It's an age old debate among Christians, "Does God want us to be rich?". There are plenty of verses for and against wealth in the Bible. In my latest post I address the issue of God and wealth. You can read the post here.
So what do you think, does God want us to be rich?
Did you put up John 3:16? I did not see it. Proverbs6:16-19 give a frame work. A True Christian knows 1Peter 2:15-17
So yes I agree BOTH
The Topic in every Book is Where's Your Heart? He is a Loving,Just and Jealous God. Jealous for you..
I believe you're right, it comes down to where your heart is. Too many people get caught up in one verse or another to prove a point, but they miss the big picture of it all, and that's the fact that God wants your heart to be in the right place, and when it is, your life will be blessed in incredible ways.
I am a spiritual person without a denomination.
I believe we are here to see what we can accomplish.
It isn't wrong to be rich unless you became this way by hurting others.
So if you can exceed your wildest dreams while helping others do the same.
I think that you are on the best path possible.
I don't think it's wrong to be rich either. In fact, I think when your heart is right with God He has a tendency to bless you financially as well as other ways.
As far as exceeding your wildest dreams while helping others do the same, I think that's definitely a good formula for succeeding financially. Getting your enjoyment and success through making others successful is always going to serve to bring more money your way to help more people. The more you serve others, the more you'll have.
"The more you serve others, the more you'll have."
I know this to be true & incredibly rewarding. Thank you for sharing these good words.
So true! Thanks Garrett
I prefer the word prosperous in this discussion over rich. I don't have a problem with the term rich either, but it tends to emphasize the financial which I find rather limiting. However, like nature does, we can expect to go through cycles.
A whole book was dedicated to Job's story. Was Job prosperous/rich when he was grieving, poor, and sick? From a Christian point of view, I think we can make the case he was.
The real debate, though, seems to be whether or not financial wealth causes moral corruption.
A secondary debate seems to be whether or not any acquired riches should be given away to do spiritual good.
Part of a Christian's answer to these last two depends on how they view money and how they view man's ultimate purpose in life.
I like the word "prosperous" also. I think when we use any of those words, we tend to think of monetary wealth first. But I think God wants us to be blessed in every way, not just money.
I don't think monetary wealth necessarily causes moral corruption. I think extreme wealth, or extreme lack of it, just magnifies what's already in your heart. Wealth in and of itself is an amoral object, it only does what you tell it to do.
I do think God provides us with wealth so that it can be spread around and used for His purposes. When He can trust you completely with what He's given you, He will certainly provide you with more.