God’s Promises of Material Blessings

Deus Ex Machina

Dost Thou know that the ages will pass, and humanity will proclaim by the lips of their sages that there is no crime, and therefore no sin; there is only hunger? “Feed men, and then ask of them virtue!”

– Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

Horrors of horrors! What heresy is this? Have I fallen into the lies of the Prosperity Gospellers? Stay your wrath and hear me out as I make my case:

In addition, there are promises of temporal help in this mortal life, as in Matthew 6:33, “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.” Matthew 10:30: “All the hairs of your head are numbered.” And St Paul says, 1 Timothy 4:8, “Godliness is of value to all, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” Why God also gave temporal promises…

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Interests include patristics, the role of the soul in the human person, analytic theology, Reformed Scholasticism
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4 Responses to God’s Promises of Material Blessings

  1. cal says:

    Yeah, a lot of those who critique and criticize the Prosperity Gospel allow wealth to blind them. Most of the people writing the criticisms are well-off, Middle-Class, Bourgeoisie, and live in the Western world. They are worse than Prosperity Gospellers, being that they think their physical well-being does not have God as its cause, rather a seeming random event.

    So it’s easy for someone in clean clothes, with a home to go to, and a guaranteed, at least cognitively, paycheck to rant against the prosperity gospel. If you want to critique it, and it has some fundamental problems, then live poor and dependently.

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  2. The problem with the argument that we can trust God too provide for our basic needs is that there are Christians in the world who do struggle to put food on the table or pay for vital medicines. God does not appear to be providing for their basics. Can they trust God?

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