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Old August 17th, 2012, 08:22 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by A.Nonymous View Post
... I'm fascinated by people's beliefs on wealth ...
By using the terms, "I heard a story ...", "... mythical guy ...", "... this story is just a fable ...", most would conclude this is a fable.

As you are interested in fables, this one concerns a religion which is always evolving to reflect its creators and their various factions. It's like multiple choice with no wrong answers.

Christian views on poverty and wealth - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"Wealth as an offense to faith

According to Kahan, there is a strand of Christianity that views the wealthy man as "especially sinful". In this strand of Christianity, Kahan asserts, the day of judgment is viewed as a time when "the social order will be turned upside down and ... the poor will turn out to be the ones truly blessed."[5]

David Miller suggests that this view is similar to that of the third century Manicheans who saw the spiritual world as being good and the material world as evil with the two being in irreconcilable conflict with each other.[4] Thus, this strand of Christianity exhorts Christians to renounce material and worldly pleasures in order to follow Jesus. As an example, Miller cites Jesus' injunction to his disciples to "take nothing for the journey."Mark 6:8-9"

"Wealth as an obstacle to faith

According to David Miller, Martin Luther viewed Mammon (or the desire for wealth) as "the most common idol on earth". Miller cites Jesus' encounter with the rich ruler Mark 10:17-31 {{{3}}} as an example of wealth being an obstacle to faith. According to Miller, it is not the rich man's wealth per se that is the obstacle but rather the man's reluctance to give up that wealth in order to follow Jesus. Miller cites Paul's observation in 1st Timothy that, “people who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction." 1 Timothy 6:9 . Paul continues on with the observation that "the love of money is the root of all evil." 1 Timothy 6:10

Miller emphasizes that "it is the love of money that is the obstacle to faith, not the money itself."[4]"

"Wealth as an outcome of faith

Prosperity theology first came to prominence in the United States during the Healing Revivals in the 1950s. Some commentators have linked the genesis of prosperity theology with the influence of the New Thought movement. It later figured prominently in the Word of Faith movement and 1980s televangelism. In the 1990s and 2000s, it became accepted by many influential leaders in the charismatic movement and has been promoted by Christian missionaries throughout the world. It has been harshly criticized by leaders of mainstream evangelicalism as a non-scriptural doctrine or as an outright heresy."
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