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The verse your article talks about is Nehemiah 5:10 which says: I likewise, and my brethren, and my servants, might exact of them money and corn: I pray you, let us leave off this usury. Some translations also say "interest" in place of "usury." This is an important distinction... A prohibition against usury is only a prohibition against "exorbitant ...


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True repentance involves repairing damages done (where possible). In this case, it would mean returning the money. Leviticus 6:2-7 (KJV) 2 If a soul sin, and commit a trespass against the LORD, and lie unto his neighbour in that which was delivered him to keep, or in fellowship, or in a thing taken away by violence, or hath deceived his neighbour; ...


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If you're donating money to your church, with a good-faith expectation that it's to be used to do the Lord's work, and you find out that that's not true, then you certainly shouldn't continue to allow your money to be misappropriated! Does your church have a hierarchy, with someone above your local leaders that you can talk to about your suspicions and ask ...


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The quote is from 1 Tim 6:10 (which would have been written in Greek, not Hebrew). The Greek reads: ῥίζα γὰρ πάντων τῶν κακῶν ἐστιν ἡ φιλαργυρία Here are some translations: KJV: For the love of money is the root of all evil ASV, NRSV, TNIV: For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil NET: For the love of money is the root of all ...


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Assuming that the 30 pieces of silver are the tetradachmas that Thayer suggests, the total weight of the 30 pieces of silver would be 15 troy ounces, or something not too far from 1 pound of english measure. (Not that most Europeans would need the equivalent, but its roughly 466 grams). Per this source, 1 troy ounce of silver, trading on May 20, 2013, is ...


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One thing that you should definitely keep in mind is that if you are tithing faithfully to the Lord, then, as far as your giving to God is concerned, you will be counted faithful. The people who handle your tithes are under God's conviction and in His hand. Now with that being said, it is your duty, as a church member, to reproach other members in their ...


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Your question seems to imply there must be some secret source, some behind the scenes force. I'm not sure what you expect to find, but money doesn't grow on trees for Catholics any more than for Protestants. In fact, if anything, Protestants have a harder time with this than Catholics do. The question you linked to has answers that explain very clearly that ...


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The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints has an official policy of not accepting any tithing from winnings having to do with gambling, this includes the lottery. Their position on gambling can be found here. For those that don't want additional information/links the position is this: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is opposed to ...


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Kind of depends on your definition of charity. I consider 100% of my donations to my parish and diocese to be charitable donations. 100% of them go to building upkeep, promoting and sustaining religious vocations, proclaiming the gospel, instructing the ignorant, counseling the doubtful, prison ministry, running hospitals, schools and catechism programs. ...


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The Bible does not mention the word Gamble or Gambling. It does however, have a lot to say about money and the love of money. While I'm not a fan of posting a link and saying, "Hey, just go read this", the article below is well written and I believe it does a much better job of answering this question than I can. ...


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The article cited is bogus when it claims: And the Gospels weren't any help at all. Jesus did not merely reinforce the prohibition against usury, he reached past it — forbidding lending with the expectation of repayment. This sermon on the mount reference applies to the individual Christian who has someone approach him with a request for money. All ...


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Just because Jesus forgives you, it doesn't necessarily mean that there are no consequences in the social sense. Forgiveness from God is a purely spiritual condition, that removes the blight of sin from your soul. However, if you have wronged another through your sin, it would be expected that you make some recompense (in your example, you'd return the money ...


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Your premise is in error. While the New Testament does not specifically address Jesus "taking up collections" or anything like that, it does mention that Judas Iscariot was the treasurer for the early church. (John 13:29) This implies both having enough resources to require a treasurer to manage them, and having some organized way of using these resources, ...


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This is a very large subject that might be too big for an answer but I will make an attempt anyway. I apologize for the length. I think the answer to the question can be almost fully derived by this fairly long section of scripture, so I quote it all: 1At the end of every seven years you must cancel debts. 2This is how it is to be done: Every creditor ...


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There is a fallacy in your argument. You said: The Bible and Jesus clearly speak of giving money to the church and in turn fellow Christians should give up all they have and look out for one another. You are conflating two bits of Scripture. Jesus told the Rich Young Ruler (here from Mark) 21 Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to ...


