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7 Powerful Bible Names of God with Meaning
God has many names mentioned in the Bible. Each one has a particular meaning. What are some of the most powerful names of God and their associated meaning?
The first name that God revealed to us comes in the Book of Genesis. It is ELOHIM and in Genesis 1:1 it refers to the Trinity for ELHOIM is plural and saysIn the beginning God [ELOHIM] created the heavens and the earth.We know this is plural because when God created mankind, He saidLet Us make man in Our own image, according to Our likeness(Gen 1:26a). Notice that God said let Us make man in Our image. If there were only One God then He would surely have said,Let Me make man in My imagebut He did not. In fact in the account of creation all Three Persons of the Trinity were involved. Gods name, ELOHIM could be thought of as a family name to give you the idea that there is more than one. My family name is Wellman. We are one family but three persons. Bad analogy I know but it is hoped that you might understand this concept better. ELOHIM is God in Three Persons and is Gods name that is associated with Creation because the Psalmist wrote thatThe heavens declare the glory of God[ELOHIM](19:1).
This is the name revealed to Moses when Moses asked what name he should give to the Israelites if they asked what His name was. This is the same title that Jesus used many times in the great I AMs during His earthly ministry. It is the Self-Existent One. We are human beings but God is simply Being meaning He had no beginning and will He have no ending. YHWH is a Tetragrammaton and contains no vowels. In fact, Gods name was so holy that the Jews would not even dare to say it and even today, many Orthodox Jews will not even spell it out but prefer to spell it G_d because of their reverence for it. God told Moses to tell them, I AM that I AM or I am the Self-Existent, Uncreated One meaning that I have always been and will always be. Some Hebrew scholars believe it was spelled EHYEH but no one can say for certain and the pronunciation of this sacred name has been lost in time. It could also be stated as I AM HE WHO IS (EX 3:14). The Hebrew verb form of Hayah is to be so this is closely related to YHWH.
The Hebrew name ADONAI in English means Lord or Master. It describes the Lordship of God over us as individuals. Adon in the Hebrew means master, steward, overseer, or Lord. In the context of the Old Testament ADONAI could be said to mean that God is our Master, our Overseer and our Lord. Jesus said that whoever you obey is your lord. I could put it this wayif He is not Lord of all He is not Lord at all. What I mean by this is that if you obey Him then He is your personal Lord but if you dont obey Him, then He is not really your Lord and you are actually a child of the Devil and a vessel of wrath (Rom 2:8; Eph 2:3; John 3:35-36). You cannot claim God as your Lord if you do not obey Him. He is ADONAI your Master or He is not. If He is not, then you presently have the wrath of God still abiding on you.
JEHOVAH JIREH is specifically speaking about salvation for in Genesis 22, God provided a ram to be sacrificed after the Angel of the Lord stopped the knife in Abrahams hand from killing Isaac. This was prophetic too because the Lord God would provide the Perfect and Supreme Sacrifice of the Lamb of God in Jesus Christ. At the same spot where Abraham was willing to sacrifice his own son is the same place that God did sacrifice His One and Only Unique Son, Jesus Christ. That place was where Calvary was! It is not ironic but intentional. The Lord provided for us Jesus Christ so that we could be restored to a right relationship with God that our sin had caused us to be separated. Genesis 22:14 is literally translated in the Hebrew to readAnd Abraham called the place The-Lord-Will-Provide[JEHOVAH JIREH] as it is said to this day, In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.The shall be is prophetic and points to Christ Jesus thousands of years later and in that same spot where the Father would provide for us Jesus Christ Who gave His own life willingly just as Abraham was willing to give the life of Isaac. This is why this is one of the most powerful names of God that He gives us.
EL is part of Gods name and when you add SHADDIA you are literally saying God Almighty or the God of the Mountains. Mountains almost always refer to the nations in the Bible. God is not only the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob but of the entire worldof all the nations. This expresses the Omnipotence of God. When Abraham and Sarah were past natural child-bearing age, God told Him thatI AM Almighty God [EL SHADDIA]and thatthose who dwell in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty [EL SHADDIA](Psalm 91:1). This is where EL SHADDIA is used and why the translators of the Hebrew used the word Almighty. EL SHADDIA is sovereign over all the earth, over all the nations, over all things in fact. The Almighty is mighty over all there is in the universe and in heaven which includes the angels, including Satan and the fallen angels (demons).
