OrthodoxChristianity.net
September 02, 2014, 01:27:56 PM *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
News: Reminder: No political discussions in the public fora.  If you do not have access to the private Politics Forum, please send a PM to Fr. George.
 
   Home   Help Calendar Contact Treasury Tags Login Register  
Pages: « 1 2 3 4 5 »  All   Go Down
  Print  
Author Topic: Usury is sinful?  (Read 20143 times) Average Rating: 0
0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.
jaderook
Member
***
Offline Offline

Faith: Orthodox Christian
Jurisdiction: Antiochian
Posts: 113


« Reply #90 on: March 04, 2008, 09:16:32 PM »

They don't have to be sharia loans.
Our local Community Centre offers interest free loans for low income earners to purchase white goods. You don't have to be muslim (or even religious) to introduce interest free loans.

To the best of my knowledge, Sharia loans aren't limited to Muslims.
Logged
Symeon
High Elder
******
Offline Offline

Faith: Eastern Orthodox
Jurisdiction: Orthodox Church in America
Posts: 582


Radovan Karadzic - Serbian Hero


« Reply #91 on: March 04, 2008, 09:17:42 PM »

Then I guess we are all going to hell.

Allowing yourself to be taken advantage of by the usurers is one thing; that doesn't qualify as a sin. Lending money at interest; that's the sin itself. That's the position of Thomas Aquinas at least, and he defends it with his usual scholastic rigor.

Speaking for myself, I've gone my whole life without being usurious. It really isn't that hard.

I think it's pretty ironic that you are insinuating that I think we do given that I have spent an inordinate amount of time explaining to Protestants that we do not have the same OT as them. Of course you have no way of knowing that but that is why I find it personally ironic.

However, let's not pretend that differences are total between the Masoretic text and the Septuagint. They are different, but they are not completely different, and I doubt that they are different on the point of usury.

I have no problem with the Masoretic text. After all, St. Jerome's Vulgate is based on it, and that is also something of a holy translation. I am speaking on the level of canon, not textual differences. The Jews rejected a whole bunch of books in our OT, and we don't, like the Protestants, consider them an authority on that matter. And anyway, even the Jews don't allow usury among their own kind. Only for us gentiles.

Quote
You might also want to ask why the Masoretic text is taught in Hebrew at your OCA seminary St Vladimir's though since you seem to have so much of an issue with it Wink

St. Vladimir's also employs Fr. Paul Tarazi, who was kicked out of Balamand for calling my patron Saint a "jackass," and who propagates Nestorian text-critical methods that debase God's word.  Wink But again, I am not exactly anti-Masoretic text.
« Last Edit: March 04, 2008, 09:43:24 PM by Symeon » Logged
GiC
Resident Atheist
Site Supporter
Merarches
*****
Offline Offline

Faith: Mathematician
Posts: 9,490



« Reply #92 on: March 04, 2008, 09:18:09 PM »

To the best of my knowledge, Sharia loans aren't limited to Muslims.

They're also not interest free, the interest is simply applied in a lump sum at the outset which, according to some Islamic scholars, gets around the formal requirements (though others disagree)...I don't think they'd quite work for us if we actually too usury seriously.
Logged

"The liberties of people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them." -- Patrick Henry
Tzimis
Site Supporter
Archon
*****
Offline Offline

Faith: Greek Orthodox
Jurisdiction: GOA
Posts: 2,374



« Reply #93 on: March 04, 2008, 09:19:21 PM »

Rates that are controlled by the seven member governing board of the Federal Reserve.

I personally don't buy that usury is a sin, but if we are going to say that it is and be consistent then we must say that when we borrow with interest we are causing someone to engage in the sin of usury. By your reasoning, people who fence stolen property arn't engaging in an immoral act because they didn't actually steal it themselves.
  If you believe that the government stole the money from tax payer, than yes, but the truth is that our government barrowed that money from the world bank. Wink
Logged

Excellence of character, then, is a state concerned with choice, lying in a mean relative to us, this being determined by reason and in the way in which the man of practical wisdom would determine it. Now it is a mean between two vices, that which depends on excess and that which depends on defect.
GiC
Resident Atheist
Site Supporter
Merarches
*****
Offline Offline

Faith: Mathematician
Posts: 9,490



« Reply #94 on: March 04, 2008, 09:28:32 PM »

  If you believe that the government stole the money from tax payer, than yes, but the truth is that our government barrowed that money from the world bank. Wink

Actually, more of our national debt is, by far, owed to the federal reserve than any other entity. Around 40%.
Logged

"The liberties of people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them." -- Patrick Henry
Tzimis
Site Supporter
Archon
*****
Offline Offline

Faith: Greek Orthodox
Jurisdiction: GOA
Posts: 2,374



« Reply #95 on: March 04, 2008, 09:40:50 PM »

Actually, more of our national debt is, by far, owed to the federal reserve than any other entity. Around 40%.

