Knee-Mail: It’s All About The Money
From: Kent Hovind
Sent: September 25, 2009
Posted: June 4, 2010
To: Demetrius, the Silversmith
Subject: Money and Greed
Acts 19:23-24 23And the same time there arose no small stir about that way. 24For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the craftsmen;
kh: It’s always the money, isn’t it, Lord?
GOD: That’s what I said in My Word, Son. The love of money is the root of ALL evil (1 Timothy 6:10). Ever since I cursed the ground where man had to work to provide for himself, (Genesis 3:17-19), people have tried to make others do their work. That’s why there is slavery, robberies, greed, corruption, violence, lies, and a host of other problems your society faces. There are scores of examples in My Word (1 Corinthians 10:6,11). Let’s go visit Demetrius in Ephesus. He’s a typical example. See if you can reason with him. …
KH: Excuse me, Mr. Demetrius, it looks like a riot is going on here! What’s the problem?
Demetrius (DE) Oh, it’s a riot alright. I caused it myself.
DE: Well, a few years ago that guy Paul over there in the middle of the mob came to town and started a new religion. They are called Christians. They claim their leader, Jesus, rose from the dead. Ha! Anyway, hundreds of people in our city believe this and quit going to our Temple for Diana.
KH: Don’t you think people should be allowed to choose their own religion?
DE: Sure! As long as it makes me money. You see, there are a lot of us silversmiths here in Ephesus (Acts 19:24-25). We make silver shrines for the great goddess Diana and for the image that fell down from Jupiter (Acts 19:35). People buy these from us so they can worship at home. We tell them it’s like having God with them at all times. We make lots of money from it that way.
KH: Do you really think that a piece of silver in the shape of a rock, or a woman named Diana has special power?
DE: Of course not! But the people do, and that’s all that matters. We keep making the idols and they keep buying them. Once-in-a-while, we even stage a big demonstration where our statues weep.
KH: How do you do that?
DE: We put a different metal in for the eyes, and leave the statue in the sun for a few hours so it all heats up. When we take it inside, the moisture collects faster on the other metal than the silver, so it looks like she is crying. It fools them every time!
KH: And keeps them buying more images.
DE: You got it! Pretty simple isn’t it?
KH: Sounds deceitful.
DE: Hey, anything the people want, we make it for them. It’s just business.
KH: So it’s okay to lie to get money?
DE: Sure. People lie, steal, cheat, and even murder to get it. It’s always been like that.
KH: Or even start a riot or harass innocent men who don’t hurt anyone.
DE: Don’t hurt anyone?! They hurt our business! We have kids to feed, boats to pay for, and big houses to maintain. We are not going to just sit back and give it all up without a fight.
KH: What if Paul is right and Jesus is God in the flesh and did rise from the dead? Have you considered that?
DE: Only for a second. His story sounds good, but my money now means more than some home in Heaven which Paul claims God offers. Hey, here comes the town clerk to stop my riot (Acts 19:25). I need to slip into the shadows for a while (John 3:19).
KH: I understand.
GOD: Let’s go Son. …Could any amount of reasoning have changed him?
KH: I don’t think so Lord.
GOD: It wouldn’t, Son. He, like Ephraim (Hosea 4:17) is joined to his idols. Leave him alone (Proverbs 14:7). Go find some who want to listen, Son. There are lots of those, too. I’ve got your back.