It is interesting to note how an adult sometimes does not understand a child, or tries to structure them in a rational way. When we should really understand that a child has his heart constantly open to simplicity and innocence. This, of course, doesn´t mean we shouldn´t educate them. Actually, we should educate them, but to hear the voice of God, and guide them towards purity. Regrettably, this is not constantly seen in society, but rather rarely exists. The way they are taught, what they see as they grow, and what they learn from oneself and others starts to create hearts of stone that begin to close little by little until they feel nothing. They begin to see only themselves, and their mentality builds up towards selfishness or self-protection. That´s why it´s nice to see someone capable of forgetting his structures or the ones of others, and innocently be like a child. Not seeing what others do, say, or think, but they just enjoy the moment and simple “are”. Instantly, their heart opens once again to what is pure, and fun within the innocence. It´s like filling the sky with another star that is willing to shine no matter if the night is dark. He simply “is”. Undoubtedly, this is something that we should all reach, and many times it is achieved through forgiveness, which leads to genuine and pure love that never hides anything.
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The free market economy believes in liberty. This is what I have heard from economists that support the free market. This is true. As a matter of fact, the whole name of this type of economics means exactly that. Defenders of the free market are against protectionism. Protectionism is led by the government. It is basically placing restrictions on trade by using sales taxes. A person that affirms to have faith in the free market, but is also in favor of protectionism is most likely to be inclined for protectionism, or doesn´t understand either.
There has been so much conflict about this subject. Defenders of the free market have tried very hard to teach, and convince the public about the truth of protectionism and the free market economy. Many times, and I could say most of the times they have failed, this I think has to do much with what I explained in my past essay. (Patriotism or Idolatry). I can also add the fact that it is very difficult to break the structures that have been taught, and established in our lives, and minds since the day we were born. However, analyzing the free market economy, and understanding what protectionism is, I have come to the following conclusion.
I have been exposed into understanding various economic principles. Communism, Keynesianism, and the Free Market economy for those I can think of right now. Nevertheless, I have found one same result in all. Ego.
No matter the differences they might have, or the good or bad things they might have, they are all impulsed, created, established, and function by human ego. I believe this is the reason why there is so much controversy into finding the perfect economic way. Everyone seems to find something wrong in each. This is also why I believe that the defenders of the free market economy have failed so many times into persuading human beings of it being the best economic option. Although, it is based on freedom, it is not a freedom that frees all, but a freedom that focuses on doing whatever you can to be successfully rich. While communism was made in the attempt to prevent resentment, and have the same economic wealth. Of course, this is only but a dream in the communist way, and pure control. Keynesianism favors deeply the government. I believe it could be taken as a new form of politics, and it almost never favors the public or seeks its good. So, then which is the economic way to go? What form of economics can we find that acts on justice. A justice that is free, not controlled, and brings good and wealth to all the people. This is a very good question. One many would answer in the incredulous way of saying, “That´s impossible”, or “It doesn´t exist”.
As unbelievable as it may sound, there is one. One we can find in Luke chapter 6 verse 38:
Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.
This is a bible verse that has been misunderstood in many ways, or it hasn´t been understood at all. One of the things that I have found in almost everyone is the lack of release of oneself. One of the things that costs us the most is giving. This is why many would say that a perfect economic path is impossible. What I have found in the people when they are asked to give something is denial, resentment, hatred, criticism, gossip, backstabbing, refute, disapproval, and most importantly ego. Almost everyone talks about the abuses that have been made in the subject of money. Though, this is true, if we are unable to release ourselves from this, then we truly have not been perfected in love, and still see ourselves as the most important beings that exist. Before I continue, I want to start with the beginning. This may be the longest essay I write, but I strongly believe that this subject is probably one of the most important in order to be truly free, givers, and sons of God.
God is the most perfect being that exists, and will ever exist. He is almighty, the owner of all, the most righteous, full of love, but He is also a deep giver. We can see this in John chapter 3 verse 16:
For God so LOVED the world that He GAVE His ONLY begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
This is by far the most well known bible verse that humanity knows, yet it is not understood. When we think about this verse, we usually think about us. How Jesus died for US. How He saved US. How WE have to believe in Him, but we never think about the cost. Jesus was not the only one that died for us, but the Father had to die to His one and ONLY Son, in order for us to go back to Him. We focus on the words “only begotten Son”, but we don´t see “For God so loved the world”. The first one to die was the Father. He gave us His most priced possession. What He mostly loved. Even so, we rejected Him, killed Him, but His love was so great that He gave it all. We can also see this plan in Genesis when God tells Abraham to kill Isaac. His only son. The son of the promise.
