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People seem to think that Jesus was a poor man who had very little. Most of it stems from His verse about the rich man, camel, and the eye of a needle (Matt 19:24). The wise men bestowed baby Jesus with great gifts. After He died for our sins, the Romans cast lots for His robe. Did the Romans like wearing rags, or did Jesus have some nice things? I argue this with atheists who have contempt for rich christians. They think all christians should be penniless. I myself am jobless, yet I have been given an opportunity for further education. It is hand-to-mouth, but I am happy and content. Do you think the government should take people’s money and redistribute it, or is it man's free will? My question is: was Jesus poor?
Savings & Trust
Dear Savings & Trust,
We will tactfully sidestep your political question and leave that for a website dedicated to such matters, but we can comfortably answer your question regarding Jesus’ economic state. Jesus was poor. When Jesus preached, He was supported by benevolent women (Lk 8:1-3). Jesus was the child of poor parents. When the baby Jesus was presented at the temple, His parents made a sacrifice of two turtledoves (Lk 2:22-24). Turtledoves were only allowed to be used as an offering if the parents were impoverished (Lev 12:5-8).
However, just because Jesus was poor doesn’t mean that He didn’t have a few nice things… like the robe you mentioned (Jhn 19:23-24). It also doesn’t mean that Jesus requires all faithful people to be poor. Solomon was faithful, and he was very wealthy (2 Chr 1:11-12). It isn’t money that is sinful; it is the love of money (also known as greed) that is evil (1 Tim 6:10). As you mentioned, contentment is the key (Heb 13:5)… as well as a willingness to give of what you have (2 Cor 8:12, 2 Cor 9:7).
I am afraid of the end time; I don’t want to die and go to hell. I don’t want to burn forever. I want to wage war on the evil new world order. I am with sin and am lost on a path which once was clear. I know Jesus Christ, but I am consumed by hatred. My judgement is clouded by alcohol; I love my girl and my family so much; I feel like a piece of paper that can be folded no more. I hope it isn’t too late for me; please help me. I don’t know how to repent.
Dear Battling Demons,
We've thought very long and hard about how to answer your question, and the more we think about it, the more we cannot give you any answer that the alcohol wouldn't corrupt. You've got to get help. God talks about the destructive effects of alcohol in Proverbs 23. Alcohol brings sorrow, anger, suffering, and health issues (Pr 23:29-30). Alcoholism is such a horrific disease because it deceives you into thinking that one drink (or one more drink) will make life easier... but it never does (Pr 23:31-32). Alcohol distorts our view of life and perverts our emotions (Pr 23:33).
You need a new beginning. We would be happy to help you find support in your area and a facility to help you start fresh. Until then, you won't be ready to handle the other issues of life. It isn't too late. You can conquer this.
In the Bible in Genesis 1:26, the words “us” and “our” are used. Besides God, who is "us" and "our?" Angels? Other gods? Immortal beings? The Trinity?
Dear Guess Who,
In Gen 1:26, the word ‘us’ refers to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. In fact, throughout that chapter, every time you see the word ‘God’, it is in the plural if you read it in the original Hebrew. The reason for this is because all three members of the Godhead were there at the Creation. John 1:1 states that Jesus was there at the creation of the universe. Gen 1:2 points out that the Holy Spirit was there, and Mal 2:10 makes it clear that the Father was also there. When the Godhead decided to make man in “our image” (Gen 1:26)… all three of them were in agreement.
I've been married to my rapist now for twenty-eight years. I'm not claiming "marital rape", but rather, he raped me when I was sixteen years old. After several times, I ended up pregnant, and my parents made me marry him. Over the years, he has cheated more than been faithful, and he has in the past broken my bones. All these years, he has had a porn addiction to which he still prefers to come in from work and view his garbage on the Internet. When I complained to someone about it, they apparently confronted him about it, and he apparently told this person that I view this garbage with him. I do not view such garbage. I do not stoop to his level. Really needing your help. Thank you.
In Bad Company
Dear In Bad Company,
You have every right to leave him… and for your safety and spiritual health, you probably should. Matt 19:9 makes it clear that you have a right to divorce your spouse when they have committed adultery (you said he has on multiple occasions). Abusive husbands paint a picture that their wives can’t leave them… this simply isn’t true. Even if he hadn’t committed adultery, you should separate from him for your own safety, and if there are still children in the home – leave for their safety as well. As a victim of domestic violence, you should find a safe place to (at the very least) temporarily move to. If you need help finding a safe haven for battered women… please e-mail us, and we will help you find somewhere. Your husband isn’t treating you in a biblical way (1 Pet 3:7), and you have to act.
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"The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup." -- Psalm 16:5
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