The Apostle Paul and Abraham Maslow on “Needs” and “Wants”

What is the guiding principle when considering wealth? Contentment. Paul says this in 1 Timothy 6: 6 Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. 8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. My wife and I are planning a move to Cincinnati to plant a church this summer. As we survey the various housing options available, it creates quite a stir in our hearts concerning “needs” and “wants.” All people agree on certain needs: food, clothing, shelter, etc., but there are other things that we may call “needs” that quite certainly belong in the category of “wants,” such as a house with a garage, 3 bedrooms, central heating and cooling, and so on. Abraham Maslow, a humanistic psychologist, summarizes in a chart a “hierarchy of…

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