Does ‘Mammon’ mean Money in The Bible?

What is Mammon?

Mammon is not, as some translations say ‘money’ itself. It’s meaning is actually something a bit deeper. Mammon is more that money – the Bible is referring to the evil spiritual power that grips and enslaves men through money. It is out attitude to money that God is interested in, and Jesus rightly says; “you cannot serve God and Mammon” – not God or money but God or Mammon! Money is mentioned all throughout the Bible and a HUGE part of the commands are related to the handling of money. Money is not evil, in fact is is neither good nor bad – it’s merely a method of paying for goods and services, but serving money is what mammon is, and serving money is what is wrong here.

Mammon
ˈmamən/
noun
noun: Mammon
  1. wealth regarded as an evil influence or false object of worship and devotion.
    “others have forsaken Mammon in search of something on a more spiritual plane”
Origin
late Middle English: via late Latin from New Testament Greek mamōnas (see Matt. 6:24, Luke 16:9–13), from Aramaic māmōn ‘riches’. The word was taken by medieval writers as the name of the devil of covetousness, and revived in this sense by Milton.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mammon

How Should I Tithe, Manage & Give my Money?

Derek Prince gives the best and most through walk-through on this subject in my opinion – at least that I have heard. I will also hold up my hands and say that I have and still hold back money that is owed to god and I am working on this continually – to be more generous and trusting of my finances – not in order to receive, but to simply do what God is asking of us!

The result will be blessing and not curse financially – but if you are thinking that by giving this is a prescription to get rich – forget it. That will only happen if you gain the favour of God which means giving for the RIGHT reasons – not selfish reasons. The reason being for the good of OTHERS! So please check out both of these videos and teachings on money, the Bible and tithing! God bless you all.

Is Travel Insurance a Legal Requirement When You Go Abroad?

Are you legally required to have travel insurance when you travel abroad? According to most websites I checked absolutely not… I mean it’s YOU that are taking the risk right? However it is well worth looking at if you are doing anything physical sporty and a definite requirement though not legal for skiing – you’d be nuts not to get some health insurance there. But for some non-active holidays – I would actually consider skipping it in some cases – but it’s your decision so do some research into the best insurance prices and deals and what is actually recommended and not overkill to insure for!

Insurance companies are in it for the money – not the love!

But remember when you buy it – they have all the boxes by default ticked that can bump up the insurance price loads – I even had a box pre-ticked saying they would straighten out my teeth if necessary and this added another £X quid on top of my skiing trip. By the time I had un-checked the ridiculous superfluous stuff – I was down to half the price my travelling companion had already paid for his! So do a bit of checking and reading and unchecking of unnecessary cover. Remember – insurance companies are in it for the money – not the love!

Here’s a link with more info on this: http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=364002

Should I Pay My Taxes?

It is quite clear when Jesus spoke in Matthew 17, that while we should not have to pay extortionate taxes to the government so they can buy things that we don’t believe in – but while we are not completely free in this world, we should pay our taxes (what ‘belongs’ to the worldly powers that be) lest we offend offend them.

So yes we should pay taxes – as in neither two scriptures in The Bible that refer to paying taxes he never says you’re not right to pay taxes. And not only that – it’s not worth it! Granted if you are locked up you will always be able to do God’s work inside ministering to other inmates but in cannot be right to get yourself incarcerated necessarily – this is hardly a good witness! How can you raise your family or care for your fellow brothers and sisters in the church whilst in prison? Jesus said;

“Render unto Caesar what is Caesars”

But he added (paraphrase): “you’d better not forget to render unto God what is Gods'” In other words who cares about the bankers and the government and their silly taxes with some banker’s face on it, let them have and take their ‘printed out of thin air’ money that has no real value anyway to hell with them!

So in other words; you draw the line at something like outlawing the preaching of the Bible, or saving souls or caring for the sick – i.e what IS God’s! If you have to go to prison for any of those things so be it, but do not go to prison for not paying taxes. The Devil would be pleased indeed if you were stupid enough to go against what Christ told us to do regarding taxes and be taken out of the battle! Pay your taxes (what is Caesars’ to him) and do God’s work.

