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Wed, May 20, 2015
What Did Jesus Teach About Money?
By TruthBook staff
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Well, this title just begs to be blogged, doesn't it? The title is: What Did Jesus Teach About Money? What Does The Bible Say About Money? by Jack Wellman. Of course, I did read the article, and found all the things that one might expect to find; the author has done a good job of uncovering all the pertinent biblical quotes, and has made good commentary on them. I recommend a read because all of the points taken in the article, though familiar, are good ones; here's a good opening clip:
"Jesus always said things that were contrary to the ways of the world and looking at the ways of the world and that these ways of the world are not working very well, we need to seriously consider what Jesus taught about money. For one thing He said "He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty" (Luke 1:53). That seems just the opposite of the way the world seems to think. Jesus had a different attitude about money than most of us have..."
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If you are a Urantia Book reader, you know instantly why this is an article that needs to be blogged to the world; in Part IV of The Urantia Book- The Life and Teachings of Jesus, the life of Jesus is chronicled as nowhere else on the planet. We see him doing things we've never seen him do before and we read his gracious words that have never been seen before, either. His teachings about money and wealth are an example.
In our modern-day world where money, power and prestige have become values that trump all others, it is more important than ever to know what Jesus said about money and wealth and their proper place in a person's life. He was not against having money; nevertheless, he counseled against its becoming too great an influence; he counseled on its wise use and wise conservation for future generations.
Here's a sample from The Urantia Book:
What DID Jesus Say about money and wealth?
"A certain rich man, a Roman citizen and a Stoic, became greatly interested in Jesus' teaching, having been introduced by Angamon. After many intimate conferences this wealthy citizen asked Jesus what he would do with wealth if he had it, and Jesus answered him: "I would bestow material wealth for the enhancement of material life, even as I would minister knowledge, wisdom, and spiritual service for the enrichment of the intellectual life, the ennoblement of the social life, and the advancement of the spiritual life. I would administer material wealth as a wise and effective trustee of the resources of one generation for the benefit and ennoblement of the next and succeeding generations."
"But the rich man was not fully satisfied with Jesus' answer. He made bold to ask again: "But what do you think a man in my position should do with his wealth? Should I keep it, or should I give it away?" And when Jesus perceived that he really desired to know more of the truth about his loyalty to God and his duty to men, he further answered: "My good friend, I discern that you are a sincere seeker after wisdom and an honest lover of truth; therefore am I minded to lay before you my view of the solution of your problems having to do with the responsibilities of wealth. I do this because you have asked for my counsel, and in giving you this advice, I am not concerned with the wealth of any other rich man; I am offering advice only to you and for your personal guidance. If you honestly desire to regard your wealth as a trust, if you really wish to become a wise and efficient steward of your accumulated wealth, then would I counsel you to make the following analysis of the sources of your riches: Ask yourself, and do your best to find the honest answer, whence came this wealth? And as a help in the study of the sources of your great fortune, I would suggest that you bear in mind the following ten different methods of amassing material wealth:
Click to read the whole story: COUNSELING THE RICH MAN
The Rich Young Man - Matadormus
In the article above, mention is made of the rich young man who desired to be included as a disciple of Jesus until he was told he'd have to sell all he had.
In The Urantia Book, we get much more of the story. The young man is identified as Matadormus, and near the end of the familiar story, we read:
"Almost every human being has some one thing which is held on to as a pet evil, and which the entrance into the kingdom of heaven requires as a part of the price of admission. If Matadormus had parted with his wealth, it probably would have been put right back into his hands for administration as treasurer of the seventy. For later on, after the establishment of the church at Jerusalem, he did obey the Master's injunction, although it was then too late to enjoy membership in the seventy, and he became the treasurer of the Jerusalem church, of which James the Lord's brother in the flesh was the head.
"Thus always it was and forever will be: Men must arrive at their own decisions. There is a certain range of the freedom of choice which mortals may exercise. The forces of the spiritual world will not coerce man; they allow him to go the way of his own choosing.
"Jesus foresaw that Matadormus, with his riches, could not possibly become an ordained associate of men who had forsaken all for the gospel at the same time, he saw that, without his riches, he would become the ultimate leader of all of them. But, like Jesus' own brethren, he never became great in the kingdom because he deprived himself of that intimate and personal association with the Master which might have been his experience had he been willing to do at this time the very thing which Jesus asked, and which, several years subsequently, he actually did.
"Riches have nothing directly to do with entrance into the kingdom of heaven. but the love of wealth does. The spiritual loyalties of the kingdom are incompatible with servility to materialistic mammon. Man may not share his supreme loyalty to a spiritual ideal with a material devotion.
Click to read about the Rich Young Man and Others
Discipleship and Apostleship
Further in that paper, we read:
"As they went off by themselves, Jesus was grieved that Matadormus did not remain with them, for he greatly loved him. And when they had walked down by the lake, they sat there beside the water, and Peter, speaking for the twelve (who were all present by this time), said: "We are troubled by your words to the rich young man. Shall we require those who would follow you to give up all their worldly goods?" And Jesus said: "No, Peter, only those who would become apostles, and who desire to live with me as you do and as one family. But the Father requires that the affections of his children be pure and undivided. Whatever thing or person comes between you and the love of the truths of the kingdom, must be surrendered. If one's wealth does not invade the precincts of the soul, it is of no consequence in the spiritual life of those who would enter the kingdom."
Click to read The Discussion About Wealth
Again we see the narrative of Jesus' life in The Urantia Book surpasses any previous narrative in its scope, its readability, and its ring of truth. One can easily see Jesus saying and doing these thiungs, and in The Urantia Book, we get a further glimpse into the workiongs of Jesus' mind as well...
Finally, here is an instance of Jesus life where he is counseling a man who had to share an inheritance with his brother:
Dividing The Inheritance
The section is called Dividing the Inheritance
Jesus was mildly indignant that this material-minded youth should bring up for discussion such a question of business; but he proceeded to use the occasion for the impartation of further instruction. Said Jesus: "Man, who made me a divider over you? Where did you get the idea that I give attention to the material affairs of this world?" And then, turning to all who were about him, he said: "Take heed and keep yourselves free from covetousness; a man's life consists not in the abundance of the things which he may possess. Happiness comes not from the power of wealth, and joy springs not from riches. Wealth, in itself, is not a curse, but the love of riches many times leads to such devotion to the things of this world that the soul becomes blinded to the beautiful attractions of the spiritual realities of the kingdom of God on earth and to the joys of eternal life in heaven.
It is hoped that those who read this blog will be inspired and drawn to a further exploration of The Urantia Book. Jesus' life is a beacon of hope for all who love him and wish to know more about him. Reading the details of his life and the fullness of his teachings is a life-changing experience.
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