Christians and Wealth Conversation Starter 3 - Justin Woo Religion 301 CS6 Blomberg 145 193 Christians in an Age of Wealth 1 Summary Christians have the

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Justin Woo September 25, 2014 Religion 301 CS6 Blomberg 145- 193: Christians in an Age of Wealth 1. Summary Christians have the most problems with giving money to god and staying clear of sexual promiscuity. Half of the Ten Commandments deal with stewardship in varying degrees. Poor stewardship led to further divine punishment which culminated in exiles. Material donations don’t excuse the act of sinning. Kings of the Old Testament used to ask for blessings in terms of helping the people but would also ask for prosperity meaning wealth. Had the kings been like David and Solomon in perpetually striving for God’s love instead of material wealth, the people of Israel would have been better off. In the New Testament, while it states that “by faith you have been saved,” it still requires that that faith be acted out through good works because one knows they are saved. There are no levels of heaven, you are either “lost for eternity” or granted entrance into heaven. Communal sharing of the original churches is one of the four elements that made it a church. This eliminated extreme poverty for the churches. Help those in need wen their best efforts aren’t enough, not to absolve them of their responsibilities. Gifts should also go to spiritual instructors, not just the needy. The book of James counters most of the previous books by focusing on the act of faith alone, without works. The next part addresses how Christians can free up money through proper planning such as creating a budget and cutting out unnecessary expenditures. He gives a recount of things that he

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