Business Bluffing

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Though there have been writings disputing the notion, Christianity and business are still thought by many to be incompatible. It is proposed that Christianity and business are inseparable because virtually all people, including Christians, participate in business either directly or indirectly. While there may be different opinions as to how it is accomplished, one who is a Christian should integrate one’s faith, to some degree, in all aspects of life, including when participating in business. The problem with business is there are a large number of people who practice bluffing and consider a regularly accepted practice. According to Gerald R. Chester in his article, “The Business of Lying,” a “survey of forty thousand Americans conducted ten years ago reported that 93 percent admitted to lying ‘regularly and habitually in the workplace’” (par. 1). Although difficult, it is possible for the Christian to resolve the tension arising from the fact that in business, deceit or bluffing are sometimes commonplace, a task seemingly at odds with Christianity. Those who support business bluffing would argue from the utilitarian perspective claiming that bluffing is good as long as it benefits more people than it hurts. Bluffing in business causes an increase of consumption expenditures, which stimulates the rate of economic growth. As a result, customers satisfy their needs, firms have higher revenue, the government collects more tax, and some portion of the collected tax is also used to benefit less fortunate people. Therefore, bluffing, in effect, guarantees more happiness to more people. In addition, if customers are really cheated or harmed in any way there are laws to protect them from that kind of business dishonesty
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