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The Illusory Nature of Money

The touch, the feel of money; the fabric of our lives…

Did you know that dollars are not primarily made of paper?  Nope.  It’s actually mostly cotton, which makes sense when you think of how durable they are.  That’s not really related to my main point, but I thought it was cool and something that should be known lol. 🙂

I have been made increasingly aware of the illusory nature of money.  By that I mean that it is rooted in the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

There is a term in economics: fiat currency.  Basically, it means a currency is a currency because an official government body authorizes it.  In harmony with my post from February regarding the constitution, rules, and the movies “Killing me Softly” and “Bridge of Spies,” thinking of money in this way is another aspect of it.

Just like the stock market, the dollar (any currency, really) only has value because everyone agrees that it does.  That’s all there is backing up our cash.  If everyone decides that it has no worth, then it doesn’t. This has happened a few times, and it is called hyperinflation.  It occurred in Zimbabwe in the 90’s, Brazil in ’85, and Germany in the 20’s.

Jesus said we are to be in this world, but not of it.  He also said that you can’t serve both God and Mammon (money as I understand).

As we progress in the Lord, he reveals more and more to us.  Ask Him if there are pieces of your heart that are wrapped up in the god of this world in ways that you are currently ignorant of.


Featured Image Credit: “Play Money” by Flickr user theredproject.

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