Giving Alms

Giving Alms

All biblical quotes are from the New American Bible.
All bolding, color and underlining of scriptural quotes has been added.
Jesus' words are in red. Bible Abreviations

NAB LUK 11:41

"But if you give what you have as alms, all will be wiped clean for you"

NAB SIR 3:29

Water quenches a flaming fire, and alms atone for sins. He who does a kindness is remembered afterward; when he fails, he finds a support.

NAB JAM 1:27

Looking after orphans and widows in their distress and keeping oneself unspoted by the world make for pure worship without stain before our God and Father.

NAB TOB 4:7

"Give alms from your possessions. Do not turn your face away from any of the poor, and God's face will not be turned away from you. Son, give alms in proportion to what you own. If you have great wealth, give alms out of your abundance; if you have but little, distribute even some of that. But do not hesitate to give alms; you will be storing up a goodly treasure for yourself against the day of adversity. Alms-giving frees one from death, and keeps one from going into the dark abode. Alms are a worthy offering n the sight of the Most High for all who give them.

NAB 1PE 4:8

Above all, let your love for one another be constant, for love covers a multitude of sins.

NAB SIR 3:14

For kindness to a father will not be forgotten, it will serve as a sin offering--it will take lasting root. In time of tribulation it will be recalled to your advantage, like warmth upon frost it will melt away your sins.

NAB SIR 29:12

Store up almsgiving in your treasure house, and it will save you from every evil, Better than a stout shield and a sturdy spear it will fight for you against the foe.

NAB MAT 25:31

"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. Then the king will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.' Then the righteous will answer him and say, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?' And the king will say to them in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.' Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.' Then they will answer and say, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?' He will answer them, 'Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.' And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life." (ISA 58)

NAB PSA 31:23

Once I said in my anguish, "I am cut off from your sight"; Yet you heard the sound of my pleading when I cried out to you. Love the LORD, all you his faithful ones! The LORD keeps those who are constant, but more than requites those who act proudly. Take courage and be stouthearted, all you who hope in the LORD. Remission of sin. Happy is he whose fault is taken away, whose sin is covered. Happy the man to whom the LORD imputes not guilt, in whose spirit there is no guile. (DAN 4:24)
You cannot be kind to a person without the option not to be kind. You cannot love with out the option not to love. God gave us free-will and He has allowed the outcome of our love and the outcome of our failure to love. When we Christians choose the free-willed option to give alms to the poor, then lives are saved. When we Christians choose the free-willed option not to give and not to love, like the rich man in Christ's Lazarus story, then the poor suffer and die.

We Christians, to a very large degree, have told God that we will not give to Him the ten percent of our income as He has commanded us. Some Christian leaders have called out to the World Bank that it is they who must pay to assist the poor and downtrodden. The World Bank is made up of a mixture of people such as atheists, Bundists, Islamists, businessmen, politicians, some Christians, lawyers, some Satanists, some worldly people ect.. I believe that if people are suffering and dying from poverty then it is we Christians who should pay to feed them. Jesus did not call out to Cesar to feed the poor of his day. Rather Jesus commanded his followers, which is we Christians, to feed the poor and love their fellow man..

I think we the Church should confess our sin of watching our brothers die instead of paying our tithes as God commands us. Then we should get out and feed the poor ourselves as Jesus has commanded his Church to do. Should the rich man have written a letter of protest to Cesar to feed the poor or should the rich man have opened his door and gone out and fed Lazarus himself? Jesus commands his Church, not Cesar, to feed the poor.

NAB LUK 16:19 The Rich Man and Lazarus

"There was a rich man who dressed in purple garments and fine linen and dined sumptuously each day. And lying at his door was a poor man named Lazarus, covered with sores, who would gladly have eaten his fill of the scraps that fell from the rich man's table. Dogs even used to come and lick his sores. When the poor man died, he was carried away by angels to the bosom of Abraham. The rich man also died and was buried, and from the netherworld, where he was in torment, he raised his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side. And he cried out, 'Father Abraham, have pity on me. Send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am suffering torment in these flames.' Abraham replied, 'My child, remember that you received what was good during your lifetime while Lazarus likewise received what was bad; but now he is comforted here, whereas you are tormented. Moreover, between us and you a great chasm is established to prevent anyone from crossing who might wish to go from our side to yours or from your side to ours.' He said, 'Then I beg you, father, send him to my father's house, for I have five brothers, so that he may warn them, lest they too come to this place of torment.' But Abraham replied, 'They have Moses and the prophets. Let them listen to them.' He said, 'Oh no, father Abraham, but if someone from the dead goes to them, they will repent.' Then Abraham said, 'If they will not listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if someone should rise from the dead.'"

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