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Yes Jesus illustrates here the impossibility of a rich person entering into heaven with the figure of a camel being unable to go through the eye of a needle it is not merely difficult, but impossible for a camel to go through the eye of a needle. So it is equally not merely difficult, but also impossible for a rich person to be saved. But God can do it - He can even save rich people. But even so, their hearts must
The Talmud book of Abodah Zara, which concerns relations with the non-Jew, is a series of Contortions aimed to keep the human Jew separate from the non-human Gentile, while still making money off the Gentile. Christians in particular are designated as idolators, with Jesus as the idol. A Mishnah of Abodah Zara 11b-12a (see Exhibit 174 and Exhibit 175) attempts to circumvent the question of how to go to an idolatrous festival and do business without technically being there at all. A long-winded exposition about the road leading to it is ludicrous
That it would be inconsistent and improper and, therefore, impossible in the light of his understanding and development. Several thousand men and women, among the others who unite with the Rosicrucian Order every year, before becoming Rosicrucian students spend large sums of money in the purchase of such books with the hope of economically and conveniently learning the principles which they believe will produce the utmost benefit in their lives. Such students finally discover that the purchase of these books becomes a costly proposition and that more money can be spent in this way in one year than in several years in the proper manner of study. They find that they receive no benefits but are becoming constantly confused by the differences of opinions on the part of these authors and by the continual issuance of new books with new ideas written to tempt the seeker to continue to buy books in the hope mat his search will eventually come to an end. The more alluring and tempting and the...
Bradley received his doctorate in materials science from the University of Texas at Austin and was a professor of mechanical engineering at Texas A&M University for twenty-four years, serving as head of the department for four years. An expert on polymers and thermodynamics, both of which are critically important in the life-origin debate, Bradley has been director of the Polymer Technology Center at Texas A&M and has received research grants totaling four million dollars.
Damasus was worldly, wealthy, and resolute in his efforts to strengthen the power of his papacy and the dominance of the Roman church. The rival Ursinians were reported to have called him a matronarum auriscalpius, an ear-scratcher of matrons, for his ability to persuade wealthy women to donate their worldly goods to the church. An edict of Valentinian I that forbade the practice of visiting wealthy matrons, widows, and
The I.O.R. that Calvi was referring to - Istituto per le Opera di Religione - the Institute for Religious Works is the Vatican Bank which has no function beyond making money. It has served as a religious front for Calvi's Banco Ambrosiano in its drug-related money laundering operations. Shortly after revealing these details about the Vatican, Calvi himself was to lose his life, done to death in London on June 17, 1982 - his death made to look like suicide. His secretary Graziella Corrocher had also been 'suicided' a few hours before. It was obviously the work of professional hit men. His widow Clara Calvi charged The Vatican had my husband killed to hide the bankruptcy of the Vatican Bank. (Yallop, p. 306) This is a complex tale that I shall again touch upon a little later. The advantage to the Vatican professing official neutrality in the War was more money in the form of 'Kirchensteuer' - or state tax on the churches in Germany. This is a tax which was (and still is) deducted from...
(21) Again, while Constantine was at Thessa-lonica, the Goths broke through the neglected frontiers, devastated Thrace and Moesia, and began to take spoils. Then, in fear of Constantine, after their onset had been checked, they returned prisoners to him and peace was granted them. But Licinius complained that this was a breach of trust, since an area belonging to him had been relieved by someone else. (22) Then, since he alternated between wheedling and haughty orders, he justifiably roused the wrath of Constantine. During the time when civil war was not yet actually being waged but was being prepared for, Licinius wallowed in the crimes of avarice, cruelty, and lust, murdering many wealthy men and seducing their wives.
God's body to a tomb carved by angels into an ice shelf in the Arctic. After resting in this icy cavern for 6 years, an earthquake dislodges the body. The Pope holds a press conference and comes clean, then offers the body to Baptists in the US for 80 million dollars, who tow it to Orlando and build a theme park around it.
