Proverbs Paper - Candace Graves Dr Simmons Business Ethics...

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Candace Graves Dr. Simmons Business Ethics 29 October 2013 Proverbs Paper Introduction: In the book of Proverbs there are many passages that explain God’s expectations of us when we are dealing in business situations. There are many lessons that can be learned from these passages, especially for students planning to go into a business career. Ethics is a very important part of any form of business, and by becoming aware of what the Bible says in reference to business will help make ethical decisions easier to make. There are four major categories that Proverbs discusses pertaining to business: money, how to conduct oneself in business and trade, offering and accepting bribes, and view of work. It is extremely important to look at each of these categories separately and try to understand what God expects from us in each while we are conducting business. Money: God gives some important guidelines about money and how we should feel about it, and how we should go about obtaining it. There are many verses that clearly state what the importance of money should be to us, and it is clear that we should never put becoming wealthy over everything else. The Proverbs states that money will mean nothing to God when judgment day comes; it won’t matter how successful or wealthy we were, what will matter will be how we obtained that success, and if we acted ethically (11:4). In the long run we will be in a better place if we were ethical and treated people well, and weren’t always concerned with money and becoming successful, and in a lot of ways the people who were ethical and didn’t reach extreme wealth ended up better off then the ones who cheated and lied to get to
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where they are (19:1). Many people believe that having money can protect you from anything bad that could happen, in Proverbs 18:11, God tells us that we shouldn’t use money for this because we have Him to protect us from anything that could go wrong. Having money is popular in society today, and in the bible God tells us that being wealthy will cause us to have a lot of friends and people who are poor will have very little friends in Proverbs 19:4. Even though those who do have many friends because they are wealthy, they don’t always have true friends. It is more important to focus on being a good person in God’s eyes and not on doing what is popular to everyone else. Proverbs also goes into how Christians are expected to obtain money. Most people in today’s society are only interested to “get rich quick” or be as successful as possible as soon as possible, the Bible doesn’t claim that there is anything wrong with having a desire to be successful and make money, but it does state that isn’t all that we should be focused on.
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