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Re: Jesus on Money
Reply #30 - Jul 19th, 2017 at 5:37pm
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Muckster wrote on Jul 12th, 2017 at 3:33pm:
What were Jesus's views on the accumulation of wealth? I'm not talking about the Bible in general, but Jesus himself.

We can look to the parable of Talents for a guide to his views on money.

The servant who did not invest his money but rather buried it and left it idle was criticized and punished and those who did invest and earn a profit were rewarded and praised.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+25%3A14-30&version=ESV
  

"Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist." J M Keynes

"In the first place, the dichotomy between "theoretical" and "practical" is a false one. In economics, all arguments are theoretical. And, since economics discusses the real world, these theoretical arguments are by their nature "practical" ones as well." M Rothbard
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Re: Jesus on Money
Reply #31 - Jul 20th, 2017 at 4:07pm
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TowardLiberty wrote on Jul 19th, 2017 at 5:37pm:
We can look to the parable of Talents for a guide to his views on money.

The servant who did not invest his money but rather buried it and left it idle was criticized and punished and those who did invest and earn a profit were rewarded and praised.

https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+25%3A14-30&version=ESV


That was an object lesson using money, but the overall message was not about money.
  

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Re: Jesus on Money
Reply #32 - Jul 20th, 2017 at 6:24pm
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EF wrote on Jul 20th, 2017 at 4:07pm:
That was an object lesson using money, but the overall message was not about money.

Indeed. It was about using your gifts and not leaving them idle.

But at least we see that Jesus did not have a negative view of investment and profit, not to mention money.
  

"Practical men, who believe themselves to be quite exempt from any intellectual influences, are usually the slaves of some defunct economist." J M Keynes

"In the first place, the dichotomy between "theoretical" and "practical" is a false one. In economics, all arguments are theoretical. And, since economics discusses the real world, these theoretical arguments are by their nature "practical" ones as well." M Rothbard
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