Living in a Material World
Living in a Material World
More people are becoming consumed with materialism, meaning that they are too concerned with material things and worldly pleasures. The problem is that in their quest for these things, many become greedy and selfish, and care less about others. Unfortunately, many times we see arguments over money and material things, causing dysfunction among families and friends. Many wonder why this is happening.
There is a Beatles' song with the following lyric: "I don't care too much for money, money can't buy me love." And it's true, but many believe that having money and material things will bring love and happiness to them. But this is really a fallacy. These things can make life easier but cannot buy love, and love is part of happiness.
Most things in life seem to be related to money; and the love for money is causing most of the trouble in the world. This is because the primary goal of the majority of people seems to be accumulating wealth. And they are often willing to give up moral values to achieve monetary goals. As a result, we are living in a material world that is straying farther from the truth. The truth is that we should care more about people and stop believing that money is the source of happiness.
Most people who are considered wealthy are usually busy trying to make more money. They diligently pursue this goal, thinking that they will eventually be happy and content. Sometimes they even form "special interest" groups to achieve their selfish goals. But their priorities are often misplaced. While they are obsessed with their material world, they sometimes neglect their health, their families, and their spiritual life.
Actually, living in a material world is a distraction from the moral values of the spiritual world. This has caused many to become degenerated with little regard for morality. Another problem is the greed of the wealthy that negatively affects those who have less money, causing them to struggle to pay their living expenses.
Most rich people want more so they charge more for their products or services. This increases the cost of living, causing inflation. Then, because wages rarely increase, people on lower economic levels often have trouble paying their bills. In other words, the greed of the wealthy causes a negative trickle-down effect, eventually reaching those who are on poverty level. The rich get richer and the poor get poorer, as the saying goes.
Still another problem is that we are being distracted from spiritual truth by the hype of advertising. A large part of the material world is the rain of advertising that continually bombards us. The public receives tons of "junk mail" ads every day. Much of television broadcasting contains commercials that constantly interrupt regular programming, and many infomercials are shown on TV.
In addition, the internet is loaded with ads for many types of products or services. We should be cautious about any advertising because there are scams designed to cheat us or steal our identity.
Many advertisers tell us that their products will make us either look better, feel better, live longer, or a combination of these. Many are constantly saying that we're going to save money with their product or service. Therefore, in the material world we know there are ways to save money, look better, feel better, and live longer. But we also know that life in this material world will end someday for each of us.
There is no worldly product that would enable us to avoid death. Therefore, many just settle for the limited amount of happiness they might have in this world. Others search for spiritual guidance so that they may find the truth about life and death.
Most people who live in the material world seem only interested in the things that are seen; they see things they want to have, and things that may benefit them or their family. If there were nothing beyond the material world, then the mentality of most people would probably be limited to materialism.
There is, however, more to life than material things and materialistic mentality. People often wonder how life began, why we are here, and if there is life after death. Many disregard these subjects and just live to satisfy their needs and wants. Those people believe that you only go around once in life so you should live it up while you can. Others believe that we didn't just get here by accident, that we do have a higher purpose, and that there is definitely life after death.
Many people believe that the Bible contains the truth about spiritual matters. The Bible is our spiritual guide to help us find the truth about life and death. Many people, however, try to find truth in such things as astrology, numerology, tarot cards, etc. Although these are devised by imperfect human beings, many who live in a material world often depend on them for guidance.
Is it a good idea to let your destiny be decided by such false devices? People should be in control of their lives and choose their own destiny.
The Bible tells us that God created the world and human beings. Many people, however, do not believe in God. They believe that the world and life itself were created by accident. But this would be impossible because of the complexity and structure of the universe, and the life therein. The Bible also tells us that human beings have a purpose. That purpose opposes the one that many pursue, which is to accumulate wealth, and this has caused many problems in the world.
Although we live in a material world, we don't have to become distracted from spiritual truth by materialistic traditions. Many just ignore the truth, and others deny it. But one thing is certain; someday everyone will be accountable for the choices they made during their lifetime. Anyone who made the wrong choices will not be saved by their wealth.
The Bible tells us about Jesus Christ who came to the world and died to save us from our sins. Just living in a material world is not a sin, but we shouldn't ignore or deny the spiritual truth found in the Bible.
In Summary, Presently, people are becoming consumed with materialism. In their greed for material things and pleasures, they are caring less for others. Arguments over money and material things are causing dysfunction among families and friends. Money can't buy love and happiness. However, many believe that it can and they become obsessed with money and material things. The truth is that money can only make life easier.
The love for money is causing problems in the world because the goal of most people is to accumulate wealth. And many are willing to give up moral values for monetary goals. So now we are living in a material world that is straying from the truth. The truth is we should care more about others and less about money.
Many rich people are usually trying to make more money, thinking that they will eventually be happy and content. Sometimes they become obsessed with their material world and neglect their health, family, and spiritual life. This can be a distraction from moral values, and cause many to become degenerated. Their greed can also negatively affect those with less money.
When rich people charge more for their products and services, they cause a rise in the cost of living. And because wages rarely increase, many with less money struggle to pay their bills. So, as the saying goes, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer.
By living in a material world, we are sometimes distracted from spiritual truth by the hype of advertising. This comes in many forms such as junk mail, TV commercials and infomercials, and internet ads. We should also be cautious about advertising because of scams designed to cheat us or steal our identity.
Advertisers tell us their products will make us look better, feel better, or live longer. Many say we will save money with their product. But even with these products, we know that life in this world will end for each of us.
No worldly product can enable us to avoid death; therefore, many settle for the limited happiness they might have in this world. Others search for spiritual guidance. Many living in a material world seem only interested in the things that are seen, things they want, and things that may be beneficial. But there is more to life than material things and materialism.
People wonder how life began, and about our purpose, and about life after death. Many disregard these subjects. They believe you only go around once in life so you should live it up while you can. Others believe that we are not here by accident, that we have a higher purpose, and that there is life after death.
Many believe the Bible contains the truth about these spiritual matters. Others try to find the truth with such things as astrology, numerology, tarot cards, etc. Even though these things are devised by imperfect human beings, many depend on them for spiritual guidance. One's destiny should not be decided by false devises. Preferably, one should choose his or her own destiny.
The Bible tells us that God created the world and human beings, but many don't believe in God. They believe the world and life were created by accident. The Bible also tells us that humans have a purpose. But many pursue their own purpose, which is to accumulate wealth, and this causes many problems in the world.
Living in a material world doesn't have to distract us from spiritual truth. We could ignore this truth or deny it, but one thing is certain; everyone will be accountable for the choices they made during their lifetime. Those who made the wrong choices won't be saved from death by their wealth.
The Bible also tells us that Jesus Christ died for our sins and was resurrected; and that if you believe in Him, you will be saved. Living in a material world is not a sin, but you cannot be saved from death if you are materialistic and ignore or deny the truth found in the Bible.
From the Bible:
Do not love the world, or the things that are in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not him. (1 John, Chapter 2, Verse 15)
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