Prosperity gospel.

By: KoritheMan , 5:04 AM GMT on March 21, 2014

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I really hate this rampant "prosperity gospel" stuff that some Christians adhere to. It completely lacks Biblical basis. The entire premise of Christianity is that we're supposed to exalt god; any doctrine that makes man the focal point needs to seriously be reevaluated.

If Paul the Apostle, arguably the greatest arbiter of Christianity, did not live a prosperous life (the dude was shipwrecked, imprisoned, and more), what makes those kinds of Christians think THEY will?

Sorry, but it is a heretical doctrine, formulated because material wealth makes for a less inconvenient life.

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13. KoritheMan
8:52 AM GMT on March 26, 2014
Quoting 9. Astrometeor:
Um...so, I gotta ask...what's the prosperity gospel and why have I never heard of it?
I've always heard it defined as such: that because we are joint heirs with Christ, we are not only eligible, but entitled to receive his blessings. This includes material wealth. More specifically, the rationalization flows such that because Christ conquered death and we are his brethren, that included the elimination of poverty of all kinds.

Most Christians argue that we are only entitled to spiritual wealth and prosperity, and considering there are no actual statistics showing that Christians live better, healthier, or more prosperous on average than those who don't believe in the religion, I am inclined to agree with those Christians (assuming of course that the whole "god" thing isn't anything but a figment of humanity's imagination) instead.

Plus, as I said before, Paul the Apostle was shipwrecked and in chains, as was Saint Peter too, I believe. This was post-Christ first coming, too.
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12. BaltimoreBrian
4:53 AM GMT on March 26, 2014
Quoting 11. Astrometeor:Thanks Kori.
You're welcome Cody. ;)
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11. Astrometeor
4:48 AM GMT on March 26, 2014
Quoting 10. BaltimoreBrian:
It is partly derived from the Prayer of Jabez and is more thoroughly described here.

Google around and you can find more and decide if prosperity gospel is valid...or not.


Thanks Kori.

Edit: I still want (the real) Kori to respond with his explanation.
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10. BaltimoreBrian
4:44 AM GMT on March 26, 2014
It is partly derived from the Prayer of Jabez and the Book of Malachi and is more thoroughly described here.

Google around and you can find more and decide if prosperity gospel is valid...or not.
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9. Astrometeor
4:37 AM GMT on March 26, 2014
Um...so, I gotta ask...what's the prosperity gospel and why have I never heard of it?
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8. WunderAlertBot (Admin)
12:24 AM GMT on March 26, 2014
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7. KoritheMan
12:31 AM GMT on March 25, 2014
Quoting 4. FLwolverine:
Astro - who better than an atheist to point out the discrepancies between Christian theory and practice?
This is true in theory, but not always. An atheist definitely has a better chance of chiming in from an unbiased perspective. On the other hand, I've seen militant atheists that are anti-Christian to the point of clouding their judgment. Gotta be careful.
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6. KoritheMan
12:28 AM GMT on March 25, 2014
Quoting 2. Astrometeor:
This is it? No wonder you finished with your blog so fast...lol.

You know, for an atheist, you are really restrictive when it comes to defining what Christians should and shouldn't do.
Who says all my blogs have to be monologues? lol

I'm not defining anything, but not everything has to be spelled out in the Bible with big overarching letters telling you what to do or not to do. Some things are pretty easily inferred theologically from a few passages, context, and, well, what Christianity/Jesus actually stand for. Anything that puts man as the focus instead of God is heretical. And if there is a way to consider the prosperity gospel as anything but glorifying man, I have yet to see it.

That's not me setting a standard, that's common sense.
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5. KoritheMan
12:25 AM GMT on March 25, 2014
Sorry I'm late getting back to this; I've actually been sick for the last three days. Just started feeling better yesterday.

Nik, I will probably give that a whirl. I'm always interested in picking apart these things and examining their ideologies.
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4. FLwolverine
5:03 PM GMT on March 22, 2014
Astro - who better than an atheist to point out the discrepancies between Christian theory and practice?
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3. BaltimoreBrian
2:14 AM GMT on March 22, 2014
Matthew 19:24, King James Version

And again I say unto you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.


Luke 18:18-25

King James Version (KJV)

18 And a certain ruler asked him, saying, Good Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

19 And Jesus said unto him, Why callest thou me good? none is good, save one, that is, God.

20 Thou knowest the commandments, Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Honour thy father and thy mother.

21 And he said, All these have I kept from my youth up.

22 Now when Jesus heard these things, he said unto him, Yet lackest thou one thing: sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, follow me.

23 And when he heard this, he was very sorrowful: for he was very rich.

24 And when Jesus saw that he was very sorrowful, he said, How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!

25 For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
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2. Astrometeor
1:51 AM GMT on March 22, 2014
This is it? No wonder you finished with your blog so fast...lol.

You know, for an atheist, you are really restrictive when it comes to defining what Christians should and shouldn't do.
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1. Naga5000
10:38 AM GMT on March 21, 2014
Check out Max Weber and the Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism. You should be able to find a copy at any decent book store. Link It explains a lot.
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