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Jesus Did Not Call Money Itself Evil

Posted by Tony Listi on November 19, 2007

 Mt 6:24 “No one can serve two masters. He will either hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”

Mammon did not refer to money itself as a physical object or abstract idea. It referred to greed, miserliness, and idolatry.

Mt 17:24-27
When they came to Capernaum, the collectors of the temple tax approached Peter and said, “Doesn’t your teacher pay the temple tax?” “Yes,” he said. When he came into the house, before he had time to speak, Jesus asked him, “What is your opinion, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take tolls or census tax? From their subjects or from foreigners?” When he said, “From foreigners,” Jesus said to him, “Then the subjects are exempt. But that we may not offend them, go to the sea, drop in a hook, and take the first fish that comes up. Open its mouth and you will find a coin worth twice the temple tax. Give that to them for me and for you.”

Would Jesus use a miracle to create an evil coin? Would Jesus command is disciples to buy things or pay tribute with money if money was evil? 

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