Great riches

12/03/2008 at 10:24 pm (bible, thoughts)

There is that maketh himself rich, yet hath nothing: there is that maketh himself poor, yet hath great riches.

– Proverbs 13:7

In case you couldn’t tell, I’ve been reading a lot in the Proverbs lately. I love the Proverbs.

I’ve read this verse before, but this time around it really jumped out and grabbed me.

I was thinking the other day about how everything this world — Babylon — has to offer is artificial and I thought of this verse.

The world’s money is artificial, it has no real value. It is simply scraps of paper, you can’t even write on it! I suppose you could start a fire with some though.

Even worse though in our “Great Electronic Age” is that money isn’t even those pieces of paper. Money is just numbers in a computer.

Great hordes of people are in a rage because so much of their “wealth” disappeared in the recent market crash. But they fail to realize that that money didn’t really exist in the first place at all.

Our food is artificial. We have largely exceeded the planet’s ability to feed us so we have turned to factory “food” to save us.

We live in artificial environments. We keep the house 60 degrees when it’s 80 outside, and 80 when it’s 60 outside. We light our houses up as though it were day (I hope no one notices what time I wrote this) and we stay awake all night and sleep till noon the next day.

Our music is artificial. It is all pre-recorded. The skill needed to record a piece of music is nothing compared to the skill needed to perform a piece live. To record a song, you just keep recording it over and over until you get it right.

Our entertainment is artificial. It comes pre-packaged on silver discs. Thrilling us with people and worlds that do not exist (I hope no one finds out why I’m up so late tonight … “Narnia: Prince Caspian” was an okay movie though).

Everything about the Babylonian world is artificial. It has to be. Because Babylon requires people to be constantly sacrificing their livelihoods (i.e.- money) on the altar of consumerism. And it is so very easy to produce artificiality in the factory.

Not to mention that if you market too many natural things people will figure out that they can make it themselves … hopefully.

Anyway, we Babylonian people are so “rich” in artificial things that have no real value and we are blinded to the fact that we actually have nothing at all.

I’m tired of writing. No one listens. I can’t even get myself to stay on the path for too very long. So it’s time to stop writing, and it’s time to really start living.



  1. mrsabbott said,

    Does this mean you are going to stop blogging? :( That’s too bad, because I really enjoy your blog!

  2. Brenda said,

    Good thoughts, as usual! Please be encouraged, Nick, that seeing through Babylon’s vanity is a gift from the Lord. Most Christians can’t see what you see, but the Lord has opened your eyes to it. I echo Mrs. Abbott in saying that I hope you won’t stop blogging, although you may want to take a break.

    On the other hand, you just might be expressing the frustration that I share, in that I’m not DOING enough. We don’t have our land yet, but there is much more that I can do with what I have. From what I read on your blog, you and Noel are on the right path, and you’ve already started coming out from the systems of Babylon, which is more than most.

    Grace and peace to you both,

  3. Clair Schwan of Frugal Living Freedom said,

    Your comments provoke a lot of thoughts, but I’ll narrow mine to “factory food” versus natural.

    I am always amazed when a food product reminds us that it is “Simply Fruit” or “just juice”. So, what were we consuming before – fruit, juice and other stuff? Unfortunately the answer is yes; for more than 50 years now.

    That’s why we are trying to grow and raise our own food without all the stuff. Vegetables, chickens, rabbits, fish, and raw milk from a nearby dairy. It’s time to let others have the factory processed stuff, and release some of the chains and illusions we grew up with.


  4. doulamuse said,

    Frustrations come at us from every angle. Be of good cheer, there are those who are listening. Every seed sown counts. True, some sprout and then wither in the sun, others never even germinate, but there are those that sprout and go on to produce abundantly. That’s what keeps us sowing, the hope of the harvest!
    I truly believe that we are in a time of change, and no I’m not referring to our President Elect. There is change coming to the Church and it will be good. The dividing of the wheat and tares so to speak. And realize that each person will come out of Babylon in their own way, it wont all look the same or be at the same time. But they will come.
    So keep planting seeds my friend, the harvest is near.

  5. mrsabbott said,

    doulamuse, that was beautifully written! :)

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