How to Destroy Your Life
By David J. Stewart
“And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” —1st Timothy 6:8-10
The surest way to die a slow miserable death is to fall in love with money. Sadly, even professed Christian believers nowadays seem to be enamored with making money. It is apostasy. The Bible plainly teaches that the love of money is a root nourishing a tree that flourishes with evil.
So many people are miserable, working all the overtime they can get, volunteering to work every holiday; they just can't seem to make enough money. The more money they make, the more they spend, going further and further into credit card debt. It seems to be the American way.
Credit card companies are ruthless. They send out blank checks on a regular basis to their customers, hoping you'll treat yourself to a new toy or feed your covetous appetite for more things you don't need. They use slogans on their credit card like VISA's “Chase Freedom,” which subliminally tricks one's mind into thinking that spending more money is the way to freedom. The truth is that most Americans are ENSLAVED in financial debt to the credit card companies, unable to keep up with the outrageous monthly interest fees, and likely to be in debt for many years to come. That's not freedom.
One of the major causes of divorce is fighting over financial troubles. Jewelry companies have brainwashed society into believing that the cost of one's wedding ring is symbolic of the degree of a couple's love. It's insane to spend $15,000 on a piece of rock. Young couples and their families spend literally thousands-of-dollars on weddings, when that money could have been used as a nice downpayment on a home. It's not uncommon for people to spend over $10,000 on a wedding nowadays. People just don't have much commonsense anymore. And then that young married couple buys one or two new cars, plunging themselves into massive financial debt for years to come. They both have to work full-time jobs just to keep afloat and don't have time for children. Is it any wonder why they end up in divorce court several years later? Their lives get destroyed.
In Greed We Trust
The Bible teaches in 1st Timothy 6:8 that we ought to be content with having just food and clothing. This is not a very popular teaching nowadays in America's materialistic society. There have been numerous songs, videos, and children's toy commercials lately featuring the selfish phrase, “I want it all.” The average American child is a spoiled brat nowadays, arrogant, defiant, and brainwashed to hate Christianity in a hateful and ingrate society that loves sin.
If you really stop and think about all the things we pay for in America, we don't need most of them. The definition of “greed” is “the desire to acquire or possess more than one needs or deserves.” We all deserve to burn in Hell; but McDonalds thinks you deserve a break today. People don't need a TV, nor do they need a cellphone, nor do they need a new car, nor do they need all the electronic toys on the market today. What you do need is a King James Bible.
Greed is a road to destruction. Millions of marriages have been destroyed because of the pursuit of wealth. The sad thing is that most people don't even realize that they're playing a rigged game. There are millions of people today who are working all the overtime they can get, stashing every penny possible into a retirement account; not realizing that the declining value of the dollar twenty years from now will completely wipe out their spending power (and effectively their retirement). Literally, they're forfeiting time they could be spending with their children for nothing. No one ever looks back over their life and says, “I wish I would have spent more time at work.” I thank God that I woke up years ago and decided never to work overtime again. I have no regrets. Let the world have their money, spend time with your family.
Making Life Simple
I believe many people would be much happier in this miserable world if they'd simplify their life. I don't know about you; but I dread checking my mailbox, reading my e-mails and answering the phone. Even so come Lord Jesus. I check my mailbox once a week, always let the answering machine receive incoming phone messages and I don't give out my personal e-mail to hardly anyone. I don't let my mailbox control me; I control it. Why should a great day be ruined by bad news from one's mailbox? The answer is to check it when YOU DECIDE to do so, like on a Monday. I own my car, it doesn't own me (i.e., it's a used car that's paid for). Why needlessly worry about monthly car payments or that kid at the grocery store who slams his parent's car door into your precious car? There's a peace in owning less.
