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When is money first mentioned in Holy Scriptures?

When is money first mentioned in Holy Scriptures? And what is the Hebrew word for it? cf. my previous question: "Is money a consequence of Original Sin?"
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Is money a consequence of Original Sin?

Kinsella, The Wife Desired p. 77 claims: It has been stated that money is the root of all evil. [1 Tim. 6:10: "the desire of money is the root of all evils"; cf. Summa Theologica I-II q. 84 ...
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Is there a way of working out approximately how much money Zacchaeus would have given away and given back as restitution?

Luke 19:1-10 relates Zacchaeus’s transformative encounter with Jesus, which had the chief tax collector almost instantly promising to give half of his possessions to the poor, and paying back four-...
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Old Testament verse on how money gives one stability/security?

What is the Old Testament verse that says that money gives one stability and security? I remember reading something along these lines in, I think, the Wisdom literature.
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Did any heretical Christian sect believe money is evil?

Did any heretical sect believe that money evil or that it is sinful to use money?
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Does the Catholic Church allow for financial incentives to be used to make converts?

St. Francis De Sales offered a 4,000 crown pension to Theodore Beza; cf. this question. Jules Michelet, Priests, Women and Families p. 6: This man, of so sweet a temper, did not always confine his ...
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Based on Proverbs 30:8 and 1 Timothy 6 is it wrong to desire to be rich (or poor for that matter)? [closed]

I would like to hear some perspectives on the desire for riches based on some passages. Should one strive to be neither rich nor poor based on Proverbs 30:8? Proverbs 30:8 NIV: Keep falsehood and ...
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Can a Catholic diocese hold onto money raised by a parish for parish refurbishments?

If a Catholic Parish specifically raises money for the parish - say refurbishment of its church hall kitchen- can the Diocese hold onto the money for as long as it says it needs it? The parishioners ...
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Did God institute a law against the debasing of currency? (RC Sproul)

In "How Should I Think about Money?" Dr RC Sproul states on page 41: God instituted in the nation of Israel a law against the debasing of currency He further gives the example of coin ...
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What is the most dangerous heresy that exists in the church today? [closed]

There are many heresies referenced in the New Testament and even more that have surfaced in the centuries since it was written. One is alluded to in the account of Simon Magus. 9Now there was a man ...
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Why is usury considered a bad practice?

If I'm not wrong usury in its original biblical definition means charging any amount of money for lending money. So if you charge any percentage greater than zero as interest rate it must be a sin. ...
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Do Jehovah Witnesses believe it is immoral to pay for blood transfusions through taxation?

I’m having a discussion about abortion and taxes, and it was mentioned that Jehovah Witnesses have to pay taxes that fund blood transfusions. Do Jehovah Witnesses believe it is immoral to pay for ...
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What is the biblical basis for tithing money instead of agricultural produce or animals?

To the best of my knowledge (which might be incomplete), pretty much all instances of tithing in the Bible involve agricultural produce or animals. Even in the time of Jesus, when money was ...
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Morality of transacting with damaged currency note/bill

In an economy where transaction in cash is in vogue, one occasionally comes across a currency note or bill which has partially been damaged on account of prolonged use, or has been taped over. One's ...
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Does Catholicism teach that there is a just interest rate?

Is there a 'just interest rate'? We see banks having interest rates when loaning money. Can this be done justly? I am interested in the Catholic viewpoint.
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According to Catholicism do any of the Ten Commandments directly relate to tax evasion?

Evasion of tax eg. Income Tax is a punishable offence under the civil laws in many countries. But many Christians seldom get the feeling of having sinned if they have evaded tax. I wish to know if ...
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What was the significance of thirty pieces of silver Judas was offered for betraying Jesus?

At Matthew 26:14-15 we read: Then one of the twelve, who was called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What will you give me if I betray him to you?” They paid him thirty pieces ...
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If a monk dies after been married to a woman, who inherits his legacy?

If a monk, after he made his eternal vows, quits his monastery and marries a woman by law and his 'marriage' with the monastery is not annulled by the pope, to which is his legacy (capital) going when ...
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According to Reformed Theology, what is the doctrinal basis for belief in New Testament tithing?

Most Reformed churches refer to "tithes and offerings" as an understanding of the giving structure in church. Reformed Theology as a theological framework is careful about ensuring there is a biblical ...
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Can livestock or grain be used for tithe? [closed]

As in ancient times livestock and/or grain was used as tithe. Are there any (modern) religious laws or declarations that prevent livestock or grain being used for tithe? (I assume there are laws in ...
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What is the LDS Church's instruction concerning debt?

Doctrine & Covenants 64 teaches: Behold, it is said in my laws, or forbidden, to get in debt to thine enemies; but behold, it is not said at any time that the Lord should not take when he ...
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Meaning of the Parable of the Talents [closed]

I’m wondering what people think of this interpretation of sermon of the Parable of the Fearful Investor. I’ll provide this one example, but I have others if you'd like. The interpretation I usually ...
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What is the biblical basis for Christians being instructed to tithe (10%) of their income to the modern day 'church'?

I understand the commandment (principle & purpose) of tithing to the Levitical priesthood as defined in OT passages such as Leviticus 27, Numbers 18, etc. But, my question is now (present day), ...
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Have Jehovah's Witnesses' top leadership made a "vow of poverty"?

This question is about the leadership in the Jehovah's Witnesses organization, such as the Directors of Watch Tower Bible and Tract Society of Pennsylvania, that are named in this Wikipedia article. ...
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Do Jehovah's Witnesses have membership fees or how are they funded?