The federal reserve is backed by gold. This county hasn't backed any money since right after WWII. If you can even find a phone number to the federal reserve. I will donate $20 to this forum.
Logged

Excellence of character, then, is a state concerned with choice, lying in a mean relative to us, this being determined by reason and in the way in which the man of practical wisdom would determine it. Now it is a mean between two vices, that which depends on excess and that which depends on defect.
Veniamin
Fire for Effect!
Archon
********
Offline Offline

Faith: Orthodox Christian
Jurisdiction: OCA Diocese of the South
Posts: 3,372


St. Barbara, patroness of the Field Artillery


« Reply #96 on: March 04, 2008, 09:48:18 PM »

The federal reserve is backed by gold. This county hasn't backed any money since right after WWII. If you can even find a phone number to the federal reserve. I will donate $20 to this forum.

1)  The dollar is not backed by gold and the Federal Reserve doesn't back anything.  We've also only been a fiat currency since the 1970's or so, not since the end of WWII.

2)  Here's the contact info for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, one of the 12 district banks of the Federal Reserve System.  I believe you owe the forum twenty non-gold backed dollars (although I'm sure Robert would accept Gold Eagles, as well).
Logged

Artillery adds dignity to what would otherwise be a vulgar brawl. ~Frederick the Great
GiC
Resident Atheist
Site Supporter
Merarches
*****
Offline Offline

Faith: Mathematician
Posts: 9,490



« Reply #97 on: March 04, 2008, 09:49:13 PM »

The federal reserve is backed by gold. This county hasn't backed any money since right after WWII.

I don't know where you've been, but federal reserve notes haven't been backed by gold since 1971.

Quote
If you can even find a phone number to the federal reserve. I will donate $20 to this forum.

http://www.federalreserve.gov/FRAddress.htm
Logged

"The liberties of people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them." -- Patrick Henry
GiC
Resident Atheist
Site Supporter
Merarches
*****
Offline Offline

Faith: Mathematician
Posts: 9,490



« Reply #98 on: March 04, 2008, 09:50:32 PM »

1)  The dollar is not backed by gold and the Federal Reserve doesn't back anything.  We've also only been a fiat currency since the 1970's or so, not since the end of WWII.

2)  Here's the contact info for the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, one of the 12 district banks of the Federal Reserve System.  I believe you owe the forum twenty non-gold backed dollars (although I'm sure Robert would accept Gold Eagles, as well).

You beat me to it, but I did include a link with phone numbers to all federal reserve banks aswell as to the office of the Board of Governors...I guess it's time for someone to pay up. Wink
Logged

"The liberties of people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them." -- Patrick Henry
Veniamin
Fire for Effect!
Archon
********
Offline Offline

Faith: Orthodox Christian
Jurisdiction: OCA Diocese of the South
Posts: 3,372


St. Barbara, patroness of the Field Artillery


« Reply #99 on: March 04, 2008, 09:53:00 PM »

You beat me to it, but I did include a link with phone numbers to all federal reserve banks aswell as to the office of the Board of Governors...I guess it's time for someone to pay up. Wink

I figured you were trying to one-up me with phone numbers for all the banks.  Does this mean OC.net gets $40?
Logged

Artillery adds dignity to what would otherwise be a vulgar brawl. ~Frederick the Great
GiC
Resident Atheist
Site Supporter
Merarches
*****
Offline Offline

Faith: Mathematician
Posts: 9,490



« Reply #100 on: March 04, 2008, 09:54:48 PM »

I figured you were trying to one-up me with phone numbers for all the banks.  Does this mean OC.net gets $40?

