About Money and Riches in our Culture

The main topic of this site is about the way to obtain money through stock market speculation; but in our culture there is a deeply ingrained condescending concept about the accumulation of money and even more, about speculation. Most people have this sensation in front of the theme and will always be beneficial to find out where their possible origins are from. The ethical connotations about money are spread out in our culture, which has been strongly influenced by the legacy of the biblical tradition, referred to the economic, transmitted by Judaism to Christianity and then to the European culture, were so solid in the XIX century, the industrial era, capitalism and free commerce, were not able to get rid of them.

Christ’s teachings on money and riches
During the Hellenistic period in Israel, large estates were formed and this was what caused many people to be spread out or absorbed by the great properties that were feudal. This process increased during the reigning of Herod and started to produce a hole that was greater and greater between the rich and the poor. This was a time of great injustices that were committed by the wealthy class, which made speculations taking advantage of the need of the neediest, they would give loans to money lenders that would end up in total ruin of the debtor, who in many cases had to give himself in as a salve to be able to pay off his debts and many other unethical practices. In this social environment, Christ made his appearance with the mission of giving his same renovating mission that would end by changing the prevailing “Law of Retaliation” by the message he gave of loving your neighbor, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”. In these scriptures we can observe that the words of Christ have a lot of affirmation of criticism about the riches and material possessions. The parable of the rich man and Lazarus, the rich Labrador, the young rich man and many others give the impression that Christ was the opposite of the rich and only favored the poor. However, most of the interpreters of the Bible do not believe that Christ condemned unmeasured attachment to riches that would make other people forget about the ethic principles.