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Money and Faith

I am currently reading The City of God by St. Augustine. In the chapter I am reading, Augustine is talking about money, the desire for it, and where true wealth lies.

They lost all [the possessions] they had. Their faith? Their godliness? The possessions of the hidden man of the heart, which in the sight of God are of great price? Did they lose these? For these are the wealth of Christians to whom the wealthy apostle said, “Godliness with contentment is great gain.” (emphasis mine)

Biblical Reference In Quote: 1 Timothy 6:6-10

Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.

“But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.” – 1 Timothy 6:6-10 (emphasis mine)