Was scheduled to close, the city council denied the church's request for an amended zoning ordinance and special-use permit. The church proceeded to closing, convinced it had the legal right-and could persuade the council accordingly-to use the building for church purposes. But the city did not change its position, and the church was forced to use the building for office purposes only and had to rent other space for church services for a number of years, to the tune of nearly half a million dollars. Although the city denied the church permission to hold worship services in the building, it allowed the Masons and other organizations to hold their events there. The church sued the city in federal court for violating its constitutional rights of free speech, assembly, and religious exercise. The church also charged that the city was in violation of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act. The court ruled in favor of the church.
Once I was talking with an ex-Marine who said, 'I'm miserable. I've got a wife and kids, and I'm making more money than I can spend with both hands, and I'm sleeping with every woman in town-and I hate myself. You've got to help me, but don't give me any of that God talk because I can't believe that stuff.'
Result was awarded ''a gold crown and two bronze statues with honorary inscription the decree itself to be inscribed on two stone monuments public proclamation of these honours at festivals of Dionysos and of Artemis inscriptions also to be added to the statues of sons and daughters set up by Theopompos.'' Even more explicit is the intention expressed by a wealthy man of the second century ce ''I wish my gift and favour to be published on three marble pillars of these, one should be set up in the market before my house, and one should be erected in the Caesereum, set close by the gates of the temple, and one in the gymnasium, so that to both the citizens of Gytheion, and to the non-citizens, my philanthropic and
Through their P2 network, Gelli and Calvi came to learn of John Paul's intentions. By September 1978, Calvi had already stolen four hundred million dollars - almost a billion in today's values - of the depositors' money from the Banco Ambrosiano which was now owned by the Vatican Bank. If John Paul were to remove Marcinkos, the new man would discover Calvi's game and he would end up spending the rest of his life in an Italian prison. But Gelli reassured Calvi that he would take care of the problem.
Being a communist because he was trying to organize a union in his sugar plantation. He thus got him shot by the army. When the cooperative I had organized among the Indians of Quezaltenango was finally able to buy its own truck, the rich people tried to bribe the driver so that he would wreck the vehicle. He refused their overtures, so they tried several times to force him off the road and over a cliff. They were successful on the fourth try. In the parish of San Antonio Huista where my brother-also a Maryknoller-was pastor, the president of the agrarian cooperative was assassinated by the people in power-the mayor included. When the case was brought to the capital city of Huehuetenango, the judge had already been bought off and nothing came of it.
It should be pointed out that Jesus commmanded his disciples to love their enemies and to do them good. This means most of the Christian churches do not have a Christ-like world view. Or to say it bluntly, most of what is called Christian is not Christian. Protestants and Catholics think nothing about a millionaire evangelist preaching Jesus' sermons to the poor. Nor do many of them find discomfort that Protestants may have Jesus in their heart , receive supportive prayers from their chaplains, and then climb into Jet bombers and drop 500 lb. bombs onto innocent civilians, who are written off as collateral damage. Jesus continued to call the Temple the House of God even though it had become a den of thieves. (Cf. Mt 21 13, Mr 11 17, Lu 19 46, et. al.)
Ironically, the counter-cultural move of the mendicant friars served to reinforce the profit economy of the time that openly violated the church's prohibition of usury. How did that happen The preachers facilitated the wealthy to ascend the ladder of virtues toward the ''gift of life,'' by exhorting charity to the poor. The mendicants, to cite Little again, ''preached to .the rich. But they did not threaten the rich instead they gave them comfort by justifying their ways of making money. The response of the wealthier class to the friars was explosive. They gave the friars shelter and sustenance when they arrived, and helped them build their churches and convents. They rushed to associate themselves with the friars in every way they could.'' What Francis and his followers contributed to the wealthy who desired heaven in spite of their usury was philanthropy a means of giving alms through the intermediary of Francis. Philanthropy justified the new profit economy the wealthy could have...
