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Introduction: Some Views on Prosperity

Some Christians believe that God has promised them prosperity and affluence as a reward for their faith, and enjoy it. This is especially attractive to the impoverished, often pentecostal in tendency - e.g. Benson Idahosa. Other Christians believe that riches and affluence are evil, and that God has a 'bias to the poor'. Such Christians are often socialist in tendency. Yet others believe that moderation is the key: have enough for a pleasant lifestyle but 'not too much', not realising that their 'pleasant lifestyle' is far above the poverty line. Yet others believe that the pleasant lifestyle of millions is destroying the planet.

In the Bible can be found individual statements that support any and all of those views. So, if we want to follow Christ and truly represent God in the world, as this 'new view' beleives, how can we make sense of this? How should we live? To what should we aspire?

Towards a More Coherent Picture

What is the Bible's take on prosperity?

Good Examples

George Muller.

This page is offered to God as on-going work in developing a 'New View' in theology that is appropriate to the days that are coming upon us. Comments, queries welcome.

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