Greed is the excessive and insatiable appetite for wealth and possessions. It loves not possessions so much as possessing.
What it's not, mere miserliness (the disposition to hoard) or stinginess (an unwillingness to give)? and it?s not just a problem for the rich (many poor people are greedy and many rich folk are not!!).
Why is everyone hungry for more? More, more, they say. More, more. I have Gods more-than-enough, More joy in one ordinary day Than they get in all their shopping sprees. At days end Im ready for sound sleep, For you, God, have put my life back together.
Psalm 4:6-8, MSG
Consumerism is not kindled when needs for specific objects are created and consumed, but rather when the need to need, the desire to desire is manifested. Jean Baudrillard, Consumer Society No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
Jesus in Luke 16:13, New Living Translation
A devout life does bring wealth, but its the rich simplicity of being yourself before God. Since we entered the world penniless and will leave it penniless, if we have bread on the table and shoes on our feet, thats enough.
The Apostle Paul in 1 Timothy 6:6-8
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