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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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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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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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It seems that there is an assumption in this question that suggests reason is preferable to judgment. Reason is appropriate when the problem is merely a misunderstanding, but judgment is appropriate when the problem is willful disobedience. It is likely that the place in the temple where the market had been set up was in the Court of the Gentiles. Thus, ...


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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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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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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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For one, there's the obvious reference/fulfillment (quoted in John 2:17): Psalm 69:9 (NASB) For zeal for Your house has consumed me, And the reproaches of those who reproach You have fallen on me. My first thought is that Jesus, knowing their hearts (Mt 9:4, Mt 12:25/Lk 11:17), might have known that reasoning with them wouldn't have worked. (e.g. Lk ...


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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 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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The First Baptist Church of Orange Park in Orange Park, FL refused a $600,000 donation of lottery winnings from one of it's members back in 2008.


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The question as posed contains an implicit assumption that needs to be challenged -- or at least teased out into the open. It is this: that numerical represention of character types in Jesus' parables ought to reflect the proportion of attention Jesus gave to them outside the parables. This is important for the the particular case of "wealthy vs. poor" ...


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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. http://christianity.about.com/od/...


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It sounds like you are scrambling two different parables. The one with two sons, one of which squanders his inheratence but is welcomed back is found in Luke 15:11-32 The one about a master who lends money to his servants, and some of them give him a return on his investment but one does not is found in Luke 19:11-27.


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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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Whatever you do, don't stop tithing. If you don't want to give to your own congregation, at least find another ministry in service to God that could also use the money.


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We often bring our own compromised perspectives to Bible texts and as a result struggle to understand the simplistic significance of a moment. Isaiah 56:7 these I will bring to my holy mountain and give them joy in my house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices will be accepted on my altar; for my house will be called a house of prayer for all ...


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According to The Economist, the Catholic church spent $171.6 billion in 2010. I haven't read the whole thing, but it seems to be a rather one-sided article, and little information is given about how they calculated the figure of $171.6bn, other than this: The sexual-abuse scandals of the past 20 years have brought shame to the church around the world. ...


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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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Luke 15:11-32 Its called the Parable of the Prodigal Son


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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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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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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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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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The one thing he lacked was actually the most important thing - saving faith in God. That he lacked this is evidenced firstly by his failure to put his trust wholly in Christ to follow Him no matter what, but also by his failure to obey the first (and greatest) commandment evidenced by him prioritising his wealth over the will of God. No one can serve ...


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The New American Bible (Revised Edition) is the translation that I have; this is the only translation which is authorized to be used in Catholic worship in the United States. The NABRE offers this as the dialogue (Mark 10:21–22): Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said to him, "You are lacking in one thing. Go, sell what you have, and give to [...


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The commandment (Exodus 20) "Thou shalt not steal" implies the right to private property, and this is everywhere assumed in Scripture (even in Acts 5 ). If princes had the unlimited right to tax, to any extent and for any purpose, there could be no private property. All would belong to the state, or to the prince personally. Since this is not so, there must ...


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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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