I like this one because it makes me think about Romans 5:1 which saysTherefore, since we have been justified through faith, we now have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.Peace is good. Wrath is not. We had the wrath of God abiding on us until we repented, confessed our sins, and placed our trust in Christ. The wrath of God was placed on Jesus for us if we have trusted in Him. If we have not, Gods wrath still abides on us forWhoever believes in the Son has eternal life; whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him(John 3:36). That is whythere is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus(Rom 8:1). JEHOVAH SHALOM is used in Judges 6:24 whereGideon built an altar there to the Lord and called it, The Lord Is Peace [JEHOVAH SHALOM]. To this day it still stands at Ophrah, which belongs to the Abiezrites.The Lord is Peace for those who are His own; otherwise He is opposed to you (James 4:6).
If you are not saved, then the Lord is not your Shepherd. Jesus knows whose sheep are His own and He knows them by name and they know His voice (John 10:3-4). If you are not of His flock, then He is not your Shepherd. This is the name given by David when he wrote the 23rdPsalm. If the Lord is your Shepherd [JEHOVAH ROHI], then He will make you to lie down in green pastures and not brown patches. His rod (for protection) and His staff (for keeping the sheep in the flock) will comfort you. If JEHOVAH ROHI is your Shepherd, then He will lead you to still (calm) waters and you can drink from the living water and you will never thirst again (John 7:37-39). If He is your Shepherd then He will take you through the valleys of the shadow of darkness. If there are shadows that means at least there is light somewhere near. Your Shepherd wont take you out of the valleys, He wont keep you from the valleys or He wont make you pass around the valleys but He will take you through the valleys and not leave you there. That is what the 23rdPsalm says. He wont keep us out of the valleys but He will take us through them and go with us through them in the path of His righteousness (2 Cor 5:21) and goodness and mercy will follow us as we walk in this path and this path will eventually bring us into the house of the Lord and there shall we dwell with Him forever and ever. That is if he is your JEHOVAH ROHI or your Shepherd.
Maybe you have names of God which you prefer above those I have given. If you do, you likely have personal reasons for them. Tell us what they are and why. Whichever name you prefer for God, you can pray to a God that is always willing to forgive you and to cleanse you from all your sins (1 John 1:9) however this forgiveness is conditional. God gives mercy to those who repent of their sins and lifestyle, turn to Him and confess their sins, see their desperate need for the Savior, and place their trust in Christ Who alone can save (Acts 4:12). There is no other way to be saved. He is the only way to the Father (John 6:44). In your prayer life, why not pray to Him in the many names given which are all descriptive attributes of His Holiness, Omnipotence (all powerful), Omnipresence (present everywhere) and Omniscience (all knowing). Whatever your name is, Jesus will save you. He is waiting. Will you come to Him today and be saved while it is still called today (2 Cor 6:2)?
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This is very good information, in particular for those who are looking to name a child. It is a limited list though. For a more extensive list offering many more names and their meanings and see theBook of Baby Names
FOOLS!!!!! GOD HAS ONE NAME THE ONE HE GAVE MOSES THOSE ARE NOT HIS NAME, if im loving, is loving my name?
Boni you need to get in the word of God with a clear mind and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you personally what the word pf God is saying in all these verses. Have a blessed day
Also we need to be careful how we used the word (fool) because we can get ourselves into trouble with GOD. Sharing what one receive from reading the word of God does not make one to be a fool. The word of God is revealed to us differently and that`s how the Scripture comes in to play that says iron sharpens iron, because when we share His word with each other it widen our understanding.
Do not call someone a fool(Matthew 5:22)But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, You good-for-nothing, shall be guilty before the supreme court; and whoever says, You fool, shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell.
Calling someone a fool(Psalm 14:1)The fool has said in his heart, There is no God. They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; There is no one who does good.(Matthew 23:17)You fools and blind men! Which is more important, the gold or the temple that sanctified the gold?
