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Giving the Best Economic Way


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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 22:2
Then 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 2:7
But made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men.
 
Matthew 4:1
Then 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.

Part of serving God is giving it all to Him, and for Him. If we are unable to do this, then we are more attached to this world, than to the Kingdom of God. The bible says that we can´t be friends of God, and of this world at the same time. We have to let go of this world in order to receive the Kingdom of God. In other words, if you are not willing to give everything, then you have put your trust in this world, and therefore believe in the father of all lies, that is the prince of this world.
James 4:1-8
Where 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 4:4
In 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 12:31
Now 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 5:8
 Blessed 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 8:32
You 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!

Giving it all may sound crazy, and stupid to most of the people today, but it is because of the same structures of ego that have shaped today. One of the things that are mostly lacked today is love. Nevertheless, a love that we see deeply rooted in people´s hearts is the love for mammon, including Christians. The bible gives a great emphasis to this part. As a matter of fact, the whole point why I am writing this, is because of the talk about money. Repeatedly, we see several bible verses that speak about money. One of the most clear that we can see is Matthew chapter 6 verse 24:
 

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.

Money talks. Money screams. The whole world guides itself by its voice. “Buy this, but what if I won´t have for that?” “Give this, it cost me too much, or I really like it.” “Save money, what if you don´t have for tomorrow.” Like these, everyday people hear and follow the voice of money in many different ways. Everyone wants to reach the rich society. People are envious of the ones that have more money than they do, because they have their eyes placed on money. The more money you have the greater you are. Their god is mammon. The more you have of their god, the more powerful you are. The power of the world is based on money. Money means power. While in the Kingdom of God, power is based on holiness.
Romans 1:4
Who 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 17:21
That 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.

The majority of the people are not willing to give everything to God. It is hard to die to your ego and lose your life. Nevertheless, the whole point of following Jesus is losing your life, and giving it all.
 
Matthew 16:25
For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
 
Matthew 10:37-39
He 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 28:13-23
You 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.

One of the bible verses that have been very misunderstood is the following:
1 Timothy 5:8
But 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.

God is so wise, and great, that he chose to give it all for us. However, he asks us the same if we want to enter into Him. Giving is much more profound and deep, than just giving your tithe, and a small offering. That is something that does not cost us at all. A true giver is one that gives everything. A true giver is not afraid of losing his own life, in order to bless and love his neighbor, and firstly God. In the measure that we give, it will be given unto us. The only way we can know that our heart is not in riches, is when we are able to give ANYTHING that God asks us. It is easy to give a few dollars, but a true release in the heart is giving all your life´s savings. Jumping into the emptiness is part of being a giver. Do you remember the widow that gave everything she had? She ended up giving more than anyone else. This is because she did not have her heart in the riches, but in God. Her offering was so great, that she provoked heaven to see her. She opened the heavens in such a way, that she caught Jesus´s attention. Surely, the Father´s attention as well. I believe she had a great blessing after that. God honors our faith, and He honors when we give everything to Him without reserves, just like He did. He blesses in great way those who give.
 
Luke 21:1-4
And 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 18:18-22
Now 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.

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Love Defeats Ego


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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.

Luke 14:26

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.

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Raising Prices and Debasing Currency


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What is price level? In a general view it is a static price of goods and services. However, there is no real price level. This is because prices change often. In an economy it is a hard job to keep the prices the same, but if inflation was eliminated then it would be easier. Nevertheless, if there is no price level, how can you prove that monetary inflation raises prices?

It seems like a hard question, but the answer is simple. Notwithstanding, it is hard for many to understand this when their mind has been set or configured in a certain way. What is inflation? According to the dictionary, it is a persistent, substantial rise in the general level of prices related to an increase in the volume of money and resulting in the loss of value of currency. In other words, it is creating or printing money out of nowhere, causing prices to be raised, and the value of money to be lowered. Let me paint a picture for you. Imagine a baker that sells bread. He has set his prices at two dollars a bread wrap. All of a sudden, the government decides to inflate. The money is then passed down from hand to hand, until it reaches the baker. After it has reached the baker, it is too late to make a profit out of it. However, the baker has now realized that all this time there was more money in the economy, and since he doesn´t want to make losses, but wants to be a part of it, he raises his bread wrap prices to two dollars and fifty cents. This menas that the people that received the newly printed money first were the winners, for they were able to buy things at yesterday´s prices. However, the people that received the money later, and the baker were the losers, for they get to buy the things at a risen price.

