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Are Christians poor or are they merely selective?

  1. aoiffe379 profile image57
    aoiffe379posted 8 years ago

    Are Christians poor or are they merely selective?

    Christians tell you the Bible says to ask and it shall be given,,,etc. They may even say give and it shall be given to you pressed down,shaken together ,,etc.Recently the death of a community leader created  a financial need for staff members who need to travel by air to the funeral. Some people got gifts from sponsors,some who may never enter a church.I asked family/ friends for sponsorship and they are either too poor or selective.Did I approach the situation wrong?

  2. ms.truly lovely profile image34
    ms.truly lovelyposted 8 years ago

    WELL JESUS WAS BORN IN A MANGER , AND MOST RICH OR WEALTHY PEOPLE ARE GREEDY ,THEY BLAME POOR PEOPLE FOR EVERY PROBELM THE WORLD HAS ,YET THEY ARE STILL POOR , GOD DOESN'T GIVE YOU WHAT YOU WANT WHEN YOU WANT IT ,HE GIVES IT TO YOU WHEN HE FEELS YOU NEED IT . WHICH COULD BE A DAY,MONTH OR YEARS ,HAVE YOU EVER HEARD LET THE DEAD BURY THE DEAD ? WAS IT A NESSESITY THAT YOU ATTEND A FUNERAL ?HOW DO YOU KNOW SOMETHING BAD MAY HAVE HAPPEND TO YOU IF YOU WOULD HAVE WENT? SOME THING WHEN IT COMES TO DEALING WITH OUR LORD WILL REMAIN A MYSTERY , DON'T WORRY THAT YOU DON'T GET YOUR WAY ALL THE TIME , BUT STAY IN PRAYER AND REMEBER THAT GOD PROTECT YOU EVEN IF YOU CAN'T SEE IT .

  3. Springboard profile image81
    Springboardposted 8 years ago

    Ms. Truly, I'm not a religious person, and aoiffe379, I apologize for going off topic here, but I think that if there is a God, he gives no one a thing OTHER than the wisdom and the faith in themselves that whatever they need in their lives is attainable or acheivable through their own expended effort.

    There's a poem somewhere, and I forget the title, but its holds many a poignant statement even for a non-religious guy like myself. It basically said things like;

    God gave us two outcomes. Success in life depends on the one we use. God helps those who help themselves.

    I work hard, I always seek out new knowledge to better my understanding of things around me (I do not have a college degree), I invest my money and I live below my means, and I take risks. I'm not rich, but I'm also not poor. So long as I do all of the above I can never be poor. I don't sit around waiting for money or success to fall into my lap. I get up off my duff and go after it.

    God gave me two arms, two legs, and a brain and that's all I need. If God gave everyone everything they needed, nothing would get done and people would have no purpose for being.

    You're then suggesting that God is here to serve us? Somehow that doesn't seem quite the same message I've heard from the Christian community.

  4. aoiffe379 profile image57
    aoiffe379posted 8 years ago

    Please allow me to clarify my question so that it may not be misinterpreted. The person who died is my Principal, the leader at the school where I am teaching presently. She was a sister and friend to me.She was the kind of person who listened to you; and if you had a problem or was in a predicament, she did not stop until she helped you through the situation.I work for a living.In fact I left Banking to enterTeaching and took a 50% pay cut as a result of my decision to be an Educator.I am not under any compulsion to attend her funeral. However, she made many sacrifices for me and others; and I want to be there for her family, especially her mother who is  a mother to me- an orphan.
    What I am asking is why the people who do not profess Christianity and do not even go to a church are so generous in their giving. Meanwhile, those who say their Father own the beast of the field and the cattle on a thousand hills ignore a genuine need.Most of the parents of the students as well as the staff will not be paid until after the funeral.Thus far, I have noticed that the Christians who cannot afford to give have opened their bowels of compassion. Are the others suffering from compassion constipation?Or are they selective like the Priest and Levite in the story of the Good Samaritan? Jesus said that what we do to the least among us, we do to Him.

  5. Alayne Fenasci profile image60
    Alayne Fenasciposted 8 years ago

    I've noticed the same phenomenon. I suspect many give to programs and have little left for individuals. Most of the Christian churches I've attended had a strong fund-raising focus. Many worthy causes are constantly being presented (or thrown at them, whichever the situation may be).

    Personally as a Christian, I do things for individuals in my family or community for the most part. I cannot do everything, and I am one who simply doesn't have a lot to begin with.

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    jcmmanuelposted 8 years ago

    Good question. On the one hand you have this promise about prayer making things happen, even mountains to be moved (through faith). On the other hand, we always see nature also going its way, and God usually not interfering. For some reason, both of these represent what God really is. God does not jump up just because we think He should. Yet, God can be asked, and He MAY do something special. It remains a mystery, and so does faith. Yet we don't give up on faith, because most of us understand the power of it somehow, and also, we understand that we are ourselves responsible too for action, when others are in need. Christianism really is something very realistic, maybe the most 'realistic faith' in the world. But it also does allow for real faith that unexpected things may happen through Jesus.

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    jeremysecretposted 8 years ago

    Hey God will help you he just helps in misteryious ways he uses people for his doings you are helping god every day with something but christains do believe this but that does'nt mean go ask for stuff you dont need dont be greedy god bless

  8. Man from Modesto profile image84
    Man from Modestoposted 6 years ago

    Personally, I live in a place where there are many, many homeless. I would not give to someone who wanted to attend a funeral for their boss.

    And, you say you are a teacher? Who formally earned twice what a teacher earns? And you have 3 months off each year to vacation or do other work, and earn more...

    Why would a poor Christian, who already gives regularly, give to you?

    Where did all your money go? Why don't you have a savings? I don't know that answer, and neither do they. It seems to me you are being unfair.

 
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