Blessed are the faithful, for God will give them money

There is a strain of Christian belief today holding that faith in God will bring about material wealth. This is known as prosperity theology. The idea is that being a good servant of the Lord, He will reward you with great abundance. You scratch His back, He’ll scratch yours.

You’ve probably watched TV and flipped through the channels to find a televangelist imploring you to send him money as a sign of faith in God so that God will reward you many times over. Of course, at first it sounds like a scam. Isn’t reward in the afterlife what God promises? This isn’t mentioned in the bible, is it? Actually, there are many biblical passages supporting this prosperity doctrine. Take, for example, the story of Jesus and the rich man:

A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

“Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.'”

“All these I have kept since I was a boy,” he said.

When Jesus heard this, he said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

When he heard this, he became very sad, because he was a man of great wealth. Jesus looked at him and said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!” [Luke 18:18-24, NIV]

See? In clear and simple English, Jesus says that if you have faith in Him, He will reward you with a lot of material possessions. Another example can be found in the Gospel of Matthew:

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” [Matthew 19:23-24, NIV]

Here Jesus is telling us if we send money to our local televangelist as a display of faith, we’ll be rewarded many times over. In cash!

There are some, however, who claim that this is nonsense and that Jesus wanted us to concern ourselves with the spiritual rather than the material. What bible are they reading? These people are obviously misinterpreting the Jesus’ central teaching: if we believe in Him, He’ll make us really really rich. As proof, let’s compare the United States, a first world country, to Guatemala, a third world country. Why is Guatemala so poor in comparison to the US? Well, quite simply, they don’t have as much faith. This proves that prosperity theology is the one true path.

So remember, have faith in your God. It is the only way to Heaven. Plus, you’ll get, like, a ton of cash.

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~ by norealname on May 4, 2008.

One Response to “Blessed are the faithful, for God will give them money”

  1. I don’t know what you are talking about when you say that this scriptures you quoted proves that prosperity Gopel is one true path. Well i dont have Good command of English but when you say “See? In clear and simple English, Jesus says that if you have faith in Him, He will reward you with a lot of material possessions.” I begin to think you should rephrase the term simple, cause really it does not seem like you understand the scriptures you qouted. Jesus said sell everything meaning loose all you have to the poor. the man was sad because Jesus told him to give up all he owned.

    As for the second scriture you quoted the bible says that as a rich man you chances of seeing heaven are slim.

    Well the bible says that my people die because of lack of knowledge. Hos 4:6

    May God open your eyes and your ears so you may see and hear.

    I always tell people that it is not the truth that you know that will set you free but the truth that you understand that will set you free.

    God bless And God’s love

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