Should christians be rich ?

@ronnyb (6117)
Jamaica
June 16, 2009 12:49pm CST
We all know that teh bible says that we should all be our brothers keeper and by that by that it means that we should share with them .Now with that said does it mean that true christians can be wealthy and still be genuine or should they give away the larger portion of their wealth and live modest in the same way Jesus would have doen if he were alive. Dont get me wrong ,not sure I could but just wanted to hear your views on the subject.In addition I am wondering how much do you think is too much wealth ,a million , a billion etc
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16 responses
• United States
16 Jun 09
What do you need wealth for but to maintain your level of living? What are you going to save for? What are you going to spend on? What is the point of hoarding wealth instead of spreading it to others or into the economy (through purchasing, creating jobs, investing, etc.) Wealth does nothing. It is an insubstantial number in an insubstantial account somewhere...which surprisingly can be used to purchase substantial things. Until it is used it is just potential. Those who are wealthy are those who have something substantial. This substance can be emotional, mental or physical. Being Christian and having money in an account does not mean you are wealthy, especially if you believe that true wealth is to have the compassion and salvation of your Lord and savior. If you have this, you are wealthy. Is it wrong then to be wealthy in such a manner? Place this perspective on the concept of wealth and you will see that whatever it is that fulfills you is wealth. If a number in an account fulfills you, then that is wealth. If your friends and family are happy around you and it fulfills you then that is wealth. If knowing you have the kingdom of God in your reach as a promise from your lord and savior, then that is wealth. Looking at it this way...I don't see whats wrong with being wealthy, Christian or otherwise.
@ronnyb (6117)
• Jamaica
16 Jun 09
Amost unique answer yuo have explained wealth in a manner I never looked at and I agree with you that money in an acount doesn nothing for no one .Thanks for responding to my discussion
@emandi (102)
• Philippines
16 Jun 09
I don't think that there's anything wrong with Christians being rich or well-off as long as the wealth is acquired through honest, legitimate means and that it is being spent properly with helping our brethren :)
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• United States
16 Jun 09
I am not Christian so it isn't my place to say yes or no. All I can say is in the films I have seen during Easter , it is implied that the richer you are the harder it will be to get to heaven. In The Greatest story ever Told there was a line about it is easier to pass a camel through the eye of an needle than to get a rich man to heaven, something like that. I always thought the key is to be the best person you can, regardless of how much you money you have.
@ronnyb (6117)
• Jamaica
24 Jan 10
Very good point .I think it is harder because of the so many distractions that will prevent you for doing God's will
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@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
16 Jun 09
EVERYBODY should be rich but all of us aren't. i don't think being a christain has anything to do w/how much money u have.
@ronnyb (6117)
• Jamaica
24 Jan 10
Good point ,I guess its how we use it that matters whether to do good or evil.THANK YOU FOR YOUR ANSWER AND HAVE A GOOD DAY .
@jellymonty (2354)
16 Jun 09
This is one topic that people are often confused on and given wrong information so let me break it down to you.. ALL CHRISTIANS ARE MEANT TO BE RICH!! The bible clearly states in Deuteronomy 8:18 that it is God who gives us the POWER to create wealth. In Isaiah 48:17 the Lord declares that "I am the God who teaches you how to profit." There are over 2,000 scriptures in the bible that talk about wealth and prosperity. If you look at all the characters in the bible, not one of them was poor man. From Abraham, Issac, Jacob, Moses, David, Solomon... They all had their trials and tribulations but not one of them was broke. Its the same as Jesus, when he was down here on earth he was not poor! How else do you think he was able to preach the Gospel to multitudes of people?? But in order for one to be rich, rules must be followed, and one must have a prosperity mentality. Deuteronomy chapter 28 is the best example of how one should be rich. Poverty is a curse and a result of disobedience onto God. God is a RICH God and if you are a christian and you are poor, then you are not reflecting Jesus, neither are you demonstrating the character of Jesus. God will entrust riches to you if you obey him and the reason he does that is so you can be a blessing to somebody else. Read the Bible especially the books of Deuteronomy and Isaiah. It will give you and inside look as to why it is God's will for you to be rich. Log on to this website to give you a full explanation of this subject: http://creflodollarministries.org
• United States
24 Jun 09
I totally agree with you. It is God that gives us the wisdom to gain riches. Jesus came that we might experience an abundant life. That was not just "spiritually".
@mralaj (1)
• United States
24 Jan 10
I believe christians should not hoard their riches and profits for self-purposes. if God has blessed you and given you riches, He meant it for a purpose. "What you receive as gift you must give as gift" Matthew 10:8. In the Bible, it says we need to suffer with Jesus. God didn't create us for our own comfort and pleasure so we shouldnt always try to make ourselves as happy as possible. With all the millions suffering over the world, a little donation would help greatly. You would be putting God's will above your desires and could end the suffering of so many people without even sacrificing much yourself. And hopefully, you will be willing to give even more than that until you're making big sacrifices as Jesus taught. It's clear from the Bible that God's will involves helping the poor, feeding the hungry, and doing what we can to improve the world around us. Imagine if you just lived on what you needed and gave the rest of your income away each year how many lives that would save. I plan on giving at least 20% of my income to help the needy of the world and I think other Christians should do what they can and give what they can as well.
