“We are told by trusted teachers and leaders in our churched world, particularly in mainstream Christianity, that our Father owns the cattle on a thousand hills, and that this reflects how prosperous we all should be—in material terms. Christian ministers expound at great length on the virtues of giving to God in order to receive God’s blessings, that we can expect to be blessed beyond measure in all good material things, in our relationships, in our health, and more. This message is further reinforced by the guilt-producing repetition of an out-of-context scripture that hints that if we do not submit to compulsory tithing and frequent offerings of our often hard-won cash, we are robbing God. But is this what Jesus taught?
“And outside of the church, in the secular realm, the message is that if we work hard and save our money, managing it wisely, we will have all we want and desire of this world’s money and goods. But isn’t it telling how none of these have worked out for all of us, and how just a few seem to have a firm handhold on the major portion of earth’s bounty?
“Trust me when I boldly assert that this is not God’s doing (not Love’s doing!). It is entirely carnal man’s doing, the product of selfish ego, convinced by its belief in our prodigal separation from a God out there somewhere, that our earth tenure is a matter of fighting over husks in a trough. We are enamored of the prodigal’s finite world—of a mental sense realm that veils the kingdom from our two-eyed sight.
“Clearly the message of mainstream Christianity is that abundance is about cash and about things, about material comfort and blessings—about how to please and/or manipulate God so that we are deemed worthy of receiving those blessings. It is rooted in guilt and fear, and has come to be a message about making deals with God in order to receive what is already ours by inheritance! His favor and blessings! But is that at ALL what Jesus taught? No! Not in any way, shape or form!”