Goals using the wrong means

Written by Joe Dardano

In Christian thinking, a bad tree cannot produce a good fruit; and the opposite is in effect as well, namely, a good tree cannot produce a bad fruit. This logic directs our thinking to seeing Christianity as a wholistic way of life. A good person, feeding their minds with good things, will do good deeds and thus produce good fruit. There is an integrity and wholeness and, to use Biblical terminology, “perfection” about this way of being. If something is perfect, it is whole and complete. This same logic applies in the pursuit of material wealth. This endeavour is not sinful, except if one pursue it at the cost of one’s spiritual life: “For what profit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” (Matthew 16:26) We are convinced that God loves profit, but not at the cost of doing it to harm others or oneself. Gaining profit through hatred, shaming others, or working to deny simple human rights to other people is not a noble and Godly path. Pursuing profit while breaking all the ten commandments along the way is not the way of God. The just way can lead to just ends.

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