I’ve been working on Luke 12 Jesus’ teaching about wealth and life and death. Jesus has warned us not to fear bodily death so much but to fear ‘the one who has power to cast you into Gehenna’ (12:5). Then as an example of what to truly fear, he says ‘Beware, keep guard against greed‘ (12:15).
It seems greed is one of the things that has that power to destroy. Jesus specifically warns about ‘abundance of possessions’ (12:15).
Then we get the parable of the rich landowner destroyed by money.
I’ve got some questions about that landowner. Hoping to get some help from the brains trust.
First, why is he so very bad? God calls him ‘Fool’. Not many people get called ‘fool’ by God in the Scriptures. And it seems at the end that he loses his life in a pretty final way. A ‘casting into Gehenna’ way I would guess. But why this guy? He didn’t hurt anyone did he? Doesn’t seem to have done anything spectacularly wicked or cruel. We don’t read that he mistreated his workers or anything.
Why is accumulating wealth so wrong? So deadly? I’ve known lots of people who did it, they seemed like nice people.
This parable makes it sound like you can follow God or you can accumulate wealth, but not both. Is that true?
Can you be rich, AND be a Christian?
Subsiduary question: does superannuation count as ‘storing up possessions’ for the future in the style of the rich fool? Or is it something different? I only ask, because we’re all doing it, right?
Can you guys help me out?