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Poverty Stricken People

One school of thought says that a destitute, poverty-stricken people will more readily seek the Lord. We may very well see if this is true in the very near future. What is your opinion concerning this school of thought?

Moderator - For some people this is the only way God can reach them, however He reaches people in all kinds of ways regardless of their financial condition.

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Poor people can't afford much and can't pay their
debts. There was such a man, a servant who could
not pay his king what he owed him. Oh well, read
it for yourselves in Matthew 18:23_35.
---Nana on 4/30/08

No doubt that needy people may walk closer to God (if they are saved) since the affluent may focus more on the world and are self reliant in more ways. Jesus did tell the rich man to "sell all that you have and give to the poor" and the man was distraught because he was attached to his riches. It is a great temptation and stumbling block for the rich to want to hang on to their riches. They think it is their security. It is a nightmare to think of losing wealth, for some.
---jody on 4/29/08

This question is out of an experience that my friend and I had while walking down a Very poor district in Mexico. My friend and I and an interpreter prayed with many people in a very short time. Just by walking down the middle of a street. When my friend said, these people live very close to the bare essentials of life and are therefore more open to the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.
---Mima on 4/15/08

Feed them, and by our good works, they will come to God.
---matthew on 4/11/08

I believe the poor are more readily open to the gospel but not always. When you are poor you really need something and someone to look up to who is greater than you are. You are always in need. Jesus promises to help us in our troubles. The poor is always in trouble. Especially financial trouble. So the poor is especially receptive to the Gospel.
---Robyn on 3/20/08

If a person is destitute and poverty stricken, how would they know HOW to seek a Glorious loving Father? Their mind has to be set free from believing they are in poverty because God put them there or because they can't find a job, etc., "My God shall supply all of your needs according to His riches in Glory in Christ Jesus." They need to believe scripture first and worship Father, but how can they know HOW to do that if they're already destitute and stricken with poverty?
---Donna on 3/19/08

God's heart goes out to the poor, however the rich without Christ is equal to the poor whom are without Christ, and so his heart goes out to the perishing rich just as the perishing poor.
---Eloy on 3/18/08

Poor folk will generally seek political solutions before religious ones.
---John1944 on 3/18/08

to bill bila5659 - compassion will not pay your bill, put food on the table or send your children to school. that is why pastors / tele evangelist are rich. & no one dare expose their greed & love of money
---mikehow on 3/18/08

Compassion is very rich. To be able to love someone tenderly is very great prosperity.
---Bill_bila5659 on 3/9/08

So true. God can save anyone. But God absolutely loves saving people who do not have anything because He knows we will depend on Him. The weak and the foolish thing of this world. Things that this world would just as soon discard. God saids, "I can use that".
---catherine on 3/8/08

Deuteronomy 25:1: "If there be a controversy between men,
and they come unto judgment, that the judges may judge them,
then they shall justify the righteous, and condemn the wicked."

Leviticus 19:15: "Ye shall do no unrighteousness in judgment:
thou shalt not respect the person of the poor, nor honour the
person of the mighty: but in righteousness shalt thou judge thy

Poor or rich makes no difference.
---Nana on 3/8/08

If it is true then it sure blasts this silly prosperity preaching out of the water. Fancy teaching faith in faith. I wouldnt trust my faith as far as I could throw it!!! I trust upon Jesus (Yahooshewa) not this silly idea that if I believe hard enough ear tickling. He takes us anyway He can! Sorry if I got a little carried away and a tad off the subject it really bugs me because my Bible doesnt say a word about it prosperity preaching faith in faith
---rosalie on 3/7/08

It is the Holy Spirit who draws people, not poverty stricken people who decide to come to the Lord. Some may, some may not. I have a friend who's been walking with the Lord for over 30 years, she stays home and is waiting for God to send her money. She blames Him for being in poverty but won't go out and find a job. I believe it's the wooing of the Holy Spirit that draws people to turn to God.
---Donna on 3/7/08

My school of thought says that if you don't care about material things, poverty isn't so bad. Regardless of your financial situation, the Holy Spirit draws you to God in different ways. Some people who lose everything blame it on God. If your materials things are too important to you, get ready for the worst. This economy has just begun to get bad.
---Susie on 3/7/08

Poverty is the result of sin! if adam & eve would have not eaten the fruit, then there will be no suffering. that is what most believers believe.
---mikehow on 3/7/08

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I think sometimes this is true but then again sometimes they pretend just to get help from Christian people.I know our church gives large amounts of food and personal products to the destitute who attend.We know some of them are not changeing their lives just enduring church to get food etc.but some are trying.We want to help but only God is our judge.We are thankful for those who really want to change and perhaps in the future some others will with time find their hearts softened.
---shirley on 3/7/08

The light of Christ is a promise that even the grave cannot silence, if you live a life devoid of comfort and something provides that comfort you'll more likely go to it.

If you live a life of pleasure and plenty, you may not stop and think for a minute how poverty stricken you might be.

But the Mods right, Jesus reaches down to all, but if a man will not recognize and confess his need- or reach back up to Jesus he has no hope.
---Pharisee on 3/7/08

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