When an economy has 1oo dollars, but because of inflation it extends to 150 dollars, then prices are raised. It costed me to two dollars for a bread wrap, but now it costs me 25% more. This means that not only did prices rise, but now the value of money has shrinked. I used to value the bread wrap for two dollars, but now I value it for $2.50. The baker used to think that his money was worth something, but now he has realized that the more money there is the poorer he is. This is because of the debasing currency. However, this is only half of the explanation for inflation or counterfeiting is really based on debt. (I explain this in the following essays):

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Profit and Loss


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Where does profit come from? Many say it comes because of exploited workers. Others say it is because of exploited natural resources. While others blame monopolies. When we begin to talk about profit a good place to start is in ignorance. When someone undertakes a business his profit will only come from accurate forecasting and planning. Nobody knows the future, or what it will bring. This means that whatever decision the business owner might take will be very important, for it will determine if there is profit or loss. However, profit only comes after everything has been paid. This includes factors of production, interest payments, and property and sales taxes.  Considering an eroneous forecast, then loss follows. New technologies or products may not necessarily produce profits, but losses may be made. It is customers that decide whether or not they will buy it, or use the service. Profit and loss are not automatic, but they are a result of decisions made with ignorance.
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Taxes on the Broken Window Fallacy


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A tax is a sum of money demanded by a government for its support or for specific facilities or services levied upon incomes, property, sales, etc. It is also defined as a burdensome charge, obligation, duty, or demand. Every country has this, and everyone must pay taxes.

When a government intervenes to build a bridge, it is supposed to build it with the tax money. A bridge is supposed to make transportation easier and faster. It is a construction that makes many people happy. It is interesting to see that when the bridge is built, nobody thinks about the taxes they paid for the government to build it. People simply applaud to the government, thinking it is finally doing the right thing. That it is using the money for the right cause.

The thing seen is the bridge. The thing not seen is the tax money. However, with the tax money, the thing seen is what the government can do with it. The thing not seen is what the people could have done with it.

According to the mind of the people money conveys authority. In reality money only conveys paper. Nevertheless, sticking to the idea of it conveying authority, then tax money gives the government authority to “control” us. It is, however, an indirect “control”. What they do is choose for us. For example, the government chose to build the bridge, but maybe the people would have chosen a highway. Then, the thing seen is the bridge, and the thing not seen is the highway.

It is not an easy task to eliminate all taxes. Nobody likes taxes, yet nobody does anything to eliminate them. It is easier to let someone else do the work for you, than for you to do it yourself. Notwithstanding, many people think that it would be hard for everyone to come to an agreement with the lack of unity there is in the world. Of course, unity is only achieved when everyone thinks, and feels the same thing. One thing I believe is only achieved when having one religion or God.

Going back to the taxes and the government intervention on them, it is what is seen that has shaped society, but what is not seen is left alone. Ironically, people are still in discomfort.

The Illusion of Money

Freedom from Mammon

The Broken Window Fallacy

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Freedom from Mammon


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What is money? The Ron Paul Curriculum teaches that it is the most marketable commodity. It is a medium of exchange.

Throughout history, there has never been seen a record of a state or government inventing money. This is because money was never brought out by a government or a committee. Money came through barter. People used to exchange their goods directly, until gold and silver were used as a form of indirect exchange. After a process of making silver and gold coins, the government then began to take control.

We saw banks being created, this way people would be able to save their coins in the bank, and in return receive some papers that would back up the amount of coins you had in the bank. It seemed a lot easier to carry paper in your pocket, instead of coin money. People wouldn’t really know how much money you were carrying, and therefore you could feel a lot more secure.