I was given an invite to a convention by Jehovah's Witnesses. It says on the bottom "FREE ADMISSION" and "NO COLLECTIONS TAKEN" and the couple who gave it to me had mentioned that there are quite a ...
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What prompted the change in Christian attitude towards usury?

Lending with interest between Jews is a sin in the Old Testament, which should have gone away for non-Jewish Christians According to Wikipedia, it was only proscribed by Christianity later; at ...
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What is the Biblical basis for preachers to be paid from members' tithing?

What is the Biblical basis for preachers to be paid from members' tithing?
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How much money does the Christian Church save because of religious tax exemption in the United States?

The only source I have been able to find is 85 billion dollars but that's all religions. How much does Christianity, specifically, save because of religious tax exemption?
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Where does the Bible support the idea of church budgets, for those traditions that think it does?

Most churches work under a budget system, and have meetings every year to discuss this. What are their Biblical justifications for doing so?
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Do any Christian groups forbid lending at interest?

Is charging or paying interest disallowed by any groups in Christianity, and if so which ones? So for example I sell someone a laptop and they don't have the full money right now and lets say the ...
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What is the theological background to the belief that taxation is theft?

Within American evangelicalism a debate has recently been reignited on economic policy, and I've been astonished at the number of people saying that some or all taxation should be considered to be ...
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Are there any groups of Christians who believe that all loans made with their money should be made without the expectation of repayment?

In Luke 6:35, Jesus says that Christians are to: "lend, expecting nothing in return" Are there any denominations or groups in Christianity (past or present) which have taught and acted on the ...
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Did Jesus forbid debt collection? [closed]

In both Luke 6:34, And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners to be repaid in full. and Luke 6:35, But love your enemies,...
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Lending with Interest in Christianity [duplicate]

I'm writing something about usury and want to mention Christianity point of view on it. There are several verses in Bible that prohibit usury. Also Thomas Aquinas and Martin Luther have despised ...
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What is an overview of different stances on whether and why it is a sin to pay taxes?

Assuming your government participates in immoral wars that are unjust according to your personal beliefs and religious doctrine (for example Christian just war theory), what do Christian groups ...
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Are there any scholars or doctrinal schools that address the conspicuous dearth of needy people in Jesus' sayings and stories?

I'm doing a research project that has involved a lot of different types of survey of the Gospels. Having noticed a surprising number of rich people in Jesus' sayings, I surveyed for verses with ...
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Research project: am I missing any verses where Jesus addresses wealth and greed? [closed]

This is what I have so far; have I missed anything important? Luke 06:24-25 (woe to rich & fed) Luke 12:15-21 (rich fool parable) Luke 16:19-31 (rich man & lazarus) Mark 10:23-24 / Luke 18:...
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In Mark 10:17-31, what did the rich man lack?

I tried searching for this on Christianity.SE, but couldn't find anything. Google searches brought up a lot of opinions based on different theologies and opinions. I'm looking for an answer to this ...
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Is there a biblical ban on running a casino? [closed]

This is a spin on the question Is there a Biblical ban on gambling? Is opening a casino considered a "shady business" a Christian should not be involved in? (Yes, let's assume it's perfectly legal.) ...
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Why did Jesus physically throw out the money changers instead of winning the argument with reason?

When Jesus cleared the money changers from the Temple, he drove them out by overturning their tables and (in John) even using a whip. Why did he not try to remove them with persuasion, by making a ...
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Is money the root of 'all' evil or 'some' evil?

I remember reading a Hebrew version of the Bible with English translation *right to left) many years ago and I am sure the English directly translated to 'some evil' rather than 'all evil'. Can anyone ...
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Does the taxpayer take any part in funding Christian Churches in Britain?

Are organisations such as the Church of England and the Catholic Church funded at all by the taxpayer? It was something I thought of the other day but I thought it couldn't possibly be true as it ...
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Has any church organization refused lottery winnings as donation? [closed]

Sometimes I've played the lottery when it gets over $100 million, thinking I could retire on a small fortune and then give tens of millions away to charity, including of course, Christian ones. Has ...
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How much were the 30 pieces of silver (Judas's payment) worth?

We often see ancient sums of money approximately described in terms of some modern currency. How much were the 30 pieces of silver that Judas received as payment for his betrayal worth, expressed in ...
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How does a Catholic church support itself without Tithe?

Usually, in Protestant churches, the church's income is mostly from tithes and then offerings, and secondarily from any outside sponsors the church may have. I am less informed how the Catholic church ...
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According to the Bible, what kind of debt, if any, is lawful? [closed]

The Bible has some strong things to say about debt. In the total witness of the Bible, is all debt considered sinful? Or can we differentiate between types of debt, and say that some are lawful while ...
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Church Giving to the Poor

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. So my question is why does this not happen now ...
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Does the Bible condone bribery?

Proverbs 21:14 (NLT) "A secret gift calms anger; a bribe under the table pacifies fury." Reading this scripture it would seem to indicate that the Bible supports (at the very least some form of) ...
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Do the temples need cleaning?

I find a lot of church practices wrong and I always feel I have joined the wrong family, and fear my salvation will be affected in the end. Is it right for selling and buying to go on in or around ...
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Approximate amount of money per year the Catholic church spends for charity?

I'm curious of how much money the Catholic Church spends globally for charity per year. I could not find the information I wanted by a simple Google search, and even on Wikipedia, I could only find ...
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