Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Welcome to God & Mammon

Some people read the Bible and transform into lonely monks hiding from all the dangerous earthly riches out in some dark cave in eastern Turkey. In other parts of the world, like Oklahoma, some hyper-emotional preachers use Jesus' words to propagate the 'gospel of prosperity', creating an eager audience who pay for every book, tape, sermon, and smile along the way.

Everybody seems to have a strong opinion about money. But, what does the Bible say? In church we hear a lot of these types of verses: "The love of money is the root of all evil," "You cant serve 2 masters, either God or Mammon," "build up treasures in heaven." But what's the rest of the story? Didnt Jesus praise the sneaky and dishonest money manager? And after increasing his money tenfold, Jesus extolled a 'faithful' servant, while treating the one who hid his money 'harshly'.

Since I dont believe Jesus was a schizophrenic, I conclude that there's some conflict in the interpretation of wealth-related issues in the Bible. This blog will attempt to strip away some of this confusion, while searching for the Biblical truth about money. We'll look at various theologians' opinions, but focus on the historical, literary, and cultural context that the Biblical text was written in. If you have any thoughts, insights, criticizisms, jokes; please share your comments!

By the way, at top is a Renaissance oil painting of Jerome, one of the most famous desert monks, by Bassano in Venice. While Jerome was hiding from Mammon, he translated the Bible into Latin Vulgate, which has been used in some form by the Catholic Church until recently. Of course the next picture is that hyper-emotional prosperity preacher man!

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10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great Start. I look forward to the dialogue.

John Block said...

You have my interest!!!!

Anonymous said...

who says that looks like a prosperity teacher????? looks like a cartoon to me.

Soul Rider said...

Yep, thats a cartoon. Just having fun.

African Forum said...

Ah, the dreaded "M" word pasted for all to see thus revealing the shameless revival of indulgences through the prosperity preachers promising financial heaven on earth to those giving them enough so they can live in Beverly Hills. Go for it and discover the truth and wealth of God's word in this much ignored and maligned area of biblical truth.

Judge Lucre said...

Great site! I found it because ours are opposite sides of the same dinar.

Sincere Best Wishes,

~ Judge Lucre, churchofmammon.com

patsy said...

MAMMON.. CHAldean.. Giants..

Those evil with lust of Money an fame, an all that pertain to them doing evils.


JEsus said He wished for His to be more like them.. Oxy moron you think? But NO.. JEsus was saying the evil persons BElieve full heartily in what they do, in whom they believe, an in how to obtain it.. They do not sway but stay on course ! JESus was saying HE wished His children to HAve Faith like that, To want the Kingdom to Grow like that.. Not to get the evils, but to manage as well as they were doing. That the Kingdom an His Glory can Grow an MAnifest. THE talent parables tell you that ! God does not hand you a talent gift, an expect you to sit on it an not use it ! HE wants you to USe it for HIS GLORY ! An In that YOU Also receive Rewards by His HAnd of MAnna which is your needs met !

I look forward to discussion as well..

God Bless

Anonymous said...

Lol a cartoon of a prosperity preacher...

Unknown said...

I seen mammon in a vision. She has hair made of gold and diamonds in it. She speaks blasomy against the holy spirit, she has many faces of the most beautiful weman which she gets you drunk with her beauty, she has a cow taunge that she gags you with when she kisses you. This is what she looks like to the eye of man.

Calvin Mills said...

I seen mammon in a vision. She has hair made of gold and diamonds in it. She speaks blasomy against the holy spirit, she has many faces of the most beautiful weman which she gets you drunk with her beauty, she has a cow taunge that she gags you with when she kisses you. This is what she looks like to the eye of man.