THE FOUR BOOKS
OF TIMOTHY TO THE CHURCH
AVARICE AND THE FAMILY
Many say that the
demands to enter heaven seem harsh since we live different
lives. Well raised. But since all want to partake of
that eternal happiness, shouldn't we pay the same price? Why
should others pay more and others less?
Those who, ill
advised, feel they have to pay less usually want to be saved in
their hearts but are unwilling to be saved by their deeds.
Let us look at a
portion of those Christians, mostly your children, who are prevented
from attaining salvation by two impediments a) their possessions and
b) what they think as their unbreakable bonds of family
Firstly, there are
those parents who drive themselves to seek money and acquire wealth
out of preoccupation for their offspring. It is like saying
you cannot or should not be a parent unless you are rich. They
are unable to love their children unless their wealth
increases. But in truth, what drives them is avarice and
greed. So, in effect, they are saying that one cannot love
Then, they continue their silly reasoning by insinuating that
fatherliness is a cause of evil and an incentive to vice, and that
affection is harmful to all. And since procreation comes from
affection, then procreation is evil.
Parents who think in
this manner carry this avarice-disease even to their children for
they who live in evil pursuit for gain bring forth wicked
heirs. Hence, their children succeed as much to the vices as a
patrimony of their parents. Their children become wanton even
before they possess their inheritance. Before they receive
their parents' possessions, they already possess their parents'
vices. Before they possess those things which are falsely
called good, they already possess those things which are truly evil.