Can Christians Have Wealth? Essay

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Can Christians have Wealth?
Scott Tysvaer
Palm Beach Atlantic University
Investments

Matthew 25: 14 – 30 can be interpreted several different ways. It can be viewed differently. Even today, people find different meanings within the same verses. The true meaning of this parable is going to be explored through the eyes of the ancient Jews and of people today. It is going to be analyzed through textual analysis, interpretation, and application.
Textual Analysis
An ancient Jew listening to this parable would have interpreted this verse very differently than people today. One reasons is because this was written after the time of Jesus’ return. This story would have had a deeper ...view middle of the document...

In today’s society, the word talent is often translated as meaning a God given gift or a natural skill (Stedman, Ray C., 1970). The three servants were each given gifts from their master and were expected to use them. “God has given each person a wide variety of gifts, and he expects us to employ those gifts in his service” (Stedman, Ray C. 1970). As the one servant, in the parable, hid his talents and did not use them, we should also use our God given gifts. The moral of the parable was to not waste our lives and use our gifts for the glory of God whenever possible.
When this parable was told back in biblical times, the word “talent” was translated very differently. A “talent”, in biblical times, was equivalent to 3,000 shekels (Easton, M., 1897). The master gave his slaves actual money to invest for him. Any money we obtain is a gift from God and he wants us to use it to the best of our ability. He want us to investment money and become wealthy.
Another interpretation of the text is the parable was talking about the wealthy. They are to lend money to the poor as in a microfinance loan. This relates to the old Chinese Proverb, “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”. May we are not supposed to just give money to the poor, but we are supposed to give money to them with the intension they are going to invest the moneys and feed themselves for a lifetime.
Application
It is very controversial, within the...

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