In this post I recap the essence of my 2015 book ‘Mistakes of the Monetary Reformers’ bringing the topics into the faith realm more than I did seven years ago. The heart of this message is that all good things are given to us by our Creator on a loan basis, and that while we all know that “it is not possible to take it with us when we go”, true freedom comes from not only understanding the nature of money, but also from whom it is eventually payable to. Enjoy!
In the introduction to my 2015 book Mistakes of the Monetary Reformers, I stated that “Money is only ever a measurement” and that it “measured debt”.
I also explained that money can never BE what it DOES (store wealth and enable trade), and that this deception is employed by those with a vested interest to issue and supply a certain legalised currency for the reasons of control and profit. Just as you cannot logically control how many litres or inches or kilograms there are in the world because these are only units of measure, so too can you never ‘control’ true money. You can of course issue and control certain types of money, be this the NZD, AUD, USD, EUR, GBP and so on These units of currency are then controlled and managed for profit – the mechanism being the charging of interest.
Turning a measurement into a commodity is a magic trick – this magic involves deception. How this works is to conceal the associated debt. Think of the recent Covid-19 bailouts for example and how this works. A government will borrow money (generally through a Central Bank) then distribute these funds to their population as a benefit when actual fact it is a net loss to the country when the associated debt is revealed.
This is classic deception for short-term gain, inverting a loss and presenting it as a benefit, a technique first employed with a certain gender and a handsome animal that was reduced to crawling on its belly way back when!
The Christian Perspective
Assuming that there is a Creator (I do that) and assuming that money is simply a unit of measure that measures debt (I do that too), one has to understand from where the money comes assuming we have some.
I have found that the biblical scriptures have been born out to be true too many times to count in the decades that I’ve engaged my brain. There is evidence of design all around me thus there must be a Designer. He’s identified Himself to me sufficiently to know Him by name and His Spirit has done enough in my life to know His nature to be good, not evil and there are enough fearful fools around me to know that when ever I mention the name of Jesus that He’s alive, well and has ‘got something up his sleeve’! I’ve been writing now and have p*ssed off so many people for so many decades now that the die is pretty much cast for me!
It all comes from Him and will go back to Him, glory, money, goods, relationships, even family. I know! I’ve buried a couple of my own kids. I’ve lost nigh on a million bucks a couple of times. I’ve taken on the rich, powerful and famous, been booted out of Samoa for it and yet I’m still here, bashing out the same message day after day, week after week, year after year!
The concept of tithing is that 10% is His but 90% remains with us. The true Christian perspective however is that as money records a debt and that debt is due back to the One who gave me life in the first place. 100% is His. He tells me to give it back to society because that is the society from which I gained whatever it is I have. We can legitimately think that something is ours (or mine), and of course it will be legally if we’ve worked for it and not stolen to get it, but this is only ours as stewards while we are alive and in control of it.
How many of us though consider that gambling or Lotto or violence or greed or anything else immoral could be taking from another who has the rights to it? Is this not theft?
When we go to work and receive say $1,000.00 in return for 40 hours work, but we only give back 39 hours is this not theft of an hour? Or taking someone else’s idea without giving them the credit that it was theirs not a form of theft? Or is not using out fists to force ourselves into someone else’s life not the same? I don’t gamble because I know that getting something from a system that takes from nine to give to the tenth is also immoral. I do not charge interest on loans and I try not to participate in usurious practices specifically because I know how this system enslaves us all. If it is at all possible for me to avoid evil I will. It doesn’t mean that I’m perfect nor God’s gift to mankind as a result but I do understand.
I was chatting to a son of a rich dude recently. He’d received a bit of adversity and had lost some of the family wealth in the process. “Yay!” I said to him. “It hurts, I know but the richer you are the more you owe – to society!” Another mate of mine seems to think that he can get away with his current conduct. I doubt it! I’m in good company with that one too because Jordan Peterson says that he’s never seen anyone get away with anything, ever! When the bible agrees with Jordy and me I reckon that’s pretty powerful stuff.
Think about this one for a moment. One day all that money in the bank could become worthless and those without the wealth will be searching for friends, and probably meaning and purpose as well! I’ve been advising all my friends since 2010 to get out of debt and to stay out of it. You’ve got to be deaf, dumb or stupid not to see it all coming to a head now!
In God’s economy debt is wrong. He set the world up so that trust was the norm and anything else was abnormal. Crypto currencies are designed so that we do not trust the traders but this is the reverse of the natural order. In a small town we all know who the crooks, crims and crazies actually are. We trust the good ones and do business with them and shun the bad ones. Why? Because we know who we can trust – that’s why! Putting our cash into an impersonal brand or system, be it a Bitcoin algorithm, some newfangled money-making scheme invented by some dishonest crook somewhere simply invites fraud, loss and pain.
Money measures debt. That’s all. While we are alive it is debt from the issuer of the currency to the holder. The bible says that there is “nothing new under the sun” so make it; hold it or use it as you will but when we are gone money will return to the Issuer, one way or the other, I promise!
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