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Post "Have you thought of money?'
Check out #3 at http://spiritualmastery.blogspot.com/20 ... thing.html .

Certainly sounds like something Bob would say. Anyone got a pointer to more specifics?


Mon May 04, 2009 1:59 pm
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Peter Scott wrote:
Check out #3 at http://spiritualmastery.blogspot.com/20 ... thing.html .

Certainly sounds like something Bob would say. Anyone got a pointer to more specifics?
you're right. That has so much the flavor of something he might say -- not only the main remark, but also the followup about thick skinnedenss -- that I would have to be convinced he didn't say it -- but I don't know of any documentary mention of this.


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The story about Heinlein sounds familiar, but I couldn't possibly say where I had heard it before.

> ridiculous Christian approach toward money that sees poverty as somehow noble.

Personally, I think this fellow's theology may be a bit off, or perhaps he exaggerates to make his point. I don't think Christ taught money, per se, was bad. There are references where he said for a wealthy person to give it away but I believe those were cases where the money was loved too much, an idol to the possessor.

> My money isn’t mine. It belongs to everyone, and it is my responsibility to distribute it.

Do you think perhaps I could get him to send me the part that might be mine??? Of course its his if he earned it. Money is a manifestation of the fruits of one's life: the product of work, foresight, enginuity, patience. There is, I think, some truth to the line in "Hello Dolly" about money being like manure, and not worth much unless it is spread around to help things grow. Of course, the person with foresight, enginuity and patience hasn't been just sitting on their money. It has been invested, donated, and put to work to help things grow.


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hwhall wrote:
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ridiculous Christian approach toward money that sees poverty as somehow noble.


Personally, I think this fellow's theology may be a bit off, or perhaps he exaggerates to make his point. I don't think Christ taught money, per se, was bad. There are references where he said for a wealthy person to give it away but I believe those were cases where the money was loved too much, an idol to the possessor.

I find few who quote what purport to be Christian beliefs to even be in the ballpark. But then, so few have ever read the Bible - the whole thing, unprocessed by a group leader in a "Bible Study" group.

I believe Heinlein put the same sentiment as "those who are convinced they are piling up treasures in heaven, being unable to do it on earth."

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