When people began to borrow money from the bank, the bank would then make a plan. It would give the person a paper that would back up the amount borrowed, but at the same time it would steal money from the person saving in the bank. For example, if you went over to the bank and borrowed ten coins, the bank would steal those ten coins from me, because I have 100 coins saved in the bank. The bank then has violated my trust and acted without my consent. An interesting part to note the high corruption is that not only would the bank steal from me, but it would create more paper money out of your debt. This means that the bank would charge you an interest payment for the loan, and therefore would create paper money “backing up” that interest, but without the interest money currently existing. Not only did this happen, but the bankers began to see that people would not take their coins out of the bank. In result, this began a theft movement where they would create money out of nowhere and inflate. Inevitably, this made them rich.

This is the banking system we have today. However, we now add in checks, cards, and digits making it a lot easier to counterfeit.

What is counterfeiting? As explained in my past essay it is fraud, unreal, pretended, obsolete, forged, and not genuine. Counterfeiting is theft when we talk about money, governments and banks. Counterfeiting is creating money based on debt or on nothing as we have seen.

It is interesting to see that the government would pass down laws against private counterfeiting. In other words, the government is the only one allowed to create money. Of course, they would have their favorites, and license commercial and central banks allowing them to counterfeit through deposits. These would then inflate, just as seen before.

In a more explained way, banks counterfeit based on deposits and loans, and government’s counterfeit based on the debt of the nation. Governments prefer counterfeiting, because the people prefer it too. If governments wouldn’t counterfeit they would tax, and nobody likes taxes.

As a parenthesis, the reason taxes and counterfeiting increments so much is because of the insistence of letting the government do more than what it is supposed to do. The people grant control and power to the government, because of what they believe. As Einstein said the world will change when we begin to change what we believe. The government’s role is to enforce law and grant justice. However, we have now given it the power to build, go to war, control the economy, control private property, control the entrance to nations, jobs, etc. This makes them tax, tax, tax, and/or counterfeit, counterfeit, counterfeit based on all of that. One point I will make is that the bible says we must treat foreigners (people from other nations) like one of our own. 

Exodus 12:49

One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.

Exodus 22:21

Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, nor oppress him: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt.

Disgracefully, this counterfeiting creates more debt in the nation. One that is practically impossible to cover. We can remember the fall of the twin towers in September 11, of the year 2001, an act that created an economic “good”; judge yourself.

When corruption goes too high the attempt of solving the problem also becomes corrupt.

What is honest money? The opposite of counterfeiting would be acting in truth and justice. Saying there is “honest money” is ironical, deceitful, and an illusion. The love for money is the root of all evil, it was what made the devil fall, and it is what makes man fall.

1Timothy 6:10

For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

For certain we cannot serve two masters. We either love God and hate mammon (riches/money), or abhor God and love mammon.

Matthew 6:24    

No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Money is used by all, and the only way we can know when it is used in a righteous way is when we are not attached to it. Our teacher Gary North in the economics course says that money screams. This is true. We either listen to the voice of money (mammon) and act conformingly, or we listen to the voice of God and do His righteousness. There are no intermediaries, for His righteousness is the only valid one.

Isaiah 64:6

But we are all as unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.

I believe that money was not the original design from God. In the Garden of Eden Adam and Eve had everything they needed, they would just stretch their hand and grab. When Jesus comes to restore everything He changes sowing and reaping to give and it shall be given unto you.

Luke 6:38

Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

Therefore, the true and original design that God had since the beginning was giving. Noting that money was not the original design from God, then “honest money” wasn’t on His plan either. It was giving. Nevertheless, there is a way we can use money in a righteous way, and that is only achieved through listening to the voice of God.

Since there is no true “honest money” the government doesn’t have to issue its own money in order to secure it. The problem begins when we begin to idolize money. Money was originally invented in order to exchange goods, but when people began to realize that the more money they would have would mean the more goods they would have, greed and avarice began to take control of their hearts. Money today is treated like a god. Everyone wants to secure it, and the only way you can find your peace, security, and future is if you are filthy full of it. This is when corruption begins to take place; in the immorality of betraying God and following money/mammon.