Genesis 22:2Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”
This was the Father showing that He would give His son. In order for Abraham to kill Isaac, he had to die to him first. You can´t kill what you haven´t died to. If Abraham would have chosen to love Isaac more than He loved God, then he wouldn´t of had been willing to kill Isaac. I want you to understand this, the love of the Father was so great, so beyond anything that He was willing to love us more, than His own Son. This is mind blowing. Even so, this is how we should love Him back. Abraham was willing to lose Isaac in such a way that he chose to jump into the emptiness, even when he had no control of the outcome. The Father was willing to lose Jesus, because Jesus came in the likeness of men. This means that He could have sinned just like us, lose who He was, and fail to accomplish what He had come to do. He was even tempted by the devil, in order to make Him to fall. Of course, He didn´t.
Philipians 2:7But made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.Matthew 4:1Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.
Sometimes God will ask us to give things, or do things, that will require us to jump into the emptiness without a parachute. Without having control of the outcome, and the situation. We will have to trust God, love Him more, and believe in Him in the same way Abraham believed in Him. Sometimes God has asked me to give things that I really love, and it has required me to release those things even from the deepest parts of my heart. This happens so that we can be free and grow in authority and revelation. Every time God asks you something it is to take you into higher levels in Him, and let me tell you that nothing in this world is more important and powerful than giving it all. Now, don´t misunderstand me, God will never take things away from you by force. He will never kill a family member, or leave you in ruin so that you can learn your lesson. God loves us all, and He wants the best for us, those things don´t come from God.
James 4:1-8Where do wars and fightings among you come from? Don´t they come from your pleasures that war in your members? You lust, and don´t have. You murder and covet, and can´t obtain. You fight and make war. You don´t have, because you don´t ask. You ask, and don´t receive, because you ask with wrong motives, so that you may spend it for your pleasures. You adulterers and adulteresses, don´t you know that friendship with the world is hostility toward God? Whoever therefore wants to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you think that the Scripture says in vain, “The Spirit who lives in us yearns jealousy?” But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” Be subject therefore to God. But resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.2Corinthians 4:4In whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that the light of the Good News of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should not dawn on them.John 12:31Now is the judgment of this world. Now the prince of this world will be cast out.
Giving is one of the essences of the Kingdom of God. Giving is loving God. Giving is being in the image and likeness of God. Giving is being from the nature of God. In the James verses that I placed here, we can see that we commit adultery when we love the world. We can also see that part from fleeing from the devil, is fleeing from the pleasures of this world. Those who give without measure know God. Those who give without measure understand God, and His ways. Those who give without measure have seen the Kingdom of God.
Matthew 5:8Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Part of this purification is the letting go of this world, and entering into the divine nature of God.
Giving has to do inevitably with money. Money is a subject that almost everyone wants to avoid when it comes to giving. It is interesting to see that in the church when the pastor talks about prosperity everyone receives it. Everyone loves it. Everyone wants to hear about it. But when the subject changes from receiving money, into giving money, many people leave. This is because of the lack of compromise in the people today. It is easier to live in religion, shouting and applauding when it comes to prosperity, than giving it all like God did, and loving Him more than anything and our neighbor like ourselves. Christianity has taught the world that it is not necessary to give it all, as long as you sit in the church bench ever Sunday and give you weekly tithe. Christianity has become something comfortable where you can sin all you want, and everyone tells you, “but don´t worry God loves you”. We have been patting sin in the back, instead of saving humanity from the pits of hell. We prefer saying what the people want to hear, because we don´t want them to leave. With all these abominations, we are lacking the true power of God that converts people genuinely. We are lacking a powerful generation in God that will go to the ends of the earth, willing to die in order for the Kingdom of God to be established here on Earth. Instead, we sit down waiting for a rapture, and it is all about us, us, us, but don´t ask me to give it all, because the moment that you do, “I will leave”.
The youth is waiting to see something powerful. They are preferring the world, because at least there people live what they speak. All this youth leaving is not because of the supposedly nearing end of the world, but because of the lack of compromise from the church. Christianity speaks beautifully, but they don´t live what they speak. Instead, we see a Christianity full of sickness, scarcity, pornography, abomination, hatred, backstabbing, etcetera, and then we ask ourselves why the world is how it is. Do you not know that the condition of the world is the condition of the church? I have heard many speak of how beautiful childhood used to be, and how horrible it is today, but who do you think shaped today? The children from the past. Something tells me that they weren´t taught well either, or else we would be living in a different world. Now, I am not blaming anyone, I am just trying to make you see the truth.
John 8:32You will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.
