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Should Christians Borrow Money

Should Christians borrow from unbelievers?

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 ---Robert on 10/30/06
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Do you mean unbelievers that work in a bank? or an unbeliever who is a friend? I think we should work to pay our own bills, and if we don't have enough money to pay them, then change our lifestyle. I don't think it's wise to borrow money from an unbeliever UNLESS there's a signed agreement of how you will pay him back and the amount of the installments, the interest, etc., I like to give money away instead of borrow it.
---Donna9759 on 8/18/07

Personally, I believe that we should not borrow, although I have done so. The word says in Romans 13:8, Be in debt to no one, the only debt you should owe is to love one another. Because of this I do not use credit cards any more, since I would spend more then I could pay, as is the american way. If I cannot pay, I don't buy.
---Christina on 10/31/06

The only way usually to get a home for example is to get a loan. So there is nothing wrong with it. However Proverbs 22:7 says "..the borrower is servant to the lender.."; that is until the money is paid back in full.
---Helen_5378 on 10/30/06

barrowing money should be done only with caution. it's better to not be in debt because then the person you are indebted too controls you in some way. (I have debt and believe me I'm a slave to it) and I don't think it is right at all. But when you are in debt you must be honest to pay it back. as far as borrowing from unbelievers I wouldn't because if you pay late it would be a strike not only against you but Christ. and you may cause them to deny christ.
---Jared on 10/30/06

Maybe they should. As a Christian, I've lent money to both Christians and non- Christians. Most of the non-Christians felt obligated to pay off their debt (and did so). None of the Christians did.
My new policy is to lend (or give) to non-Christians, but only GIVE to Christians. Since I do not believe in taking another Christian to court, I do not make contracts with them either.
---Donna2277 on 10/30/06

A lot of Churches have to borrow money to put up new or additions to their buildings.
---notlaw99 on 10/30/06

I agree with Madison. There are people I know who God has helped with regards to the financing of houses - by creating loans. God is able to add loans into the the way in which He works.

Just as an aside - I have had a miracle happen in my life - and it involved the use of a mobile phone. God can use the things we create, including mortgages and car loans, for His purposes. So these are not banned to believers.
---laure5759 on 10/30/06

I borrowed money on a mortgage to buy my house. It was a purely financial arrangement between me and a commercial organisation.
Even Christian organisations are often staffed by non-Christians.
I think personal private loans should be avoided anyway.
---alan8869_of_UK on 10/30/06

To do otherwise would mean not being able to get a mortgage on a new home, or car loan from a bank.
---Madison1101 on 10/30/06

Note: Is the question about "borrowing" or "whom to borrow from"? Try to keep questions clear.
One should borrow as little as possible and only as much as one can figure one will be able to pay back safely. The source is not so important as lending institutions have both believers and unbelievers working for them. P.
---Pierr5358 on 10/30/06

The world is mostly Unbelievers. Therefore this question could read," should believers borrow money?" I believe the answer is no but I myself have been guilty of this many times.
---mima on 10/30/06

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