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18.6.09

The Bible and Your Money


It would be wise to say that the Good Book has all of life's questions nestled inside. It would be wise to also say that when it comes to finances, people are more often to pick up a magazine or schedule a meeting with a financial adviser before thumbing through the pages.
Given today's tumultuous economy, more and more people are looking for answers. If you own a Bible, you may not have to look too far or too hard. If you aren't religious, than you can truly appreciate the simple messages within its pages.
First lets solve the problem of you possibly not owning a Bible. You can request a free copy Here . Or if you enjoy being technologically savvy, there are numerous websites you can view the Bible on the internet.
Biblegateway
Bible.com
You can even view the Bible in its entirety on your iPhone!
So now we have our literature, let’s take a look at exactly what the Bible has to say about your money.

Saving
1 Corinthians 16:2
On the first day of every week each one of you is to put aside and save, as he may prosper, so that no collections be made when I come.
If you are to save and be prepared, you will be more ready to meet your goal, whatever it may be. While this particular passage pertains to offerings on Sundays, why not implement this same principal in your savings plan? Find a goal, set the date, and figure out when and how you’ll meet your goal.

Investing
Ecclesiastes 11:2
Divide your portion to seven, or even to eight, for you do not know what misfortune may occur on the earth.

True enough and simple enough. While investing has become a bit more complex, it can still fall under the basic principle of don’t put all of your eggs in one basket. Like anything I forcefeed to you, do your research and make an informed decision before you gamble with your future.

Budgeting
Proverbs 24:3-4
Through wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; and by knowledge the rooms shall be filled with all precious and pleasant riches.

While it goes without saying, I’m pretty sure the Bible would consider an Xbox 360 absent from its riches categories. But, this is the perfect budgeting passage because it once again instills the importance of being responsible and setting priorities.

Taxes
Romans 13:7
Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.

Owe! Tax day. Not my favorite, how about yours? But where would we be without government, order and laws? While we may not like how the system functions today, what if we had no system. Let's be redemptive in our living and obedient in our citizenship and ask God to bless our country and bring it revival.

This has probably been one of my most interesting posts to research. I’m quite pleased with my perspective going into and coming out of it. Let me know what you think, all comments welcome!

1 comments:

Bexy says:
at: June 19, 2009 at 7:21 AM said...

Krystal,

Great post, very timely for me, thanks! Love your whole blog, as well. :)

Bex.