Mixing Business and Religion

Australia
March 25, 2010 3:44am CST
I was posting my responses when my eyes caught an advertisement talking about mixing business and religion. But my screen already opened up to another page and when I went back, the advertisement was already replaced. But I remembered some of the lines, though not in exact words. It said, Business ethics: How faith in God can make a business successful. I am at a point in my career when I'm starting to question whether God really approves of us trying to make profits. Shouldn't we just be content of a simple, meager life, where our earnings are enough to meet basic daily needs? Or does God also give blessing to us who work hard inorder to earn? Is making business a violation of God's will? Or a revelation of his grace and goodness and generosity. What is your view on this?
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@Margajoe (4722)
• Germany
27 Mar 10
I used to think like you. But it really is not all that difficult. When you enjoy your job, you are doing it because you want to. That is good. When you make extra money doing it, be grateful. When you are doing your job, because you need food on the table, but you hate your job. You either look for a new job, or except the situation. Either way, no one works for nothing, be it food, be it money, be it whatever. I think we are all entitled to have enough. As long as you are grateful and don't get greedy, there is nothing wrong with having more. God knows, I sure want to win the lottery! Take a look at the secret, that helped me a lot. http://thesecret.tv I don't make anything from this, and it is totally Free. It is great! Take a look at the free gifts and movies.
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• Australia
29 Mar 10
I have seen The Secret too. It's the one about positive thinking right? I think at some point in my life, it did help me go through a very major project where I was starting to lose the fire to go on. That movie really helped me.
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@Margajoe (4722)
• Germany
30 Mar 10
Oh, I am glad to hear that. Well maybe you can take a look at the visualization tools. They are great and it is a free to use. Take care.
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• Australia
7 Apr 10
I'm sorry. Visualization tools? Like imagery? Was that in the movie? Oh crap, I think I don't remember things in there anymore.
@bellis716 (4808)
• United States
27 Mar 10
I think it depends how we try to make that profit whether God approves of it or not. We should put God first before anything else, even making a profit.
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• Australia
29 Mar 10
That is right, we should be honest as we can be. But still I think in the business world, it is unavoidable that we have to learn to be clever, learn the ways to be ahead from your competitors and in the process, we tend to compromise honesty, and truthfulness. IT's hard to imagine that with a person who never really developed conscience.
• Philippines
25 Mar 10
LOL sorry but when I read the title of your discusison the first thing that came to mind was religions or rather religious groups that make money out of their religion. You know, from those big established ones that ask for tithes to the small syndicate-ones that are basically scams designed to defraud gullible people out of their money :p
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• Australia
26 Mar 10
Oh, that also happens. And it's really sad to hear that some people use religious activities to take money from people for a totally different or even illegal cause. That's still swindling.
@kharlav (1673)
• Philippines
25 Mar 10
Of course, God wants us to prosper. In fact, the bible says "for i know the plans i have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future". God wants to make us prosper but many things hinder us from this, that's why we have to abide in him and seek him first, so that the devil could not try to take this away form us and the grace of God will be with us. When we abide in him, he could guide us where to go, what to do, what business to choose. Especially, when you do His will, His grace would be upon you, not all good things are His will (specifically those you ask from HIM) we just have to trust Him. I believe that good ideas are not God's idea but God's ideas are good ideas. I actually have a testimony regarding this. I am a business woman. i loved doing business ever since i was in gradeschool. I loved it because it is the only way i can earn money. I tried baking and selling food, selling gadgets, selling clothes. I did everything i could to earn money. I worked so hard. But all my hardwork didnt pay off. After i graduated in college, i finally gave up doing business. When my church needed funds for us to transfer to another place, as if God spoke to me, to start the fund raising committee. So i told our pastor about it. I wasnt really positive about it because of my past depressing experience, but i still did it. And now, we raised more funds than i expected. In this experience, i learned that when the grace of God upon you and when you do it for God: less effort would be equal to more profit, because it would be God who will work it for you. If you really want to prosper here's a suggestion, "Seek yee first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you".
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• Australia
26 Mar 10
Thank you so much for the enlightenment. I did understand a few things now.
• United States
16 Apr 10
well that is pretty interesting. i have never read about business and religion together before. i wonder what it was all about. i think that whatever happens to us is sometimes meant to happen for a reason.
• Australia
17 Apr 10
It was just an article, stressing that business and religion don't have to be similar poles that repel each other. Instead, there is a way to practice faith in our work, and in the process believe that God will bless the business and make us prosper.