Was Jesus rich?
I was sent this pearl by someone who believes in prosperity theology. I am preparing a response but I would appreciate your input to what I regard as a distorted view of Christ.
Why did the romans cut up the seamless robe to share amongst themselves? A seamless robe was an extremely valuable garment then. NO seams, woven completely. The material would not have been cheap flax to be used to sell cheaply because parts of the material was divided up amongst the soldiers.
There was never any occasion when Jesus had to beg or borrow money.He could give and he always paid his taxes.
Jesus lived in accomodation that was able to sleep several people.
I base my comments on what God teaches about prosperity and little glimpses in the Gospels.
Do you think a poverty stricken, or even a working class man with little means would have received such attention in the Synagogue?
Was Joseph poor? How could he have afforded to travel away from Nazareth to register in the census and have the money to rent a hotel room. Remember- the stable birth wasn't by choice but necessity.
The treasures brought when Jesus was a little boy by the wise men, were they just three items? The bible never referred to the ''three'' but to ''kings'' or ''wise men'' bringing gifts of Gold Frankinscence and Myrrh; three TYPES of gifts.
Such treasures could not only have provided for Joseph's family's flight into Egypt but also a future of comfort in Jesus' upbringing.
Judas was the keeper of ''the bag'', in which money was kept for Jesus and his disciples. Judas we are told, stole from it. But it didn't seem to have affected Jesus' progression in his work.
Nope, I can clearly see that this marvellous example to all men was one who was very successful in all he did.Including business.
In fact, wherever he went, scribes, lawyer and priests and Pharisees all knew the this was ''Joseph's son''.
Could that be the equivalent of today, everybody knowing a wealthy entrepreneur? Who hasn't heard of Richard Branson or the Duke of Westminster? I think it is quite clear in the Gospels.
I have previously posted that I regard the teachings of Benny Hinn as as sign that the church needs discernment. Anyone on this prosperity teaching, it's over to you. What do you think?