Christianity and Prosperity

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There are people that say that linking Christianity with prosperity is blasphemous. In a way, I can understand why some people feel this way. You have televangelist that preach prosperity, but they mostly do this by twisting the scriptures to get their congregation to give them as much money as possible. Then they use this money to live a luxurious lifestyle. They are proud of it too, often labeling what they preach the “prosperity gospel.”

I, however, do not label it as such. I simply see it as the Gospel. But, in my opinion, I do not see anything wrong with using the scripture to teach prosperity. I am not contradicting myself; what I’m saying is that the Bible do have many teachings about prosperity. However, they’re not about just giving away money for a “blessing.” In Mark 10:29-30, Jesus said, “Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, and lands, for my sake, and the gospel’s, but he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.”

I’ve witnessed preachers that only preached about just suffering for the Lord’s sake until you die, then you can receive eternal life in heaven. But, in the above scripture, Jesus clearly said that, “but he (or she) shall receive an hundredfold now in this time…”

However, he did say, “with persecutions.” Prosperity will not just be handed to you. You have to work hard to receive the things that will sustain you and your loved ones. You will be slandered and despised by people that are envious of you. Some people may even scheme against you to take away what you’ve worked so hard for.

If those people desire what you rightfully deserve, all they have to do is a few things. Believe that Christ is the Son of God and that he died for our sins, and study and practice the teachings of the Bible, especially the Ten Commandments. In John 10:10, Jesus said, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy; I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” You can live abundantly in many aspects of your life. There is no twisting of scripture here; this is a direct quote from Jesus.

There are too many scriptures to quote about prosperity for this article, but I hope that you get the point. You can find scriptures about this subject in Genesis all the way to Revelations. I have everything I need on this Earthly plane, and it’s largely due to learning the scriptures of the Bible and applying them in my life. So, if you don’t believe what I’m saying about the Bible teaching prosperity, I implore you to open it up and see for yourself.

Published by J. Core

I am a retired veteran of the Virginia Army National Guard. I live on the Eastern Shore of Virginia. My desire is to use positive messages to improve the lives of other people.

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