I disagree, Genesis 1:26 does not mean God is plural. Yes it says let us make man in our image. But where does it say God is plural. God is talking to someone here. And if you look at the very next verse (Genesis 1:27) is states HE proceeded to make man in HIS image. So the actual creation was by a HIM not a THEM. Al of the trinitarian verses are so clouded that you would have to read it into them. Funny how the Jews never thought of a trinity reading that verse. However, 1 Corinthians 8:6 says there is ONE GOD THE FATHER. Never mentions anyone else. Also the bible says There is ONE GOD and one MEDIATOR between God and man. So Jesus mediates between God and man. Also, when Jesus prayed to God he said This means everlasting life, their coming to know YOU the only true God. Never US the one true God. There are many more verses. Trinitarians try to create this Fully God and Fully man. Or they try well Jesus was speaking as human here and God here, Good show me where it says he would do that. The Catholic Church believed in the trinity and when protestant denominations broke away the retained it, and more sects, fellowships and all those formed while retaining this teaching. So when people like Jehovahs Witnesses come along and are criticized for not believing in the trinity, they are accused of not being part of traditional Christianity and are proud to say so.
Actually Chris, you have a couple of errors in your post here. First, the passage in 1 Timothy 2:5 does not say one God and one Mediator. Rather it says, for one God, and one mediator God and man, man Jesus Christ (as translated directly from the Greek). Unfortunately, any translation you get from the Greek will also include interpretation. For example, I just said that the Greek says and one mediator God and man but I guess I should have said that the direct translation from the Greek is one and mediator God and man. From the context, and the Greek syntax, that phrase really stands out, identifying the mediator as both man and God, such as the phrase should probably read, and one mediator, God and man. There is no addition word to indicate the validity of adding the English word between; it is assumed and interpreted by translators. I would suggest, that between is erroneous, and because in the previous verse Paul has just stated that God is our Saviour, making the verse say (if you will allow me minor interpretation for translation), for God is one, and is one mediator, God and Man, the man, Christ Jesus, (6) who gave himself..Also, in saying that Elohim is not plural nor possibly Trinitarian, may be a little short sighted because of the following singular him and his. We do not have any ancient Israelite writings to identify what they thought or believed on that matter, however we do have, however, the apostles John and Paul. Both of which identify Jesus as the one who was directly active in the creative act (John 1:3 and Colossians 1:16). Seems pretty resolved, right? God the Trinity spoke saying we and our and then the Word of God (Jesus Christ, also as identified in the New Testament, in such places as Revelation) went and he created in his likeness.Just saying.
The Bible makes several mentions of God, Jesus (Son of God, God and Man), and of the Holy Spirit (Holy Ghost, The Comforter, Helper, Paraclete, Encourager, Advocate) -John 16:7 New Living Translation. So I dont know about anyone else but I clearly see three parts of God- God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit.
The Torah NEVER mentions Yeshua, ever. Anyone who says otherwise is entitled to their opinion. However, that belief is based on mistranslation of the original Hebrew text. He is not mentioned until the gospels. The extent of this mistranslation is very apparent by just looking at this article. The author has used several mistranslated references. If youre really that interested in what the Torah actually says then check out the JPS translation. Its much better than any Greek or latin text and MUCH more accurate than the KJV.