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Christianity is freedom, freedom from the Law (10 commandements, which created the notion of sin, without that law, there is no sin), freedom from the judgement. But a christians are a different species, they are not human, they are christian, not born through Adam but born through Christ (by the baptism), as an apple tree only produce apples what we produce ...


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An important translation issue for this verse is that there is no definite article (the) in any Greek manuscript that precedes the word translated as "root". Thus, it is perhaps a better translation to say that the love of money is a root of all evil rather than the root of all evil. When we recall Satan's fall, it was not the love of money, but the love ...


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My question to you is: Why would you continue to stay in a church led by greedy leaders? The Church is us not a building. The building is the place we meet. The pastor is the person who shepherds and feeds the flock...making disciples, growing people up. Get with the Lord in prayer and ask Him, your Great Shepherd, to lead you to the right pastor. The ...


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It is a common misconception that the Church of England budget comes from the government. In fact, most of their money comes from individual donations or bequests, or from investments (including rent on land they own). The same is true for other UK churches which are not "established". Churches and their ministers / employees may enjoy favourable tax status ...


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Offering were rejected in the Bible several times. I list the notable few that came to mind. Mal 1:7 Ye offer polluted bread upon mine altar; and ye say, Wherein have we polluted thee? In that ye say, The table of the LORD is contemptible. Mal 1:8 And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye offer the lame and sick, is it ...


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Actually you are commanded to make this type of judgement, you are not judging the church leaders salvation, rather you are judging how they are spending your tithe to God. Same as you would judge a plumber who never fixes your sink. Your tithe should go where you personally judge it will be most effective in the long term. It is wrong to allow the money ...


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This story is told in all four of the gospels: Matthew 21:12-13 (ESV) 12 And Jesus entered the temple[a] and drove out all who sold and bought in the temple, and he overturned the tables of the money-changers and the seats of those who sold pigeons. 13 He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you make it ...


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What I write here is too long for a comment, though admittedly not a complete answer. Many churches do help people financially. Mine has certainly done so, and I'm pretty sure it would do so for me if I needed it. Fortunately I have substantial savings, and insurance, and live in a country with a good welfare system, so I would expect that I would never ...


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It's a precept of the Catholic Church that her members should "provide for the needs of the Church", it's right next to going to Mass on Sundays and holy days and confessing your sins. The fifth precept ("You shall help to provide for the needs of the Church") means that the faithful are obliged to assist with the material needs of the Church, each ...


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A casino in itself is not bad, but it is a flowing river for the love of money, and I would not want to be a cause for others to love money. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. (1 Timothy 6:10, NIV). God tells us not to cause a brother ...


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The last six commandments address man's relationship to man. Acts 5;27-29 And when they had brought them, they set them before the council: and the high priest ask them 28 Saying, Did not we straitly command you that ye should teach in this name? and, behold, ye have filled Jerusalem with your doctrine, and ...


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The context of the passage gives the answer. Paul in the preceding verses (2 Timothy 6:3-9) is addressing people who think that godliness is a way to get rich ("godliness is a means of gain"), who desire to be rich through their religion. For these people, the love of money will be the root of all sorts of evil – of ignoring their spouses, of being ...


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The exact translation will depend on the translational philosophy. The different translations, which necessarily involve interpretation since there is no one-to-one correspondence between languages, are trying to give the reader an idea of the intended meaning (in there opinion) by phrasing it slightly differently. In any case, the JFB commentary suggests ...


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The Bible says "Owe no man any thing, but to love one another:" Rom 13:8a To be in debt, is not a loving arrangement. The Old Testament makes a difference between loan making with a friend or a servant and loan making with a stranger. Surety or loan making with a friend Prov 6:1-3 or a servant Ps 119:122 is permitted. But loan making with a stranger Prov ...


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Depends also on the country. For example in Germany the Catholic church has a deal with government to collect taxes on their behalf. It's called "Kirchensteuer". (see for example http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kirchensteuer_(Deutschland)). If you are an official member of the Catholic church, 8%-9% (depending on state) of your income will directly be deducted ...



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