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Was Jesus Rich?
What Happened to the Gold?
In the barn at Jesus birth, the Bible tells us that wise men bought gifts, one of which was gold. The Bible does not usually speak of trivia, only profound events. It would therefore be reasonable to assume, that this gift of gold, was no trinket but rather a substantial amount.
It seems strange that, if this was a substantial amount, there is no further mention of it. If Mary had given it to the poor, fine, but wouldn't the Bible mention it? Did they keep it in trust, for when Jesus got older? If they did, then Jesus had money.
Some may think it is blasphemy or a sacrilege to think of this. I disagree, I think it is a valid question, as it could change our views on how we interpret the Bible.
If he had money, it does not take away from what he said or what he did. It may however, alter the way we interpret people who met Jesus. They would probably act differently to a rich man, than they would to a poor one.
It seems to me strange, that the Catholic Church is rich, as is any other Christian Church.
I do not remember seeing in the Bible, where it says the Church should have, make or horde money. So where did this idea come from? Was it from the people who first started the Church, the disciples? If so, where did they get that idea from? Was it from Jesus himself? Were they just trying to follow in Jesus footsteps?
As I have said, it does not mean that your view of Jesus would change but it may change your perception of the Church and its teachings.
An example could be that you believe that the Bible says - you do not need riches, once you have faith in God through Jesus. Your perception may change to believing that - you do not need riches, once you have faith in God through Jesus but it is better if you have both.
After all, even though the Church teach us the first version, don't they themselves live the second?
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