Money should be like Cigarettes: May be Hazardous to Your Health ‘
According to Otto Piper, “Money” “is derived from the Latin moneta, which was the name of Juno’s temple, in which the Romans minted their coins. Originally moneta was a title of Juno and characterized her as supervising the distribution of property. While the Latin pecunia (from pecus) points to cattle, it was not originally a commercial term but a religious one.”
In Babylon, gold was connected to the sun god and silver to the moon. As Americans, we take pride in our money because it bears the inscription “In God we trust.” But societies have almost always inscribed an image of their god on the money. Why? Even the pagans as far back as Juno knew we needed divine help with money.
Since most of us live closer to the 1st Adam than the 2nd Adam, there a host of warnings about money (cf. Matthew 6:19,24.25; 13:22; Luke 12:22-34). However, the ideal Church (cf. Acts) many saintly laypeople sharing their wealth:
- Joseph, called Barnabas (Acts 4:36-37)
- Dorcas (Acts 9:36)
- Cornelius (Acts 10:1)
- Sergius Paulus (Acts 13:6-12)
- Lydia (Acts 16:14-15)
- Jason (Acts 17:5-9)
- Aquila and Priscilla (Acts 18:2-3)
- Mnason of Cyprus (Acts 21:16)
Paul warned the saintly Timothy (cf 1 Timothy 6:10), “For the love of money is the root of all evils, and some people in their desire for it have strayed from the faith and have pierced themselves with many pains.”
The apostle Paul’s contemporary, Greek Philosopher Plutarch also believed the love of money led to destruction.
According to Abraham Malherbe, Paul borrowed many proverbs from Greek sages including “the love of money is the root of all evils.”. He lists a few proverbs Paul borrowed:
- 1 Tim 5:18, “Do not muzzle an ox while he is threshing,”
- Titus 1:12, “Liars ever, men of Crete, nasty brutes that live to eat,”
- 2 Tim 4:2, “in season and out of season,”
- 2 Thess 3:10, “If someone does not want to work, let him not eat,”
The pagan world understood the power of money-so should Christians.
PIPER, O. A. That strange thing money. Theology Today, [s. l.], v. 16, n. 2, p. 215–231, 1959. Disponível em: <http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=a6h&AN=ATLA0000657719&site=ehost-live>. Acesso em: 20 set. 2019.
Malherbe , Abraham J. “Godliness, Self-Sufficiency, Greed, and the Enjoyment of Wealth 1 Timothy 6:3-19 Part 1.” Brill, 1 Jan. 2010, brill.com/view/journals/nt/nt-overview.xml?lang=en.