I've learned the hard way that the less I buy, the less problems, returns, disputes and aggravation I'll have to deal with. Honestly, I don't care if I ever buy anything again. It's just less to worry about all around. I'm happiest when I buy nothing. Why deal with PayPal's inferior Buyer Protection Policy, the greedy credit card companies, or all the liars and crooks on Ebay? Why lose sleep over lengthy 90-day disputes that involve frozen accounts, umpteen phone calls, tons of written documentation and all sorts of legal red-tape? (and that's all for just ONE PURCHASE GONE WRONG). Multiply that times a half-dozen and you have no life. Is it really worth all the stress and aggravation? You know it's not. As believers, we need to leave the world's cut-throat environment and instead pursue a simpler life that pleases God... “But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness” (1st Timothy 6:11).
America's Rotten Business Environment
America's business environment is as rotten as can be nowadays. From top to bottom, so many people are greedy liars. Many of the business commercials on TV nowadays have tons of fine print so small that you can't even read it by freezing the screen. It's dishonest and rotten. That fine print protects companies and makes you the victim when things go haywire. You can't even read what the fine print says because it's so small. It's just like that contract in the movie, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, where you needed a magnifying glass to read it. I'm leery about signing anything anymore, because all of the contracts are cleverly written by lawyers to make sure you lose every time.
Many people who think their home is insured against hurricane damage need to look closer at their contract, because the only thing likely covered is wind damage. Damage from flying Toyotas isn't covered. So basically the insurance is worthless. Also, many people think their home is covered if it burns to the ground; but the dirty truth is that most insurance companies fail to mention Replacement Cost Coverage. In most cases, if your home were destroyed, the insurance company would only send you a check for a fraction of the value of your home. What you need to do to protect yourself is make sure that you have Replacement Cost Coverage, which only costs a little more. What good is homeowner's insurance if they're not going to replace your demolished home?
It is frustrating that professionals, who know the ins-and-outs of their business, know exactly how to take advantage of everyday people who couldn't possibly know what to watch out for. Even with all the helpful books written to warn us of the traps and pitfalls in the business world, we will always be at a disadvantage when dealing with professionals.
There are so many traps and pitfalls in the business world today, and it's frightening when you're dealing with larger transactions, such as buying a home. One lady bought a home and made the grave mistake of not hiring a Building Inspector before she purchased it (because she loved the home and didn't care what problems it had). Well, the home was structurally compromised and she was required to pay $40,000 to have her home repaired. It's always best to spend that little extra money and hire a Building Inspector. We must not be penny wise and dollar foolish.
We are living in a society of crooks and thieves, where greed is commonplace and being cut-throat is viewed as “nothing personal, it's just business.” Well, it is personal when you get taken advantage of. Lawyers and judges lie so much that they've just accepted it as part of the business. If you ever have the unfortunate experience of hiring a lawyer, you'll be billed for thousands of unnecessary dollars each month. Lawyers bilk people mercilessly, and then offer a refund at the end to ease their guilt and make you think they're nice people for financially raping you. Many lawyers are the scum of the earth; but some are actually honest and fair. Administrative Judges can be arrogant jerks who play god and deliberately make people wait an eternity for a court decision. They're not the ones suffering so they don't care. I'll tell you, lawyers and judges like to play games, and they can be a rotten bunch. Still, they are wonderful people when you're in trouble and need a lawyer.
America's biggest corporations are cut-throat, selling out American citizens to exploit foreign slave labor. Our politicians have no loyalty to God nor country. They hypocritically display American flags in their offices, sing “God Bless America,” and speak all manner of praise towards the American worker; while ruthlessly betraying their oath of office by allowing greedy corporations to relocate our jobs to foreign nations, and laying off TENS-OF-MILLIONS of American citizens. It is treason!!! Yet, the idiotic American public continues to buy-into-the-lie that the next politician is going to make things better; but they never do. Whether it be Democrat or Republican, the jobs keep leaving. Only an apostate minister, who is woefully ignorant of the truth, would encourage his people to vote Republican. It's a failed and corrupt system.
