Comedian and host of the HBO show Last Week Tonight, John Oliver, has helped people understand what a scam the “prosperity gospel” is and how it makes many members of the Christian clergy grotesquely financially rich. One thing that seems to be overlooked in the articles and comments about the Christian clergy who benefit from the prosperity gospel is that it is based on the Bible. People rightly attack the clergy members for scamming sincere followers, many of whom are financially poor and can’t afford to be giving their last dollars to the wealthy Christian clergy, collectively out of millions of dollars. However they don’t seem to recognize the root of the problem which is found in the Bible.
One of the teachings/parables the Bible claims is from Jesus which the charlatans use to fleece their sheep is found at Luke 19:12-27. This repulsive teaching tells the story of a cruel nobleman who was hated by his citizens. He had to travel to “a far country to receive unto himself a kingdom.” Before he left he gave each of ten of his slaves/servants one pound each and instructed them, “Occupy till I come.” Upon his return he saw that the first slave/servant increased the single pound into ten pounds. Each of his servants/slaves increased the money he had left with them except the last one. The last servant/slave hid the pound given to him in a napkin and gave it back to the cruel nobleman saying he did not invest the money but hid it because he feared his master and told the nobleman he knew the nobleman “takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow.” This greatly angered the bully nobleman and he called the slave/servant “wicked” and went on to say, “Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow: Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?” The bully nobleman ordered that the one pound be taken from the slave/servant and be given to the slave/servant with 10 pounds. He then stated, “unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him.” This blows apart the belief of the religious left which paints Jesus as a happy-go-lucky hippie type who wants equality for all.
Another Bible teaching used by the charlatans to entice the faithful to give them money and which is used frequently by con-man televangelist Pat Robertson on his 700 Club television show is Malachi 3:10 which has God saying, “Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.” Of course God never said this, the Jewish clergymen did. God didn’t need meat in a storehouse, but the con-artist clergymen did.
Deists and other freethinkers know that Christianity is based on selfishness and greed. Why become a Christian? So you can avoid being burned for eternity in hell and live in a mansion in heaven. Why do good? So you can get a reward both here and hereafter. Deism is contrary to this. People become Deists because they love the truth. Deists believe The Supreme Intelligence/God exists because it makes sense, not because they’re promised a carrot for believing in God or threatened with a stick for not believing in God. Deists want to help people and society not because they will be given a reward for doing so, but because it’s simply the right thing to do and will help people and society. This is completely foreign to Christianity and Jesus. Luke 6:38 says that Jesus said, “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” This is another favorite Bible verse for the prosperity gospel preachers. This mindset robs people and society of altruism. It promotes the “What’s in it for me?” mentality that creates a sick society and unhappy and meaningless lives. The more we promote Deism, the more we will correct this problem.
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