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Is Hoarding Unscriptural

Is hoarding unscriptural ?

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Of course it is unscriptural. But so is being wasteful. And some times those who hoard do not want things to be tossed that should not be tossed which have value to some. Jesus did say Let nothing be wasted. He also said not to store your treasures on earth and to give to the poor. Another teaching is not to be engrossed in the things you have. Do you own your possessions or your possessions own you? Will you rather be trapped with your things in this realm or go to a better realm?
---mike4879 on 9/23/16

\\My wife says I hoard books.\\

I would say you're building a library.

I like books, too.

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 4/4/16

Yes. We should be seeking to give to others.

My wife says I hoard books.

---Samuelbb7 on 3/28/16

\\There is plenty of scripture about saving for the future...what hoarding is to one person may be saving wisely for another..
---Rod4Him on 5/13/15\\

Good point, Rod.

God revealed to Joseph and the Pharaoh that after 7 years of bumper crops, there would be 7 years of famine.

Were their arrangements to save and possibly ration grain hoarding?

Glory to Jesus Christ!
---Cluny on 3/24/16

It is fine to save things you could possibly use later, but once it gets to "more things than you could use in your lifetime", it becomes a burden rather than a blessing. When things have positive value, it's good to keep them. When they have negaive value, you should discard them like a ball around your ankle.

One thing I noticed years ago is that, if I needed something, like a tape measure, but wasn't sure where I put it, I didn't want to buy a new one (and waste money), yet I couldn't use the one I owned. In essence, the one I owned was useless, yet it was preventing me from getting a new one. It was a ball and chain, and had negative value. Better to just consider it lost (plus having thrown it out would have saved space).
---StrongAxe on 3/24/16

hello,yes! I'm a person who hates to waste anything & it makes me feel a sense of home belonging but,yes now it's only one room full because we lost two neighbors who were my special best friends hard time getting out of their apt.both end up pretty bad way they died.I quit my hoarding ways!
---Elena95555 on 3/24/16

Good points nice read.

---Samuelbb7 on 5/14/15

Rod, my Dad was like yours and I am like my dad in many ways. I have a hobby, creative card making, and I save every small scrap of card. I have a box full of 'bits'. When I need to punch out a small daisy or butterfly I get out that box and can usually find a very small piece of card which is perfect for the job. This saves me starting on a new large sheet which is quite expensive.

It's common sense and we should use very wisely those things that God has given us.
---Rita_H on 5/13/15

One should define "hoarding."

My dad went through the depression and saved everything possible. However, if he ever needed a certain size screw, he could find it. He saved scraps of lumber...again, whenever he needed a piece for a project, he could find it.

Personally, I like a bare minimum of stuff. However, my best mate, tends to save stuff. Unfortunately, sometimes more things are bought because the stuff saved "for a rainy day" can't be found.

There is plenty of scripture about saving for the future...what hoarding is to one person may be saving wisely for another..
---Rod4Him on 5/13/15

"I am too afraid to have 20 coats and people freezing to death." Nicole.

Agreed. I have lost a lot of weight through illness over the last 3 years but kept all the larger clothes 'just in case' I put back the weight. My wardrobes were bulging with more clothes in a large box. I sorted through them recently and gave away a large amount which I now know are helping others whereas they were doing me no good whatsoever. I felt very relieved after I'd done it but we really do like to hang on to things don't we?
---Rita_H on 5/13/15

I wonder how many people hoard things they will never use because they feel their lives are so out of control that the only thing they can keep in control are large ill-assorted collections. My father was that way, as I mentioned.

Christ is risen!
---Cluny on 5/12/15

Wasn't the man hoarding wheat in his barn when God called him a fool and demanded his life?
Dying the next day. Someone else ending up getting what he was too greed to give away.

