Does the Bible talk about money more than it talks about love, heaven and hell?

The short answer is “No.”

 If it did, then you would notice it as a recurring theme when you are part of a church where expository preaching is practiced.  You would either notice that the preacher kept, accurately and transparently showing how the text applied to your wallet, or you would wonder why the preacher never made the obvious application.

I want to suggest that you don’t see that happening -and you are more likely to think when someone starts talking about money, tithing and being blessed in your personal finances that the link seems to be very tenuous to Scripture.

If you hear the quote “Jesus talks more about money that anything else” and it doesn’t seem to ring true, and you are someone who regularly reads your Bible, then your gut is probably right!

So two questions

  • Why do people  make this claim?
  • How important is money really?

Why do people make this claim?

I don’t mean here “What is their motive” and the potentially obvious answer that they are after your money.  There are two reasons for this. First of all, we can see the obvious money grabbers and secondly, I think there are good people with genuine gospel motives who have fallen into the trap of repeating this fallacy.

I think the problem comes when there’s only a surface engagement of the Bible. So, every time that tithing, treasure, counting the cost, talents etc. are mentioned, these get totted up on the list of “times Jesus talks about money.” 

Now, here’s a question for you.  When Jesus says “Where your treasure is, there your heart is?”  Does that get added to the money ledger, the love ledger, the Heaven and Hell ledger or something else?

Here’s another example. The other day, I preached a sermon and I used an extended illustration as a picture running through the talk of the person who is physically hurting. I talked about feeling pain all over. I talked about referred pain and root causes. I even talked about the problem with corpses. Was my sermon all about medicine, health and healing? No it was not.  My talk was about peace and needing to know peace with God.

We don’t work out what is important in the Bible by doing a word count. We work out what is important by paying attention to the big picture in Scripture and the detailed exegesis.  I’m really sorry but your immediate financial circumstances don’t come that high on the Bible priority list!

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