Sunday, 9 November 2014

How Mammon Causes Conflict and War (4): Hate and pride

Mammon causes people to be self-satisfied, not they they are satisfied for what they have, but that they have satisfied with having more than others. As such, mammon uses this pride to arouse envy, and covetousness in others. Envy and covetousness leads to all kinds of sin.  For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work (James 3:16). Such is demonic, earthly, sensual wisdom.

This is contrast to godly, heavenly and spiritual wisdom from God. The wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy (James 3:17). Such wisdom produces the fruit of righteousness,  which comes from a heart of peace for "the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace" (James  3:18). 

Double-mindedness is the opposite of integrity. Double-mindedness seeks to do the right thing only when it advantages oneself, not because it is the right thing is the eyes of God.  A double minded man is unstable in all his ways (James 1:8).

Mammon tempts people not necessarily to practice deeds that are wrong in and of themselves. Rather, he tempts people to rely on their own human strength, which leads to pride, puffing up the pride of the human flesh which does not and cannot submit to God (Romans 8:7). As such, all good deeds done to serve mammon are done without faith in God. For whatsoever is not of faith is sin (Romans 14:23). All person either serves God or mammon, and anything not done to serve God is to serve mammon. Thus, anything done to serve mammon, that is, anything that is earthly and not spiritual, is sin. Such a person, since he cannot submit to God, sins in doing his "good" works. He does "good" works with the wrong heart. Such is a double-minded person.

The spirit of mammon seduces human double-mindedness. He works through wars throughout human history that are waged for selfish gain, while deceiving those under his spirit to think they are doing good for others, when they are being selfish. He makes people think they are good by serving their own self-interests.

He blinds people with pride, making them think they are good for what they do in serving themselves, because they "deserve" it. He incites hate between people in conflict by deceiving those on both sides who are under his control to think they "deserve" what they are fighting for.