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Put all the verses giving support to liberalism together with all the admonitions against hoarding or having wealth, and it looks like many Christians don’t believe in their own religion. As a factual point, the notions expressed by some of the rightwing religious run contrary to biblical teachings.

Evangelicals proclaim God blesses privileged persons with their riches because he favors them. Job 36:(19) Will he esteem thy riches? [no], not gold, nor all the forces of strength. If you’d believe the Bible, Satan deserves credit for their hoarded dollars. You can read where Jesus commanded his followers to abandon their possessions and follow him. It was Jesus, for whom Christianity was named, that condemned the money changers in the temple.

What follows are Bible verses that match our context for a search for the word ‘riches’ just to see what it had to say about it. You can do the same search to see all the verses. Going so quickly through the Old Testament before jumping into the new impressed me with their differences of tone and focus. The New Testament seemed more philosophical and the old more story oriented. The NT also suffers a change of message when Paul takes over after Jesus leaves. While the verses that follow support my point, there seemed to be as many that could be shown to support an opposing view, which forces me to distrust the Bible’s value as a teaching tool. That it does not define its own strange words, and thereby leaves its readers to the mercy of strangers’ interpretations, furthers doubt about its efficacy. No wonder the religion is so broken into sects.

The verses:

Psalms 37:14) The wicked have drawn out the sword, and have bent their bow, to cast down the poor and needy, [and] to slay such as be of upright conversation. (15) Their sword shall enter into their own heart, and their bows shall be broken. (16) A little that a righteous man hath [is] better than the riches of many wicked.

Psalms 62:(10) Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery: if riches increase, set not your heart [upon them].

Prov 13:7 There is that makes himself rich, yet has nothing: there is that makes himself poor, yet has great riches.

Proverbs 11:(28) He that trusteth in his riches shall fall: but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.

Prov 22:1 A GOOD name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor rather than silver and gold.

Prov 22:16 He that oppresses the poor to increase his riches, and he that gives to the rich, shall surely come to want.

Eccl 5:13 There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt.

Jer 17:11 As the partridge sits on eggs, and hatches them not; so he that gets riches, and not by right, shall leave them in the middle of his days, and at his end shall be a fool.

Mark 10:(23) And Jesus looked round about, and saith unto his disciples, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! (24) And the disciples were astonished at his words. But Jesus answereth again, and saith unto them, Children, how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! (25) It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

Luke 8:(14) And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of [this] life, and bring no fruit to perfection.

Luke 18:(24) And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God! (25) For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

2Cor 8:2 How that in a great trial of affliction the abundance of their joy and their deep poverty abounded to the riches of their liberality. (aaah, those damnable Liberals again!)

Eph 1:18 The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints,

Eph 2:7 That in the ages to come he might show the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.

Eph 3:16 That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

Col 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

Col 2:2  That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the acknowledgment of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ;

1Tim 6:17 Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not high minded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who gives us richly all things to enjoy;

Heb 11:26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect to the recompense of the reward.

The later verses seem inconsequential in their regard for the evil inherent to wealth, as compared to the straightforward message attributed to Jesus. Paulianity takes a message to the Gentiles that is not the same as Jesus delivered to the Jews.

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