Wednesday, April 9, 2014 4:22 AM

Prosperity and Piety

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 4:22 AM
Wednesday, April 9, 2014 4:22 AM

A quote from Philo of Alexandria (20BC-50AD)

“The greatest cause of all iniquity is found in too much prosperity.”[1]

 Not much has changed in 2000 years. America the most prosperous country in the world has seen Church attendance, and the belief in God fall to an all-time low. We are now also seeing our prosperity fall. God is telling us something.

Everything in America today is seen through a political prism. God sees things through a prism of the heart. For God, the light that is reflected; reflects our understanding not of politics but of piety. Piety is our devotion not to worldly things, but to the essence of faith and trust in God.

Proverbs28.26 whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool, but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered.

There is talk of the failures of government, but a government is a reflection of the moral character of its people. The Bible depicts failing as unbelief, that failure is a result of apostasy in the people and its leaders. It should come as no surprise that failure in schools, financial institutions, government programs, and individual bankruptcy are all at an all-time high.

Deut8.5 Know then in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, the Lord your God disciplines you. So you shall keep the commandments of the Lord your God by walking in his ways and by fearing him.

[1] Philo of Alexandria, & Yonge, C. D. (1995). The works of Philo: Complete and unabridged (422). Peabody, MA: Hendrickson.

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