Date: Sun Jun 29 2003 - 18:13:27 EDT
The "prosperity preachers" have always bothered me - it almost seems to ask
God to be some sort of magician - I say the right incantations - prayers - and
I get what I want. There is something worrisome in that idea - I cannot make
it work with seems to be a call to serve others.
Additionally, another question on to what extent prosperity can be connected
with faith - how does one explain the prosperity of people who are not
Christian - devout though they may be in their own traditions? Prosperity is
demonstrably not limited to Christians (Michael Dell is one or our local
gadzillionaires), which would seem to say to me that either the Good Lord has his own ideas
about who he blesses and/or that material prosperity is not a good measure of
the Lord's favor.
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