is in the dictionary.
Unless you inherit old money that someone else put in for.

I realize in the new USA it is taught that we are entitled to prosperity without perspiration but realistically you must work to achieve success or accept defeat.
That's the real world.

---paul on 6/12/11

Well, can just anyone choose to be rich? No!
Now if a rich person chose to be poor.
Does this mean all poor people chose to be poor? No!

So no on both counts.
---TheSeg on 6/12/11

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