Money vs. Happiness

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Money vs. Happiness Oral Presentation
Dr. Massey
May 12, 2011

1 Timothy 6:10
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. Explain to class what Jesus was trying to say. Then I will start into my paper. In today’s society, we continue to believe the deception that money can buy happiness. I do not believe that money can buy happiness. Many times we look at individuals that are well off, as a lifestyle in which we would like to live. Yet; how often do we hear about celebrities getting a divorce, having trouble with the law and/or, having to enter themselves in drug or alcohol rehab programs? Despite all their money many wealthy individuals experience an empty outlook on life and fail at having a since of meaning. How often do we hear scriptures (from the bible) or philosophers enlightening our society, that money cannot buy ones happiness? It is true that wealth can purchase all kinds of superficial comforts but can you take those superficial purchases with you when you depart this life? This is something that the bible teaches us. It states in the word of God, “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?” (Mark 8:36)

This scripture is one that is acknowledged frequently, because it is an accurate declaration. What the almighty is articulating is our happiness should not be in this world. If your happiness is determined by the material items that you posses, than your heart is after material possessions rather than in Him. His design of life is not to love money or even to abhor money, but to be content for the things in which you do have. That which you don’t have trust and believe that He will supply your needs. Habitually we humans get troubled by things we don’t have; or things we see that others possess. We must stop and think of God’s design. This may perhaps be God’s intent to keep your...
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