Once we realize this we begin to note that no matter in what hands the control of money falls to, if there is immorality and corruption the result will be the same. Once we have purified our hearts from all of that corruption and immorality, then we begin to despise money and love God.

One way we can see that we are truly dependent on God and not idolizing money is not living in a poor or a rich way, but knowing that its voice won’t control you. If we still guide ourselves by what it is telling us, by what it screams at us, then we have fallen into what the devil fell; the false and illusive power of knowing that the more riches you have, the more powerful you are. However, if the world became dependent of God and not on money, no matter who would be the person or committee with the most money or “power”, we would never be controlled by that someone or something.

When we keep on seeing how much money we have, and what we can buy or not buy or do and not do with that money, then we are being controlled and idolizing money/mammon.

We must not find our security, peace, and future in money. We must not seek our success or reputation in money, for as we have seen money is an illusion that grants a false power that is easily destroyed. We must guide ourselves by the voice of God, and attend to His righteousness, for it is the only way there will be true prosperity in us, and in our land.

The Illusion of Money

A Generation of Greatness

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The Illusion of Money


The dictionary defines the word “counterfeit” as being made an imitation so as to be passed off fraudulently or deceptively as genuine; also as not genuine; forged; pretended; unreal; obsolete; imposter; and pretender. Knowing the definition of this word; is it counterfeiting when government-licensed banks create money out of nothing? In other words is it deceptive and unreal when government-licensed banks create money based on air or debt and not on gold?

Let’s go back to the beginning. Before there was money, barter was the system people used in order to exchange goods. Once people saw that gold and silver was valuable to their eyes, they began exchanging goods for gold and vice versa. Until the government realized that they could take control of this system.

They offered fiat money which is the paper money with the people’s faces on it. This fiat money would be based on the amount of gold they had. For example, people would save their 10 coins of gold in the bank, and in return they would receive 1 paper with a 10 dollar sign on it. This would back up the amount of gold or money they had in order to make an exchange for goods and services. As time went on, banks began to realize that they could make money based on the loans they gave out, even though they did not have that money yet. This began to create a high debt, but as the bank gave more loans, the more money they created based on those loans, which eventually it ended up being based on the debt. In short terms, the more loans, the more creation of money, the higher the debt, and once you begin asking yourself where this money came from, you realize it came out of the debt of the loans.

This means that when the government-licensed banks create money, it is not based on the amount of gold the country has, but on the amount of debt it has. Disgracefully, everyone else believes the illusion that based on the amount of paper money they have is how rich they are, when that fiat money is really worth nothing. Money as an illusion is worth what you value it, but as the truth it is worth nothing. This is why it is counterfeiting when government-licensed banks create money out nothing. They are making the role of the imposter that says the economy of the society is growing, when the debt is the one that is really growing. However, the most tremendous and impacting truth is that we are the ones that let this keep on going.


Money, Banking and The Federal Reserve:

Kingdom Riches

Society’s Problems: Part I

Price Controls / Money and Its Origin

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More Competition, Higher Quality


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I am asked if I would prefer to pay 20% more to shop at a store that sells only American-made goods.

I like American-made goods; sometimes they are cheaper than Mexican goods, without taking note of fruits and vegetables. Nevertheless, no one likes to pay 20% more, just because there is not enough variety and competition to lower down the prices. The only reason and crude reality why products from other countries are a lot more expensive than the products they sell at your country is because of the tariffs imposed on them. Of course, the word tariff is a word used to confuse people. Honestly, it is a tax.

This tax is the result of an incompetent business or company that is not willing to offer better deals with more quality to its customers. Hard work is not their thing. This is why they pay the bureaucrats considerable amounts of money, in order for them to pass down laws that make it more complicated for trade to be made. Hence, it reduces competition and raises prices without the products being worth as much for its low quality.

