Date: Mon Jun 30 2003 - 18:13:34 EDT
In a message dated 6/29/03 6:14:42 PM Eastern Daylight Time,
> 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.
> Janet Rice
That's a cute description of something that can be seriously studied.
The prosperity of religionists is studied by social scientists. The most
recent coverage of current work on the adaptiveness of religious beliefs is David
Sloan Wilson's Darwin's Cathedral. If Michael Dell is Jewish Kevin
MacDonald's trilogy on the evolutionary strategy of Judaism explains the success of Jews
and Judaism and since the law was not abandoned but fulfilled in the NT, many
of the same rules apply. The good Lord has laid down good laws which appear
to be immutable. Pray you have the wisdom to discern which way God's Laws are
flowing, learn to flow with them and you'll prosper.
human behavior and evolution society
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