BigBallinStalin wrote:So far, you, tzor, the OP, and PS have all been shown to be false for reasons already stated. If you'd like to address the problems with your (and whoever's arguments which you'll agree with but not support or maybe support or maybe change but not really depending on your time of day), then be my guest.
The OP asked, "why is it said.... blah blah blah" It's pretty clear from the context that when St. Paul wrote those words, he was not referring to money in the sense of "medium of exchange" so all this arguing about whether money or credit saves you time in the marketplace is completely irrelevant.
St. Paul was talking about those whose materialism blinds them to their spiritual development.
St. Paul wrote:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
9 But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
Of course our public school teachers loved to quote this out of context as an attack on money in general, but you have to keep in mind that most public school teachers are members of virulently socialist public-service unions. Reading the passage in context makes it clear that it is not an attack on wealth, or on trade. It is an attack on materialism so intense that it distracts one from spiritual growth.
But godliness with contentment is great gain.
This is the nub of it. It basically means that there's nothing wrong with being well-off or even wealthy, as long as one's highest goals remain spiritual.
For Paul, of course, "spiritual" meant "Christ-worshipping" but there's no reason to straitjacket yourself into a narrow-minded model of any particular religion. Similar things are said in other religions, and in completely non-religious ethical systems.
For my atheist brethren, here's how Aristotle arrives at much the same conclusion from a secular approach:
Aristotle wrote:But, being a man, one will also need external prosperity; for our nature is not self-sufficient for the purpose of contemplation, but our body also must be healthy and must have food and other attention. Still, we must not think that the man who is to be happy will need many things or great things, merely because he cannot be supremely happy without external goods; for self-sufficiency and action do not involve excess, and we can do noble acts without ruling earth and sea; for even with moderate advantages one can act virtuously (this is manifest enough; for private persons are thought to do worthy acts no less than despots -- indeed even more); and it is enough that we should have so much as that; for the life of the man who is active in accordance with virtue will be happy.
Basically people complicate their lives with materialistic claptrap and forget that the point of life is self-improvement, and self improvement does not proceed from burying yourself up the the neck with all the putrescent shit that Walmart can excrete from its shelves. I mean, what do you really need? Good food, good beer, a warm place to lay your head, and a decent blowjob every now and then. Beyond that, all is vanity and vexation of the spirit, as the old poem goes.
When I see the retards lining up in the rain because the Iphone 3 is out and some marketing asshole told them they had to have one or die, I just want to run up to them and scream, "You retards are the TOOLs OF your own Enszlavement!!!!!" but of course I don't because they would stare at me like cows waiting for the abattoir and continue to think nothing.
Avoid petty laws and useless officials.
Balance personal rights with social duties.
Prize truth — beauty — love — seeking harmony with the infinite.
Be not a cancer on the earth — Leave room for nature — Leave room for nature.