THE CULTURAL WAR: BATTLEFIELD, A MATERIALISTIC MIND SET
I TIMOTHY 6: 10
JESUS CHRIST said, "Now if God so clothes the grass of the
field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven,
will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
Therefore, do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What
shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'" (Matthew 6: 30, 31).
He was contrasting devotion to the spiritual kingdom with the
desire for the physical world.
Later under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, this was
recorded in I Timothy 6:10, "The love of money is the root of
all evil." The love of money is the root and materialism the
For centuries Christians have been taught about the "Seven
Cardinal Sins." For generations they have been the same.
However, what are the temptations believers struggle most with
today? Are they the same? An extensive survey among readers of
"Discipleship Journal" ranked materialism as the number one
temptation of most Christians.
It was followed by: 2) pride, 3) self-centeredness, 4) laziness,
5) anger/bitterness tied for fifth along with sexual lust, 6)
envy, 7) gluttony, 8) lying completed the list.
From the first part of Dante's Divine Comedy comes a scene in
hell. In it Dante has descended into hell as an observer where
he sees people writhing in filth and pain. He feels great sorrow
for them. His guide, the great poet Virgil, cautions him not to
feel pity. Virgil tells him they are getting exactly what
theywant. Hell, he says, is the state in which we are barred
receiving what we truly need because of the value we are giving
to what we merely want. It is the condition of ul ...
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