The Spiritual Power of Money
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Some have asked me why I say ‚Äúmoney is spiritual‚Äù.
Let me explain.
When Jesus said, ‚ÄúYou cannot serve both God and Mammon‚Äù, he claimed that money (Mammon) can have the same spiritual power over our lives as God.
God is just a word expressing an idea that attempts to convey a truth about reality.
The same is true of money. It‚Äôs just a word expressing an idea that attempts to a convey truth about reality.
The word God in and of itself has no spiritual power. The word money in itself has no spiritual power.
However, if we assign power to the idea, either negative or positive, if we believe or doubt our thoughts about God, then indeed it takes on incredible power. If we believe our thoughts or doubts about money, then indeed it too takes on incredible power.
Like people who are slaves to their idea of God, I‚Äôve seen people who are slaves to their idea of money. Their whole lives depend on money, orbit around money, and find meaning in money.
But I‚Äôve also seen people who hate the idea of God and are just as enslaved by it in their response to the idea. The same with people and money: I‚Äôve seen some people with such unhealthy attitudes about the idea of money that they are constantly fighting against it in their lives, chafing against the chains money binds them with.
A father constantly struggles with not having enough money and lives in perpetual resentment, bitterness, anger, and poverty. His son therefore vows that‚Äôll never be him and prioritizes money in his life, enslaving himself to the pursuit of it.
Both are slaves to money‚Ä¶ one in their lack and the other in their abundance.
Money will enslave anyone whether they love it or not, this one by making him beg, the other by making him toil. Money rules both their lives, but because money is not a compassionate god, it ruins them also.
Is there a person of whom you can say, ‚ÄúMoney is his god!‚Äù? I can. One rich and one struggling. Both obsess about money constantly.
This is what I mean by money is spiritual.
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