The Wicked Shall Be Turned into Hell (Psalm 9:17)
I don't like greedy people, I really don't. I love everyone with God's unconditional love; but I don't like people who live for money, who lie, cheat, connive and steal to make money (which includes realtors, lawyers, judges, pastors, mechanics, televangelists, the newsmedia, and potentially anyone in every profession).
I once had a realtor once show me the French blinds on the windows of a home, while totally ignoring the leaking roof dripping onto the floor behind me. I know realtors are trained to focus on positives instead of negatives to make a sale, but that's psychological manipulation, deceit and dishonesty in every way. It's just plain rotten and wrong to do stuff like that to people.
Lawyers act like saviors when people are entwined into trouble with the legal system; but it's the corrupt legal system in the first place that forces good people into situations where they need to hire a rapist attorney to bilk them for tens-of-thousands of dollars. Lawyers are swindlers! The whole system has become evil, controlled and rotten to the core with wickedness!!! How much justice can you afford? As Americans, do we have rights? Ha, ha, ha!!! Without an expensive lawyer to enforce your rights, effectively you have NO RIGHTS!!! Once your money runs out, you in effect have no rights and are totally at the mercy of a corrupt, evil and Godless system that is biased toward feminists, abortionists and homosexuals. President Obama has appointed 190 LGBT to high positions of government since he took office. You know as well as I do that they're going to do everything in their power to increase gay-rights.
The court system today is saturated with dyke lesbian judges with butch haircuts. I don't hate anybody and am not trying to be mean, but I speak the truth. Lesbian judges are engrossed in immorality, so how can you expect honesty, compassion and understanding from such a vile woman who despises the Word of God which condemns homosexuals? Do you think a Bible-believing Christian parent, a stern father who disciplines his children and teaches them that homosexuals are unrepentant sinners, is going to get a fair deal from a homosexual judge? Not on your life my friend!
CPS goes after innocent parents all the time, charging responsible and caring parents with neglect for not giving dangerous drugs to their child that makes their hair fall out and toxifies their liver. In many cases, a feminist God-hater will come to you, and try to entrap you in your words, then have you arrested or charged with neglect just to get you into THE SYSTEM<. That's what it's all about, THE SYSTEM. Innocent parents are hauled into the system all the time, and only after spending $20,000 or more can they be freed years later from the claws of the beast. The legal system is a dirty and corrupt racket in America, a multi-billion dollar rigged system run by thug criminals. Most judges are the scum of the earth, let me tell you. They've sold their souls to Satan, doing as they're told to live the high-life, destroying decent people's lives on a whim; while letting true criminals go free.
I've met greedy pastors, greedy musicians, co-workers and others. I won't be friends with someone who's always trying to make money at all cost. I used to work with a man who talked about how much how wanted to live for God; but then in a other conversations he'd say that he was considering becoming a bartender or loan shark to make money. It is sinful to do immoral things to make money. 1st Timothy 6:10 warns that the love of money is the root of ALL EVIL.
As believers in Christ we ought to LOVE THE TRUTH (2nd Thessalonians 2:10). I hate money, which is why I choose to promote a spirit of love, kindness and giving on my websites. A person who loves money will hurt you if given the chance and it involves money. I don't understand people who have to be paid for every finger they lift. That's a sad way to exist. My reward is in Heaven and all I do is for Christ, even the music that I freely share in Jesus' name with others. It is a sin to make music an end in itself. If your life is music, then witness the gospel to lost sinners. It's not enough to try to witness THROUGH your music. You need to preach the gospel, not sing some cute poetic lyrics that use religious lingo.
The important thing is to make sure that all of our labors are based upon the foundation of Jesus Christ (1st Corinthians 3:11). Catholics base their foundation upon the authority of the Catholic Church.
How To Destroy Your Life
If you want to ruin your marriage, your happiness and your life... arrange your life in such a way financially that you're a slave to your job, will likely never get out of debt, and have no choice but to work all the overtime you can get because you need the money. Since the government is playing dirty, then we need to stop playing their game. Stay out of debt. Buy a cheaper house out in the country where property taxes are lower.
