WEALTH AND PROSPERITY:

The possession of wealth is not always the sign of God's favor.

 

The popular view that wickedness brings poverty and goodness brings wealth is strongly opposed by the book of Job.

The prophet Amos thundered against the rich and prosperous inhabitants of Israel, who sold "the righteous for silver, and the poor for a pair of sandals" {Amos 2:6}  Their wealth was corrupt and under a curse because it was founded on exploitation of the poor.

In the New Testament, many warnings are given of the dangers of letting money and things possess a person's heart. Jesus spoke of "treasures on earth" and "treasures in heaven" and called upon His followers to be careful of which treasure they chose {Matt. 6:19-21,24}.

 

WEALTH and MATERIALISM

Physical possessions having significant value, such as land, livestock, money, and precious metals, and the practice of valuing such possessions more highly than they ought to be valued, especially when this results in the misalignment of one's priorities and undermines one's devotion to God.

To understand the Biblical view of wealth, one must understand the Biblical account of creation. On that account God created the universe----and everything therein----"out of nothing" {Gen. 1:1-27}. This means while He created the entire universe, God used no preexisting materials in doing so.

Everything belongs ultimately to God. Whatever one possesses---and thus owns---comes as a trust from Him; for this reason, one's right of ownership is never absolute---one's property always belongs first and foremost to God Himself.

The only true and lasting wealth is the spiritual riches of God's grace {Matt.13:44-46}. 





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