“The shocking truth about prosperity is that it is shockingly right instead of shockingly wrong for you to be prosperous! … Please note that the word ‘rich’ means having an abundance of good or living a fuller, more satisfying life. Indeed, you are prosperous to the degree that you are experiencing peace, health, happiness and plenty in your world. There are honorable methods that can carry you quickly toward that goal. It is easier to accomplish than you may now think. That, too, is the shocking truth about prosperity.”
– Catherine Ponder, The Dynamic Laws of Prosperity
One of the absolute worst ideas in the world is the belief that being rich or having money is evil.
If you’re a good person and you work hard to create things that help others, will you be rewarded with poverty and suffering? Of course not! If what you do or create is valuable, people will pay you money for it. The more good that you do like heal people and save lives as a surgeon, hire workers to build homes for a hundred families, cook and feed thousands of families all over the country through your restaurant franchise, etc., the more wealth you will earn.
Thinking that money is evil comes from misunderstanding 1 Timothy 6:10. It never said that money, wealth, or desiring a better life is is evil; it only said the “love of money” is the root of evil. Many verses in the bible actually talk about attaining wealth (both physical and spiritual) as God’s blessings, and in this article I’ll tell you about my three favorites. The first two verses, by the way, are from the wise King Solomon, and the third is from Jesus himself, as written in Matthew’s gospel.
The First Verse:
“The rich man’s wealth is his strong city; the poverty of the poor is their ruin.”
– Proverbs 10:15 (ESV)
This one runs against the whole “being poor is good and being rich is bad” belief.