English 1127 P.31 - Biblical View on Wealth

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Wealth has something in relation to the Bible and God has established many principles regarding it. Believers must be committed and solidly rooted about what Bible, the Holy Word of God, has to say about worldly-goods. A comprehensive look at the relevant biblical passages quickly reveals that a biblical view of wealth is complex. In fact, Scripture teaches three basic principles about wealth. First, wealth itself s not condemned. Exempli gratia, we read in Genesis 13:2 that Abraham had great wealth. Also, in Deuteronomy, Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, wealth is seen as evidences of God's blessings. But even though wealth might be an evidence of God's blessings, believers are not to trust in it. Second, those who are blessed with worldly goods are not to consider themselves above others. 1 Timothy states that, "Charge them that are rich in this world, that they may be not high-minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy." Third, believers should be concerned about the effect wealth can have in their lives. Wealthy believers may no longer look to God for their provision because they can meet their basic needs. We read in Ecclesiastes 2 and 3 that people who are wealthy cannot really enjoy their wealth. The Bible doesn't really condemn those who are wealthy. But it does warn us that if God blesses us with wealth, we must keep our priorities straight and guard against the seductive effects of…...

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