The truth is that people don´t love God anymore. Salvation has been made something really easy. You can live all the sin you want everyday of the week, as long as you attend church on Sunday, and you will still be saved. What lack of fear of God. Yes, God is love, but He is also a fearful God full of zeal. Or do we not see in James chapter 4, that the Spirit who lives in us yearns jealousy? We must repent from our sinful ways, from the lack of fear of God, and we must go back into His nature. A nature that gives it all!
No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.
Before this verse we saw that you cannot be a friend of this world, and a friend of God at the same time. We also saw that if we are not willing to give it all, then we are friends of this world. The same thing happens when we love mammon, and not God. God is a jealous God. He will not take the subject of money lightly. The bible is very clear, you either serve Him or mammon. As I said before, people that are offended easily when they are asked to give money are lovers of mammon. There has been such a lack of revelation when we speak about this subject, because of the unwillingness of giving it all. What I have learned about this subject, is that giving money in certain moments when God is doing something powerful opens gigantic heavenly doors. It is more than just giving money, it is about impacting your generation, and the next. It is about opening new ways so that the Kingdom of God can be established on earth. You might think, “I will do that with money? The Kingdom of God cannot be bought.” I am not saying that if you give money, you will buy your salvation or things like that. That is not right onto God. I am not trying to erase the power of the blood of Jesus that is the one that redeems us. What I am trying to say is that sometimes it is necessary for us to separate from the love for money, in order for great things to happen. God likes to do that, because He wants to see who is willing to give it all for Him, just like He did it for us. Who will we be loyal to? God or mammon?
One of the greatest doubts that comes to the minds of men when they here something like this is: “but it cost me too much”, “how can I give something that took me my life´s savings?”. The truth is that all this time their trust was in money, and not in God. We mention so many times that God is the owner of all, and that He gave us all that we have, but when it comes to giving it back to Him, we dare to say things like those. Is it really God´s or not? Is He really the owner of all or not? Then why do we give ourselves the credit of obtaining it? If we truly believe that God is the owner of all, then we will have no problem in giving Him what He once gave us. That is how we show that we truly are dependent of God and not money. That is how we truly show that we love God and not mammon. Who are we serving? What is our motivation? To be filthy rich? Or to serve God?
Each and everyone of us has to check our hearts in order to see where our trust is really at. However, if God has asked us something, and we do not give it, then we are idolatrizing ourselves, and loving mammon. Let us take insurance´s as examples. Placing your security there is loving mammon. When people begin to stay without money, fear, doubt, and anxiety begin to take control of their hearts. This is because they have been trusting their money, and not God. Looking at the price of a product in order to decide whether to buy it or not, is loving mammon. When you have money, and you feel safe, or with an identity, then you are loving mammon. Many sell things ten times higher than what they are worth. Others fill themselves with goods. They have one thing of a product, and then buy another one of the same. These people usually think: “If something happens, I still have this.” Instead of trusting God, they are trusting mammon. Not to mention, they are forgetting about the needy.
I don´t know if you have seen this, but even movies show that whenever a disaster happens, and stores are exposed to anyone, people even kill each other for goods and money. Most of the conflicts that we see today, are because of the love for money. Many people enslave others, because of unforgiven debts, others threaten others when they don´t get paid. The government, and the banks take everything away from people when they don´t pay. Unmerciful acts are being taking place everyday, because of the love for money. Most of the times it is low prices, and illusive discounts that convince the people to buy a product. We can also remember Black Friday, the day when many people compete even with violence, without caring about the other person in order to win the product. Bets are putting your trust in mammon, not to mention that going to casinos is loving mammon as well. (Their motivation is money). Trusting in your savings is also loving mammon. Though, these are things we see externally, the love for mammon is deeper.
Romans 1:4Who was declared to be the Son of God with power, according to the Spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead, Jesus Christ our Lord.
The holiness of Jesus was what declared Him to be a Son of God with power. We are declared to be sons of God with power by our holiness. This is the unification of our Spirit with His.
John 17:21That they may all be one; even as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us; that the world may believe that you sent me.
The reason why many people cannot see a perfect economic path, is because when they talk about economics, they put their eyes in money. Economics is taught with the focus on money. People teach that it is money. The truth is that you cannot find a perfect economic path when your focus and eyes are on money. This only means that you are serving money, and not God. People work for money. If everyone had money, nobody would work. This is because what impulses people is money. The difference begins when my focus changes from it being money, to it being God, and the love for my neighbor.
Matthew 16:25For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.Matthew 10:37-39He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loves his life for My sake will find it.
