Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Lives Are Hollow When Driven by Materialism

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Lives Are Hollow When Driven by Materialism

Article excerpt

IF the dead do not rise, "Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die". 1 Corinthians 15:32.

How much difference would it make in our lives if we knew for certain that nothing of a spiritual nature existed?

Sad to say, in many of our lives it wouldn't make much of a difference at all.

Although we pay lip service to the priority of spiritual realities, on many days it must be said that materialism is the real governing force in our lives.

Materialism is more of a problem than many churchgoers like to admit.

Just as we define "worldliness" too narrowly, we also define "materialism" in a way that is too restricted.

The person who has an inordinate affection for money and earthly possessions is obviously materialistic (1 Timothy 6:6-10,17-19). But the problem goes well beyond the sin of outright covetousness, even as harmful as that sin may be.

We are being materialistic any time we live as though physical things were our most important consideration. Esau, for example, was being materialistic when he sold his birthright for a bowl of soup (Hebrews 12:16).

As a philosophy, materialism holds that there is no reality except material reality.

Materialists deny that spiritual realities have any objective existence. …

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