Hi, im a college student that loves your show and it’s the only way i can futher my faith while on my computer which i’m on alot. God bless you and the show. My question is how do Catholics Justify the collection of money either bilically or historically? Is there anything in the new testimate? Also why is the pratice of Disples not having a home but to go from town to town and stay with whoever frist accepts them not praticed today? I read the bible alot and one verse struck me that differs in what i see the disiples of the church do. Jesus gave his disiples specific instructions. He told them to take no money on there belt and to travel from town to town finding shelter only with whoever acceptes them first. This keeps there dependance on God why do Priests or other denominations not do this today? The following are places of some of the passages. Thanks for you help and know that you are streghtening my faith. ( [8-9] In Mark the use of a walking stick (Mark 6:8) and sandals (Mark 6:9) is permitted, but not in Matthew 10:10 nor in Luke 10:4. For the rest, Jesus required of his apostles a total dependence on God for food and shelter; cf Mark 6:35-44; 8:1-9.) I do understand in the old testimate it was accustom to give 10% of what you have to God. But Still this passage of what Jesus instructed his Disiples strikes me as a great way to spread the faith. It might sound silly to do this today but i think it was no less silly then. Having teachers stay at people houses also keeps them closer to the reality of what familes are going through. Thanks in advance for your response.
Jesus also said what you have been given freely, teach freely. I thought that might mean not to accept money for there services since money does have a corrupting effect.
Franciscan friars still do this today, as do (in theory at least) all the mendicant orders (Dominicans, Carmelites, etc.)
This is a vocation, a calling for some, but not for all.
Jesus was giving his disciples specific instructions, for this one specific mission trip, not a general prescription on how to evangelize. on another occasion he told them it was time to gird up, be more prepared, take an extra cloak, and make provisions for a longer journey. the message is the Jesus will prepare those whom He calls to spread the good news. Acts also tells us the new Christians shared their wealth and possessions for the support of the new Church, that Paul and Peter had no problem accepting donations to provide for their own material needs and to use for charity.
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At the time, there were no “churches” (as in buildings). All the gatherings occurred in houses. When the Church got so large that everyone could not fit in one house, larger buildings were built.
The Apostle Paul clearly states that those who preach the gospel should expect to make their living off the gospel:
1 Cor 9:3-15
3 This is my defense to those who would examine me. 4 Do we not have the right to our food and drink? 5 Do we not have the right to be accompanied by a wife, as the other apostles and the brothers of the Lord and Cephas? 6 Or is it only Barnabas and I who have no right to refrain from working for a living? 7 Who serves as a soldier at his own expense? Who plants a vineyard without eating any of its fruit? Who tends a flock without getting some of the milk?
8 Do I say this on human authority? Does not the law say the same? 9 For it is written in the law of Moses, “You shall not muzzle an ox when it is treading out the grain.” Is it for oxen that God is concerned? 10 Does he not speak entirely for our sake? It was written for our sake, because the plowman should plow in hope and the thresher thresh in hope of a share in the crop. 11 If we have sown spiritual good among you, is it too much if we reap your material benefits? 12 If others share this rightful claim upon you, do not we still more?
Nevertheless, we have not made use of this right, but we endure anything rather than put an obstacle in the way of the gospel of Christ. 13 Do you not know that those who are employed in the temple service get their food from the temple, and those who serve at the altar share in the sacrificial offerings? 14 In the same way, the Lord commanded that those who proclaim the gospel should get their living by the gospel.
15 But I have made no use of any of these rights, nor am I writing this to secure any such provision. For I would rather die than have any one deprive me of my ground for boasting.
He calls this a “right”, though he did not exercise it himself.
Excellent responses. Thanks.