When the bible said let us make man it was tge father speaking to the son
Boni you are the ignorant one. However it is ok. When you start to connect with the Supreme Being you will become less dogmatic
WHY IS THIS TRUTH Because you suddenly begin to realize, the more I know, the more HE shows me, and the more HE shows me, the more I realize HE IS SO FAR ABOVE ME, AS THE HEAVENS ARE ABOVE THE EARTH THAT I COULD NEVER KNOW EVERYTHING THAT HE KNOWS RIGHT NOW, OR IN A MILLION YEARS. So, after we become more intimate with OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN, AND HE SENDS HIS KNOWLEDGE TO US WE CLEARLY SEE, THE FACT, THAT WE DO NOT SEE AT ALL! IVE BEEN WITH THE LORD FOR 32+ YEARS AND ALTHOUGH I AM PURELY FOUNDED WITH HIM IN HIS PLANS FOR ME, BECAUSE I KNOW HE WALKS WITH ME IN THEM HE WANTS MY AGREEMENT THAT HE AND ALL HE DOES IS GOOD, AND HE WANTS TO HOLD MY HAND WHILE WE TALK OF THIS AGREEMENT, AND HE SAYS SUCH BEAUTIFUL AND WONDERFUL WORDS OF ENLIGHTENMENT, ENCOURAGEMENT, JOY, AND HE SPEAKS OF THOSE THINGS HE HAS YET TO SHOW ME, THAT ASSURES ME, HE HAS SUCH A WONDERFUL LIFE, STILL UP A HEAD, JUST A LITTLE IN THE FUTURE, THAT WHEN I STEP ONTO THAT PATH, HELL REJOICE WITH SUCH LAUGHTER, LIKE A DEEP SOLID BELLY LAUGH, AND LOOK AT ME WITH THOSE EYES OF SUCH INDESCRIBABLE LOVE, AND ILL BE SO AMAZED HE CAN, OVER AND OVER, SO, MANY TIMES, SHOW ME HOW MUCH HE LOVES ME, CARES FOR ME, AND KEPT THESE THINGS IN SECRET, UNTIL JUST THE PERFECT TIME, (when I need/ed them the most!) AND HIS JOY IS SO IMMENSE WHEN HE SEES US, ENJOYING HIS GIFT WHEN YOU WANT TO HEAR GOD LAUGH PLEASE HIM AND THANK HIM FOR HIM WITH YOU! CAN ANYONE DESCRIBE THE GREATEST OF GOD OUR CREATOR, HIM WHO MAKES THE PILLARS OF THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD FIXED AND SET IT ON ITS AXIS, AND CAUSED IT TO BE SUSPENDED IN MID AIR, AS IF HELD BY A INVISIBLE HAND WHO ARE YOU MY GOD REVEAL YOURSELF TO ME SHOW ME WHO YOU REALLY ARE TAKE THAT WHICH I DO NOT NEED, AWAY AND GIVE ME WHAT I ONLY NEED AND THIS WILL BE ENOUGH, OH LORD, THIS WILL BE ENOUGH. . . THANK YOU OH GOD MY CREATOR, EVEN OF ALL THE WORLDS KNOWN, TO BE DISCOVERED AND THOSE WE MAY NEVER KNOW, YOU ALONE POWER, POWERFUL, AND MANY, EVEN BEYOND COUNTING, THE KINDNESSES YOU HAVE SHOWN ME, I KNEW I WILL NOT SEE THEM UNTIL I LOOK IN YOUR EYES, FACE TO FACE, AND YOU WILL LET ME SEE ALL THE REVEALS OF MY HEART I MUST BOW BEFORE MY LORD, I CANNOT STAND IN YOUR LOVE OF GRACE FOR ME, IT WILL COMPLETELY SWALLOW ME UP, AND FINALLY I WILL BE TRULY TOGETHER IN YOU, AND JOY NO WORDS COULD EXPRESS, AND HEALING I WANT TO BE WHOLE AS YOU ARE, NO MORE PAIN, NO MORE SORROW, NO MORE SOUL CRUSHING DISAPPOINTMENTS ONLY JOY, YOUR PRESENCE AND SWEET ETERNAL FELLOWSHIP WE WILL TOGETHER SHARE I MUCH HUG YOU NOW I WILL SURELY BECOME UNDONE IF WE WAIT ANOTHER SECOND TO EXPRESS THE TRUTH OF LOVES SECRETS AND THE HEARTS DESIRE WHAT IS THE FIRST HUG GOING TO BE LIKE? DO YOU KNOW, HONESTLY, DO YOU KNOW!!!
The LORD Is My Strength and My Shield; My Heart Trusts HIM, AND I Am Helped; Therefore, My Heart Greatly Rejoices, AND With My Song I WILL PRAISE HIM FOREVER. . . YES, I WILL PRAISE YOU ETERNALLY WITH THE SONG YOU GAVE ME TO SING TO YOU FOREVER AND EVER!!! PSLAMS: 28:7
My prayer for you is that you will be filled with the knowledge of His will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding and that you may have a walk worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, being faithful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God, strengthened with all might, according to His glorious power. Colossians 1: 9-12
Ocea B. Rice The Evangelist that heard GOD say to him in an audible voice; Youre An Evangelist and form that day to this, he Is from the beginning truly and EVANGELIST fearless in the face of danger, not flinching in the face of hot pursuit from the enemy trusting THE LORD in all things AND never wavering in HIS LOVE AND DEVOTION TO THE LORD WHO WHOLLY (HOLY) SAVED HIM WHEN HE WAS 18 YEARS OLD. NOW AT 53 YEARS, LIFE IS MORE DYNAMIC, EXCITING AND HE TRUSTS HIM MORE, AND IS WAITING PATIENTLY FOR HIS RULE AND REIGN HELPING US WHO LOVE HIM TO SEE HIM AS HE IS. . .
