St. Basil's discussion with a businessman

St. Basil's discussion with a businessman

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  • So Richie, are you an atheist or a believer?
  • If I were an atheist, we wouldn't be having this conversation in the first place!
  • Then why don’t you participate in charity events to support the needy?
  • I only worsen the poor people’s misery. For Proverbs 22:7 is clear, the rich rules over the poor, and the borrower is the slave of the lender.
  • If you were keen with the bible, 1 John 3:17 explains: But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him
  • My top priority is to amass wealth so that I can create job opportunities for those below me.
  • St.Basil engages Richie, a prominent NY businessman, on a discussion about the role of Christians on poverty alleviation.
  • When you hoard all these things in the insatiable bosom of greed, do you suppose you do no wrong in cheating so many people?
  • I think you confuse greed with ambition and ingenuity.
  • Who is a man of greed? Someone who does not rest content with what is sufficient.
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  • Should I be judged for being a resilient, ambitious and determined individual? Poverty exists because not everyone can harbor these personalities.
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  • So if I may ask, Why are you wealthy while that other man is poor?
  • I believe in hard work. For Proverbs 10: 4 says A slack hand causes poverty, but the hand of the diligent makes rich. Should I be crucified for being diligent?
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  • The conversation ends with a dissatisfied St.Basil and an indifferent Richie who believes that poverty is not a social issue, rather he sees it as an individual's lack of effort to pursue wealth.
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