Thornton is a CPA, holds a PhD in accounting, and is the head of a university accounting department, so he's spent a lot of time thinking about money. Almost two decades ago, he embarked on a project to research, and then later write, a book about God and money.
He started collecting every statement in the Bible about it, and what he found shocked him. He had intended to write a book about how one could use principles of the Bible to become wealthy. He knew such principles worked, because he had followed them himself. He and his wife managed to go through graduate school and not go into debt. In fact, despite the education and the birth of two children, the couple managed to double their net worth.
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So, imagine how helpful it would be to your goal of maximizing wealth if you could learn everything the Bible ever said about wealth! The problem is that what the Bible says about wealth is that maximizing wealth is a lousy goal for your life. The book which Dr. Thornton had meant to write was gone, but instead, a more spiritually penetrating book was born. Does it mean that money is a bad thing? No, but it does mean that money is a bad master. On the other hand, money can be a good servant when placed in service to a worthy goal. In other words, money is only as good as the purpose to which it is set.
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According to Jesus, the purpose of life is to glorify His Father, and the chief rule of life is love of God and of neighbor. Jesus tells a story about a man who accumulated so much grain that he needed to tear down his barn and build a bigger one in order to hold all of it. After long years spent accumulating wealth, he would finally be at ease….
Except that God spoke to him saying, "You fool, this night, your soul will be required of you. Simple accumulation makes no sense as an end in itself because money is for something. It is a proxy for something else of value; therefore, it points toward something other than itself. Classical economics defines money as a medium of exchange.
This definition helps us to understand what Jesus said about money: It is not a goal in and of itself. A medium is something that acts as a channel, a means through which something else is accomplished.
In our recent discussion about his book, Dr. Thornton deployed his financial skill set to analyze the story above known as The Parable of the Rich Fool more deeply than I have heard anyone else do. Was the hoarding of grain a defensible strategy from a financial point of view? Saint Paul invites us to prepare the coming of the Lord by assuming three attitudes: constant joy, persevering prayer and constant thanksgiving.
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Job Can a man be profitable unto God, as he that is wise may be profitable unto himself? Job Shall he that contendeth with the Almighty instruct him? John Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you.
John Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come…. John I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world: thine they were, and thou gavest them me; and they have kept thy word…. New International Version for, "Who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?
Who knows enough to teach him? Berean Literal Bible "For who has known the mind of the Lord?
Who will instruct Him?