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Written Word > Articles & Commentaries > April 2010 > The Dangers of the Prosperity Gospel
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John Powers
Interesting column Fr., never really thought of this in the Old Testament sense.

It occurs to me that as a broad prescription, Osteen and Oral Roberts are certainly right. Show up to work on time, reasonably sober, and don't steal from your employer or employees, and you will generally be better off.

It is the specific instances where berserk stuff happens that pop up all the time that make me scratch my head...why did trusting one guy cause a huge loss, or why did the distrustful guy make a huge gain...that are so complicated to answer as a part of God's plan.

More straightforwardly, the Atlantic article is heinous and spiteful, but did let me learn more about the Osteen ministry, so at least it was informative.

Kind of like kicking myself to remind me it hurts, but still a reminder.

JBP
4/22/2010 3:29:09 PM
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gb
Actually, what Blessed Mother told Bernadette contradicts the prosperity gospel pretty clearly: I cannot promise happiness on earth but in heaven.
4/25/2010 10:17:49 AM
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Matt
Well stated! I too read that Atlantic Monthly cover story with fascination. An intriguing, thought-provoking piece that spotlights a real peril in such an unbalanced theological viewpoint. Prosperity comes in many forms---spiritual blessing, physical health...and sometimes fiscal health, too.
5/12/2010 11:54:46 PM
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Michael McCormick
Actually this idea is much older in Christianity. The Calvinistic idea of "visible saints" that many of our founding fathers believed in. Some say this idea is the roots of American capitalism.
5/20/2010 9:45:21 AM
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VBS
I like the humour in which you say that everybody is ready to blame everything on God. I don’t think people are so naïve that they would just invest in something hoping that God will make it into millions. We are not such fools and that is definitely not the reason for recession. But what I don’t understand is why these people would look at the Bible in isolation instead of looking at the whole!
2/1/2011 8:16:15 AM
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