5 Money Mistakes That Are Also God Mistakes

Jan 7, 2015

By Herb Silverman

The recent PBS documentary, Thinking Money: The psychology behind our best and worst financial decisions, never mentions religion, but I couldn’t help but relate the worst money decisions it describes to belief in God. (My favorite connection between money and God is the George Carlin routine about an all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-wise God who just can’t manage money. His “messengers” always need more.)

Consider these 5 points from the PBS documentary, along with my related God thoughts.

Money Point 1: Security

People used to work for the same company all their lives and retire with a comfortable pension. Today’s workers are insecure about their financial future, which makes them more vulnerable to financial charlatans. For instance, some brokers promise big upsides to penny stocks with essentially no downside, even though such faith in future rewards almost never pays off.

Related God Thought

People who are insecure and unhappy in this life are more vulnerable to evangelical charlatans who promote big upsides in an afterlife. This requires lots of faith, often furthered by a financial “love offering.”


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3 comments on “5 Money Mistakes That Are Also God Mistakes

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    Cairsley says:

    More good sense from Prof. Silverman.

    Whereas one can make bad decisions about money matters and end up losing money, any decision based on religious beliefs may gratify emotions for a time but will invariably end in the nothingness of death. It is a shame that, when religious people die, they are not around to see the error of the religion-based choices they made during life, not to mention the harm they did by acting on and promoting their religious superstition and the ignorance necessitated by it. How comforting to my own sense of justice it would be if there were a Hell whither the spirits of the unjust went after death! But that is precisely how such superstitions arise in the first place — not from rationally established fact but from emotion.



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