In fact, the separation was not a single act, but a process which had started after 9 September 1944 and was brought to its conclusion with the adoption of the Religious Denominations Act on 24 February 1949. The Act was a blow to all religious organizations in Bulgarian, but damaged the Bulgarian Orthodox Church most of all. The subordination of the Church to the secular authorities was achieved through a process that also unfolded in several stages. The main blow, aimed at the real estate of the Church, was designed to curtail its financial independence. The imposition of state control over the Church was also associated with a number of other measures, such as pressure to reduce the number of clergy, to replace or dismiss clerics of whom the authorities disapproved and to restrict the religious activity of the more zealous priests. Of the former educational institutions - two seminaries (in Sofia and in Plovdiv), one theological college and one Theological Pastoral Institute - only...
The judgement of God begins in the House of the Lord. He will discipline those that he loves. I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot Because you say,' I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing'-and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked-I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. Rv 3 15-19
Sometimes, according to Vitagliano, Hollywood is even more concerned with making an anti-Christian point than in making money. Film critic Michael Medved framed it differently, but agreed that Hollywood is not always driven solely by the dollar. The Hollywood community wants respect even more than it wants riches, said Medved in his best-selling book, Hollywood vs. America. Above all, its members crave acceptance and recognition as serious artists. Money is not the main motivation for their current madness.
Advertising is another instrument of salvation in our culture. At least it is a pulpit from which salvation is promised, and we steadily and eagerly listen. Products are pitched to us with the assurance that they will deliver us beyond this world of travail and into the promised land of fulfilled desire. Every 30-second commercial, as Walter Davis explains it, portrays a minidrama of sin and salvation depicting evil, its source, who or what can save us, the happiness that follows deliverance, and what we must do to be saved. 7 Ads convince us of our need for salvation by fingering our anxieties and making them more raw than they already are - in fact, advertisers have a vested interest in keeping our anxieties rubbed raw. They exacerbate our fears and anxieties around nature, the judgment of others, being unloved, anomie, pain, boredom, dirt, and even our dread over disordered values. Ad writers are some of our society's most ingenious minds, and they are dedicated to tapping into our...
About this a wealthy man died, leaving behind an only son, who inherited his father's wealth. His cousins envied his good fortune, and secretly killed him so that they could inherit it. The dead boy's other relatives came to the Prophet Moses (pbuh) and asked his help in tracing the boy's murderer. Moses instructed them to slaughter a cow, remove its tongue and place it on the corpse. This would reveal the murderer, he told them. They accused Moses of joking. He replied Allah forbid that I be foolish They questioned him about the type of cow they should slaughter, and he said This cow is neither young nor mature, but in between the two conditions, so do as you have been commanded.
Most Masonic Lodges and Masonic affiliated bodies provide funds and services for those in need. Some of these activities include helping children who are crippled or burned or who have learning disabilities or visual prohlems, or who need denial restoration, and contributing to cancer and other research and to other health and rehabilitation services. Masons and Masonically related bodies spend over two million dollars a day for charitable and benevolent purposes. In addition to National and Statewide programs, help is extended to solve personal problems, such as paying medical bills, restoring fire or flood damaged homes and assist-
Jesus also appeared deliberately to challenge the Sadducees, the politically influential group, which controlled the temple. He was scandalized by the fashion in which God's worship in this central shrine of his people's faith was being callously prostituted as a money-making device in profit in the very courts of the temple from the exchange of money to the temple coinage and from selling pigeons and sheep and oxen for sacrifice. It
This sevant then gave his master's money (reduced the wealthy man's debtors'debts, and by that made friends) while he had a chance and by doing so prepared a home for himself when he got his reward for poor stewardship. And the Lord (Jesus) commended the unjust steward. The Lord didn't say the man was just and honest (he called him unjust ) but he said he was wiser than the children of light. Why What did the unjust steward do that many Christians don't do He gave freely while he had a chance, and he secured himself a future after his judgment. Do we take our Master's money and give freely Are we prepared for the judgment What is holy do not give to the wicked people. Mt 7 6 For example, the temple of our body is holy, a virgin should not give this holy temple away to wickedness. The Holy Scriptures are holy-meaning set aside for God's service- this message will only be trampled upon by the ungodly. It doesn't say loan to the rich but give to the poor. People with large bank accounts...
Than those with high time values, and vice versa.31 In highly developed money economies, less ritualistic resource-oriented religions have evolved. In these circumstances the monetary component of price is large relative to the time input. The reverse is generally the case among low-income individuals or in low-income and primitive societies. Other things equal, the higher the full price of religion the lower the quantity demanded of it, within certain parameters. Depending on an individual's uncertainty profile and other determinants, a change in full price will have both income and substitution effects. A positive income effect results when the price of any consumable falls, thus raising the real income (or purchasing power) of the same level of expenditures. A negative substitution effect arises when the price of any consumable rises, thus encouraging the search for lower-priced substitutes. As incomes rise, both the income effect and the substitution effect work toward the...
However, in the use of money for the general welfare, Christianity brought five significant innovations. It made giving the obligation of its adherents, poor as well as rich, for it was held that all should contribute, each according to his ability, and this was symbolized by the collection which was early part of the Eucharistic ritual. The motive that was stressed was also new it was love in grateful response to the love of Christ, who, though he was rich, yet for the sake of those who were to follow him became poor, that they through his poverty might become rich. The objects of beneficence were also changed, at least in part. The Christian community stressed the support of its widows, orphans, sick, and disabled, and of those who because of their faith were thrown out of employment or were imprisoned. It ransomed many who were put to servile labour for their faith. It entertained travellers. One church would send aid to another church whose members were suffering from famine or...
I do not think so and I suggest that, at the least, his position faces an enormous burden of proof. First, consider again Rundle's examples. Surely the whole idea that you are disappointed over a loss at bridge is that the realization that you lost and your desire to win is what (along with other factors) brings about (causally contributes to) your feeling disappointed. Rundle uses a humorous alternative (viz. losing the lottery) to cajole us into thinking there is no causation going on but adjust the example to something less remote (e.g. maybe the real cause of disappointment is that you are about to lose a friendship), and the example seems to resist Rundle's noncausal analysis. Surely you may be fully justified in believing that your disappointment stems from your belief that a friendship is on the rocks and not confusing this with your disappointment at failing to win 350 million dollars with your lottery ticket, which had a one in a trillion chance of winning. Consider also his...
And now the Remans, judging that it was in vain to spare what was round about the holy house, burnt all those places, as also the remains of the cloisters and the gates, two excepted the one on the east side, and the other on the south both which, however, they burnt afterward. They also burnt down the treasury chambers, in which was an immense quantity of money, and an immense number of garments, and other precious goods, there reposited and to speak all in a few words, there it was that the entire riches of the Jews were heaped up together, while the rich people had there built themselves chambers to contain such furniture .
It's clear why the Society had to hedge on their own repudiation of interest taking, because the Society has been making money off of JW hardships. Their articles said that it is O.K. to charge interest for business deals, but not to take advantage of a brother's need. Yet, the Society when a group of JWs is too poor to raise a Kingdom Hall, encourages them to borrow money from the Society, and charges them interest. This is a direct contradiction of their own articles in '81 and '82.
Heraclius asked the translator to convey to me the following I asked you about his family and your reply was that he belonged to a very noble family. In fact, all the Messengers come from noble families among their respective peoples. I questioned you whether anybody else among you claimed such a thing your reply was in the negative. If the answer had been in the affirmative, I would have thought that this man was following the previous man's statement. Then I asked you whether anyone of his ancestors was a king. Your reply was in the negative, and if it had been in the affirmative, I would have thought that this man wanted to take back his ancestral kingdom. I further asked whether he was ever accused of telling lies before he said what he said and your reply was in the negative. So I wondered how a person who does not tell a lie about others could ever tell a lie about Allah. I then asked you whether the rich people followed him or the poor. You replied that it was the poor who...
In 1958, however, a new Hechal (temple) Shlomo on the highest hill in Jerusalem was dedicated. Two of the three million dollars cost was donated by a British chain store operator, Isaac Wolfson (National Jewish Post, 5 16 58, etc.). The building of this temple had been pledged by a delegation from 550 Orthodox synagogues in the U.S.A. which visited Israel (London Jewish Chronicle, 4 2 54). It is called a world center of Judaism. Rabbis of the whole world are expected to receive their orders from this Temple establishment.
This confession in our opinion is another link in the chain of prophecy. As we read it we were impressed that the great millionaire went further than the circumstances of the case required him to do. To put it another way, we do not believe the editor of the Independent, Mr. Ford s paper, was either as foolish or as wicked as the confession of its proprietor would make him appear. We believe he had good grounds for publishing some of the things about the Jews which he did publish Indeed, the pressure brought to bear upon Mr. Ford to make his confession was in itself such corroborative evidence. This pressure came from Jews all over the world, and in the face of it Mr. Ford was panic-stricken. He is one of page 84 the richest men in the world, and of course, conscious of the power that money brings with it but he was made to feel that the Jews have more money and hence more power than he, and that in such a cause their money and their power can be quickly mobilized against an opponent...
The vast amounts of California gold and silver were shipped on gold steamers that ran from San Francisco to Panama. During the Civil War these precious metals were the real money that kept the United States government going. The Comstock Lode's value to the U.S. during the war was 52 million dollars (dollars values according to the 1860 values). Idaho's mines provided Lincoln with 114 million dollars. Colorado mines furnished another 52 million. In all the United States' federal government spent 5,000 million to fight the Civil War, which was about the amount of the whole country's gross national product in 1860. U.S. Greenbacks were printed which lost most of their value compared to real money (gold and silver coins.) In the Pacific, the grand american whaling monopoly brought home an annual average catch worth 8 million dollars. The 70 Pacific whaling ships sunk by the Confederates in the Pacific hastened the demise of the whaling industry already hurt by the discovery of oil...
Today, many people live in a materialistic world of affluence and abundance. More people enjoy a higher standard of living today than at any other time in human history. Yet with more money in our pockets and more time on our hands, millions of people still find life empty and meaningless. More and more people today are finding that money, material things and searching for the ultimate experience simply do not provide lasting happiness, remove the emptiness or provide meaningful answers to the big questions of life Why was I born Why am I here Why do I exist What is the real purpose of life What happens when I die
My first response showed my disbelief and disgust. Damn They can't let a nigga have nothin' As far as I was concerned it was Elvis all over again. It seemed like every time black folks came up with something new and original musically or culturally, some white dudes always had to come along and copy it. And what's worse is that the white imitators always make more money than the black originals and with less talent America seemed to love the white copycats, but left the black artists filing for bankruptcy. I was pissed, and so was every other head I knew. But that was how I first heard about the Beastie Boys.
Gelli's (and Calvi's) great influence extended far beyond the borders of Italy or even Europe. In 1977, with the connivance of Paul Marcinkus of the Vatican Bank, Calvi had opened a branch of the Banco Ambrosiano in Managua, Nicaragua. Its purpose was to help Marcinkus unload a large quantity of Banco Ambrosiano shares without drawing the attention of the Italian authorities. This was facilitated through Gelli's friendship with the Nicaraguan dictator Anastasio Somoza who received several million dollars for the favour. Many of the facts about Gelli, especially how the Puppet-master practically owned the Italian government were revealed by the investigative reporter Mino Pecorelli -himself a former member of the P2. But Pecorelli was a peculiar kind of journalist, he could be bought. He wrote for a news agency called L 'Osservatore Politico (OP) which specialised in political scandals. Gelli paid him a bribe, but Pecorelli wanted more money for his silence. Gelli refused. He had other...
41 He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched how the crowd gut money into the Many rich people put in large sums. 42 A poor widow came and put in two small copper looked up and saw rich people putting into the treasury their gifts 2 he also saw a needy widow putting in two small copper The episode is brief, being almost entirely taken up with the identifying details (the contrast between the rich people's giving and the two small copper coins of the poor widow), and with Jesus' observation which evidently made the episode so memorable (and which was consequently retained close to word for word). With such a brief pericope the scope for explanation in terms of Luke's editing of Mark is stronger. But even so, the flexibility of detail in the build-up to the climactic saying bespeaks more of oral than of literary tradition.
It was while he was patriarch in 1972 that he learned from Giovanni Benelli (second in command under the Vatican's Secretary of State about the Masonic Financial intrigues with the Vatican Bank. Albino Luciani with others were disgusted with the shameful money-making schemes of the P2 Masons Calvi and Bishop Marcinkus. (Luciani at this point didn't know they were Masons.) Luciani and others in his diocese that were disgusted moved their accounts from Banco Cattolica to the small Banco San Marco.
Both historically and in the present a variety of Christian attitudes can be identified towards wealth, influenced to a significant extent either by explicit teaching about it in the Bible or by reflecting on wealth in the light of various basic Christian beliefs. Thus, the powerful words of Jesus on the spiritual dangers of money and wealth (Mark 10 23-7) have imprinted themselves so deeply on the Christian community through the centuries that those who are well off, or even comfortably off, often feel uneasy and troubled in conscience. Moreover, the whole subsequent Christian tradition of suspicion towards wealth, with its stress on the evils of materialism, consumerism and worldliness, has provided scant comfort, far less encouragement, to those whose job in life is to create wealth and make money, whether for themselves and their dependants, or for others, or for the society in which they live. Added to that, the plight of the increasing millions of poor people living often in...
Two neighbor horse farmers came together one day to talk business. The first farmer sold his horse to the second for a quarter million dollars, and then bought it back for about 20 more. He could now advertise his horse (actually worth 20), as a horse he that he had paid over a quarter of a million dollars for.
Here is a man that starts a religion from scratch. He is busy travelling, writing and talking almost full time. He is well off but not a millionaire. After starting his religion, he spends millions on giving away free literature, and invests perhaps millions in gold, silver mines, government bonds, oil fields, property, and stocks in companies. There has never been a real analysis of C.T. Russell's finances, and his WT Society. Russell was involved in several financial scams also. He lost in court.
The debates about Origenism in Justinian's time followed an earlier controversy at the end of the fourth century. Jerome (c. 342-420) set up a monastery in Bethlehem during 385 with the backing of a Roman multi-millionaire named Paula (347-404) and her daughter Eustochium. Paula sought to increase her faith through life in a nunnery, or perhaps a double monastery for men and women. By giving much of her enormous wealth to the church, she could dictate where and how the money was used and so avoid the never-ending pressure from those of her upper class and the government to keep her financial holdings in general circulation. In her case, a monastic vow was indeed liberation from many of the demands in her daily life.96
MITRE This is a Pagan religious hat, originating in the worship of Dagon, the chief deity of the Philistines, a sea people. Its name, mitre, comes from the name Mithras. Popes, bishops, and cardinals wear them in the Church of Rome, and the Anglican Church uses them also. MOABITE STONE This large stone over 3 feet high was discovered in 1868 CE, and was broken by Arabs in order to fetch more money for each piece. It contains the palaeo-Hebrew script, and the Name of hwhy is written on it. MOSHEH This is the name distorted to Moses , and it means draw-out. He was born during a time when all male children of Yisrael
Wells saw the religion of the New Order as a less-secret form of Freemasonry. The video Things to Come made from the film based on his book The Shape of Things to Come is available for viewing from larger video stores. In the movie, a reference is made to the science of Freemasonry. Intelligent, often wealthy men who constituted a scientifically trained functional class with a global view would rule as a service-elite. (Where have you heard we are moving toward a service economy before )
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