The way I count it, I provided a phone number for all 12 banks and the Board of Governors...13 in all. So that would total $260. Grin
« Last Edit: March 04, 2008, 09:56:20 PM by greekischristian » Logged

"The liberties of people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them." -- Patrick Henry
Tzimis
Site Supporter
Archon
*****
Offline Offline

Faith: Greek Orthodox
Jurisdiction: GOA
Posts: 2,374



« Reply #101 on: March 04, 2008, 10:20:29 PM »

The head quarters are in Washington. I tried calling the number they have listed for two weeks. No one ever picked up the line. Try it for yourself.
Logged

Excellence of character, then, is a state concerned with choice, lying in a mean relative to us, this being determined by reason and in the way in which the man of practical wisdom would determine it. Now it is a mean between two vices, that which depends on excess and that which depends on defect.
Veniamin
Fire for Effect!
Archon
********
Offline Offline

Faith: Orthodox Christian
Jurisdiction: OCA Diocese of the South
Posts: 3,372


St. Barbara, patroness of the Field Artillery


« Reply #102 on: March 04, 2008, 10:32:22 PM »

The head quarters are in Washington. I tried calling the number they have listed for two weeks. No one ever picked up the line. Try it for yourself.

That wasn't the challenge.  The gauntlet you threw down was to find a number, not get someone to answer it.
Logged

Artillery adds dignity to what would otherwise be a vulgar brawl. ~Frederick the Great
Tzimis
Site Supporter
Archon
*****
Offline Offline

Faith: Greek Orthodox
Jurisdiction: GOA
Posts: 2,374



« Reply #103 on: March 04, 2008, 10:35:07 PM »

That wasn't the challenge.  The gauntlet you threw down was to find a number, not get someone to answer it.
That's funny. I will honor the twenty dollars.
Logged

Excellence of character, then, is a state concerned with choice, lying in a mean relative to us, this being determined by reason and in the way in which the man of practical wisdom would determine it. Now it is a mean between two vices, that which depends on excess and that which depends on defect.
Tzimis
Site Supporter
Archon
*****
Offline Offline

Faith: Greek Orthodox
Jurisdiction: GOA
Posts: 2,374



« Reply #104 on: March 04, 2008, 10:44:04 PM »

Is the forum sinning by excepting the money that I earned interest on. Because if it is than I will gladly hold back. I really don't want to lead you guy into sin. laugh
Logged

Excellence of character, then, is a state concerned with choice, lying in a mean relative to us, this being determined by reason and in the way in which the man of practical wisdom would determine it. Now it is a mean between two vices, that which depends on excess and that which depends on defect.
GiC
Resident Atheist
Site Supporter
Merarches
*****
Offline Offline

Faith: Mathematician
Posts: 9,490



« Reply #105 on: March 04, 2008, 10:47:39 PM »

Is the forum sinning by excepting the money that I earned interest on. Because if it is than I will gladly hold back. I really don't want to lead you guy into sin. laugh

Nope...has to come directly out of your next paycheck. Grin
Logged

"The liberties of people never were, nor ever will be, secure, when the transactions of their rulers may be concealed from them." -- Patrick Henry
Tzimis
Site Supporter
Archon
*****
Offline Offline

Faith: Greek Orthodox
Jurisdiction: GOA
Posts: 2,374



« Reply #106 on: March 04, 2008, 10:50:31 PM »

Nope...has to come directly out of your next paycheck. Grin
My checkbook is linked to my savings. Shocked
You have to try a little harder than that. Wink
« Last Edit: March 04, 2008, 10:51:10 PM by Demetrios G. » Logged

Excellence of character, then, is a state concerned with choice, lying in a mean relative to us, this being determined by reason and in the way in which the man of practical wisdom would determine it. Now it is a mean between two vices, that which depends on excess and that which depends on defect.
GabrieltheCelt
Hillbilly Extraordinaire
Taxiarches
**********
Offline Offline

Faith: Eastern Orthodox Christian
Jurisdiction: OCA
Posts: 6,988


Chasin' down a Hoodoo...


« Reply #107 on: March 04, 2008, 10:59:34 PM »

OK dear brothers,  I think y'all have answered my question.  I implore each of you to lay your swords down and let it go for the sake of each others' salvation. 
Logged

"The Scots-Irish; Brewed in Scotland, bottled in Ireland, uncorked in America."  ~Scots-Irish saying
jnorm888
Jnorm
Archon
********
Offline Offline

Faith: Eastern Orthodox
Jurisdiction: Antiochian
Posts: 2,516


Icon and Cross (international space station)


WWW
« Reply #108 on: May 03, 2008, 11:09:02 PM »

A cut and paste from my blog:


I might have some typos. I've noticed some, but I don't think I corrected them all.


