Do you think the Bible teaches that being poor is spiritual?

Like many people, the media, perceive that as a Christian, one is to be poor to be spiritual…
But, i would have to disagree. It would seem that the Bible teaches otherwise.

But I want to know what you have learned on the subject of prosperity and poverty in the bible. Also if being poor is spiritual?

First I would like to note, that the Bible is not talking about actual physical actions or states, or even actual characters.
Everything has to be understood allegorically.
We naturally have a desire to receive pleasure, and especially to receive it only for ourselves.
On our correction path to get closer to God we have to change this direction of the desire from "for ourselves" to the direction "for others".
So that is what it means to be poor, that we do not want to receive things for ourselves but we want to receive for the sake of others.
It does not necessarily translate to the physical world meaning that we have to live on water and bread only, it is more about our thoughts about our intention.
Whatever we do in action we have to have this overriding intention, that we do thing for the others.
I know it is a difficult and complex matter.
Here is a short video explaining the same concept.

http://www.kabbalah.info/engkab/kabbalah-video-clips/the-intention-behind-the-action

If you would like to learn about it deeper here is a link guiding you to the appropriate study:

http://www.kabbalah.info/course/main/?utm_source=Yahoo!%2BAnswers&utm_medium=forum&utm_content=text-link&utm_campaign=semester-winter-2008

I hope it helps.

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27 comments to Do you think the Bible teaches that being poor is spiritual?

  • clusium1971

    Yes.
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  • Buddy R

    No.

    Being poor in spirit [humble] is spiritual. Being poor in finances is not spiritual or unspiritual.

    Mat 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
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  • Black Country Man

    People that have a humble and lowly spirit are really considered christians, exacltly how Jesus lived. Wealth has nothing to do with spirituallity
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  • Dustfinger .

    If the Bible says things that sound like having less stuff is more spiritual (aka being poor) it’s just telling you that you shouldn’t love and get attached to material possessions.
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  • rt66lt

    Jesus himself teaches it. Maybe you need to go back and read your Bible. Remember, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Why? Because a camel has to empty itself of all its possessions in order to pass through it.
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  • delilah

    No, But i can tell you that when you have nohing its easyer to see God. I lost everything and thats when i could see God. You notice he provides for everything, Even when you have nothing.
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  • Future Citizen of Forvik

    I think that both the poor and the rich can be spiritual, it is just that the rich have a harder time doing it. Jesus was very poor and He is the supreme example, but there were others who weren’t poor who had a solid spiritual life such as Abraham and who can forget Job?
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  • CassieD

    I think the bible teachers that IF you are poor you can be spiritual

    But people blessed with proseperity who have an open heart and share their "riches" with the poor are also spiritual.

    I’ve learned God blesses those who are impoverished, but they need have faith.

    God does not turn away against those who prosper, but expects more out of them because they have more to offer.

    That is my interpretation and I hope I helped you.
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  • sweetjane

    A man asked Jesus, " What can I do to enter heaven?" Jesus said, "Give up everything you own to the poor and follow me’.

    You can pick an choose if you are well off….but of ALL the issues in the Bible, there is NO OTHER issue that is mentioned more often than poverty….not only in your own poverty, but also in how you treat others in poverty…..not by telling them about your religion, but by feeding and caring for them.
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  • gertystorrud

    It would depend on your situation and where God leads and calls you. ("Some" do it out of pity and recognition.)
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  • MetalXcore

    The Bible says that the poor will be blessed. it also says that "it is harder for a rich man to enter into heaven, than for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle". now obviously jesus was being funny here, but the point is that very few rich people are saved, because their love of money causes them to believe that they don’t need Jesus.
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  • Linda J

    What the bible says over and over is to be happy with the state you are in. It also promises that God will take care of all our needs, every single of of them.

    To be poor doesn’t make one holy; to sit around all day wishing you were rich makes one very unhappy.

    As is, being rich doesn’t make you happy, but spending all your time chasing after the stuff doesn’t make a person happy either.

    Money is a tool; use it wisely and don’t let it use you.
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  • Gypsy

    Well, it has been a long time since I read the bible, but…
    Being poor can be an excellent way to learn to appreciate the simple things in life.

