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Should Christians Be Poor

Jesus was not poor, nor did He promote poverty. Why is it that society embraces wealthy Jews and Muslims? What is the difference between them being wealthy and Christians being wealthy?

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Does society really embrace wealthy Jews and Muslims?
---sue on 9/27/07

St Paul wrote, "those who desire to be rich ..pierce themselves through with many sorrows, James wrote about the snares of riches, Jesus said, "sell that ye have and give alms," "how hard it is for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven," and "Foxes have holes, the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay His head." So why do we spend 99% of our time occupied with making things more comfy for this short time, and neglecting the eternal?
---Robert_Easter on 9/27/07

It is a false teaching of society in America and around the world. John the revelator said in 3 John 1:2 Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers.

The original Greek for prosper in this verse is euodoo -- pronounced: yoo-od-o'-o. It translates to succeed in reaching, figuratively, to succeed in business affairs.
---denna7667 on 9/10/07

Its Hell to be poor. Christians should have money enough to meet their needs and to help others when needed, if possible. We need to be wealthy enough so we want have to steal, lie and cheat. Jesus was not poor.
His Father and Our Father owns everything in this world. All the silver and gold, cattle on a thousand hills. Read Psalms chap 8. We have been instructed to not chase riches . Not to make money our God(idolatry). But money itself, is not wrong to have.
---Robyn on 9/7/07

Well, that is a good question. When you don't have enough money to pay your bills you in trouble. We are put here to be a blessing and not to be blessed. However, God, as He sees fit, will bless whomever He pleases. We are to share what God gives us. We depend on God to take care of us. He does not make everyone rich. Take care of what He gives you. Mabe He will give you more.
---catherine on 9/6/07

What Christ promoted was being rich in mercy, spirit, love, and humility, loving What christians are running down today is the wealth of the rich, Prosperity, and coveitousness, that it where this God didn't intend us to be poor thing springs from. Christ said the poor will always be amongst us. Poor in spirit is different. Store Your treasures in the Bank of Heaven where you'll exchange them for a crown, they will then be returned to the rightful OWNER.
---carla5754 on 8/25/07

I feel God wants His people to have their needs met. Poverty does not glorify God. Being able to pay our bills,eat and take care of our needs is abundance. God never promised to supply our wants but He did say our needs. There is a big difference in the two. Christians need to have money enough to meet bills, have food, shelter and clothing. Beyond that God does not have to supply. We should work and not be slothful. There is gain in all labor. No matter how small.
---Robyn on 8/24/07

There is nothing wrong with wealthy Christians as long as they became wealthy because of their own labors and not because of deception such as many televangelists use to create their own wealth. It is true that Jesus did not promote poverty. He also did not promote Himself for financial gain. He sold nothing. What he promoted was eternal life which is free.
---Susie on 8/24/07

The bible says seek first the Kingdom of God and these things shall be added unto you. No that doens't mean that one is going to get rich. That means that God will supply ALL of our needs, IF we continue to seek him.
---Rebecca_D on 8/24/07

A. I do not understand the part about society embracing wealthy Jews and Muslims?

This on its face seems anti-semetic.

Society is not the church and society embraces $$$$$$ without discrimination.
---Andrea on 8/24/07

I know some rich men who are constantly faced with the problem of what to do with their money. They want to be good stewards but at the same time they desire to give anonymously. And anonymously giving is much harder than you might think.
---Mima on 8/24/07

Every man to whom the LORD has given riches and has given him the ability to enjoy it and to rejoice in his labour, this is his gift from God. For he shall not much remember the days of his life, because God answers him in the joy of his heart. It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter in the the kingdom of God. A rich mans wealth is usually his stronghold, therefore he errs from the faith. The Father has chosen the poor in this world to be strong in faith.
---Josef on 8/24/07

When asked about paying taxes, he didn't get a coin from his pocket - he had to get one from a fish. He was homeless - he had no place to lay his head.

While he didn't say poverty was a good thing, he DID warn that people who strive for wealth often become dominated by it, and forget the more important things.

Matthew 6:21, Luke 12:34:
"For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also."

Many parables (like the one about the rich man and Lazarus) illustrate this.
---Mark on 8/24/07

The difference is state of mind. "Love of money is the root of all evil." Why do we want to be rich? To glorify ourselves, or God? We are to rely on God for our daily needs (manna). But also wants us to have life abundantly, not just in finances, but every aspect of our life.
---dan on 8/24/07

2 corinthians 8:9, For ye know the Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor that ye through his poverty might be rich. Why does society embrace any of the rich? This is the world system that we are warned about in the book of 1 John. I do not believe that it is wrong for a christian to be rich, but our Heavenly Father did not intend for all of us(His children) to be rich. As far as myself, I am already rich , Heavenly riches not worldly. Glory to God!
---Cynthia on 8/23/07

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