Quote
Calvinism & Usury
There is a link between Calvinism and our modern use of Usury. We now live in an age where High Usury is commonplace, yet the Bible and Historic Christian commentary for 15 hundred years were all against it. Except for one person. And that person was John Calvin.

In the book "Christianity's Dangerous Idea" Alister Mcgrath goes through the common consensus of Biblical interpretation in regards to the issue of Usury. He notes how everyone was against it. Then he turns to Calvin and shows how his view eventually became the common interpretation of the text among Prots and then about 3 hundred years later among Catholics, and eventhough he doesn't mention this, but it has alo become the view of some Orthodox in recent decades.

He says:





"Yet while Christians were Prohibited from lending money at interest, Jews
were explicitly exempted from this ban. This exemption led to the emergence of
the stereotype of the Jew as an avaricious moneylender, famously exemplified in
Shakespeare's Shylock in The Merchant of Venine. These views were not challenged
in the first phase of Protestantism. Martin Luther regarded the biblical
prohibition of usury as permanently binding. In his 1524 sermon on trade and
usury, Luther lashed out at any attempt to charge interest. In his view,
Christians "should willingly and gladly lend money without any charge." The
Elizabethan Protestant bishop John Jewel reflected the views of his age when he
raged from his pulpit against the iniquities of usury. "It is theft, it is the
murdering of our brethern, it is the curse of God and the curse of the people."
This uncompromising opposition to usury was embodied in a statute passed by the
English Parliament in 1571, which had the uniforeseen and unintended effect of
legitimating usury at a fixed rate of 10 percent.



Yet the lending of money at interest was essential to the emergence of
modern capitalism. A steady increasing hunger for capital led many in both
church and state to turn a blind eye to moneylending and to reconsider the
entire theological basis of the prohibition of usury. Calvin could not have been
unaware of these problems. The survival of the city of Geneva depended on being
able to sustain and develop its urban economy and remain independant of
potentially dangerous neighbors.



In 1545 Calvin wrote to his friend Claude de Sachin, setting out his views
on usury. The letter was not published until after Calvin's death (1564), when
Theodore Beza decided to make its contents generally known in 1575. At one
level, this letter can be read as a total inversion of the teaching of the Old
Testament; a more attentive reading confirms this suspicion but discloses the
sophisticated lines of argument that led Calvin to his surprising conclusion. So
how could Calvin reinterpret the Old Testament's explicit statement that usury
is prohibited to mean that it is actually permitted?.



Calvin's letter of 1545 reinforces the impotance of biblibal interpretation
to Protestantism. In one respect, Calvin reaffirmed the general Protestant idea
that not all the rules set out for Jews in the Old Testament were binding upon
Christians; in these instances, the Old Testament offered moral guidance only,
not positive prescription for conduct. Yet this way of interpreting the Old
Testament had been applied to cultic issues-such as the Old Testament's demand
for animal sacrifices. Calvin's extension of the principle to usury broke new
ground.



A fundamental theme recurring throuhout the letter was that things had
moved on. the situation in sixteenth-century Europe was not the same as that in
ancient Israel.
As Bieler points out in his magisterial study of Calvin's economic thought,
the new economic realities of the sixteenth century made it possible to view
interests as simply rent paid on capital. Calvin therefore argued for the need
to probe deeper and ascertain the general princliples that seemed to underlie
the Old Testament ban on usury in its original context. It was the purpose of
the prohibition, not the prohibition itself, that had to govern Protestant
thinking on this matter. "We ought not to judge usury according to a few
passages of scripture, but in accordance with the principle of equity." For
Calvin, the real concern was the exploitation of the poor through." through high interests rates.
This, he argued, could be dealt with in other ways-such as fixing of interest
rates at communally acceptable levels. Calvin's willinglness to allow a variable
rate of interest showed an awareness of the pressures upon capital in the more
or less free market of the age.

Calvin's views which were seen by many as running counter to the clear
meaning of the Bible, took some time to become accepted. By the middle of the
seventeenth century-more than one hundred years after Calvin's groundbreaking
analysis-usury was fully regarded as acceptable.
Protestant jurists such as Hugo
Grotius and Samuel Pufendorf supplemented Calvin's theological analysis with
clarifications of economic concepts, especially in relation to price and value,
that finally removed any remaining scruples about lending money at unterest. The
Catholic church did not legitmate usury, however, until 1830, apparently in
response to the widespread acceptance of the practice within predominantly
Protestant western Europe.

