Money, the subject of the Bible
|Created by Gerard de Vos|
Category: Bible related
Money is what most people dream of; enough money to do what they want to, namely have luxuries, leisure and the admiration and friendship of people. To try to achieve that they will work hard and use all their energy and creativity. Some people will even steal or cheat to get it. (Yet this same dream is what the Bible is about: getting rich, stinking rich, living an undreamt of life with gold, precious stones, wonderful health benefits, social grants, et cetera. It is all there, waiting for those who are willing to go for it.)
Let’s first describe what we would like money to do for us: we would like to live in a safe environment in a mansion, be able to acquire real estate at the coast as well as a game farm, have health and freedom from disease and not give death and destruction a thought. Most people will not achieve this in their life time on earth. But if they can have patience and follow the instructions in the Bible they will have all this and much, much more for all eternity. This treasure chest, the Bible, teaches us about an Utopia, which is eternal and indestructible, with mansions and streets of gold. The investment is made in this life by faith, and is received after death, in the eternal Kingdom of God.
All the benefits one can think of, are waiting for those who will avail themselves of them. This investment is for all people. There are no restrictions, except that the instructions must be followed precisely: you cannot do it your way and hope to inherit it all. No one becomes rich by sitting around, hoping for a pot of gold from the moon: it is necessary to work diligently, planning and putting effort into it. The same is applicable in God’s Kingdom. It is like a person who has some distant relationship to a very rich man. When the rich man dies, he hopes to inherit all his possessions. But he does not trouble himself to get to know the man, to ingratiate himself to him and to join the man’s firm of extensive business holdings. No, he carries on his own lifestyle, doing what he wants, and then expects an inheritance miracle. Unfortunately life seldom works like that. The same is true with God. Jesus said: Strive hard and work diligently to enter the kingdom (Luke 13:24).
This is such a wonderful promise that there is a stream of books, films and presentations that denounce the Bible and try to prevent people from discovering this treasure. Books like The Jesus Family Tomb, The Lost Gospel, and The Lost Years of Jesus, are all part of the strategy to prevent people from reading the Manual (Bible) describing this vast source of riches. (The Bible is attested and proven true through thousands of years. The unnatural and unique opposition to it also proves that it is the truth.) The source that tries to deride the Manual is a jealous opponent (the devil, the father of lies). He would like people to invest in his empire (this present world system). It is the old story of business competition.
In the present life, people might accumulate a fortune in 10, 20 or 30 years and at their death it passes on to who knows whom. But the inheritance from God lasts for all eternity, with no taxes, thieves, corruption, death and catastrophes known. That gives a person so much more incentive to apply himself to this wonderful business opportunity.