He who is not willing to give it all for God will not inherit the Kingdom of God. He is not worthy of Him. Salvation is by grace, but everything else must be conquered. The only way to conquer it is by losing your life for Jesus. Adam and Eve were in the Garden of Eden before they sinned. It was when they sinned that they lost everything. They loved their lives more than they loved God. They were willing to betray God, in order to receive what the devil had. This was the love for riches. The devil was the one in charge of managing the riches in heaven, and it was when he began to exalt the power of riches more than God, when he trusted in them, and thought he could be like God. The devil then promised the same thing to Adam and Eve when he told them they would be like God. They would then feel capable enough to control their lives, and be their own gods. However, this only led to their nakedness, and separation from God. This separation then made them like the devil. Full of fear, and death. The disobedience of Adam and Eve, caused the curse of the land. This means that now Adam and Eve would have to work the land in order to eat. As amazing as it may seem, it was the trust in riches, and in their own self, that brought the curse of scarcity. This is why God insists on giving everything to Him, including money. For this was what made man fall, this is also what makes man go back to Him.
Ezekial 28:13-23You were in Eden, the garden of God; Every precious stone was your covering: The sardius, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, turquoise, and emerald with gold. The workmanship of your timbrels and pipes was prepared for you on the day you were created. “You were the anointed cherub who covers; I established you; You were on the holy mountain of God; You walked back and forth in the midst of fiery stones. You were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, till iniquity was found in you. “By the abundance of your trading you became filled with violence within, and you sinned; Therefore I cast you as a profane thing out of the mountain of God; And I destroyed you, O covering cherub, from the midst of the fiery stones. “Your heart was lifted up because of your beauty; You corrputed your wisdom for the sake of your splendor; I cast you to the ground, I laid you before kings, that they might gaze at you. “You defiled your sanctuaries by the multitude of your iniquities, by the iniquity of your trading; Therefore I brought fire from your midst; It devoured you, and I turned you to the ashes upon the earth in the sight of all who saw you. All who knew you among the peoples are astonished at you. All who knew you among the peoples are astonished at you; You have become a horror, and shall be no more forever.”Isaiah 14:12-21“How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations! For you have said in your heart: ´I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’ Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit. “Those who see you will gaze at you, and consider you, saying: ‘Is this the man who made the earth tremble, who shook kingdoms, who made the world as a wilderness and destroyed its cities, who did not open the house of his prisoners?’ “All the kings of the nations, all of them, sleep in glory, everyone in his own house; But you are cast out of your grave like an abominable branch, like the garment of those who are slain, thrust through with a sword, who go down to the stones of the pit, like a corpse trodden underfoot. You will not be joined with them in burial, because you have destroyed your land and slain your people. The brood of evildoers shall never be named. Prepare slaughter for his children because of the iniquity of their fathers, lest they rise up and possess the land, and fill the face of the world with cities.”
Do you see how money is rooted in the hearts of the people? Sometimes people are willing to leave their child on the street, but if you ask them to give you their credit card they immediately say no. People care more about their money, than they care about their children. Frustration is the result of putting the eyes in money. The worship for money has come up to a very high point, that you are only considered to be successful when you have won money. Apparently, the unification of a family, the care for children and the old, marriage, and so many other important things have come into second place, and sometimes not even second. You can have all of that, but if you don´t have money you are a nobody, and a lazy person that doesn´t look after his family. The truth is, he who is looking more after his family, is honoring God more, than those who only seek money.
1 Timothy 5:8But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.
When we read this verse we usually think, and are taught that a man must work in order to bring food for his family. The interesting part of this verse, though, is that he says he has denied his faith and is worse than an unbeliever. This tells me that there is more to the verse, than just bringing food to the family. Let me ask you a question. Which family is better fed? One who has natural food for the rest of its days, or one who is fed by the word of God daily? Part of providing for your household is not only natural food, but the word of God. That why it says that he is worse than an unbeliever, and has denied his faith. If he believes in God, but does not provide for his family the Kingdom, then He does not believe.
Luke 21:1-4And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury, and He saw also a certain poor widoe putting in two mites. So He said, “Truly I say to you that this poor widow has put in more than all; for all these our of their abundance have put in offerings for God, but she our of her poverty put in all the livelihood that she had.”
Do you realize how she gave it all? Not only did she give, but she gave all her livelihood! This is what God wants from us. He wants us to give everything to Him. He wants our complete heart. Not just a piece of our heart, but He wants it all. Do you also remember the rich man who asks Jesus how he should inherit eternal life?
Luke 18:18-22Now a certain ruler asked Him, saying, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. You know the commandments: ” ´Do not commit adultery´, ´Do not murder,´ ´Do not steal,´ ´Do not bear false witness,´ ´Honor your father and your mother,´ And he said, “All these things I have kept from my youth.” So when Jesus heard these things, He said to him, “You still lack one thing. Sell all that you have and distribute to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”
Do you realize how Jesus asks him everything? Sometimes we only focus on the commandments, but we forget this important part. Jesus told him to give everything to the poor, because he wanted him to defeat the love for mammon. If he kept loving mammon more than God, then he would have not been able to inherit eternal life. He first had to leave his love for money, and then he would be able to follow Jesus. This is the same thing for us. If we are not able to leave the love for riches, then we cannot follow Jesus and inherit eternal life. Otherwise, we would only be living a religion, and lack eternal life.
