Why did Jesus say you cannot serve both money and God?
- Anonymous4 years agoFavorite Answer
The word translated 'money' is the Greek word 'mamonas' which is the name of a false god representing the evil system of greed which He describes in detail as a 'broad road to destruction,' (Matthew 7:13-14). Modern people refer to this same evil system today as 'progress.'
When Jesus commands us to 'repent' it is not from individual acts of sin or evil we are to repent, but from the entire evil system itself. We know this because the Bible states that each act of sin cascades into all others, (James 2:10), so correcting one sin changes nothing about our condition or anyone else's. All actions inside the evil system are evil and the best intentions are corrupted into the worse kinds of evil. Jesus describes God's alternative system as hidden behind a 'narrow gate.' The scriptures describe this holy Path as a separate system within which all actions turn to goodness, no matter how they begin or how evil they appear to be in their original purpose or intentions, (Romans 8:28).
The 'narrow gate' is actually our own individual uniqueness which God preserves inside of a very personal 'calling.' In order to accept this calling, we must abandon the larger social assignments given to us by either government or criminal powers. These are the two traditional oppressors which Jesus saw as constantly 'squeezing' us back out unto the broad public road. They try to place us in social demographics which rob us of our uniqueness while making us promises or granting us benefits over others and their demographics. This ends up requiring greed to maintain itself because each demographic must fight for the same resources in order to be 'empowered' and somehow 'win.' No one ever really wins. Jesus describes this as a recurring cycle of conflict and warfare that ends only in terminal destruction and lineage death for those inside. This is because being part of a larger social demographic makes each person vulnerable to being manipulated, threatened, judged or sacrificed for 'greater' causes, whether they are government or criminal visions and purposes. Christ tells us that no lineages within this structure will ultimately survive. Only the 'meek' lineages will survive to inherit the earth, (Matthew 5:5), which are the ones who escape from it through the 'narrow gate' of their own individual uniqueness and by accepting God's very personal calling for themselves.
It never seems as dangerous as it truly is to someone living inside the evil construct of 'mamonas,' because destruction comes suddenly and everyone reinterprets each evil event as heroism, acts of bravery, noble sacrifices, or they lie and just cover it up. What is really happening around us is inescapable arms races gobbling up resources that could be used instead to achieve world peace through economic fairness and equality, states of perpetual war disguised behind names like the 'war on terror,' poorly secured machines of mechanized death producing cycles of war and genocide, the looming threat of weapons of mass destruction, planet poisoning mega-industry unleashing unprecedented diseases with no cures and only economically inaccessible 'torture treatments,' poor and constantly shifting understandings of complex chemicals and drugs leading to waves of fatal overdoses and inescapable addictions, irreversible genetic damage, the inability or unwillingness to procreate, gender confusion, widespread negligence and needless accidents, unpredictable and unmanageable disasters, and on and on...
This is what Jesus saw as the 'broad road to destruction' which has only gotten much worse. But even as bad as it is now, most people inside of it never realize how bad it is until it is their turn to be 'expended' for the 'price of progress.' There will always be people paid to make everything sound normal, noble, or even glorious and marvelous each time someone else is destroyed forever and leaves no legacy behind them when they go. As you can imagine, this cannot go on forever. There is a time limit set upon repentance and escape. Jesus wastes no time and plays no games with us. He is saying plainly to us to not even bother trying to serve both God and the evil system because they are not compatible in any way. They cannot work together. The evil system cannot be 'fixed' and the good system cannot be 'medicine' for the bad one. Do not waste what precious little time your own lineage has left trying to experiment with any of this. Get out now by humbly accepting your unique identity from God. Reject all social assignments given out by government and criminal enterprise. Do it now and live.
What 'wealth' becomes to us after we leave the evil system Jesus describes for us in Luke 16. He tells us that we cannot experience the 'true riches.' (Luke 16:11), until we use what we already have to demonstrate to God that we believe that all individual people are equally valuable, that no one is 'expendable' for any reason. That isn't the same as agreeing that all 'demographics' or types of people are equal. That is what the evil system claims and uses to deceive people into joining those various social groups. God addresses only individuals using His wealth and we should too. That is the only righteous use of wealth and the only Path to the society with no vulnerabilities to sudden collapse, no excuses for greed, no need to 'empower' anyone and no reason to fight for anything or against anything. Each individual has a calling known only to themselves and God. Their personal traits are understood only as guides to exploring that unique and nonrepeating calling and which upon close and honest examination, does not actually bear any real resemblance to anyone else's' traits or calling. That is the truth. It is the truth that makes us free, (John 8:32). Jesus calls this righteous construct the 'kingdom of God.'
