If you read the Old Testament and the New Testament, the views of money have changed. In the Old Testament, it was about become rich and powerful. It was about becoming like King Solomon.\u00a0 King Solomon was known for having great wealth and wisdom.\u00a0 \n\n\n\nHowever, Jesus Christ and his apostles brought us a new view of money.\u00a0 Instead of becoming billionaires, Jesus wanted us to use the money that God gives to us to help our fellow brothers and sisters that may be in need.\u00a0 Jesus taught that you can\u2019t love God and money at the same time.\u00a0 \n\n\n\nIf you truly want to please God completely, Jesus says to give your wealth away. When a young man asked him in Luke 18:22 what he had to do in order to please God completely, Jesus told him to sell all that he had and give it to the poor.\u00a0 This man said that had obeyed all of God\u2019s laws. However, when Jesus told him to give all that he had to the poor, the man walked away sad because he was very rich.\u00a0 \n\n\n\nIn Matthew 6:21, the New Testament teaches that where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.\u00a0 This is a teaching to let us know that what we want the most is where our heart will be.\u00a0 If you are ever given a money test in your life, you may find that you don\u2019t want to give something away because it means a lot to you. Wherever your heart is, you will put money into it. \n\n\n\nIn Romans 13:8, the Holy Bible teaches us to pay our debts quickly and don\u2019t let anything remain outstanding. In our loan and credit card driven society, most people don\u2019t follow this advice.\u00a0 A lot of Christians find themselves getting into bankruptcy and struggling to pay bills each month because they are trying to live above their means.\u00a0 \n\n\n\nHebrews 13:5 teaches us to be happy with what God has given to us.\u00a0 This verse teaches us that God promises that he will never leave us. Why worry about money if you know that God is always going to be there for you. When you have a trust in God, you believe that God will always take care of your financial needs.\u00a0 As a Christian, you are taught to live by faith.\n\n\n\nMatthew 6:24 teaches us that we cannot serve both God and money.\u00a0 Interestingly, if you live for the riches of this world, it means that you are not living for God.\u00a0 How can you truly love someone if you would rather store your money in the bank while the poor amongst you are oven going hungry without a meal. \n\n\n\nThere are many people in the world without a job and wealthy Christians often brag about God\u2019s financial blessings in their life but refuse to help others because they feel it will lower their net worth.\u00a0 If you serve God over money, you would give a helping hand to the poor over saving money for a new material possession.\u00a0 \n\n\n\nWhen soldiers asked Jesus a question about money, he told them to not extort money or accuse men and women falsely (Luke 3:14).\u00a0 This is a lesson for all Christians to follow. In this way, we show God that we are honest.\u00a0 \n\n\n\n1 Timothy\n6:10 reminds us that if we love money, it brings about all kinds of evil. If you are constantly hoping and praying to strike\nit rich, you often do everything in your power to make more money. However,\nthis is not God\u2019s way. \n\n\n\nGod wants us\nto be content with what he gives to us and not live for making more money. Take\nyour time with making money. Just work\nand accept the payment that God gives to you. \n\n\n\nDon\u2019t start\ntaking out loans or running up your credit cards in hope to strike it rich someday. This has led many Christians down the wrong path\nand often into ruin. \n\n\n\nIn Matthew 21:12-13, Jesus made it clear that you should not be selling anything inside of a church.\u00a0 He said that its God\u2019s house and it is to be a place of prayer.\u00a0 Jesus overturned the tables of the vendors that were selling goods in God\u2019s house.\u00a0 He was angry because he wanted the temple to be used for prayer and not a supermarket.\u00a0 \n\n\n\nIf you are a\nwealthy Christian, you should read 1 Timothy 6:17-19. This passage in the Bible reminds us that a\nrich person should not put their trust in their wealth because its not dependable. Instead, put your trust in God who will\nalways be there for you and never leave you. \nIt reminds the rich to be generous and to share. It says to instead give and store up\ntreasures in heaven where you will have a reward with God. \n\n\n\nIn Luke\n12:33, we are reminded once again to sell our possessions and give it to the\npoor. Jesus reminds us that we can store\nour wealth in heaven and not here on earth. \nIn this way, your wealth cannot be taken from you in heaven. \n\n\n\nJesus and\nthe apostles are constantly trying to remind us that giving to the poor is what\nGod wants. When you see televangelists on television hoarding their money in\nthe bank while they witness to poor and starving Christians around the world\nand do nothing about it, it grieves God. \n\n\n\n\nWhat kind of\nlove can you have in your heart when you sit with millions on your bank account\nand with greed, want more? It\u2019s never enough.