God & The Banker Sure Have A Lot In Common                                 

                   Brian Worley                                                  

In the midst of the economic slowdown, hasn't it become evident that God of the Bible doesn't provide lately? I had originally intended to write an essay entitled "God Doesn't Provide" but I fell asleep with boredom! However, I awoke with an epiphany that was much more interesting! Perhaps I have found God? Pretend that you just didn't read the title and follow along with me as I share some clues with you!  

Clue #1... (God creates something from nothing) 

Indeed, the Bible tells us that God was there at the beginning. But the Bible doesn't tell us from what he initially made everything with!  For example bakers have dough to make bread. Theologians tell us that God made everything "ex nihilo". Wikipedia  is quite helpful here.

The Latin phrase ex nihilo means "out of nothing". It often appears in conjunction with the concept of creation, as in creatio ex nihilo, meaning "creation out of nothing". Due to the connotations of the phrase creatio ex nihilo, it often occurs in philosophical or creationistic arguments, as many Christians, Muslims and Jews believe that God created the universe from nothing. 

Creative ability is a highly desired skill, however most mortals cannot create wealth like God can. God must have his own printing press to mint money; this is something that the bankers have been doing for quite some time it seems! 

Clue #2... ( Jesus and the family business) 

Although the Bible doesn't say where God came from, it does tell us that he was there in the beginning (John 1:1).  In verse 3, "All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. " God was the power behind everything that was made; this indeed is very impressive!  I won't get into God's building prowess, but he must have been very wealthy to finance all of the construction that followed. 

I couldn't imagine God with a hard hat or getting his fingers mashed when he hit the wrong nail, could you?  If you have money you just might hire a carpenter to do much of the construction work!  Wasn't Jesus a carpenter? Super rich kids don't normally choose carpentry as their profession, but rather they will usually be groomed to run the family business if the parents think the kid is capable and the relationship is good. 

Clue #3... (God's Portfolio) 

I've never heard any Christian question the legitimacy of this popular song! The first verse of John Sumner's "A Child of the King" tells us of God's financial acumen. Could this song provide a clue about God and his portfolio? 

A Child of the King  

My Father is rich in houses and lands

He holdeth the wealth of the world in his hands!

Of rubies and diamonds, of silver and gold

His coffers are full, He has riches untold 

This song spoke much more eloquently than this verse from Psalms 50:10 does, " For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills". 

Clue #4... (Jesus fell out of favor with God) 

I must confess, I have never understood how God could allow his son to be put to death. Parents normally love, cherish and protect their children. Something just isn't right about the Bible's version of the relationship between Jesus and God.  I love my daughter and wouldn't think of betraying her, especially if I had ultimate control like God does! Then it dawned upon me, perhaps there was something that went wrong and changed their relationship? 

Child rebellion isn't a new concept, incidents occur most everyplace. The kid can maximize the embarrassment to their father if they can create a "scene" while daddy is at work, can't they?  Then I remembered such an incident when Jesus ventured into the Temple to overthrow the moneychanger's tables.  Jesus publicly humiliated daddy while he was at work!  Evidently, this changed the nature of their relationship drastically. From that point forward he became a bastard son, no wonder that God didn't stand in the way when they laid hands upon him! 

Clue #5... (Most people approach God and the banker in the same way) 

I John 5:14 & 15  And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

There are wise and similar preconditions that must be met before you talk with God as well as the banker. One must do what God and the banker want in order for them to converse with you! The Bible states it this way "if we ask any thing according to his will". The banker will hear us if we do the proper paperwork (the Bible says that "we have the petitions that we desired of him"). My Webster's dictionary defines petition this way, "1. a solemn, earnest request; entreaty 2. a formal document embodying such a request".  

Making the mortgage payment keeps getting more and more difficult. God wants you to grovel and that just might help at the bank as well!  God and the banker have failed to provide lately!  At least the banker can say that the money is gone, but what is God's excuse?

God and the banker operate in much the same fashion. Matthew 6:24 says, "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon." Perhaps the Bible is correct in this, but are there really two masters presented here in this essay? Could they possibly employ a diversionary smokescreen and in reality hold only to one true identity?  Think about it! 

PS: Don't take this so seriously! I'm not sure how to classify this one but hopefully it was interesting? Perhaps I should say that this was my first venture into historical fiction.

 

  Brian Worley     December 16, 2008     Ex-minister.org     All rights reserved!


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