Is God a Cosmic Slot Machine?

Whoever gives to the poor will not want, but he who hides his eyes will get many a curse.
Proverbs 28:27

It is only a cheap religion that turns this into “give money to the poor so that you can get rich.”  Anyone who buys into that perversion of wisdom really impoverishes his or her own soul.  And isn’t that the point?

If I give money to the poor with the thought that this will cause God to make me rich, I am not seeing the poor.  For that matter, I am not seeing God, either. I’ve turned God into a giant cosmic slot machine that pays off a big win if I give to the poor.

These Proverbs are generally one liners without context.  We can imagine.  Giving to the poor does not diminish me because I have opened my life to humanity.  When I hide my eyes so that I refuse to see the poor, I cut myself off from humanity. The saddest, hardest souls in the world are those who have cut themselves off from “the others” in humanity.  Who are they, for us?  Let’s open our eyes–and hearts and hands.

Bob Patrick


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