Does God Want You to Be Bankrupt?

4 05 2009

Turning to some of the world’s great religions for guidance on the subject. . .

“In other words, the ultimate power resides with the community,” Rabbi Washofsky said. “It can intervene in what was a private transaction, in a situation of great need. The power is there. The real question is, do you use it and when?”

The answer depends on who you are ultimately reporting to, your immediate supervisor, your shareholders or the Entity that will ultimately render judgment on you. . .

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4 05 2009
Crimson Wife

If all the folks in this country who consider themselves to be Christians actually lived in accordance with Jesus’ teachings about money and materialism, there would be WAY less in the way of a mortgage crisis. Yes, there would still be a certain percentage of folks who could not afford to pay their mortgages because of an unforeseeable change in their financial circumstances (job loss, disability that leaves them unable to work, divorce, etc.) But many of those facing foreclosure were simply greedy. They bought houses they could not truly afford or refinanced and cashed out the equity to finance a more lavish lifestyle then they could afford.

St. Paul’s letter to the Galatians is pretty clear IMHO: “For whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.”

4 05 2009
JJ

Well, they wouldn’t have any mortgages at all if they were living in accordance with Jesus, no houses or homes at all nor work to support the kids! Wanderers who own nothing and let heaven provide, is pretty much what I remember, oh and the rich man not being able to squeeze into heaven — so presumably he shouldn’t be greedy or live well even if he IS “able to afford it” by whatever laws of Caesar are privileging him at the time.

Isn’t that pretty much how the story went? 😉

4 05 2009
Mrs. C

Yeah, but I think that crop of Christians got eaten by the lions. Sometimes I think that we’re the Christians that do what the Romans do when they’re in Rome.

On the subject of the mortgage, that was actually a very big issue for us when we realized we could get a WAY BETTER HOUSE a few years ago. We looked around pretty intensely, but D decided that it would be the most Christian thing to just PAY DOWN (and off, asap) our debt rather than get a bigger place.

Well, we have six kids in a three-bedroom house (2200 sq ft) and will be able to … barring unforseen and drastic circumstance change… pay off our house in about 5- 7 years.

Would I get a mortgage NOW? That’s tough. If you don’t get a mortgage, you’re really paying someone else’s equity. And someone else has a key to “your” place. Thankfully I haven’t had any truly horrible landlords, but when I lived in Florida with crawling children they would spray for roaches every month… wet stuff… and you couldn’t “opt out.”

If you have time to read my innnnteresting experiences, look here:

http://homeschoolnetc.blogspot.com/2007/06/roach-motel.html

annnnd here:

http://homeschoolnetc.blogspot.com/2007/06/more-on-apartment-living.html

Ok, rereading those convinces me I’d live with relatives before I’d do the apartment thing as a permanent lifestyle!!

5 05 2009
boremetotears

Yeah, well, if Christian aren’t supposed to be poor, why are Benny Hinn and God forgiving debt on May 25th? Of course, on the down side: Does this mean that God is a *gasp* socialist? ‘Cuz all these years I just sorta assumed that God is a trickle-down capitalist. [sigh]

5 05 2009
Mrs. C

Benny Hinn is a charlatain. I’m telling you, I don’t say that lightly. This man is leading the weak sheep and the just plain old gullible astray. It would be so funny if there weren’t thousands of people sending millions in to this guy.

I’m thinking God is actually a Theocrat though LOL.

5 05 2009
boremetotears

For some reason, I thought that he did his thing mostly in developing countries but, after looking at his website, he puts on big healing shows here in the U.S., too.

The whole “seed-money” idea amused me because Rick Warren (and other evan preachers) preach the same ideas ALL the time:

You should give ’till it hurts;
God will reward you *in proportion* to your giving;
You can’t *out-give* God;
Giving is an expression of your personal faith;
Not giving is stealing from God…

5 05 2009
boremetotears

Mrs. C:

I’m thinking God is actually a Theocrat though LOL.

I’ve also heard that his favorite country is America! Yea for us! 😀

5 05 2009
Nance Confer

“Not giving is stealing from God…”

Which must tie into the idea that taxes are stealing. . . it’s all beginning to make sense . . . 🙂

Nance

6 05 2009
JJ

And giving can be taxing, but then so is stealing . . .
😉

6 05 2009
Mrs. C

As long as you pay taxes on the money you stole, I guess it’s ok. :]

I dislike Warren and Hinn, but *giving* to church is hardly like getting *taxed.* Even if these “preachers” are conning people into thinking that not giving to them specifically is stealing from GOD. Kind of a jump there, eh? Like GOD elected them treasurer that year?

6 05 2009
JJ

I was just making a (poor) play on the word taxing, as in something that takes a lot out of you when you do it — guess they can’t all be gems. 😉

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