This is why we see laws such as not being able to cross fruits or vegetables, because of a supposedly insect disease. This is made up. It was made in order to reduce trade, and increase money. We are told that tariffs (taxes) are good for the country, but that’s not true. I will be discussing this in my next essay.

Back to the question I was asked, I would not prefer paying 20% more money at a store that doesn’t have as much competition and quality. Not even with only American-made goods. It turns out that America is not the only country in the world. Therefore, there are better deals out there with a higher quality that provide a better life.

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Kingdom Riches


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We live in a world that believes in scarcity. Religious people say it is because of the curse God gave to Adam when he sinned. However, there is a higher truth. Jesus came to restore everything that had been lost in the Garden of Eden. This means that the curse God had given to Adam and Eve, and hence the earth does not count for His sons and daughters, because the blood of Jesus opened the way back to Him.

In God there is no scarcity, no poverty, no sickness, no death, etc. If Jesus payed the price and we go back to the Father though Him, we will suffer no scarcity. Nevertheless, that doesn’t mean that we will not give.

John 14:6

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

Luke 6:38

Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

This is not for the future. If we call ourselves sons and daughters of God, “Is there a way for scarcity?” However, if there is no scarcity in our lives that doesn’t truly mean we’re His. When we are His there will also be no sickness, death, lies, the pouring of innocent blood, the derailing of sheep, theft, corruption, etc.

1 Corinthians 6:9-10

Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

If we truly are righteous how He is righteous, then we are truly His. Righteousness is listening and obeying His voice and only His voice. Not the voice of man, religion, a doctrine, the law, the devil, or any kind of sect or denomination.

Deuteronomy 6:25

And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the Lord our God, as he hath commanded us.

His voice is not only His commandments, but everything He directly speaks to us. It is His testimony in us.

Revelations 19:10

And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, See thou do it not: I am thy fellow servant, and of thy brethren that have the testimony of Jesus: worship God: for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

When we understand righteousness, then we understand His ways. We can take the bible as an example. God asked Hosea to marry a prostitute, and yet it was forbidden.

Hosea 1:2

The beginning of the word of the Lord by Hosea. And the Lord said to Hosea, Go, take unto thee a wife of whoredoms and children of whoredoms: for the land hath committed great whoredom, departing from the Lord.

He also asked Isaiah to be naked for three years, and yet the law forbade that.

Isaiah 20:3

And the Lord said, Like as my servant Isaiah hath walked naked and barefoot three years for a sign and wonder upon Egypt and upon Ethiopia;

When our religious structures break, and His light invades us, we understand that we don’t belong to this world.

1 John 5:19

And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.

We understand that we are not attached to it anymore. His true sons and daughters are like the wind.

John 3:8

The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.

The wind is the only element that is not attached to the land. Therefore, when we are like the wind, His voice speaks, His Spirit breathes and we go to wherever He takes us.

All of this is to say that when we live in the reality of Heaven and the Father, we don’t need to budget. In the Kingdom of God as His sons and daughters we receive. The world does; it uses human strength, just like how Adam and Eve did right after they were destituted from the Garden of Eden. In Jesus everything IS. In His Kingdom everything IS. Budgeting is not needed in His Kingdom, everything you need IS supplied. That is why you receive, not do.

Matthew 6:33

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Matthew 18:3

And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

A child receives.

When you live in eternity; which is in Jesus, everything you need has already been supplied, because there is no future and no past, everything just IS.

Now, in order to answer the question I was asked for this particular essay in a perishable way, budgeting reduces impulse shopping, because it is a self-discipline, and all your money has been distributed in the right way, hopefully. When you budget you know exactly what amount of money you have for what you need. This creates a self-awareness that lets you know you can’t exceed that budget. Therefore, it reduces impulse shopping.

Despite that, for those that are looking for a higher way, and are willing to truly love and value the sacrifice of Jesus, budgeting does not fit in His Kingdom. For when you budget you listen to one master: Mammon. In the Kingdom you follow Jesus.

Matthew 6:24

No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

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