\nYou would rather become wealthier then help the poor. This is something that the New Testament is\nagainst. \n\n\n\nMatthew\n6:1-4 teaches us to give to the poor silently. When you give a poor person money,\ndon\u2019t brag about it. The Bible teaches\nus that if you brag about it, you won\u2019t get a reward for your good deed in\nheaven. You have already received your reward by having people pat you on the\nback for your good deed. Instead, give and say nothing about who you gave money\nto. \n\n\n\nA lot of\npeople love to brag about giving to a charity. \nOften, you will see a celebrity on television saying that they donated\n$10,000 to a charity in order to make themselves look good. The Bible teaches us that they are more of a\nhypocrite for doing such a thing and will have no reward in heaven for\nthat. Peoples praise to them is already\ntheir reward. \n\n\n\nPeter told a\nman in Acts 8:20 that he should perish along with his money because he thought\nthat he could buy Peter the Apostles anointing. When Jesus gave his apostles power\nto heal the sick and raise the dead, a man wanted to have this power and was\nwilling to pay for it. However, Peter\nclearly told him that its not for sale with money. \n\n\n\nIn Mark\n12:41-44, Jesus saw many rich people putting in large amounts of money into an\noffering. However, a poor widow gave a small\namount of money. Jesus said to the crowd\nthat this poor widow gave more than all the rich people that were there. \n\n\n\nThis goes to\nshow you that your heart is what God is after. \nWhat is your hearts intention? If\nyou give up something that means a lot to you or something that you can\u2019t afford\nto give up, it pleases God. This kind of\nsacrifice is what God wants to see in each of us. It\u2019s not how much we give,\nbut its where our heart is that matters to God.\n\n\n\nJesus warns\nthe wealthy again in Revelation 3:17. He tells the rich that they may think\nthat they have everything that they need, but they are pitiful. Why are the rich pitiful? If you read the New Testament, you will see\nthat its because they have forgotten about the poor and how to love their\nfellow brother and sister. How can you\nsay that you love people when you see the poor around you suffering and you do nothing\nto help them but smile at all the money that you have in the bank?\n\n\n\nIn Matthew\n13:22, the Holy Bible reminds us that even though we can now see the truth\nabout money, the worries of life and the way that wealth deceives you corrupts\nyour acceptance of God\u2019s word. How often\ndo Christians want to give to the poor and worry to much about giving because\nthey are afraid that they won\u2019t be able to pay their bills or won\u2019t be able to\nsave up for a new material possession?\n\n\n\nActs 4:34\nteaches Christians about pooling their money together with other Christians so\nthat everyone has enough food, clothing and housing to live. How nice this would be if Christians began\npooling their money together and having it distributed equally. This is what\nGod would want us to do. However, our\ngreed and fears keep us back from doing what the Lord would want us to do. \n\n\n\nJames 5:1-6\nwarns the wealthy that God has heard the cries of your workers that are being\npaid unfairly. Did you know that they\ncry out to God and God hears them? These\nscripture voices warn that you are living out your life in luxury while your\nworkers are suffering. \n\n\n\nThe major\ndifference between the way that New Testament looks at money and the Old Testament\nis that in the New Testament, God wants us to give as much money as we possibly\ncan from the heart. \n\n\n\nHe wants to\nsee us being cheerful givers. In the Old\nTestament, people gave because they had to. \nIt was around 10% of their money. \nOn top of the tithe, they also had to pay taxes and often give more money\nto the poor on top of the tithe. People\nwould often grumble because it was more of a law, rather than a gift from the\nheart. \n\n\n\nGod is pleased\nwhen he sees us striving to give as much as we can. We can be like the poor widow and give what\nGod lays on our heart. \n\n\n\nProsperity\ngospel preachers will often try to confuse the Old and New Testament when it\ncomes to tithing and giving. Old Testament laws of giving money were given to\nthe Jewish people whom had to abide by other laws as well. In return, God promised to take care of their\nneeds. He never promised that he would give\nanyone millions of dollars as prosperity preachers would want to have you\nbelieve. \n\n\n\nThe truth is\nthat most Jewish people are not rich, and the laws of tithing are still in\neffect. The New Testament teaches us\nthat Christians should take care of the poor because it pleases God. Instead of\nhoarding your money in the bank like the world tries to teach you, God wants\nyou to use it to give to those that are in need. \n\n\n\nMost\nChristians today don\u2019t want to follow that concept because they worry that they\nmay not have enough money to live if they do that. They also may want to become\nthe next Warren Buffet. \n\n\n\nHowever, living\nlike Warren Buffet does not please God. He holds onto his wealth and tries to\nget wealthier. As you can see in the New\nTestament, Jesus shows us repeatedly that he desires for us to use our money to\nhelp people. The main reason is because\nwe will not be here on earth forever. \n\n\n\nThrough faith,\nwe can believe that God will give us our reward for giving to the poor in\nheaven. It comes down to your trust in God. Do you trust that having eternal rewards\nis more beneficial?