Money is necessary, but the love of money leads directly to evil. And managing it is the root of all kinds of stress. What the Bible says about lending, saving, taxes, and stewardship.
Day One: Biblical Stewardship
To discover what the Bible says about stewardship, we start with the very first verse: "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth" (Genesis 1:1). As the Creator, God has absolute rights of ownership over all things, and to miss starting here is like misaligning the top button on our shirt or blouse—nothing else will ever line up...
Day Two: Managing Finances
The Bible has a lot to say about managing finances. Concerning borrowing, the Bible generally advises against it....Over and over again, the Bible warns against the accumulation of wealth and encourages us to seek spiritual riches instead...
For more, see "How should a Christian respond to a bad economy?"
Day Three: Lending
God's Word says that many people wander from the faith and pierce themselves with many griefs when they allow money to have an improper hold on their hearts. That's why the Bible contains hundreds of verses on how God wants us to treat money, and this includes the lending of it...
For more, see "What is usury in the Bible?"
Day Four: Saving
The Bible teaches that saving money is a wise practice for many different reasons. God is our source and provider for everything we need. "And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19)...
Day Five: Taxes
In Matthew 22:17-21, the Pharisees asked Jesus a question: "Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?" But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, "You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? Show me the coin used for paying the tax"...
Day Six: Multi-Level Marketing
The Bible does not address multi-level marketing specifically, but it does give some principles regarding providing goods or services in general and our involvement in them. MLM companies have been a frequent subject of controversy and lawsuits because of their similarity to illegal pyramid schemes...
Day Seven: Capitalism
The dictionary defines capitalism as "an economic system characterized by private or corporate ownership of capital goods, by investments that are determined by private decision, and by prices, production, and the distribution of goods that are determined mainly by competition in a free market"...
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