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    <—grew up in a poor family

  • wbusykat4

    The Bible clearly teaches that the love of money is the root of evil. The Bible also teaches that the poor in spirit will be blessed. But I don’t remember any verses that specifically say a person has to be financially poor in order to be spiritually correct….Blessings!
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  • Suzii

    To me, the Bible is teaching, that spiritual richness is more important than being rich. I do not think that its telling people they have to be poor. Think about when the Bible was written, most of the population grew what they ate, made what they sold, and the Royals and their courts were basically the only real rich around, that didnt share or play well with others. Thier rich could be like owning 20 cows. Thier poor could be, they had no cows! It doesnt translate well into todays real world. I also believe it is teaching that if you are poor, not to desire what others have. Dont waste time on that, be satisfied with what you have.
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  • piefkeholz

    Prosperity has nothing to do with spirituality other than as the scriptures say" it is harder for a rich man to gain entry into heaven than for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle". Often riches can generate an independence thus removing the relying on the Lord.
    Another passage comes to mind, " what shall it profit a man if he were to gain the whole world but lose his soul".
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  • clark.robert57

    Yes,almost all religions teach that excessive material possesions stand in the way of spirituality.
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  • j p

    I have a lot of friends who have served missions in third world countries, they report that the people are humble and it’s amazing what happens when they accept the gospel. I served a mission among a very rich chinese (mostly atheist) population and found that when people accepted the gospel they found meaning that all their money hadn’t given them.

    I believe that wealth affects your spirituality depending on what you do with it, rather than on whether you have it. It’s hard to be spiritual when you don’t have enough to eat. It’s hard to be spiritual when you have so much money to buy toys with.
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  • anttttonio Sin ofensas

    Being poor is a blessing from our Lord. Being rich can be a curse because riches can very easily corrupt anybody. Very few rich people will enter heaven.

    To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory for ever and ever. Jesus Christ is Lord.
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  • Sovereign

    Considering that the likes of Job, Abraham and Solomon were filthy rich and God commands us leave an inheritance to our children (with a double portion going to the first-born male) I hardly think God intended us to be poor. He also commands us to help the widows and orphans. And He promises to richly bless us when we give our tithes and offerings with a cheerful heart. But in every instance we are to live our lives in humility.
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  • JimmyD

    The Beatitudes talk about that specifically, but the answer to your question depends on whether you’re reading Matthew or Luke.

    Luke says "Blessed are the poor, for they shall inherit the Earth."
    Matthew says "Blessed are the poor in spirit…"

    You’ll find people who believe both. Just look at the Franciscan monks. They take a vow of poverty.
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  • enchantedwanderer

    The Bible mentions that it’s easier for a camel to fit through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into heaven. And it also says blessed are the poor and woe to the rich for they have already received their comfort on earth. It seems to me that being rich (which is difficult to define) is not a good thing for one’s salvation. The Bible also talks about giving out of your need. The woman who gave her two coins gave more than people who gave way more than that because she gave everything she had.

    I think the Bible teaches that we can be content with less than we think and that chasing after riches that rust destroys and will not last, is a fruitless pursuit. That it’s best to seek spiritual riches that will last for eternity.

    I don’t think it’s necessary to be poor as in not meeting your needs or going without necessities or even buying yourself things you like to have. I just get the impression that being rich isn’t the best thing for a Christian to be.
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  • debbiepittman

    No. It is recognizing that you are "poor in spirit" lacking in spiritual things and searching and studying or reading to get them. Matthew 5:3 KJV.
    3Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

    As far as money goes, it is not having money, but the love of money that is wrong.
    1 Timothy 6: KJV
    9But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.

    10For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

    Some religions pervert this to fleece their flocks for every dime or penny or nickel they can get out of them. It is a false idea from the Bible. A number of religions play on it.

    Debbie debbiepittman@yahoo.com
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    http://www.biblegateway.com

  • paradisemtn

    3 John 2
    Beloved I wish a bove all things that you may prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers
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  • Zsolt H

    First I would like to note, that the Bible is not talking about actual physical actions or states, or even actual characters.
    Everything has to be understood allegorically.
    We naturally have a desire to receive pleasure, and especially to receive it only for ourselves.
    On our correction path to get closer to God we have to change this direction of the desire from "for ourselves" to the direction "for others".
    So that is what it means to be poor, that we do not want to receive things for ourselves but we want to receive for the sake of others.
    It does not necessarily translate to the physical world meaning that we have to live on water and bread only, it is more about our thoughts about our intention.
    Whatever we do in action we have to have this overriding intention, that we do thing for the others.
    I know it is a difficult and complex matter.
    Here is a short video explaining the same concept.
    http://www.kabbalah.info/engkab/kabbalah-video-clips/the-intention-behind-the-action
    If you would like to learn about it deeper here is a link guiding you to the appropriate study:
    http://www.kabbalah.info/course/main/?utm_source=Yahoo!%2BAnswers&utm_medium=forum&utm_content=text-link&utm_campaign=semester-winter-2008
    I hope it helps.
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  • Jimbo

    The new testament does, the old testament doesn’t.
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  • sdb deacon

    No. Abraham was extremely wealthy, but He believed in God. There were many others in the Old Testament who followed God closely in spite of their material wealth.

    But most people who are wealthy tend to put their faith in their own riches rather than in God. Poor people are more likely to recognize their need for God to carry them through to another day.
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