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    There is a whole school of Christian thought that goes something like:

    God loves his children
    He wants his children to be prosperous
    Being prosperous is doing what God wants

    The whole "eye of the needle" thing, whether it's a crack in the wall or a sewing instrument, or a four-legged camel or a camel-hair rope, works out to mean the same thing. The pathway to heaven is narrow and trying to get through it carrying a lot of "stuff" is not going to work.

    There's also, "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth."

    Both points of view can be taken to stupid extremes. You can believe that God wants you to be prosperous without being a cutthroat who will kill his grandmother to get his inheritance. You can be rich and use your wealth to make the world better for everybody else.

    Or you can interpret the "Blessed are the meek" line to mean you should sell all your belongings and take to the road like a Buddhist monk, begging for your daily grains of rice. Such a lifestyle would certainly be imitating Christ. But you can still live a righteous life and own a house and hold down a 9-5 job.

    The third way would be to consider the material aspects of your life to be secondary and concentrate on how you relate to your fellow man. Rich or poor, meek or exhibitionist, what matters is whether we treat other people well and appreciate the gifts we are given.

    Wealth doesn't trickle down -- it rises up.

    by elsaf on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 04:27:06 PM PST

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