Wednesday, September 13, 2006

    Does God Want You to Be Rich?


    Check out this post and the corresponding comments at the blog Between Two Worlds regarding Time Magazine's lastest cover story on Americanized- Christianity and the prosperity gospel being preached in the mega-churches and by so-called evangelists on TV. I'll have to admit to finding Joel Osteen engaging when I flip by and catch him "preaching" on TV, but after a few viewings you realize he's preaching the same sermon over and over and it's all about self-empowerment and feeling good. The fact that Osteen is now a multi-millionaire and helms a church so large that it has to be held in the Compaq Center, an 18,000-seat arena in Houston, only seems to support his proclamation that God rewards positive thinking.

    Why doesn't he just drop the religious angle and become a self-help speaker? Our young people already have enough trouble prioritizing their faith over the cultural enticements of wealth, popularity, comfort, and success. They don't need pastors watering down the scandal of the gospel from the pulpit.

    2 comments:

    Seven Star Hand said...

    Hey Brian,

    Thought I'd treat you to the same information and challenge you and your readers to consider that most of our civilization causes direct harm, while many of us think otherwise. The questioning should go beyond merely wealth and look closely and unequivocally at the truth about money, politics, and religion.

    RE: "Does God want you to be rich?"
    How about, does the Creator want some people to suffer and starve while some wallow in luxury and ignore the plight of others? What about "serving mammon" (money and materialism) instead of truth, justice, and your fellow souls? How about the rich man and the eye of a needle? Talking about the blind leading the blind...

    To take this a step further, what would the Creator say about forming organizations (corporations, religions, governments, political parties, etc.) that accumulate vast wealth and resources while living people and other lifeforms suffer as the direct result? What does this say about the complete hypocrisy of all religions?

    Here's some pivotal knowledge (wisdom) so people can stop focusing on symptoms and obfuscatory details and home in like a laser on the root causes of and solutions to humanity's seemingly never-ending struggles.

    Money is the lifeblood of the powerful and the chains and key to human enslavement

    There is a radical and highly effective solution to all of our economic problems that will dramatically simplify, streamline, and revitalize human civilization. It will eliminate all poverty, debt, and the vast majority of crime, material inequality, deception, and injustice. It will also eliminate the underlying causes of most conflicts, while preventing evil scoundrels and their cabals from deceiving, deluding, and bedeviling humanity, ever again. It will likewise eliminate the primary barriers to solving global warming, pollution, and the many evils that result from corporate greed and their control of natural and societal resources. That solution is to simply eliminate money from the human equation, thereby replacing the current system of greed, exploitation, and institutionalized coercion with freewill cooperation, just laws based on verifiable wisdom, and societal goals targeted at benefiting all, not just a self-chosen and abominably greedy few.

    We can now thank millennia of political, monetary, and religious leaders for proving, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that top-down, hierarchical governance is absolute folly and foolishness. Even representative democracy, that great promise of the past, was easily and readily subverted to enslave us all, thanks to money and those that secretly control and deceptively manipulate all currencies and economies. Is there any doubt anymore that entrusting politics and money to solve humanity's problems is delusion of the highest order? Is there any doubt that permitting political and corporate leaders to control the lives of billions has resulted in great evil?

    Here's a real hot potato! Eat it up, digest it, and then feed it's bones to the hungry...

    Most people have no idea that the common-denominator math of all the world's currencies forms an endless loop that generates debt faster than we can ever generate the value to pay for it. This obscured and purposeful math-logic trap at the center of all banking, currencies, and economies is the root cause of poverty. Those who rule this world through fear and deception strive constantly to hide this fact, while pretending to seek solutions to poverty and human struggle. Any who would scoff at this analysis have simply failed to do the math, even though it is based on a simple common-denominator ratio.

    Here is Wisdom

    Doctrine of Two Spirits...

    Peace...

    youthminister66 said...

    Interesting thoughts, Seven Star Hand. Some might reply that this just isn't the way the world works. The world is based on global and local economies, private ownership, and trade. My reply would be that this is the world we have created, but certainly not the world as it has to be or, some might say, was supposed to be.