quote: Originally Posted by SeniorCoffee:Do you deny his teachings on giving and sharing? One his ideas of justice. As well as his admonitions against acquiring riches? Read Luke 12:13-31.
Yes, Jesus Christ did teach us to share and give to those in need; He taught us that we should respect those in power in government -- but, first, He taught us that we must always have our eyes on heaven; that we must seek His "paid in full" free gift of salvation.
Actually, the entire Bible -- although it was written, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, by 40 men living in diverse geographic locations, over a period of 1600 years -- has one basic theme: the salvation of mankind. That is the sole purpose of Jesus Christ coming to earth as God Incarnate. That is the sole purpose of His dying on the cross and resurrecting to ascend into heaven. Salvation of man is the focus of the Bible.
Was, or is, Jesus Christ against acquiring earthly wealth? No. However, He does admonish us to not allow earthly wealth -- or anything else in the material world -- to become our gods. There is only one God and we are not to acquire worldly wealth to be another god. Other than that, I do not believe He is against a person becoming wealthy.
God bless, have a wonderful, blessed day,