Now that I have said all of this, I can go back to the beginning of this essay. I have come to the conclusion that in order for there to be a perfect economic way, first we have to lose our love for riches, and truly trust God, love Him, and love our neighbor. This is the only way that we can be true inheritors of the Kingdom of God, and live in a true prosperous society that is driven by love, and not by money. When our economics is led by the voice of money, which lands in our ego, than we cannot live in a society that is truly free, not controlled, that brings wealth to everyone, and has true justice. I am not saying that we shouldn´t be entrepreneurs, or that we shouldn´t work, or that we shouldn´t work hard. All I am saying is that we must do those things with only one motivation, not ego or money, but love. Love is eventually the force that impulses us to give it all. It is what loses fear, and opens heaven. Love is more powerful than anything, and it can be resumed in one word, Jesus.
When we talk about quotas, we also talk about trade. Governments impose them in order to limit trade. In a statist point of view, this is made to help protect the domestic production from foreign competition. Since this is government invented, then the government makes sure to teach the public this is the way to go.
As I have mentioned before, people are egocentric. In my essay Love Defeats Ego, I explain that humans try to feel part of something important, and therefore with an identity. When it comes to nations, this doesn´t change. I believe that no matter in which nation you were born, every nation tries to implement and fill its people with the pride of being “American”, or “Russian”, or “Chinese”, or “Mexican”, or “Canadian”, etc. Being born in a certain country, and acquiring those teachings since childhood creates racism in the heart, whether we want to accept it or not. The opinion of believing that my race is better than yours, because we have such things that you don´t is nothing but racism, ego, pride, and arrogance. It is the same rejection of hating each other, or keeping our distance. That is why we have borders.
What happens when a state from your country wants to trade with another state of your country? People don´t care. This is because they feel it is part of themselves. They say, “It´s my country, therefore my country, and I benefit”. When we understand that a trade is made in order for both sides to benefit, then we have no problem with the trade. However, when it comes down to trading internationally, people begin to worry. Like I said before, quotas are government invented, and therefore the government makes sure the public believes in that system. If we live in an egocentric world, don´t you think the government would also be self-interested? Governments were made to help, and look for the public. The problem begins when the heart of the politicians and bureaucrats begin to look at the money.
Let me explain how a trade is done from your side of the street, to the other side of the street. You have money, and you are willing to pay for what your neighbor is willing to sell you. You come to an agreement, you trade, and both of you are now happy. Not only this, but there was economic growth. Your neighbor is now richer with money, and you are richer with goods. Both sides benefit. Now, let´s bring it to a larger scale. You want to buy a good from another nation, and that nation is willing to sell it to you. You have seen the product, and it´s better than the one they are producing in your nation. This means that you will save money, it will work better, and last longer. Does it benefit you to make the trade? Yes. Does it benefit your country? Yes. Let me explain why. When the people on your country find that there is a certain production on another country that is better than the one where you live in, the people on your country will prefer the goods of the other nation. This is because it will save them money, and make them richer in goods. Both sides now benefit. This would happen if certain elite groups, and the government wouldn´t interfere. So, is free trade across a country border economically different from free trade across a national border? No. Notwithstanding, now that the companies have seen the public is buying more from the other nation, they are not liking it. The company on your country will now have three options. Compete, and better its production, or bribe the bureaucrats and politicians to pass down laws that restrict trade by imposing import quotas making it harder, and more expensive for you to buy the foreign product, and almost making certain that you will most likely buy the product from your country, or go out of business. A reasonable answer according to the twisted logic of man would be choosing the second option.
Do you see the picture? It is a pity to see how governments make sure to give children teachings that make them not think for themsleves, and believe eveything the govenrment tells them without a single doubt. Governments pass the laws, because of the bribe money they recieved from the banks and companies, but at the same time lie to the public and children telling them it is to benefit you.
Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.
This is why I go back to telling you about ego. It is selfishness that moves the companies, banks, and governments from your and my country. When you realize that it is ego that moves them, do you think it benefits you or them?
Do import quotas benefit most voters economically? No. Even so, how can anyone be trusted when the force that is pushing them is ego and not love? It is the love for oneself, and the love for money that injures and kills.
