Bible teaches acquiring wealth and health, too PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 21 July 2018 13:57

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… You may say to yourself, `My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me’.  But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth…” (Deuteronomy 8:17-18, the Holy Bible).

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THE BIBLE IS GOD’S GUIDE NOT ONLY FOR REACHING ETERNAL LIFE… There is a truly earth-shaking report that has just come out in La Civilta Cattolica, a newspaper in the Vatican, the seat of the Roman Catholic Church, which is run by Jesuits close to Pope Francis.

The report claimed that the increasingly-famous “prosperity gospel” among many in the United States is a distortion of the Gospel or of the whole Bible itself.

Likewise, that report (the entirety of which can be accessed and read at www.facebook.com/attybatas), the priests noted some wealthy pastors from the United States whose preaching dwells on the so-called “prosperity gospel”, or teachings which promise, or center on, the acquisition of wealth or economic prosperity of a believer.

There is a question that needs to be answered now, in the face of that report: how are we to treat, at this point, several Biblical verses which say, or indeed, promise, that God will give all that a believer will ever require for his daily living, if only he or she listened carefully to the Word of God, and faithfully obeyed all His commands?

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…THE BIBLE TEACHES ACQUIRING WEALTH AND GOOD HEALTH, TOO:

The fact is that, Biblical verses like Deuteronomy 28:1-14, Proverbs 3:1-2, and Matthew 6:33, among others, fully highlight the point that when an individual listens to God and obeys His commands in the Bible, not only will he or she be assured of a place in Paradise in eternal life.

Equally important, prosperity, material abundance, and wealth, and, conversely, lack of poverty or want, are assured to come to the life of a believer while he or she is still in this world. What is more, oppression and deprivation of one’s rights are not to be the fare of a believer who listens to, and obeys, the commands of God.

Now, can it really be said that these parts of the Bible which center on economic successes, prosperity, and high social stature of a true believer distortions of what God truly wanted to convey to His believers?

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EVERYTHING IN THE BIBLE IS INSPIRED BY GOD: Was it a mistake for those who were inspired by God to write the 78 books (or 76, depending on one’s religious affiliation) of the Bible to have included these “Biblical pathways to prosperity”, if this was the inspiration given to them by God Himself in the first place?

The many verses of the Bible, on day-to-day living, on enjoying good health, and on economically-prosperous and peaceful and even stress-free life, have been time and again proven to be true and accurate, and were undeniably inspired, or given, by God Himself to those whom He had chosen and sent.

There should be no denying the fact then that God Himself wanted these parts of the Bible to be inscribed in the minds of the people who wrote them, because He wanted these grains of truth and wisdom to be shared to as many people as possible, in particular those who would accept and have faith in Him as their God and Savior, and as God the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

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IS IT OKAY TO DISCARD THE BIBLE’S VERSES THAT DEAL WITH PROSPERITY AND GOOD HEALTH? Are we to discard these verses now, simply because they are now being utilized, with great and effective results by the way, by preachers or religious leaders from other denominations, in the process enticing believers away from, and therefore irretrievably depleting the ranks of, the church?