Originally posted by DoctorScribblesIt is just reiterating to love your neighbor. By giving, you're justifying God's abundant giving to you. If you give more, God will give you more in return; whether it is through love, joy, material needs, etc. is up to God.
"Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."
Then why bother to go through all the giving and receiving, transfering and returning, in the first place?
If I give a dollar, this passage says it will ...[text shortened]... es to the first case, in which case we're all just wasting time by circular giving.)
Originally posted by DoctorScribblesContext. Giving the same gift over and over is not gift-giving. It is exchanging.
“It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
Theoretical computer scientists have what is known as a Pumping Theorem, which in essence is used to help identify and avoid nonsense claims such as this.
Suppose the claim is true. Two people can be infinitely blessed by simply passing a dollar back and forth, and in fact under the truth of the c ...[text shortened]... s received is always sub-optimal. Every gift would become a hot potato if this claim were true.
Originally posted by DarfiusOK, suppose I give a dollar to you.
To the same person? Yes, once.
Originally posted by DoctorScribbles'More' blessed does not mean it is not blessed at all to receive. For instance, a poor person who receives help from a well-to-do person is still blessed, due to the love of Christ through His children giving the gift.
OK, suppose I give a dollar to you.
You believe, because the Bible tells you, that it is more blessed to give than to receive.
Thus, if you want to be blessed, you would desire to immediately give the dollar back to me. However, you invoke this new clause that, once given, the dollar no longer will be blessed upon giving it back to me.
I ...[text shortened]... se at least once and there will be no more (gift, receiver) pairs with any blessing potential.
Originally posted by RBHILLIn brief, generosity, as portrayed by the cited verses, is a concept flawed to the core. When applied as instructed, to the extent that it even can be, it leads to undesirable states and much wasteful, unproductive thrashing.
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Originally posted by DarfiusRight, I undestand that the receiver may be blessed.
'More' blessed does not mean it is not blessed at all to receive. For instance, a poor person who receives help from a well-to-do person is still blessed