• United States
3 Jul 09
Money corrupts, but if the person realizes that they are stewards of God's money and they seek and obey His advice on its use, then a zillion dollars would make no difference at all because they know that it's the Lord's money and not their own. When God can trust His stewards with a little...He knows that he can trust them with a lot.
• India
23 Jun 09
Hello my friend ronnyb Ji, There is no end of richness. A rich person alays starves for little more. In this regard, how do you estimate Christ. Was he rich or poor. I think, he was rich by his deeds, may not be by wealth. May god bless You and have a great time.
@riaanj (6)
• South Africa
17 Jun 09
Being rich or not being rich as a Christian is not really the issue. If money is the most important thing to you and you are obsessed with riches - you can only serve one God. If our obsession is our relationship with God, then the question of wealth is moot. I am wealthy in Christ Jesus, rich in knowing that I will spend eternity with Him. Earthly wealth does not translate into heavenly wealth. The things that God are interested in are of the Spirit and he will judge accordingly. If you are wealthy or you are poor you ahve the same standing before God and the Spiritual fruits of your life will determine your final outcome.
• United States
17 Jun 09
I am a Christian and would love to be financially wealthy, so I can have a ball giving it away to those who need it. I'm probably going to make everyone upset here, but anyone who has a home big enough for your immediate family, plenty of food to eat, a car that will take you where you need to go, clothes to put on your back, and a nice vacation once a year...what would you need a million or two, or more, for. ..so you can buy a a vacation home, more cars, more luxury toys? a grandiose home? Sometimes when we have too much of one thing, we get out of touch with the simple folks, and we forget that we may had far less at one time. We allow it to put us into another status in life. So, can a Christian be wealthy...certainly, as long as we do the right thing with it, and don't get out of touch with those who don't have as we have....helping one another out is what we should be doing. While wealth doesn't necessarily mean rich in money, we can have alot of good things in life - friends, loved ones, health, wisdom, compassion, - and consider that wealth, however, the truth is we do need money in the world to help others survive, and that's what the financially wealthy people should be doing with it.
@vanities (11410)
• Davao, Philippines
17 Jun 09
well i guess it depend on us on how we interpret on those things..we really should not literally interpret the bible...with regards to wealth and the likes if we really like to share our wealth then why not ..especially if its heartily or sincerely on our part.. it really doesn meant that we live like Jesus..we are in a modern world now..too much means an excess of what you need in your life ..
@mariposaman (2967)
• Canada
17 Jun 09
The rich have more to give and thus can contribute more to charity. Even Mother Teresa needed money to do her good deeds, without people donating to her order, she would have been just another poor person unable to help others very much. Christ had an honest profession, being a carpenter, so he was not without funds. Piety does not require poverty, as the two are not mutually exclusive. But how do you help your brother when you are so poor you can barely look after yourself.
• Nigeria
17 Jun 09
I think christians are meant to be rich because we are direct representatives of God on earth and God requires us to have some sort of influence on earth which could be useful to Him...we all know that from the afore stated that christians need to be considerably wealthy to achieve this,...but only if the wealth comes through 100 per cent honest and legitimate means....too much wealth is any amount of money that twists your motives and brings in a little pride :)
@cher913 (25865)
• Canada
16 Jun 09
funny, i have been thinking this for a while. i dont think christians should be rich (am i jealous? maybe!) but in the new testament church (in the book of Acts), they gave away/sold all their goods to help the poor, so that is why i dont think they should be wealthy. just my humble opinion though!
• United States
16 Jun 09
I absolutely believe a christain can be rich/well off, I believe if you are a christain you are less likely to be so though. Mainly because I think God would allow that money to come to those he trusts with it to spend it wisely in the fashion he wants. (not necessarily giving 90% of your deal or no deal winnings with the local orphanage)
@Boofybutt (316)
• United States
16 Jun 09
They say you should tithe 10% to God, of course if you don't have 10% to give, I'm not sure what he does. I don't think, if you're a true christian, that any amount of money will change who you are on the inside. I think it'd just make life a little easier so you're not stressed about how you're going to pay your bills. If you're sharing and giving your wealth with and to others I don't think there is too much. It'd be like saying there's too much charity in the world. But aren't you supposed to give? You can't give anything if you don't have anything. My brother and I were actually having a conversation about this earlier, if you're titheing to God, who should you give it to? Do you give it to a charity, a homeless person, or maybe a church in town? Where's the best way to tithe your 10%?