How Can I Get Richer Without Doing Anything?

Is this even possible, let alone should it matter to Christian? I mean this is not Joel Osteen’s blog right, or Brian Houston’s Sunday column is it? Well, as a matter a fact there is a way to not get rich as such (this should hardly be a Christian’s goal), but be better off is a better way of putting it, relative to others who are on the same income as you. And before you say; we should be trying to get richer than our neighbours which I agree with totally (comparing oneself to one’s neighbour is the cause of most unhappiness in the western world the researchers have ‘discovered’ – why didn’t they just read the 10 commandments – Thou shalt not covet?), what we are really aiming for is making what we do have go further in relation to our wasteful selves and neighbours.

Why does making our money go further matter?

I think it matters because we are called to be good stewards with our money and I see so many people (including myself sometimes) who are unappreciative and frankly wasteful with the money they have.

It Works Because Other People Aren’t Doing It!

Let’s get real; this method of making our money go further only works because others cannot be bothered to do it. What do I mean?  What I mean is, if others did it too and we all did it, other people’s money would go further meaning they had more spare cash to spend meaning producers could then raise their prices without fear of falling out of the market – making what is currently affordable to us no longer affordable and the value of our money would then go down as the prices of goods went up.

So that’s why I called the article; ‘get richer without doing anything’. Because simply but virtue of the fact that others (and possibly you at this point if you are reading this article) don’t take extra care with every cent – stop being lazy in other words (another Biblical no-no) and spend a bit of time looking for better prices when you do need to buy – your money ‘grows’ in relation to theirs in the sense that theirs is actually shrinking far more than it should. So relatively what you have becomes worth more – goes further if you like.

I proved this once when I was on a meagre income, by being extra careful – not throwing away that last bit of food and sticking it in the fridge and eating it tomorrow – buying the slightly cheaper shoes or going to the thrift store to pick up a bargain – I was still able to by the things my ‘rich’ friends did when I wanted to like a quick holiday or a hi-fi and pretty much live the same lifestyle as them even though they were earning far more. Not only that – I noticed they were always complaining about being broke and it used to amaze me how someone on their wage would say such a thing – given that whilst I was not swimming in affluence – I was fairly comfortable.

I used to think; if I was on their wage and save as I do I would be filthy rich and have several mortgages. Not that any of this ‘money’ talk should be first on a Christian’s mind – I believe we do need to find ways to make your money go further. Not only that – if you have saved more – you can put more of your money to a much better use than buying a new hi-fi – you can give it away to someone who really needs it and can’t make ends meet themselves!

More Money To bless Others With

Now I know all this sounds very materialistic but let’s remember what the Bibles also says – not just being careful with what we have as good stewards but we must also know that; “he who can be trusted with a little can be trusted with much.” This is reason number two why we want to make our money go further.

Pride

Yes it’s true. Can you believe we waste tonnes of money each year because we are all scared to let our friends see that we have white label tea bags in our cupboard. This is madness and in complete contrast with what the Bible says. We should not care about what others think of us – Jesus was no respecter of persons. So I urge you to seek out the stuff which is not packaged so smartly and sports top ‘brands’ – this is often what you are paying for. I know how fickle and vacuous the marketing and branding industry is because I used to work in it and I tell you it’s little more than conning people into spending money they don;t have, on things they don;t need, which usually aren’t better than other cheaper products – and often worse!

Beware of 2-for-One Deals

Now this can be very difficult when you see what are rapidly become 3 for 1 – 4 for 1 and Im sure 10 for 1 will be next. Why is this a red-herring? Because – the advertisers and supermarkets well know the age old proven fact; the more someone buys of something – the more one uses.

Only Buy What You Need

Take milk. I will often buy a pint and make it last a week by only using what I need. Buy a 2 -pinter and I start sloshing it in my tea… slurping it all over my cereals and chucking the unused stuff down the sink. It’s daft but true, and if I’m doing it with milk, I’m probably doing it with everything else that belongs to me and other people – not good.