He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
In the world we live in everyone wants to prosper economically. Though, even when some already have, they always seek for more. Of course, we can´t exclude everyone else from that. Society always wants more. There is an emptiness that needs to be filled, but when it comes to wanting to fill it, people seek what is seen and not what is not seen. This includes fame, riches, natural beauty, etc. No matter how much we have confirmed over and over again that, that won´t fill us in any way, people still seek it. It is nothing more than the stubborness and pride of the heart of man that leads his path to corruption. The false feeling that we can control our lives and be the masters of it. What people don´t see is that they are not really being their own masters, but are being controlled by everything they serve. Hence, comes the disatisfied feeling of wanting more. They go back into trying to fill themselves with all those things again without realizing they are living in a vicious circle. Then, the media and everything around them entertain, and fill them with the same thoughts and ideas. They hear many voices that confuse them, which result in fear. It has been seen, however, that fear comes from consciously knowing we are not in control. (Unless, we know for certain that God is, and we trust Him). As a matter of fact, we see this repeatedly in movies. People then try to satisfy themselves and feel “secure” by placing “superhumans” at their service. Unlikely, when it comes to robots people despise them, for it is the same pride of man that tries to make itself feel superior. No matter how much we truly know we are not in control, the majority prefer to ignore it and stick to their ego trying to believe they are the supreme being that has ever existed, and that will ever exist. After this, comes the betrayal from humans to God. Even those who believe in God are most of the times deceived by the voices that fills their ego. This is because of generations that have been formed in a way that listens to every voice, except God´s. Many, and I could say the majority deny God´s voice, for His voice will always take to you die to yourself. This is the beginning of following Jesus.
If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.
One thing I know for sure is that when you decide to listen to the voice of God, and deny every other voice, you will always have clarity, and true freedom. That feeling of always wanting more will have gone away, and you will feel filled.
Why do I begin with this? One of the questions that has been on the mind of many economists is: Why do voters accept the riches of movie stars, but resent the riches of businessmen? Though it has been answered in many ways, I will answer it again.
People walk and illusively “advance” in ego. A movie star gives the person a certain, false feeling of identity. Many are the ones that try to take an identity, or feeling of “security” in what they see on T.V. Nowadays, people identify themselves with a certain actor or actress. They feel they are part of something, and therefore, important.
As for the businessmen, they are humans that are moved by their own ego in order to achieve their goals. This means they are continously competing against each other, for only one will reach the top of the pyramid. To the eyes of the public this is unfair, unequal, and therefore, resentful. Few are those that can reach that certain place of “success”, so, since they can´t be a part of that, they resent it. What they don´t see is that the false identity they are trying to take with the movie stars is illusive. People gain nothing with following a famous person or celebrity. However, they think they are gaining self-esteem, security, identity, but in the end they feel empty. The businessmen believes he is gaining riches, power, control, fame, but in the end he feels empty.
These are the last words of Steve Jobs:
“I have come to the top of success in the businesses. To the eyes of everyone else, my life has been the symbol of success. However, apart from the job, I have few joy. Finally, my riches are no more than a fact in which I am used to.
In this moment, laying in the hospital bed, and remembering all my life, I realize that all the praises and riches that I was so proud of, have turned into something insignificant onto the imminent death. In the darkness, when I see the green lights of the equipment for the artificial breathing, and I feel the buzzing of its mechanical sounds, I can feel the breathing of the proximity of death that´s nearing me. Only now I understand, once one accumulates enough money for the rest of his life, that we have to pursue other objectives that are not realted to riches.
It has to be something more important:For example, the stories of love, the art, the dreams of my childhood…
Not stopping to pursue riches, can only convert a person in a twisted being, like me. God has formed us in a way that we can feel love in the heart of each and every one of us, and not illusions constructed by the fame, nor the money I won in my llfe, that I cannot take with me. I can only take with me the memories that were strengthened by love. This is the true wealth that will follow you; it will accompany you, it will give you the strength and the light to keep going. Love can travel thousands of miles, and that way life has no limits. Move where you want to go. Push yourself to get to the goals you wish to reach. Everything is in your heart and in your hands. Which is the most expensive bed in the world? The hospital bed. You, if you have money, you can hire someone to drive your car, but you can´t hire someone to take your sickness instead of you carrying it yourself. The material things that are lost can be found. But there is one thing that can never be found when it´s lost: life.
Whatever it is the stage that we are in right now, at the end we will have to face the day when the curtain will fall. Make treasure in the love for your family, in the love for your husband or wife, in the love for your friends… Treat yourselves well, and take care of your neighbor.”
In other words, it is ego that makes the difference between resenting a businessmen, and accepting a movie star. Although, pride is the one that veils the eyes of men to not follow God and love, the cross is the one that takes you to listen to the voice of God and love. From the moment Adam ate from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil humanity turned away from God, and served its own ego. Notwithstanding, from the moment Jesus died on the cross He gave us a second chance to go back to Him, and serve love. Hence, serve God, for God is love.