- TomLv 74 years ago
He using money both literally but also as an analogy for whatever takes the place of God in a person's life. You cannot serve both God and something else at the same time. Money was probably the best analogy to use because that tends to be what rules most people and people will generally do anything for money.
- LauraLv 54 years ago
Perhaps look at it like this. You can't put your trust in God and money.
Also, money could become your master if you idolize it. And if money is occupying your heart, where is God going to fit in? The Bible says, For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
That means whatever you're focused on, whatever occupies your thoughts, has your heart too.
One more way to look at is to either have God rule you or money rule you. You can't serve both. You have to make a choice.
- Anonymous4 years ago
Cannot one have both spiritual riches and an abundance of material things? Perhaps, but only one of these can be successfully pursued. Jesus said: “You cannot slave for God and for Riches.” (Matthew 6:24b) Why not? Because the pursuit of spiritual riches and material riches implies a conflict. The one interferes with the other. Before telling his disciples to store up spiritual riches, Jesus said: “Stop storing up for yourselves treasures upon the earth.”—Matthew 6:19. Money has its place. We need it just to survive, and we can use it well in Jehovah’s service. (Ecclesiastes 7:12; Luke 16:9) But if we place the pursuit of money ahead of our Christian service, money becomes, in effect, a god to us. (Read 1 Timothy 6:9, 10.) In this world, where the pursuit of financial gain is so important to people, we have to make sure that we keep a balanced view in this matter.—1 Tim. 6:17-19.
A Christian would think seriously before deciding where he will focus his time, his attention, and his heart. Just because God does not provide specific limits on how much a Christian can acquire does not mean that His warnings against greed carry no penalty. (1 Corinthians 6:9, 10) Those who disregard Bible counsel and cultivate a determination to be rich suffer spiritually, mentally, and emotionally, as we have seen. (Galatians 6:7) By contrast, Jesus said that those who are sensitive to their spiritual needs will be happy. (Matthew 5:3) Certainly our Creator and his Son know what is best for our happiness and welfare!—Isaiah 48:17, 18.
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- Anonymous4 years ago
Well, that's not easy considering people have to work, however, the problem with counting the price is that there is someone assessing the cost - Especially when lying.
Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
2 Corinthians 9:6 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
A little leaven leavens the whole lump.
- BJLv 74 years ago
Money Can Be Both Beneficial and Harmful.
Money provides a defense against poverty and its attendant troubles, enabling persons to procure both necessities and luxuries.
For this reason the possibility exists of a person’s beginning to trust in money as security and to forget his Creator.
The love of money is a root of all sorts of injurious things, and by reaching out for this love some have been led astray from the faith and have stabbed themselves all over with many pains. 1Ti 6:10
For money, persons have perverted justice, prostituted themselves, committed murder, betrayed others, and falsified the truth.
On the other hand, the proper use of money is approved by God.
- StephLv 74 years ago
But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs. 1 Tim. 6:6-10
Money corrupts, leads you into temptation, becomes a god and a master more important than the true God. You can't have two masters.
- Beautiful BirdLv 64 years ago
Jesus' statement does not condemn the possession of wealth, but, rather, emphasizes that one cannot “slave for” money and at the same time give to God the exclusive devotion that he requires. A person who truly loves God and wishes to serve him acceptably must indeed “despise” the enslavement that results from making treasures on earth one’s principal goal in life. (Matthew 6:19-21)
- RalphLv 74 years ago
The fact of the matter, because money is of Satan and sin, and God is Spiritual, and truth, they are at enmity against one another. as it is written in God word the bible only, Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two master: 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.Source(s): King James Holy Bible
- AbdulRahmanLv 64 years ago
Well you can either make money your god and be deluded by the worldly life, or you can let God be your God and serve Him instead of being a slave to money.
- SmokieLv 64 years ago
Is that why some believe our money needs to say in god we trust?