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Greed Around The World

Looking at all the "decorations" in my house and clothes closets made me realize that coveting is the basis of our whole economy. Would America go bankrupt if Christians let go of greed?

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 ---Geraldine on 8/25/13
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GREED can destroy families, friends & friendships, greed can get you to the place, you don't care about those who other wise would have your back..
but, if you know like me. Leave that one alone, money has it purpose but how you get that money will depend
on the reality like what happen to such a one.

Judas, he sold the son of God over to wicked people, he ended up commit suicide..
Love of Jesus!
---Elena9555 on 5/8/14

Geraldine, we all fail in life, there is not one person that does not fail. Even Christians fail. We should not judge our brothers and sisters unless they are practicing sin. And we should also judge what they say concerning the word of God. To correct them, to give them the Truth and if they really care to change they will listen and check for themselves what the Bible really says.
But concerning those who have gotten into debt, or those who do not live up to our standards of life we should not judge. We should help if we can. Some of us have more then others.
---Mark_V. on 12/25/13

I have seen greedy Christians. I have also seen Christians who do not pay their bills. I also know some who can't get anything on credit because of their credit score. how do I know? someone ask me to sign for them and I said no, I don't sign anything for anyone who has a record of not paying their bills.
---shira4368 on 12/18/13

Sis.Shira4368, wow! You do it well.You recall yrs.bk long timeago, my husband was a pastor.He would go shopping every day, sometimes he took me,as he got more rich, he quit coming home. He got absolutely in debt. To his eyeballs!

I agree Love of $$ root of all evil..
---Lidia4796 on 12/18/13

Geraldine, I believe as long as we live in this physical bodies greed will not escape many. What happens is that greed sneaks up, and before you know it, you were greedy. Too much of anything is greed. God is molding us to be more Christ like, but it is like Paul said,
"For what I am doing, I do not understand. For what I will to do, that I do not practice, but what I hate, that I do. If then, I do what I will not to do, I agree with the law that it is good. But now, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me." Sin was still in Paul and he always struggle with it.
---Mark_V. on 11/13/13

Absolutely will, including the whole world. In fact, we will all fall of coveting. It is so easy to covet unknowingly. Lord help us to become very weak in the temptation stakes.
---janz on 11/13/13

No Geraldine, because Christians do not make up the majority of people. Those who think that greed is normal will continue buying what they don't need and keep the businesses going. Some will 'feel the pinch' for a short time but all things will balance out.

Even Christians can only economise on certain things. We would still be buying food, toiletries, heating and lighting etc.

A great many of the Christians I know are far from greedy and live quite frugally.

Maybe not being in the U.S. is part of the reason for my seeing things differently from how you do.

I admit that I have more clothes than I need but, apart from one pair of trousers, ALL others were bought second-hand from charity shops. We have many here.
---Rita_H on 10/6/13

some of the worst credit risk is preachers. I saw a study on that one time but can't remember where I saw it.
---shira4368 on 9/3/13

What! No! Christians are not greedy. Unbelievers are the ones who's making a mess of everything!
---catherine on 9/3/13

America is going bankrupt inspite of Christians. Greed is rampant even with so many so called Christians.
---shira4368 on 8/31/13

"...Would America go bankrupt if Christians let go of greed?"

Certainly not Geraldine because America, unfortunately, is made up of a population that's mostly non-Christian. Also, as StevenG points out, greed exists in the Christian community as well. Greed, as we all know, is a sin issue & some people (saved as well as unsaved) have it worst than others.
---Leon on 8/30/13

Cluny, I think you have shown me a bright new road, not to demand more of myself than God does. Thank you for being there for me - again.
---Geraldine on 8/28/13

\\Right now I am trying very hard to live by a new slogan I created: "Reverence Trumps Appearance."
---Geraldine on 8/27/13\\

Geraldine, don't demand more of yourself than God does, OK?

And don't be harder on yourself than He is.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 8/27/13

If scrupulous means fearing I am not measuring up to what God requires of me, then that is what I am. Right now I am trying very hard to live by a new slogan I created: "Reverence Trumps Appearance."
---Geraldine on 8/27/13

BTW, Geraldine, are you sure you're not being a little scrupulous here?

You do tend to that, dear soul.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 8/27/13

Hi, Geraldine (c: When people of God have obeyed, others around them have been blessed . . . like in the case of Joseph > Genesis 37-50. So, yes America would be blessed if we let go of our greed, arguing, unforgiveness, etc.

"be content with such things as you have" (in Hebrews 13:5)

"God bless America!" - - by correcting us, then (c:
---willie_c: on 8/26/13

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My def. of greed - Wanting something good at the expense of gaining or losing something else that is important.
In terms of money if believers and unbelievers were to get rid of greed then we would have an economy that would soar that we could not even imagine. Because we would not have any unused debt. Most debt we have is on stuff we do not have or like anymore and we still pay the loan company off. Imagine how much money we would have if we bought what we wanted when we had the money and did not spend most of it at the bank.
---Scott1 on 8/26/13

God expects us to be good stewards with our money. He expects us to pay our bills on time and I actually think God wants His people to have things they enjoy but he also expects us to work for them. there is nothing wrong with having money and buying what we want. God has given me much more than I deserve but I in turn give to others. I make beautiful jewelry and I have not sold one piece but I have given many away. my clothes are not cheap but they are not from rodeo drive either. God also made it convenient to buy someone in my church an automobile. their family member was dying and they lived 1000 miles from them. well, they drove their automobile to their family but they didn't make it before he passed away. at least they had a way to go.
---shira4368 on 8/26/13

Steveng on 8/25/13, excellent response. Amen Steven.
"Would America go bankrupt if Christians let go of greed?" No. They are enough unbelievers to easily take up the slack, and the "Christian" will invariably purchase what they need, and a lot of what they desire. The principle of good business is adhering to the basic principle of "supply and demand". Therefore our economy will always survive, and even thrive, if, the government's unnecessary spending is put in check, and expenditures are truthfully recorded and considered earnestly and honestly.
---Josef on 8/25/13

Settle down, Cluny, Geraldine was just gerneralizing. Most people, including christians, are guilty of greed, the taking and hoarding of possessions.

Geraldine, if no one bought anything for a year the world would go into complete chaos and all hell would break loose within several months. The cycle would go like thus: no one buys anything for a year and, in turn, companies would go bankrupt, employees would get laid off, no wages are paid, people could not buy food and the necessities of life, people would turn against each other rather quickly, start stealing from on another for food. And the wheels keep turning worse and worse. Not just in America, but the whole world. One of Satan's plans to turn christians against God.
---Steveng on 8/25/13

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Geraldine: I hope you know that Greed is the devil's merchandise. Greed or covetousness or lust is the foundation of sin 1 John 2:15-17. Moderation in all things is what the Bible teaches us to do.
---Adetunji on 8/25/13

Speak for yourself. None of my possessions are the latest or most fashionable, but they are all serviceable, and do what I need.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 8/25/13

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