1 Jon 4:8
He who does not love does not know God, for God is love.
Even if we do something good for society, what is it that impulses us to do it? Fame, riches, the illusive meaning of success, or love? The answer to every economic debate or problem is not in any economic system. It is not in giving man the “control”. It is not in convincing people what they should follow. It is not in resenting a businessman, and accepting a movie star, or vice versa. It is not in making everyone rich, and filling their ego. The answer lies in love.
One of the things I’ve learned throughout all my life is that there is nothing better than following the voice of God, and walking in His righteous path. We have all been designed with a powerful purpose that comes from God that brings the heavenly designs onto earth. We must choose and determine ourselves with all our heart to fulfill it.
Walking in the identity of Jesus in us will take the death of our own ego. In order for us to receive His identity, we must lose our lives. For he who loses his life for Jesus will find the Life. That will take the love for Him first, and then the love for our neighbor. It is not about seeking our own, but about fighting along with your brother and sister. It is not about winning a name for us, but about changing the destiny of our nation and future generations. It is not about fulfilling our dreams and desires, but about opening a gap where the Kingdom of God can be established here on earth. It is not about seeking the success the world seeks, but about giving our lives for those we love, for He who we love, in order for His will to be done here and now.
Do not seek that which the world seeks, for it is perishable. Seek that which is eternal, for that is what brings true Life, fulfillment, and success. Our success is not determined on how much money we won, or how many goods we have, or how much the world recognizes us, or on all the great things we achieved, for that only fills our ego and perishes. God is looking for those that will go to the darkest and deepest places on earth in order to fill them with light, and free His people. He is looking for those that are willing to die in order for others to live. He is looking for those that are brave enough to stand in the gap and stop the next flood or judgment.
God does not want to destroy the world. He wants to save it with all that He is, that He was willing to give His one and only Son for us. That is what we must be willing to do. So I say to you, do not faint, do not give up, don’t let yourselves be fooled by the enemy. Always listen to the voice of God. For those that achieve greatness, are those that walk conforming to YHWH, are those that are capable of going further than the impossible, are those that are not fearful of climbing the steepest mountains, are those that are fearless of going past their limits, are those that run with the sound of warhorses and eagles, are those that make the earth and hell tremble, are those that die for other, and are those that guide themselves by the voice of God.
Several controversy takes place when we try to discuss if ‘high bid wins’ is better, and should be used more than ‘first come, first served’.
In my personal way of seeing things, and how I have understood what righteousness really is, I favor only justice. Many people think that ‘high bid wins’ is natural in the economy, and we can see it in an auction. The price of an object is leveled with the value someone gives to that certain object. Nevertheless, if we analyze this thinking with understanding, we can see how iniquitous this is.
‘High Bid Wins’
If an auctioneer wants to sell a certain object, it is obvious he or she would want to sell it as high as the bidder would go, even if this makes him or her cheat. It is understandable that the bidder wants the item, and it is also understandable that the auctioneer needs to make a living. However, the auctioneer is pulled by avarice. This makes the auctioneer be iniquitous and sinful. On the other hand, the bidder or bidders will be pulled by mammon; the god of the riches; making them too, iniquitous and sinful.
Economists say that we should leave the free market alone, and let its prices increase or decrease “naturally”. Notwithstanding, we do not note how this market is full of avarice and corruption.
‘First Come, First Served’
Then we talk about ‘first come, first served’. We are taught since a very early age that we should wait in line. Here the money doesn’t count, but time does. We should note that there are many people that would be willing to pay in order to get in front of the line, due to the very little time they have, or the impatience they have for waiting in line. Despite that, many people would disagree with them saying it is unfair, due to the long minutes or hours they’ve waited in line.
If we analyze this, we would be able to see that when we shop online, ‘high bid wins’ is a lot more used than ‘first come, first served’. We can see this when we are given an option to receive the object we paid for a lot faster, if we pay a higher price. No one is against that. Yet, it is the same principle.
We shouldn’t be motivated by money, nor should we by our ego. I seek righteousness, and the voice of God. You should too. I favor none (‘high bid wins, and ‘first come first served’).
‘High bid wins’, as I said before, is controlled by avarice and corruption, in other words, mammon. ‘First come, first served’, is controlled by our ego.
In the economy we should set prices in a righteous way. Here the seller and the buyer would both benefit. The seller would be charging at a righteous price, where he or she would be gaining from the service he or she is giving. Not too high, not too low, nor controlled by the government, but discerned the Spirit of God. The buyer would decide whether if he or she will by the product or service, or not, but without being disadvantaged and abused of their necessity.