I am too afraid to have 20 coats and people freezing to death.
God will demand an answer.
---Nicole_Lacey on 5/12/15

On a lighter note here....some of the greatest inventions came out of hoarding. Have you ever seen people's front lawns as junk yards? Never throwing anything away? Old cars, tools, washing machines, etc. In the south this was acceptable. This is how the TOW TRUCK came into being. And that man is a billionaire now. An old truck here, a hook there, a chain here...etc, and walla, out of necessity a great mind who was a hoarder invented the tow truck.
---kathr4453 on 5/11/15

"Is hoarding unscriptural ?" Yes.
"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. Mat 6:19-34
---josef on 5/8/15

In a sense, hoarding, greed and covet are the same but used in different manners. Covetousness is from the mind/heart (Mark 7:21-23)
and is a form of idolotry (Colossians 3:5-6, Ephesians 5:5). One can covet, or desire, to have something (Exodus 20:17) which turns into a sin (James 1:14-15). Hoarding is the action of coveting. One must be aware of covetousness (1Timothy 6:7-10, Romans 13:9-10, Matthew 6:25-33
---Steveng on 4/26/15

I don't know if what I do would actually be classed as hoarding but I hate waste and don't throw anything away which I feel can be used later, used for some other purpose than it's original purpose or passed on to someone else.

I was brought up by a very frugal and careful mother and my father was definitely a hoarder.

I believe that we should be careful and generous with what God has blessed us with but sharing is far better than hoarding - when we have more than we need.
---Rita_H on 4/18/15

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It can be > "be content with such things as your have," we have in Hebrews 13:5.

But I "might" find a need for each little thing I have kept around.

Each hoarder is a unique person, possibly with different reasons. You can get to know him or her and discover :)

And my photographs . . . each one of more and more of a number can seem unique and seem interesting for sharing . . . sometime . . . somehow :)

Also, I think there are "people hoarders" > religious leaders who keep collecting people but do not give them all they really need . . . like how animal hoarders can feel they are "rescuing" their victims.
---Bill on 4/17/15

I grew up in abject my entire childhood and through early adulthood. As a child, my family ate food from dumpsters in order to survive and we had no valuable posessions. And I am not a hoarder in the least bit. Actually, quite the oposite. I detest keeping posessions that di not serve a useful function or are not being used regularly. I see it as a major waste as those things could be sold and the money saved or used to help others. I have only less than a handful of things I keep for sentimental value. I hate decorative nik-knacks that serve no useful purpose.
---Jed on 4/17/15

Maybe it's none of my business, but I think it's unChristian !
---1stcliff on 4/15/15

My wife is a hoarder.

As many have said, it is a sickness. It is both an addiction and a mental problem, mainly caused by unresolved grief.

Hoarders have emotional attachment to the stuff they hoard. They cannot part with their stuff easily because it brings up the emotions they are looking to avoid, much in the same way an addict looks to escape from the pain of emotions.

What we as spouses and people who love hoarders can do for them is to love them, pray for them, and work with them, slowly.

Hoarders are still people of reason and they can change. They just need a reason to.
---Mark_Eaton on 4/16/15

I mentioned my father was a hoarder. Many people that grew up through the Depression or in poverty are (or were).

There was a slogan, "Fix it, wear it out, make it do, or go without."

I'm not saying this excuses hoarding, but it might explain it.

Christ is risen!
---Cluny on 4/16/15

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Maybe it's none of my business, but I think it's unChristian !
---1stcliff on 4/15/15

I don't believe its "unchristian" but I do believe its a mental disorder. It has nothing to do with greed, or a desire to collect things, but a person with hoarding disorder experiences distress at the thought of getting rid of the items.
---NurseRobert on 4/15/15

I knew a man--a good Christian, who was a hoarder. His house was full of boxes, all in alphabetical order. A box might be full, or have one item in it, or even be empty. They were piled up to his shoulders, and there were only paths to go from one room to another.

The day he got married she threw out all the boxes!

Pray for me,
the unworthy monk Brendan
---Monk_Brendan on 4/15/15

The reason I posed this blog was because my sister-in-law , a born again Christian, is a hoarder. She has not seen the inside of her garage in 25 years, full to the ceiling with "stuff"
the basement is full , so now she has rented a storage shed to put more "stuff" (things she does not use/need ) even her van has boxes of stuff for years.
Maybe it's none of my business, but I think it's unChristian !
---1stcliff on 4/15/15

It depends on what you are hoarding and why.

My father hoarded all his departed mother's old clothes. They had thoroughly rotted by the time he passed away.

I know a man who hoarded all his dead brother's possessions, including furniture and medical records in two different storage facilities. He simply was not willing to let go of him.

Christ is risen!
---Cluny on 4/14/15

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Yes, hoarding is not scriptural. Luke 12:22- Then Jesus said to his disciples: Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body, what you will wear... Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn, yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! ...Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.... 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, you of little faith!

Is that reason enough?

Pray for me,
the unworthy monk Brendan
---Monk_Brendan on 4/14/15

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