WSC 74- We are required to procure wealth???

Discussion in 'The Law of God' started by Puritan Sailor, Jan 24, 2008.

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  1. BayouHuguenot

    BayouHuguenot Puritanboard Amanuensis

    Excellent point. Even if we were to bow the knee to the god of socialism, inequalities would soon appear. While the state can take away outward forms of wealth in terms of homes, land, money, capital, and distribute it to those who don't work, it can't redistribute values, work-ethics, mentalities toward the future, etc. In other words, even granting redistribution, inequities in society would soon reappear (which they are not supposed to do, given the statist dogma). :lol:
  2. Semper Fidelis

    Semper Fidelis 2 Timothy 2:24-25 Staff Member


    I'm not saying that I completely disagree with you but a thread about a narrow slice of the 6th Commandment cannot be turned into a discussion about all the things that compete against it. The thread could take any number of directions.

    Remember, the Q&A in this particular discussion focuses on a narrow slice of the 6th Commandment with reference to the believer and some of the positive duties required of the individual before God. We could say more about the 6th commandment with respect to it's negative commands, and even the Government not doing things that undermine man's pursuit of the positive duty, but we really need to keep this discussion focused to the point at hand.
  3. BayouHuguenot

    BayouHuguenot Puritanboard Amanuensis

    Aside from my brief rant against wealth redistribution, I did attempt to show, with literary and biblical examples, how investing capital is a biblical and sound concept, which answers Patrick's question.
  4. Semper Fidelis

    Semper Fidelis 2 Timothy 2:24-25 Staff Member

    I agree with that part, it was good, but then you vaunted off into the whole "government in our pockets" thing. It's a good discussion but it's got to be saved for a different discussion and not this thread.
  5. Davidius

    Davidius Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    If the catechism is correct in saying that the bible teaches that we should procure wealth then it should be at least somewhat relevant if the government keeps us from doing that as well as we could. :2cents:
  6. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Puritan Board Doctor

    That does have a certain plausibility but consider that at various times back then (I'm thinking the Roman period in particular) taxation was far more onerous and certainly more arbitrarily and unjustly administered than what we have today.
  7. Puritan Sailor

    Puritan Sailor Puritan Board Doctor

    This is an excellent point. We don't think like this anymore. That puts a whole new dimension not only to the prodigal son parable but to the book of Proverbs too. That whole prohibition against moving landmarks makes much more sense. You would not just be stealing from one person's land, but a whole multi-generational estate that they had been working to maintain and pass on to future generations. It also adds some weight to why the geneologies were so important in Israelite history. We certainly need to recover this organic view to our ancestors and progeny. What we do today, affects our line for many generations to come, with both spiritual and physical consequences. Easy to see how American individualism can become so detrimental to this biblical mindset, and perhaps lead us to violate this commandment.
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