As for ‘first come, first served’, we should be merciful enough to let others that don’t have the time to line up, get in front of us. However, the ones that don’t have the time to line up, should not abuse of the mercy of others. As to the ones that don’t have the patience to wait in line, lining up is a good way to build up patience.
Over all of this comes the voice of God. There are poor people, because of a corrupt and iniquitous economy. There are greedy people and people full of avarice, because of a corrupt and iniquitous economy. There are fights and disputes, because of an egocentric people that do not love their neighbor as they love themselves.
Love others as you love yourself. – Mark 12:31
As I said in Christianity and its Evolution, Christians in its time were more fearful of God than today. Today Christians have become so accustomed to the way the world thinks and does the things that they believe those are the right ways and therefore they do them as well. This has made the world not believe us, because like it they also get sick, they get divorced, they have financial problems, they speak the same language, and even worse, we have become a people without answer to our problems. Therefore, like the world we run to the doctor, to the psychotherapist, to the loaner, to the judge, etc.
What has happened to Christians? Where is their God? Where is the God they always pray to, and never seem to get an answer? Is it because of God, or because of us?
When you realize that what you do once doesn’t get an answer, do you go and do it again? Then why have we been making the same mistakes? We try to find the answer to our nation, our state, our city, and all we do is run to the government, read books, fill ourselves with medicine, we try to get distracted from our problems with sports, hobbies, drugs, food, and all sorts of things, that we have become a desperate people. I have seen so many young people tired of religion. The pastor preaches, but somehow they are not filled anymore. The truth is… THEY ARE NOT SEEING WHAT YOU PREACH.
They yearn for an answer, but they don’t come to you because they don’t see it there. Instead, they kill, watch pornography, end up in jail, commit suicide, steal, and hate, hide themselves in music, etc. Then we ask ourselves why the street isn’t so safe anymore. Not only that, but even in the own church we see all types of sin. We have tolerated abortion, fornication, adultery, but whenever someone comes to do the right thing we push him, kick him, stab him with our words, and mark him as the worst.
Are we not seeing the truth? Those veils of darkness that sin has put in your eyes don’t let you see. Then we boast of how great our race is, and all the wonderful things we’ve done. When the truth is we have been denying God since the day we were born.
Jesus said in Matthew 3:2
Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.
The word repent originally comes from the Greek words meta an noeó. Meta means “changed after being with”, and noeó means “think”, together they mean to change the mind. Repent means to change the way we think. We need to change what we believe, if it isn’t bringing good results. We need to challenge our way of thinking in order to find the truth.
The Didache, a brief early Christian Treatise that was considered by some of the Church Fathers as part of the New Testament, but rejected as spurious or non-canonical by others, was not accepted into the New Testament. After being lost for centuries and rediscovered, it is now considered part of the category of second-generation Christian writings known as the Apostolic Fathers. The Apostolic Fathers is a term used to describe a group of Early Christian writings produced in the late first century and the first half of the second century. Some of the writings among the Apostolic Fathers seem to have been just as highly regarded as some of the writings in the New Testament.
In the Didache, we see that there are two ways. There is the way of life and the way of death. In chapter 5, we see how it describes the way of death:
“But the Way of Death is this: First of all, it is wicked and full of cursing, murders, adulteries, lusts, fornications, thefts, idolatries, witchcrafts, charms, robberies, false witness, hypocrisies, a double heart, fraud, pride, malice, stubbornness, covetousness, foul speech, jealousy, impudence, haughtiness, boastfulness. Persecutors of the good, haters of truth, lovers of lies, knowing not the reward of righteousness, not cleaving to the good nor to righteous judgment, spending wakeful nights not for good but for wickedness, from whom meekness and patience is far, lovers of vanity, following after reward, unmerciful to the poor, not working for him who is oppressed with toil, without knowledge of him who made them, murderers of children, corrupters of God’s creatures, turning away the needy, oppressing the distressed, advocates of the rich, unjust judges of the poor, altogether sinful; may ye be delivered, my children, from all these.”
Something very similar we find in the Bible in Galatians 5:19-21:
“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you, as I have also told you in the time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.”
Also, in the Didache we find the way of life. In chapter 1 we find that it says that the way of life is:
“First, thou shalt love the God who made thee, secondly, thy neighbor as thyself; and whatsoever thou wouldst not have done to thyself, do not thou to another.”
In the Bible we see the same in Romans 13:9:
“For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,” and whatever other commandments there are, are all summed up in this saying namely, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” “Love doesn’t harm a neighbor. Love therefore is the fulfillment of the law.”
We have forgotten about love. We cannot know God without love.
1 John 4:8
He who doesn’t love doesn’t know God, for God is love.
With this we go back to the beginning. We need to fear God.