Jesus and money
Jesus gave detailed instructions to his disciples about money
Jesus made it clear to his disciples that they should not only serve him for free ("Freely you have received, freely give") but also that they should never receive any money at all, not even donations (Matthew 10:9-11; Mark 6:8-10; Luke 9:4).
There are actually two major issues with donations: even people who are poor usually feel the pressure to donate plus receiving donations can make someone or an organization wealthy, which would be wrong when it comes to serving Jesus
The way I see things: sponsoring
Now Jesus also made it clear "the worker deserves his wages" (Luke 10:7 and, similarly Matthew 10:10). Also, Jesus told the disciples not to receive any money to protect them, to keep them from being mugged while travelling, as suggested by this advice "Do not move around from house to house" (Luke 10:7). Now, security is is not an issue in the 21st century. It is hence in my opinion totally acceptable to receive donations granted no one feels pressured to give, as is the case when money is begged for at every service. As far as I'm concerned, I merely inform on this page that I accept donations from students who can afford them and that's it. This is the only way in which one can truly offer genuinely free services.
I will add that Christians who wish to abide by Jesus' instructions: "Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same" – Luke 3:11) can do so by giving to anyone, not just Christians: "And whosoever shall give to drink to one of these little ones (which in the sight of the world are vile and abject) a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say to you, he shall not lose his reward" (Matthew 10:42, GNV).
Most translations of Matthew 10:42 pretend only poor Christians are supposed to be helped; this is not only incorrect, it is also a big fat lie and a treason to Jesus who wishes we loved everyone equally. The greek text does write "εἰς ὄνομα μαθητοῦ" (eis onoma mathētou) which means "in the name of a disciple" and not "because they are a disciple". Matthew 10:42 has thus been tampered with in most Bible translations. This is one of the proofs that even though the four Gospels are based on Jesus' words and they are closer to the truth than any other Bible book, they sometimes need to be taken with a grain of salt ... of the Earth 😉 😉 😉 😇
From love of power to the power of love
Greed, both for money and power – plus the lack of love that derives from this greed – is the current main problem on our planet and this needs to change. If spiritual people don't pave the road to that change, who will?
A piece of advice
Jesus told me that money should be given directly to people who need it, not to organizations which most of the time are not run by volunteers and / or amass unnecessary wealth and / or steal money. Any wealthy person who wants to follow Jesus' advice and do good for humanity would therefore be better off using their money in a way which will directly benefit those in need. Here are a few ideas: giving to people on the street; bringing food in the countries where the Global Hunger Index is high; caring to those who lost everything in a natural disaster or a war; buying a condo and lodging a homeless person for free; paying for the medical bill of someone who cannot afford health care; buying a car for someone who hasn't got any and who needs one to be able to apply for a job; offering a guide dog to a visually impaired person; paying for a poor family's vacation; paying for a poor student's college tuition; acknowledging one's workers are not slaves by giving them higher wages or demanding less from them... Possibilities to be generous are endless. Be creative 💖
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