Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Does God want us all to be poor?

Were talking about this today in class, and there were many different opinions of course, the jury is still out for me on this one, but would be interested to hear others opinions.

Do we take the stuff that Jesus says about selling everything we have and giving it tot he poor literally? What does it mean that 'blessed are the poor'? Why does Jesus say 'woe to you who are rich'?


Anonymous said...

We're blessed to be a blessing. The simple: nothing I have is mine. So give

Digger said...

Yeah sweet Chaz, good to hear from ya!

Great words too, so much better than anything you ever said-mainly because I can't hear your accent!

Anonymous said...

Before I go on annual leave I need to say that....God wants us to get nude and jump in a tub full of $100 bills

Gareth LovesTha Pye said...

I don't think he wants us to be poor, but when we work towards riches we are not doing gods work.

So poverty isn't the goal, its just a by-product of task.

Jono said...

I think what is meant by giving up all you have and following Jesus means that we are not called to be poor, but that we need to be willing to part with everything we own materially straight away, if it is going to be for God. And if we are not willing, then perhaps giving up everything is the only way to learn to do without.

Sime said...

I reckon, along similar lines to others, that it is not specifically about being poor but perhaps a willingness to accept the possibility of poverty, ie not to be attached to the stuff we own too tightly; "The things you own, end up owning you" Tyler Durden, Fight Club.

Anonymous said...

is chaz canada? because if yes i miss poker in ballarat...anyway...I dont think Jesus goes become poor because that makes you a follower of me, but i think if we did become poor and live with the poor we would get a different and perhaps a more real perspective of the gospel...

I could talk about this topic forever.


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