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Does Hoarding Make Rich?

Not rich “toward God” as we shall see in Holy Scripture (“not verseless opinions” of mere “men”).

St. Basil the Great quotes in picture too regarding this possibly “most rejected” truth “among believers” themselves.

How deep is this?

(we often blame others without realizing we are “all guilty of this” in some way, just relatively different in various aspects)

Verses on “hoarding”?
Here’s two:

“So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.” – Lord Jesus Christ (Luke 12:21)

And, followed by a “fiery warning”:

“Your gold and silver are corroded. Their corrosion will testify against you and eat your flesh like fire. You have hoarded wealth in the last days.” – apostle James (James 5:12)


The Bible clearly warns & is against “hoarding for one’s self” (a selfish act).

Perhaps, if one “hoards” for a “communal living or purpose” (that is, with the intent to “share” toward others including non-family members, strangers & even enemies), perhaps just perhaps it may be “less selfish” & tolerated by God.

This is because a “sharing/caring doing good, believing rich person” such as the one described below may be “acceptable” without forgoing “all his riches” as it may be hinted in the verse below:

“Those rich in the present age charge thou not to be high-minded, nor to hope in the uncertainty of riches, but in the living God, who is giving to us all things richly for enjoyment; —

to do good, to be rich in good works, to be ready to impart, willing to communicate,

treasuring up to themselves a right foundation for the time to come, that they may lay hold on the life (age-during).” – apostle Paul (1 Timothy 6:17 – 19)


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