Definitions of materialism
a tendency to consider material possessions and physical comfort as more important than spiritual values.
Perceptions now abound of the West being held in the grip of materialism and spiritual values being sidelined.
the doctrine that nothing exists except matter and its movements and modifications.
And, if we don't really know what matter is, then materialism is in trouble.
Examples of Materialism
Consumerist creature comfort materialism using non-renewable resources is a short-cut to ruin.
Synonyms of materialism
Matthew 6:24-34 - God And Possessions
24 "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other You cannot serve God and wealth.
25 "For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 "Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? 27 "And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? 28 "And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, 29 yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 30 "But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! 31 "Do not worry then, saying, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear for clothing?' 32 "For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. 34 "So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.
Matthew 24:45-51 - A Faithful Slave And An Unfaithful Slave
Matthew 25:31-46 - The Judgment Of The Sheep And The Goats
Matthew 26:6-13 - Jesus' Anointing At Bethany
Matthew 27:62-66 - The Tomb Is Sealed And Guarded
Matthew 28:16-20 - The Great Commission
Matthew 6:24-34 - God And Possessions
Mark 1:21-28 - Driving Out An Unclean Spirit
Mark 2:1-12 - A Paralytic Healed
Mark 3:1-6 - A Man With A Withered Hand Healed
Mark 4:35-41 - Calming Of A Storm
Mark 5:1-20 - A Demon-Possessed Gerasene Healed
"No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other You cannot serve God and wealth.
1 Peter 5:2
shepherd the flock of God among you, exercising oversight not under compulsion, but voluntarily, according to the will of God; and not for sordid gain, but with eagerness;
1 Timothy 3:2
An overseer, then, must be above reproach, the husband of one wife, temperate, prudent, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,
Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He Himself has said, "I WILL NEVER DESERT YOU, NOR WILL I EVER FORSAKE YOU,"
Even those who trust in their wealth And boast in the abundance of their riches?
He who trusts in his riches will fall, But the righteous will flourish like the green leaf.
Yet Gideon said to them, "I would request of you, that each of you give me an earring from his spoil." (For they had gold earrings, because they were Ishmaelites.) They said, "We will surely give them." So they spread out a garment, and every one of them threw an earring there from his spoil. The weight of the gold earrings that he requested was 1,700 shekels of gold, besides the crescent ornaments and the pendants and the purple robes which were on the kings of Midian, and besides the neck bands that were on their camels' necks.read more.
He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves abundance with its income. This too is vanity.
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
Topics on Materialism
Materialism, As An Aspect Of Sin
When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.