Did You Know that Having Debt is a SIN?

@Raven1 (577)
Australia
June 2, 2009 11:47pm CST
I worked at a large bank for a long time. I saw so many people struggling under mountains of debt without really knowing what they were doing with their money. They had no financial control at all. Then I left the bank to become a freelance writer (I'm so glad I did - I'm happier and I earn more!) In my research as a writer I learned that it's in the Bible that banks are committing a sin. People who take debts from a bank, like credit cards or personal loans or mortgages, are helping to perpetuate that sin. Here's where it's written: Exodus 22:25 says: "If thous lend money to any of my people that is poor by thee, thous shalt not be to him as an usurer, neither shalt thou lay upon him usury." Leviticus 25:35 says something along the lines of that we are to relieve our poor brethren, taking no usury or increase from them. Verse 37: "Thou shalt not give him thy money upon usury, nor lend him thy victuals for increase." Verses 38-39: "because God brought Israel out of Egyptian slavery. Therefore we are not to put our brothers into slavery to us. There is to be no increase at all when we loan to our brethren." Hmmm... isn't it funny how the sinful banks now rule our lives and we've become slaves to paying back their usury?
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• Philippines
22 Dec 09
oh no!if that's the case the my soul must be in hell now.I have debt,but I do pay it.I borrowed money from the bank.it is not really bank.I do pay it to erase my debt.I think it will be better if I don't have debt.I can put that money in a savings account.
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@newtondak (3950)
• United States
3 Jan 10
Romans 13:8 (New International Version) Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for he who loves his fellowman has fulfilled the law. There are many scriptures in the Bible that relate to money and debt - they generally refer to not being financially indebted to others - that we are to be good stewards of our money and of the blessings that God gives us. To me, the sin of the banks and other lending institutions is not only that they go against the verses you have listed, but also that they choose to take advantage of people - especially people who are in dire straights to begin with. They view it only as a business, with no regard for the people they are supposed to be serving.