Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Society & CultureReligion & Spirituality · 1 month ago

Do you believe wealth or poverty to be more beneficial to a good spiritual life, and why?

Update:

Thank you, Anonymous.  But don't you think extreme poverty makes it difficult for a person to get to church or to share with one's neighbors?  And aren't poor people often inclined to compromise their morals to gain even small amounts of money?

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  • 1 month ago

    Poverty.  Poverty can remind us how much we need God.

  • 1 month ago

    BE in the world but not of the world seek not retches or fame be not boastful and all shall be given unto you.   

  • Matt
    Lv 4
    1 month ago

    (3 John 1:2)  Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.

    (Proverbs 10:15) The rich man's wealth is his strong city: the destruction of the poor is their poverty.

    (Ecclesiastes 9:16) Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man's wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.

    (2 Corinthians 8:9) For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.

    (Deuteronomy 15:6) For the LORD thy God blesseth thee, as he promised thee: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, but thou shalt not borrow; and thou shalt reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over thee.

    You can see through these few verses that poverty is a bad thing, and that God has promised us financial blessings and abundance in His Word! 

    God does however warn about putting your trust in money, and making it an idol!

    (Matthew 6:24) No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

    (1 Timothy 6:10) For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

    I believe you could be the richest man in the world and not fall into the either of these categories and I also believe you could be very poor and fall into both of these categories.

    King Solomon was a man after God and he was the richest person there ever was and ever will be!

  • Archer
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Neither wealth nor poverty has impact upon spirituality. Spirituality is found within and not in that of others.

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  • 1 month ago

    Wealth and poverty are worldly matters that have little to nothing to do with living a good spiritual life.  A genuine spiritual person is always spiritual despite worldly circumstances.  Many people have the misconception that being "spiritual" is a result of what we "do" or "have".  Spiritual life, fundamentally is a consequence of what we 'are' and have 'become', in which "doing and having" follow.  

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  • 1 month ago

    What ever it takes to become as humble as a little child

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    NO i have not been " CONVINCED" that WEALTH  "OR " power   to be  "MORE"  beneficial  to a good " SPIRITUAL  LIFE and WHY .... bit of a WORD SALAD   begin with  the question asking for a COMPARISON  as in MORE .... yet the question FAILS to define     the term  SPIRITUAL  LIFE  "   or DEMONSTRATION   of a spiritual life .... doing some investigation  one web page defines it as a broad CONCEPT  a " sense " of connection to " SOMETHING"   bigger than ourselves  well if you FAIL to IDENTIFY the  ..... " SOMETHING "  a person can not make a comparison .....SOMETHING  per oxford word use something  a thing  that is UNSPECIFIED or UNKNOWN  a non rational   exercise

      RESPONSE  the question asked NOTHING about CHURCH a PERSON  can INTERACT  with their neighbor or any person they have contact with  in their daily LIFE  school work  entertainment ..... CHURCH  word use  is  specific to CHRISTIANITY  see a dictionary   the response presented   is ARROGANCE  to PROP up Christianity and supremacy    i interact with people regardless  of their religion politics  ethnicity .... in most cases have NO  information on their religious affiliation  ones  possible  OPINION that religion is NEEDED  for human interaction is NOT  VALIDATED .... many cultures and groups  function well WITHOUT CHRISTIANITY or  various  RELIGION on a daily basis its DEMONSTRATED DAILY  what  facilitates  human interaction is SECULAR  HUMANISM  a system  of though attaching  prime importance to HUMAN  rather than devine or supernatural  proposition ...... NOTE   INTERACTIONS between PEOPLE ..... no gods or spirits have been demonstrated

    as to because a person is POOR  = COMPROMISE their MORALS    perhaps one missed the last 4 YEARS ...... GREED  of the RICH  and to make their fellow rich  to as TRUMP said after to tax cut to the 1 % i just made  you RICHER  but  TRUMP and  his followers may have had  FEW moral standards ...... what is likely  EACH person is a INDIVIDUAL  there is  no  POOR  more likely or rich more likely  its INDIVIDUALS ....    TODAY   86.3%  of  people are LITERATE  for males its 90%  and females 82.7 %  there is NO  NEED  for CHURCH    PEOPLE can read the Bible  on their own  and  form groups without god propositions  and write civil laws

  • Please don't complain now.

    All are too late.

  • Liz
    Lv 6
    1 month ago

    A person has to be balanced. People can serve God acceptably whether they're wealthy or poor. Belief in his ability to take care of their needs is an important factor for anyone dedicated to serving God.

    (Matthew 6:31-33) "So never be anxious and say, ‘What are we to eat?’ or, ‘What are we to drink?’ or, ‘What are we to wear?’ 32 For all these are the things the nations are eagerly pursuing. Your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 “Keep on, then, seeking first the Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these other things will be added to you. "

  • Mog
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    Moderation is the key. The modern sense of the words “wealth and poverty” gives the impression of two extremes. Massive riches and absolute destitution. Neither are conducive to a healthy spiritual life. We must distinguish the theological difference between poverty and destitution. Poverty is not a lack of necessities, but a lack of luxury and the absence of vain glory. Destitution is a lack of necessities. Excessive wealth leads to greed, vain glory, inhumanity, rapacity, and excessive care for and obsession with one’s own worldly goods. Destitution leads to bitterness, envy, and sometimes even self-hatred which can lead to self-destructive behaviors. 

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