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I truly believe, after years of study, that Messiahs earthly name is: YAHSHUA BEN YOSEPH, ask me if you agree or dont agree?
Discus, you dont have to worry about the most Powerful Names of God. When you connect to HIM you will know. Moreover, the most POWERFUL REMEDY is to THANK HIM IN JESUS CHRIST AND THROUGH JESUS CHRIST and by the SUPREME POWER OF THE PRECIOUS HOLY BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST AND HIS RESURRECTION.Start making your supplications to HIM directly IN THE NAME OF JESUS CHRIST for everyone on this planet. You will then not have much time left to send us your delusions.joyce
To God be the glory! Yes i do believedthat God has many names in our different needs.Im so blessed today knowing the different names of our Creator our Savior.Im so surprised of the reaction of Boni yet I know God has a purpose in everything.
According to archaeological findings the names El-Elyon, or God Most High, and Yahweh are ancient Ugarfitic/Canaanite Pagan gods, and wsas amalgamated into one deity after the 2nd temple was built, and their fusion was made by the post exilic Jewish diaspora to produce a hellenistic monotheistic religion knwo today as Judaism!
I am that I am. That says it all. Those who think they can put God in an anthropomorphically context are not able to a accept that God is so far from human comprehension awe is all we can conclude. How foolish we puny humans are that God could be fully understand the awesomeness of God. The tiny planet we call Earth orbiting the moderately sized star called our sun in a relatively medium sized galaxy we live in can no more conceive of an all powerful being we call in our relatively recent English language God is a disrespect for his awesome reality stand in awe that is true respect for the force that is responsible for all that was, all that is and all that will be.
If they are names of Pagan gods if I were made to continue, therefore the Christian Holy Trinity is based on ancient Trinitarian pagan traditions, from Egypt, India, and ancient mythological sources!!! This is ia false god!
I think the Trinity can be a difficult concept for our human minds to imagine, but I would like to share something that I heard on the topic, to offer another perspective. God in three Persons does not mean that there are three separate Gods. The sun of our solar system is one ball of flaming gas. But, you will agree that it has three distinct and separate aspects. It is Light, Heat, and Radiation, all at once! When we refer to the sun, we mean the sun as a whole, singular object. The same can be said of a tooth. It is enamel, bone, and dentin. Three parts, one whole. God created many natural things in our world that are three parts in one, and I believe it is for the purpose of allowing us to see the natural pictures of the Trinity.God is One and The only One. But He is also Three in One.
I dont believe the bible teach about trinity
Consider this, GOD IS NOT A TRINITY, BUT A TRIUNE GOD study what this means, and I feel certain youll have even more insight to the deeper things of GOD especially what his character is by his very makeup that deeply reveals HIS SUPERNATURAL NATURE certainly!
