What Does the Bible Say About Money & Wealth?
It is true that “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:21). Vanity often leads to huge regrets and tragedies in life. Vanity induces greed and pride. The Bible reminds us to “Be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions” because “He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity” (Luke 12:15, Ecclesiastes 5:10).
The Bible reminds people that “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God” (Matthew 19:24). Love of money is reprehensible to God. The Bible says, “No one can serve two masters” that “You cannot serve God and money” simultaneously (Matthew 6:24). The Bible raises a question that “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his soul?” (Mark 8:36). As we are motivated to work for the sake of earthly riches or self-interest, we lead our life astray from God’s blessings and protection.
There are too many temptations. People are not aware of the fact that an easy life is rife with temptations. Indeed, material enjoyment can be temptations. Rich people are more susceptible to commit the sins of pride, apathy, and love of money. People are unaware of the danger of love of money. The Bible warns human beings that “Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs” (1 Timothy 6:9-10).
The Bible reminds us that “do not show partiality to the poor or favoritism to the great, but judge your neighbor fairly” and “He who oppresses the poor to increase his wealth and he who gives gifts to the rich — both come to poverty” (Leviticus 19:15; Proverbs 22:16).God expects us to show “no partiality to princes and does not favor the rich over the poor” (Job 34:17-19).
According to the Bible,“He who gives to the poor will lack nothing, but he who closes his eyes to them receives many curses” (Proverbs 28:27). God is keenly aware of the worst possibility of human nature. Again, the Bible says, “Do not exploit the poor because they are poor and do not crush the needy in court” (Proverbs 22:22).
The Bible makes it clear that “Do not love the world or the things in the world…For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires” (1 John 2:15-17 ESV).
What Does the Bible Say About Greed & Selfishness?
Pride is recognized as the capital sin among the seven deadly sins. In Ezekiel 16:49, it writes, “this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, excess of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy.”Apathy means a lack of compassion for others’ suffering. People underestimate the sin of pride. Pride potentially leads to bias and arrogance. Vanity makes a person pursue self-interests. Greed and selfishness go hand in hand.
Generally, pride and social prejudice lead to conflicts, persecution, bullying, discrimination and violence in the world, which paves the way for countless tragedies on earth. The Bible stresses the fact that “Everyone who is proud in heart is an abomination to the LORD; Assuredly, he will not be unpunished” (Proverbs 16:5). In Zephaniah 1:12, it goes “I will punish the men who are complacent, those who say in their hearts, ‘The Lord will not do good, nor will he do ill.’”
“Intolerance of others’ views (no matter how ignorant or incoherent they may be) is not simply wrong; in a world where there is no right or wrong, it is worse: it is a sign you are embarrassingly unsophisticated or, possibly, dangerous.”― Jordan B. Peterson, 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos