Poverty

October 25, 2016

"All that we call human history--money, poverty, ambition, war, prostitution, classes, empires, slavery--[is] the long terrible story of man trying to find something other than God which will make him happy." (C. S. Lewis)

 

“A man's poverty before God is judged by the disposition of his heart, not by his coffers…What is important is how a person views God in prosperity or poverty, not the prosperity or poverty itself.” (St. Augustine of Hippo, Life Application Study Bible, Job 21:29-33)

 

“The Kingdom of God and a perfect human world are not the same things. The Kingdom of God is not theological shorthand for human improvement. If all disease disappeared tomorrow and all poverty and inequality went the way of the Dodo Bird, the Kingdom of God would be nowhere nearer or further. There is no social agenda that has any relationship with the Kingdom of God.” (Father Stephen Freeman)

 

“Prosperity, more than poverty, can dull our spiritual vision because it tends to make us self-sufficient and eager to acquire still more of everything—except God. The same thing can happen in our church. Once we become successful in terms of numbers, programs, and buildings, we can easily become self-sufficient and less sensitive to our need for God. This leads us to concentrate on self-preservation rather than thankfulness and service to God.” (Life Application Study Bible, Deuteronomy 6:10-13)

 

“He who thinks that he has achieved perfection in virtue will never go to seek the original source of blessing, for he has limited the scope of his aspiration to himself and so of his own accord has deprived himself of the condition of salvation, namely God. The person aware of his natural poverty where goodness is concerned never relaxes his impetus towards Him who can fully supply what he lacks.” (St. Maximos the Confessor)

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