The Church and Wealth

Here’s a quote from Bringing God Back to Earth by John Hunt which I completely agree with:

The first disciples “had all things in common; and sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need” (Acts 2:4-45). But their successors grabbed the devil’s temptations that Jesus had rejected, turning the kingdom of God into the kingdom of gold leaf, with the church being the richest organization in the world over most of the last millennia rather than one of the poorest. It soon lost sight of the “world” as the “kingdom,” full of the presence of God, with every person, every relationship sacred, there to be realized and enjoyed. In the process of building a church and conquering the world Christians forgot about saving it. they turned it into a collection of individuals who could be converted one by one and pay their dues, with the church as the turnstile clocking them in. It’s been heading off in the wrong direction ever since. Jesus would have disowned the religion the church created, and would have been appalled at the idea that even one heretic had been tortured in his name.

That’s quite something to ponder.

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