Property taxes are too high in all of America's big cities. In Panama, I've read that there are no property taxes, which is the way it should be. No one should lose their paid home because they cannot afford to pay property taxes. Only an idiot fool thinks that property taxes are a good and necessary thing.
You'll find a job in the country. It may not pay much, but you'll find a higher quality of life away from the big city. The love of money keeps people in the big, crowded, polluted, crime-filled, urbanized cities. The big city is no place to raise a family. You can grow your own crops in the country, and live a simple life. That's why some people are leaving America and moving to the islands to escape the hellhole Police State in the United States.
The government is going after parents through CPS, especially in the public schools. Get your kids out of public schools. California now requires parents to have an educator's degree from a university in order to home school their kids. This evil law has effectively banned home-schooling in California, and CPS are taking children away from thousands of good parents. Wisconsin, of all places, is becoming a dangerous place to raise kids, because CPS is persecuting parents there. The State thinks they are God, demanding licenses for everything or else! Of course, those licenses cost money; but most of all, it's about breaking the will of the people, bowing down to the authority of the almighty state!
It is evil for any government to inflict it's muscle over the citizens who allowed them to be put into power in the first place. True government is by the power, for the people, and of the people; established for the sole purpose of protecting our person, property and freedom. All else leads to corruption, oppression and tyrannical abuse of power.
I am a firm believer that mothers belong at home raising the children (1st Timothy 5:14). Whatever you have to sacrifice financially to make it work... do it! Forget that new car. Forget that big house. I knew a married couple who bought a home they couldn't afford, based upon their 2 incomes. Things went well for the first several years. Then they foolishly took out a Home Equity Loan to fix up their home. Shortly thereafter the wife lost her job and they ended up losing their home to the bank. That couple lost everything they worked so hard to secure because of GREED. They should have bought a home that they were able to afford on ONE SALARY. They never should have taken out a Home Equity Loan, which I think are horrible in the first place. NEVER take out a Home Equity Loan unless it is a matter of life and death.
If you want to destroy your life, buy lots of possessions that cause you to worry all the time and be miserable. Work every holiday. If you hate your job with a passion because it is the worst thing in your life, keep working there until you wish you were dead; rather than finding another place to work where you would likely be happier. Honestly, I've learned this the hard way myself... If you hate your job, get out of there, because it will overflow into the rest of your life if you're not happy at work. A career isn't everything. There are some things in life worse than death, and having to go to a miserable job everyday is one of them. Find another career or something that interests you EVEN IF IT PAYS LESS MONEY. Everyone needs a change from time-to-time.
The biggest mistake you'll ever make in this life is to continually tell yourself the lie, “I NEED THE MONEY.” No you don't. Trust me, money is the last thing you need. People who “think” they need the money are the most miserable people in the world, and they're slaves to their job. Remember, BOSS spelled backwards is Double SOB! You don't need that and neither does your family. There are all sorts of jobs out there. If you like cooking, then get a job doing that. People so often get used to a bad job and find themselves financially stuck, because of all their bills and a mortgage, afraid to quit and move on. Trust me, life goes on. If you're tired with life, the best thing you can do is move to a different place, away from the big city, a pretty place with lots of old trees and less congestion. You'll fit in just fine. The hardest part is for us to muster up enough courage to make the leap. If you don't change something, then nothing will ever change and you'll remain stuck in your miserable life. Change is good in this sense.
There are many ways to destroy your life; but none more painful and slower than to torture yourself in a miserable job day-by-day, wishing you were dead, hating your life, taking your job home with you and all-the-time convincing yourself that you need the money to pay your bills and debts. No wonder so many people commit suicide, do rash things and have nervous breakdowns. No wonder the divorce rate is so high. It's a dog-eat-dog world. What if you dropped dead today? How would all those bills that boggle your mind get paid? Life would go on without you.
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