The God of Mammon

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“The God of Mammon”

It wasn’t to long ago I was talking to an individual that I frequently have to come in contact with do to certain relational responsibilities (and under normal circumstances would probably never have meet them). Invariably our talks will turn to religion or politics. We never argue but do respectfully disagree with each other. I do see him (personally) as a good and decent individual and I’m sure he does respect my views and is why he likes to engage in these discussion.

He views himself as a good Christian and I’m sure he is a pillar of the Church in which attends, teaching Sunday school, volunteering, donating monetarily, possibly tithing which is all good and admirable qualities.

But as usual the conversation turn to politics, and this is where our views are to say the least, polar opposites. I am quit aware of his affiliation with one of these organizations (to which it doesn’t matter) and he is aware that I loathe them equally!

Now your probably wondering what this has to do with “ the God of mammon” in which this narration is about. I’m getting there!

So in this exchange our subject matter turned to a certain individual that he happened to be supporting quit vigorously and can’t seem to understand my apprehension not to agree with his assessment of this persons qualities to be the best candidate for the position in which they seek.

Now this is where it gets a little sticky for me! He tried to assured me that this person was a God fearing person and he was sure of their faith in God. That’s all well and good I said and was glad to hear that is what he believed.

Now somewhere in there I said quite off the cuff, that I might believe that their God was the “God of mammon” and quite admittedly should not have said it!

So here is my point, to my surprise he admitted he wasn’t quite sure what “mammon” was.

I was to say the least, shocked. Could someone sit through countless sermons, bible studies, conversation and hear the word and never bother to look up its meaning?

So, after thinking on this further and reflecting on this question that I might of ask him, I had to ask myself if I fully understood what Jesus taught about wealth?

Now the simplest meaning of the word “mammon “ is is to say it is the “love of money” and my favorite is the Cambridge Dictionary definition;
“the force that makes people try to become as rich as possible and the belief that this is the most important thing in life.”

I am familiar with all the places that the word “mammon” appears in the bible; Matthew 6:26, Luke 16:9, Luke 16:11, Luke 16:13 and all say pretty much the same thing. “You cannot serve God and mammon”

Urantia Book location; 140:6;13, 163:2;10, 169:2;1, 169:2;5, 169:2;7 and this says it all!

“And again I assert that no man can serve two masters; either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will hold to one while he despises the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

So as I began my study of what the UB says about wealth I found;
“163:2.11 Jesus never taught that it was wrong to have wealth.” and the word “wealth” appears in the UB 90 times and 63 of those being in the Jesus papers with the most in one Paper 132;5 Counseling the rich man it appears 29 times;
132:5.1 A certain rich man, a Roman citizen and a Stoic, became greatly interested in Jesus' teaching, having been introduced by Angamon. After many intimate conferences this wealthy citizen asked Jesus what he would do with wealth if he had it, and Jesus answered him: “I would bestow material wealth for the enhancement of material life, even as I would minister knowledge, wisdom, and spiritual service for the enrichment of the intellectual life, the ennoblement of the social life, and the advancement of the spiritual life. I would administer material wealth as a wise and effective trustee of the resources of one generation for the benefit and ennoblement of the next and succeeding generations.”

As we read further we see that the rich man was not fully satisfied with Jesus' answer and I will encourage anyone interested to read this full account of Jesus’ teaching to this man but will place here on record his decision.

132:5.25 When Jesus had finished counseling him, this wealthy Roman arose from his couch and, in saying farewell for the night, delivered himself of this promise: “My good friend, I perceive you are a man of great wisdom and goodness, and tomorrow I will begin the administration of all my wealth in accordance with your counsel.”

WOW; what an unbelievable opportunity it was for this man to receive from Jesus himself this truth and to receive it with such conviction that change the course of his life and to know that we have his teaching preserved here in this Revelation for own admonition.

163:2.10 Riches have nothing directly to do with entrance into the kingdom of heaven. but the love of wealth does. The spiritual loyalties of the kingdom are incompatible with servility to materialistic mammon. Man may not share his supreme loyalty to a spiritual ideal with a material devotion.

As we see in the opposite case of Matadormus;

163:3.1 By the time Jesus had finished talking with Matadormus, Peter and a number of the apostles had gathered about him, and as the rich young man was departing, Jesus turned around to face the apostles and said: “You see how difficult it is for those who have riches to enter fully into the kingdom of God! Spiritual worship cannot be shared with material devotions. no man can serve two masters. You have a saying that it is `easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for the heathen to inherit eternal life.' And I declare that it is as easy for this camel to go through the needle's eye as for these self-satisfied rich ones to enter the kingdom of heaven.”

Rickey H. Crosby (Petitor Veritatis)