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Christianity Johnson on 29 Aug 2008 12:03 am

Another Christian Delusion – God’s law of abundance

This article talks about God’s law of abundance:

God’s law of abundance – A Christian Science perspective on daily life

It contains quotes like this:

A God who is omnipresent good can bestow only true riches and prosperity on His creation. There is nothing poor, limited, or lacking in God, or He could not be omnipotent. As God’s sons and daughters, we have a right to claim abundance as our birthright.

And this:

The only will of God for us is good, even the will that we should always have everything we need, at all times, wherever we may be. Accepting this fact enables us to naturally reject believing that we lack substance or that God’s laws can lead to times of need, whether they are called recessions or depressions. Nor does the good He gives depreciate.

And this:

The Apostle Paul described God as “able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Eph. 3:20). This is a promise that we can expect to have not just a minimal supply for our needs but the infinite abundance of God’s provision for all of us.

How could someone write this article, and why would a usually-reputable publication distribute it, when it so obviously contradicts reality? The only way is to be deeply delusional, delusion being the foundation of every religion.

How is it possible to ignore the poverty all over the world and say, “The Apostle Paul described God as “able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Eph. 3:20). This is a promise that we can expect to have not just a minimal supply for our needs but the infinite abundance of God’s provision for all of us”?

Here is a quote from Catholic Charities USA on August 26, 2008 that demonstrates reality:

Catholic Charities USA Calls New Poverty Rate Unacceptable

Rev. Larry Snyder, president of Catholic Charities USA, issued the following statement regarding new statistics released today by the U.S. Census Bureau that show 800,000 more people are living in poverty in the United States:

“It is unacceptable that in a nation that is as prosperous as ours that 37.3 million people, including 13.3 million children, continue to live in poverty. This increase indicates that reducing poverty is not a priority for this nation.

“For Catholic Charities USA, and our 1,700 local member agencies who serve nearly 8 million in need a year, the poverty rate is not just another economic statistic. This unacceptable figure represents the millions of families we see each and every day who are struggling just to make ends meet.

“Substantial decreases in these numbers must occur in order to alleviate the struggles that millions are experiencing. The downturn in the economy is making matters worse…”

Why doesn’t Rev. Snyder simply pray to God to bestow divine abundance on everyone? Why hasn’t God bestowed abundance already?

And the people living in poverty in the United States are well off. They will never see “absolute poverty” like that described in this article:

More poor people, less progress than we thought

1.9 billion people were actually living in the worst kind of poverty back in ’81, and the number dropped to 1.5 billion in 2005.

“The worst kind of poverty” means “living on less than $1.25 per day”. Imagine trying to live like that.

UNICEF reported another startling poverty statistic on June 2, 2008:

Ten Million Children Die annually before 5th birthday

The UNICEF Country Representative, Ms. Min-Whee Kang, has revealed that every year nearly ten million children die in the world due to preventable diseases. Most of these children are in sub-Saharan Africa. She added that one in every six children dies before their fifth birthday. Sub-Saharan Africa still remains the most difficult place for a child to survive.

And there is this:

4,000 children die each day from a lack of safe water

Two buckets of safe water a day – 20 litres – is the bare minimum a child needs to live. This is enough for drinking and eating, washing and basic sanitation. But some 4000 children die every day, because they simply don’t have access to an adequate supply of clean water.

4,000 kids a day equals 1.5 million per year. And in this case, the “God of Abundance” could save them simply by making it rain.

How could anyone spout off about “God’s Law of Abundance” given a reality this stark? The only way is to be completely delusional.

Are you a Christian who is starting to become uncomfortable with the delusion of Christianity? This web site can help you to replace delusion with rational thinking:


2 Responses to “Another Christian Delusion – God’s law of abundance”

  1. on 29 Aug 2008 at 9:04 am 1.Snag said …

    An abundance of water in the wrong place:

    Floods in India May Displace Millions

  2. on 11 Sep 2008 at 7:58 pm 2.anonymous said …

    Perhaps a reading of The Problem of Pain by CS Lewis may be helpful in answering your questions. in the meantime I shall pray for your understanding.
    -a fellow Christian

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