Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The trap


“For wicked men are found among my people, they lurk like fowlers lying in wait. They set a trap, they catch men. Like a cage full of birds their houses are full of deceit, therefore they have become great and rich, they have grown fat and sleek. They know no bounds in deeds of evil, judge not with justice the cause of the fatherless to make it prosper, and they do not defend the rights of the needy. Shall I not punish them for these things? declares the Lord” Jeremiah 5:26-29

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Tackling the problem of consumerism

Effects of consumerism

1. Pollution and degrading of the environment

2. Climate change

3. Poverty and oppression of the poor



Full Definition of CONSUMERISM. 1. : the promotion of the consumer's interests. 2. : the theory that an increasing consumption of goods is economically desirable; also : a preoccupation with and an inclination toward the buying of consumer goods.

We live in a world that is becoming more and more materially focused. Everything on TV, media, adverts encourage us to buy, buy, buy more stuff. Basically we have all fallen for the great lie that money can buy happiness. The truth is that we don't need half of the things we have. We could do just fine or even better with less stuff. Studies prove that the more materialistic people become, the more unhappy. Materialism tends to make people inhumane. It seems that the more people love things the more they become lifeless like those things.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Materialism in Christianity


Materialism is the worst form of idolatry and the most common nowadays. The nations around the world have fallen into perhaps the greatest illusion ever, the American dream. Everything in the media and television is telling us that true happiness is measured by the balance in our accounts, by the more stuff we buy. There has never been a more deceived generation than this one.

The madness of materialism


Here is an interesting extract I took from the website Psychology Today. The topic is the madness of materialism.

Our appetite for wealth and material goods isn't driven by hardship, but by our own inner discontent. We're convinced that we can buy our way to happiness, that wealth is the path to permanent fulfilment and well-being. We still measure ‘success' in terms of the quality and price of the material goods we can buy, or in the size of our salaries.
Our mad materialism would be more forgivable if there was evidence that material goods and wealth do lead to happiness. But all the evidence fails to show this. Study after study by psychologists has shown that there is no correlation between wealth and happiness. The only exception is in cases of real poverty, when extra income does relieve suffering and brings security. But once our basic material needs are satisfied, our level of income makes little difference to our level of happiness. Research has shown, for example, that extremely rich people such as billionaires are not significantly happier than people with an average income, and suffer from higher levels of depression. Researchers in positive psychology have concluded that true well-being does not come from wealth but from other factors such as good relationships, meaningful and challenging jobs or hobbies, and a sense of connection to something bigger than ourselves (such as a religion, a political or social cause, or a sense of mission).

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Our two lives

“I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me though he die, yet shall live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die,” John 11:25,26

In this passage and many others the Lord Jesus speaks of two lives. When we read the above passage we can see clearly the two lives a person can have. One that dies and one that lives forever.

Monday, November 9, 2015



According to the dictionary it is :

1. The theory or attitude that physical well-being and worldly possessions constitute the greatest good and highest value in life.

2. Concern for possessions or material wealth and physical comfort, especially to the exclusion of spiritual or intellectual pursuits.