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  •  you have to understand "Prosperity Theology" (5+ / 0-)
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    which is a strong element in this Fourth Great Awakening which we are in the throes of.

    Simply put, prosperity theology holds that True Believers in Christ will not only be rewarded in Heaven but will also enjoy advantages in this world.  Troubles and travails may confront the believer but if he retains his faith, he will succeed (Ref: Job).  
    The natural extension of this belief that God micromanages everyone's finances and rewards or punishes individuals directly for their faith or lack of faith.  Therefore the poor are poor, not because of social circumstances and large cultural forces, but are poor as punishment from God.  Conversely the wealthy are wealthy because they are God's Blessed.
    By now you have recognized the GOP's philosophy of the role of social safety nets in society.  Quite simply, safety nets show a lack of faith, and, like Israel, the US is punished for this lack of faith

    •  Guess it depends (1+ / 0-)
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      on how you define "success".

    •  No But I DO understand Liberation Theology (2+ / 0-)
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      ...Prosperity Theology is one of the most waylaid theologies there is. lol. How does that square with the 1700 mentions about poverty where the scriptures saying otherwise? It is easy to corrupt the scriptures and pretend everything else in the world is a sin, while wallowing in greed is just fine.  In fact it is greed that causes so much destruction in the world.  Prosperity Theology is already corrupted simply because it embraces greed.  

      Jerry Falwell embraced Liberation Theology ~ and then corrupted it into the same stalls of the money changers that enraged Jesus so much.  It was simply an affront to Jesus to allow his kind of greed to exist in God's house.  It had little to do with the location of this greed, it showed an approval for greed to continue outside of the Temple when greed creates so much pain.  

      Still I am a follower of Libneration Theology and cannot stomach this sick version of theology called"Prosperity Theology".  The purest form of Liberation Theology (based directly on the Bible) was dangerous until people like the likes of Falwell besmirched it and made it into his version of a twisted Capitolistic abomination. Our own government under Reagan found it so dangerous they assasinated Archbishop Romero. It was so powerful we sent the likes of Negroponte down to El Salvador to create death squads (these same death squads that also mysteriously appeared 2 weeks after he was appointed to Iraq), and help rape and then drop nuns from airplanes, slaughter entire villages, creating a proxy war because in its purest form Liberation Theology not only worked, it flourished.  It was so dangerous they had to create a war in order to stop it.  

      I cannot say the same for this crap called "Prosperity Theology".  Seems like it is not working.  The income gap gets wider and poverty gets worse ~ including the rampant poverty among millions of devout Christians who should be prospering greatly under this theory but are not, indeed they are suffering along with "non-believers" in astonishing numbers.  The only ones who embrace "Prosperity Theology" are a bunch of rich idiots who are already prosperous so they know it will work for THEM, to hell with everyone else ...

      My 2 cents, Cat

      First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they hurt you, then you win ~ Mahatma Gandhi

      by mntleo2 on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 12:40:03 PM PST

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      •  I remember the Marymount sisters who were (0+ / 0-)

        slaughtered because Jesse Helms thought Liberation Theology was a commie plot.

        I would note that Prosperity Gospel is generally embraced by the very indigent who feel only divine intervention can lift them out of their life situations

    •  Could not help but notice this theory originates (2+ / 0-)
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      ...out of the University Chicago where their Economics department that worships Ayn Rand has pretty much destroyed the world with their dummass economic theories that caused our world markets to tank, terrible suffering for billions, and INCREASED poverty.  

      Looks like more horse manure where they try to improve the rancid smell by stamping it with the name Jesus.  

      First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they hurt you, then you win ~ Mahatma Gandhi

      by mntleo2 on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 01:05:40 PM PST

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      •  full gospel businessman's club anyone? (0+ / 0-)

        there are more purposes for belonging to a religious group than the so-called spiritual ones, which is maybe the least used of them, but why the not religious often look up to Jesus.

        When you get together for prayer breakfasts, you can make deals.  Deals are the way to prosperity.

        "oh no, not four more years of hope and change?" Karl Christian Rove

        by anna shane on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 01:10:53 PM PST

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      •  irony here is that Rand was a strong atheist (1+ / 0-)
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        if I remember her bio correctly

        •  Indeed she was an athiest (1+ / 0-)
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          The saddest thing about this are so-called "Christians" who embrace her bunk, such as Paul Ryan.  This woman worshiped a psychopathic serial killer whom she modeled in Atlas Shrugged and whose real life main claim to fame was killing a little girl and leaving her chopped up remains by the roadside.    

          After seeing so much attention paid to people like her by Very Serious People, sometimes I just want to barf ...

          First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they hurt you, then you win ~ Mahatma Gandhi

          by mntleo2 on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 03:06:47 PM PST

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          •  yep her personal life greatly impacted her (1+ / 0-)
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            philosophical POV; she was a virulent anti-communist due to her and her family's perceived mistreatment under the Soviets to the extent she eschewed any idea which seemed tainted with the Socialist label (though she did avail herself of the social safety net later in life)

    •  As you can quickly see by looking at any parking (2+ / 0-)
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      lot, True Believers always get the best parking.

    •  Martin Luther's theology with another name (0+ / 0-)

      Martin Luther pronounced it blasphemy to doubt circumstances of the poor.   They are just not "chosen" before birth. This is just an extension of the doctrine of the elect (extended by Calvin).  With this cruel  "doctrine" he justified his deviant/dissolute behavior.  He was of the "elect", you see, so he was excused.  (God doesn't make mistakes. . .)

      Old Hippies Never Give Up!

      by ravenrdr on Fri Jan 04, 2013 at 01:51:06 AM PST

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