OMG God has one name yes but also he has alot of them because of what what he can do hes the healing provide counselor his mercy forgive of sins what a pity how people react when the truth is said..may God forgive your soul
Thank you for those beautiful words re the names of God, I just love them.Please be so kind as to explain to me. the name of the Lord , so that I have a better understanding of it, and in what situations can I use it, it goes on to say, is a strong tower where the righteous can run into. Thank you. Deon
ALL I HEAR IS GOD THIS GOD THAT U HAVE TO BELIEVE IN GOD AND PRAY TO HIM AND TALK TO HIM AND THIS AND THAT I GET SICK HEARING THIS YOU KNOW WHY I STOP GOING TO CHURCH BECAUSE SINCE WHEN YOU PAY FOR THE WORD OR GOD ???? PEOPLE GO IN THE CHURCH LEAVING MONEY BEHIND IN THE CHURCH AND YOU KNOW WHAT THEN ALL YOU SEE WHO GOT THE NICE HOUSE WHO DRIVES THE BEST CAR WHO GOES ON VACATION NOT YOU ..BUT THE PEOPLE THAT PAYS IN THE CHURCH THEY MAKE IT HAPPEN FOR THE PASTOR TO DO ALL THEM THINGS YOU PEOPLE MAKE LIFE SO EASY FOR HIM BUT U GO AND ASK FOR HELP YOU KNOW WHAT HE TELLS YOU LET ME MAKE SOME PHONE CALLS AND SEE WHO CAN HELP YOU NO PASTOR WONT YOU HELP ME RIGHT HERE AND RIGHT NOW ALL THAT MONEY YOU GET FROM PEOPLE COMING TO YOUR CHURCH SMH THATS WHU I DONT PRAY ANYMORE THERE IS NO GOD IM GOD AND ONLY ME CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN HAVE A BLESSED DAY TO ALL THE FOOLS OUT THERE THAT PAY TO HEAR THE NAME OF THE LORD SMH.. GET IT TOGETHER YA
I pray God reveals his love for you soon! The end is near for everyone so please be ready! I pray you get a rude awakening if thats what it takes. Be blessed in the mighty name of Jesus Christ amen
The fact that you wrote in all capital letters is bad manners. Most people know that all caps is internet for shouting at people. So someone has a nice house and a good car. Big deal. I worked hard and saved up for mine. Perhaps you are lazy and jealous and envious. All sins by the way. You went to the pastor demanding help right then and there. No doubt you demanded the church treasury at gun point. If I went to my best friend or a church or a bank and asked for help, even my best friend or a typical bank would need at least an hour to raise money or other help. You are unreasonable and probably a danger to society. People have probably called the police on you because they felt threatened by your screaming or your wild eyes or the bulge in your pocket which might be a gun.
This is why you dont pray anymore? People wont ask: How high? when you order them to jump at your whims? News flash: It is a common experience for people to pray and not get an answer or to get a different answer than what they wanted or were expecting. Even Jesus prayed to get out of crucifixion in the Garden of Gethsemane and He was even more stressed out than you or me because He was sweating blood. Hematidrosis is a very rare condition in which a human sweats blood. Some scientists speculate that it happens when a person is under extreme stress. Modern day dermatological research notes the presence of hematidrosis in people awaiting execution.
When you asked a pastor for help and he or she asked you to sit while they made some phone calls, you should have sat your butt down and quietly and politely waited for the help instead of storming out and calling God and all Christians hypocrites or whatever your reaction was. Beggars cant be choosers. You are asking for the help not them. In the past, I have had to eat crow and ask for help. Know what? Not one of them demanded that I feel humiliated or tried to degrade me. They were gracious because perhaps they were once in the same position of needing help themselves. When a disaster strikes or some cause needs help, who opens up their pocketbook or wallet first? Christians.
I have been on a vacation only once and it was just visiting my brother. Know what? It is my fault because I am a workaholic who does not really like vacations. I like working. I did enjoy that one vacation and I look forward to other vacations but each person is different.
As for paying tithes or giving in the collection plate or basket at church, I actually feel the same way as you but I also know that churches have a huge overhead. Churches have to be roofed to stop leaks. Churches have to pay utility bills. Churches have staff that have to be paid because they are people with bills to pay. Some congregations are more prosperous than others and these are not always Episcopalian. I have seen struggling Anglican churches (really surprised me) and some denominations once known for having dilapidated storefront churches are now prosperous because their members got better jobs. A local church that I know of has a food bank and they have every right to ask those who come for help to join their congregation. It is a free country and a person might join or might join a different church or might not attend any church and call themselves an atheist. As a practical matter though, churches still have to pay their bills. The Bible itself says money answereth all things because we live in a world where money is used as a medium of exchange to run the economy. Alternatives to capitalism simply do not work in the real world. Atheistic communism has murdered ten times as many people as Christianity at its worst (Inquisition, etc.). Even that communist country China is prosperous because the communist party there runs their economy on capitalist lines. Cuba and North Korea pretend that capitalism is bad and their economies are in the toilet. Capitalism and money are like electricity. It just is. Save more than you spend, life is good. Spend more than you save, life is bad. Electricity can run your appliances and heat your home or it can kill you if you t