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The Bible says, "To whom much has been given, much will be required." It also says that we are the body of Christ. I don't remember the references and I don't have a Bible in front of me, sorry.

If God's desire is for us to be rich, then the reason is so we can give lots of money to those who need it. I don't think he arranges for us to double our money on a house to show He is Almighty over the Universe. He does it because He wants us the help the poor.

As far as the other reference, I think it means we are Christ's body in as literal a sense as possible. God does care about the people starving to death aroung the world. We are His body, he wants to work through us. I think God's intervention in the world looks a lot more like my friend who graduated college, then moved to Kenya, Africa to work in an AIDS orphanage then it does God providing "a righteous Christian brother" with a million dollar house and gravy book deal.

On that note, I have never read Osteen's books and probably never will. I don't trust him. Just look at his picture. I wouldn't be surprised if he tried to sell me a vacuum. I really don't trust any Christian authors who put their picture front and center on their books. Who are we supposed to be focused on?
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