Thursday, 5 March 2015

Usury itself is covetousness and feeds on desire to dominate

Usury is not merely an indication of covetousness - it is covetousness itself. It is the accumulation of wealth, stemming from a desire to have more than what one already has. Usury is of the spirit of covetousness and is covetousness itself. It seeks to gain more and does not give freely, but is ungenerous and unforgiving. 

 Covetousness is a sin (Exodus 20:17). Simply because the Bible does not explicitly say that something is a sin does not mean it is not. For example, the Bible does not explicitly say that gambling and racism are sins. However, we know they are sins from our moral conscience. 

In Luke 12:13-15 says:

 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?” Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
Covetousness is the desire that one should have more that what one already has. Usury is not only covetousness. It is abominable because it is a means of dominating others by enforcing those in a position of financial slavery into greater slavery.  Proverbs 22:7 tells us: "The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender." The debtor is a slave. By forcing the person to pay interest on the loan, the usurer is extorting the person.
Usury is a sin. It does not matter whether it is called a bank fee, or a payment for financial services. The essence of it is that of slavery, which feeds on a desire to dominate over others, the pride of life, and that of covetousness.