Good Morning VPC! Hope everyone is doing well. Please read with me the gospel of John 16 for our daily devotion. The prosperity gospel (A.K.A the gospel of health and wealth) is a movement that seems to be sweeping across the globe today. This movement teaches us that when we place our trust and faith in Christ, we are given an abundance of health and wealth.
You often forget the true value of life when all you do is want. It corrodes relationships, families, and lives. Money, when used right, can benefit you in many ways. Money can help further ministry. Money opens options of traveling to countries where God is unheard of.
Humility is an important character trait for us all to strive for. But in the instance of workplace leaders for God it is even more imperative to remember. Pride is something that will turn many people away from the idea of Christ. Unity is important for all of us. Because of Jesus we
Far too often the mentality of members of society stems from the idea of after I am personally successful, then I will donate to the poor and do more charitable deeds, yet at this current time I need to focus on myself, not others. A limitation of Deontology stems from the fact that it is so strict on how one should or should not act, but yet humans need clearly defined laws to serve as guides. Although laws are not followed one hundred percent of the time, the mere fact that there are laws telling us what is right or wrong result in a higher success of people acting morally good because there is a strict guide of how to act and how not to act. Yet Deontology provides a strong ethical framework that enables moral agents to act in such a way that is towards good will and ethically correct
He concludes that because God blessed him with riches and skills of the hunt, he has to use them to the extreme. Along with the gifts God gave him, brings his lack of sensitivity to human life. General Zaroff proves that wealth and power can cause the deterioration of a civilized
The majority of us all want to better ourselves by trying to get a new job with better benefits and pay. In church we pray for good things to happen to each other. Playing the lottery is another way for us to have that chance to better our financial situation. My interpretation of the Bible verses about money and alcohol or not that we should not but rather that we should be responsible for actions and have control of how much we consume. Yes, I am sure there are some that play the lottery for the love of money just as there are some that want to better themselves solely for the lave money.
This cartoon tells of what Sieyes has described in his pamphlet, in which the nobles and clergy can bypass the legal code and laws that are put forth because they have the special privileges and titles that allow them to do so. This cartoon also echoes of the description and duty of the Third Estate, by saying that the common man is strong, robust, and the source of the wealth of the nation since they does all the work. Furthermore, once the working man is unshackled then the wealth of the nation can go towards the betterment and improvement of the society and not just make one group superior over another. Thus in doing so the nation can advance and not be hindered by a monopoly of the higher classes that only reap the rewards of the working class. This cartoon nevertheless critiques the old system as flawed and insufficient in the long run as the privileged
Soon people began to realize that the Church had been using indulgences for financial needs. In result, many people decided to side with Luther on how faith is the only the way to get to Heaven and not by paying indulgences. People also began to branch into different groups based on how they percieved different topics. In conclusion, Martin Luther’s 95 theses acted as a positive impact on the Reformation. His theses exposed indulgences, led to different branches of Christianity, and allowed people to think freely.
Of the “Seven Deadly Sins”, the vice of envy is the desire for others' traits, status, abilities, or situation. Envy provides man the opportunity to get ahead in society by taking what someone else has. In The Confessions, Saint Augustine examines how a “notorious sinner” (Saint Augustine) is enticed by the desire to prosper and have a perception of high value among others. But does this desire to prosper attract them further into a life where you desire what you don’t have? By looking at the work of Saint Augustine and scriptures from Matthew we understand that with a desire to prosper it is possible to be “sucked into sin as if by a drug” (Saint Augustine).
The Canterbury Tales Analysis At one point in every man’s life greed seems to be a natural characteristic. In the Canterbury Tales: The General Prologue by Geoffrey Chaucer, most of his reoccurring themes seem to be merely just about the Seven Deadly Sins. Focusing specifically on the Physician, he is guilty of greed because of his fine love for material possessions—gold and money. Chaucer first portrays him as an honest man who has given us the impression that he is only trying to help other people; however the tables are turned when he is shown manipulating and false diagnosing his patients for his own benefit. He has influenced all of his patients into thinking they have a disease that can be cured by expensive medicines.
In reviewing Chapter 11 by Keller, I was drawn to the statement, “If you want intimacy with God, if you want to get over this sense that something is missing, it will have to become God that you love with all of your heart and strength.” (pg. 144-145) Jesus made it clear to the rich man that he did not have his focus right, even if his heart was in the right place. Christ was willing to leave glory to serve man, was he (the rich man) willing to serve God and leave the identity he had built in his wealth behind? “The law is not being fulfilled unless it is obeyed as a way of giving and showing love to God and others.” (pg. 146) Money being a tool, does not define who you are.
Jesus tells us in the context of the whole passage that all have perpetrated (sinned), and we shouldn 't be so hasty to cast a stone (judge/condemn) others before taking an introspective look at ourselves and where we fall short. To foster this spirituality for incarnationally serving those on the margins is to "choose the way of Jesus, laying aside all the earthly resources that give us power - in order to be present to those we love" (pg. 97). Doing this, we humble ourselves and serve people like Madu as friends, since the textbook answer won 't make the impact necessary for change, but living it out, showing love and bestowing friendship upon them will be the example and the relationship they need that will cause a deep transformative impact. However, we mustn 't become calloused to the evil actions in these ambiguous situations, if we do, then the loving-correction needed to move past perpetration may never be accomplished.
They would make you think that they were getting into Heaven, but in reality you were just making the church wealthier. The church also criticized the power of pope, indulgences, the church also believed in going to hell. One of his main concerns was indulgence. The church had people thinking that if you paid them money your sins would just magically wash away. They made it seem as if you could buy your way to God.
I think this means that he reaches out to people who are going to attempt to make the kingdom grow. The four laws I thought were really interesting to process through. They had so many different concepts. The one thing I enjoyed was the first law and how it said that God does not think the economy is a bad thing. Even though so many times people will think God’s opinion is a certain way, however, we do not know how God truly feels.
1. When Mr. Epstein states that the “charity is a form of justice, to equal out of people around us that which they can 't do for themselves, for reasons which we never really understand. I believe he is explaining how people helps others and share their blessings when they have blessings beyond their needs. In the bible the book of 2 Corinthians 9:8 says that, “And God can give you more blessings than you need. Then you will always have plenty of everything- enough to give to every good work”.