Not only that – too much milk in the western diet over prolonged periods may well be linked to high rates of prostate cancer in relation to say China where they hardly touch milk and have hardly any prostate cancer. Another reason why less is sometimes more. I guarantee you – if there is a 2 for 1 bacon deal – whist I will kid myself in the store I will save the extra round for the following day – thus saving myself the cost of one meal, I promise you I will end up having have BOTH rations next day for breakfast. It’s just human nature! So only buy what you plan to use and I know you will star to have more spare money.

The Bible Says So

Did you know in the Bible it actually tells us not to go for 2-for1 deals?!!! Yes – in Proverbs it says almost unbelievably; DO NOT BUY SOMETHING JUST BECAUSE IT IS CHEAP! This is where God first showed me how I could save money – by NOT falling for the supermarket trickery! And the reason the Bible says this? It’s simple – because if you make a habit of ‘saving’ money by spending more on 2-4-1 deals – soon you will end up with a house full of 2-for 1 deals and no cash left – and you still need to pay the bills and you will find you use up the extra goods almost as fast – if not faster once you get hooked on larger portions of everything than before!

Beware when Buying Sale, Cheap or Reduced Goods

Only buy what you need, and only buy reduced, cheap or on sale goods when you are absolutely certain you need it there and then – and – were going to buy that or a similar item anyway for more money elsewhere because you need it. That is the ONLY time when buying on sale goods make sense. Don’t fall for the; “Im saving money because I am buying more goods cheaply.” You will end up skint!

Finally – watch but BEWARE!

As Christians We are not looking to get rich – however this guy has some very good advice for saving and being a good steward of your hard-earned money!

What Does The Bible Say About Money

Money Management & The Bible

open-bibleonwhiteWhere do material blessings come from and what does The Bible say about money? Deuteronomy 8:18. “remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the ability to produce wealth.”

Can money get in the way of more important things? Jeremiah 9:23-24.
Wealth can become the centre of our life and take God’s place.
“This is what the Lord says: “Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom or the strong man boast of his strength or the rich man boast of his riches, but let him who boasts boast about this: that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for in these I delight,” declares the Lord.”

Wealth can give us wrong attitudes about material things, Luke 12:15 NIV
“Then Jesus said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”

You cannot serve both God and Money.
I Timothy 6:9. “People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.”

Though not impossible, it’s difficult for the rich to enter heaven – God’s kingdom. Mark 10:23-25, NIV.
“Jesus looked around and said to His disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!” The disciples were amazed at His words. Then Jesus said, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God!”

The love of money leads to evil. I Timothy 6:10, NIV.
“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”

Greed often accompanies prosperity and can lead to crime. James 4:1-2,
“What is causing the quarrels and fights among you? Isn’t it because there is a whole army of evil desires within you? You want what you don’t have, so you kill to get it. You long for what others have, and can’t afford it, so you start a fight to take it away from them. And yet the reason you don’t have what you want is that you don’t ask God for it.”

The Bible and Tithing

The more you give, the greater your heavenly (notice it didn’t say earthly!) reward. Luke 12:33-34, NIV
“Sell your possessions and give to the poor: Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

God asks us to return tithe [10%] and offerings to Him and in return He promises unlimited blessings.
Malachi 3:8-10, NIV.  “Will a man rob God?” Yet you rob Me. “But you ask, “How do we rob You?” In tithes and offerings.” Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house. Test Me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.”

Christ endorsed tithing.
Matthew 23:23, NIV.
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices, mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law – justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.”

How may all, rich and poor, honor God?
Proverbs 3:9, NIV.
“Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine.”

What About Investment in The Bible

What investment strategy does God recommend? I Timothy 6:17-19, NIV.
“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.”

Christ’s teachings don’t advise investments that are safe or investments of limited liability. His teachings always encourage stepping out in faith but always coupled with wisdom. In fact there is no safe investment.

Contentment is not related to amount of money or possessions. Philippians 4:12-13, TLB.
“I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of contentment in every situation, whether it be a full stomach or hunger, plenty or want; for I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power.”

A valuable reminder for property owners.
Leviticus 25:23, TLB.
“And remember, the land is Mine, so you may not sell it permanently. You are merely My tenants and sharecroppers!”

If we put God first, He will take care of all our needs. Matthew 6:33, NIV.
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

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