Yet Protestantism did more than bring about the theological adjustment that
opened the way to a modern capitalist economy, its early development in the
cities of Europe, especially in Switzerland, created the economic conditions
that made such a change inevitable and essential. During the period 1535 to
1540, an economic recession descended on the area around Geneva. Despite this
downturn, Geneva was able to survive and to go on to benefit from the subsequent
recovery throughout the region, which lasted from 1540 to 1555. It is now
thought that one of the prime reasons for Geneva's resilience during this period
was the emergence of the Swiss banking system, which allowed Basel and other
major Swiss Protestant cities sympathic to Calvin's religious agenda to bail him
out through large loans. The Swiss banking system emerged as a direct response
to a shared sense of identity throughout the Protestant cantons of Switzerland
and neighboring cities-including
Geneva..............................................................................................The
raising of capital for economic expansion thus became imperative for Geneva
around this time. Calvin's removal of the remaining theological impediments to
the practice of usury was not merely religiously progressive; it was essential
if his version of Protestantism was to survive. So intimate was the connection
between the religious system of Calvinism and the city of Geneva that the
collapse of the latter would have had disastrous implications for the
former."
[1]





Calvinism's noval interpretation of Usury is one of the causes of mass poverty in the World today. Yes, the world has always had it's poor, but Calvinism has made it even worse.





[1] pages 332-335 from the book "Christianity's Dangerous Idea: The Protestant Revolution-A History from the Sixteenth Century to the Twenty-First by Alister E. McGrath. Published by HarperOne, Copyright 2007











JNORM888
« Last Edit: May 03, 2008, 11:21:27 PM by jnorm888 » Logged

"loving one's enemies does not mean loving wickedness, ungodliness, adultery, or theft. Rather, it means loving the theif, the ungodly, and the adulterer." Clement of Alexandria 195 A.D.

http://ancientchristiandefender.blogspot.com/
Heorhij
Merarches
***********
Offline Offline

Faith: Orthodox
Jurisdiction: GOA, for now, but my heart belongs to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church
Posts: 8,576



WWW
« Reply #109 on: May 05, 2008, 03:41:13 PM »

^In short, usury in any form IS sinful, just like fornication, adultery, theft and murder, right?

I do believe that it really is. We should just admit it and stop making excuses (even though we all are engaged in it, and will continue to be).
Logged

Love never fails.
jnorm888
Jnorm
Archon
********
Offline Offline

Faith: Eastern Orthodox
Jurisdiction: Antiochian
Posts: 2,516


Icon and Cross (international space station)


WWW
« Reply #110 on: May 05, 2008, 04:48:38 PM »

^In short, usury in any form IS sinful, just like fornication, adultery, theft and murder, right?

I do believe that it really is. We should just admit it and stop making excuses (even though we all are engaged in it, and will continue to be).


I agree




JNORM888
Logged

"loving one's enemies does not mean loving wickedness, ungodliness, adultery, or theft. Rather, it means loving the theif, the ungodly, and the adulterer." Clement of Alexandria 195 A.D.

http://ancientchristiandefender.blogspot.com/
Tzimis
Site Supporter
Archon
*****
Offline Offline

Faith: Greek Orthodox
Jurisdiction: GOA
Posts: 2,374



« Reply #111 on: May 06, 2008, 09:18:04 AM »


I agree




JNORM888
I don't
Logged

Excellence of character, then, is a state concerned with choice, lying in a mean relative to us, this being determined by reason and in the way in which the man of practical wisdom would determine it. Now it is a mean between two vices, that which depends on excess and that which depends on defect.
PeterTheAleut
The Right Blowhard Peter the Furtive of Yetts O'Muckhart
Section Moderator
Protospatharios
*****
Offline Offline

Faith: Orthodox Christian
Jurisdiction: OCA
Posts: 31,964


Lord, have mercy on the Christians in Mosul!


« Reply #112 on: May 06, 2008, 10:17:03 PM »

I don't
We can see why from your earlier posts on this thread, but is it possible you can still offer up a bit more substance than this?  Maybe some reason you haven't offered yet?
Logged
GabrieltheCelt
Hillbilly Extraordinaire
Taxiarches
**********
Offline Offline

Faith: Eastern Orthodox Christian
Jurisdiction: OCA
Posts: 6,988


Chasin' down a Hoodoo...


« Reply #113 on: May 06, 2008, 10:34:03 PM »

It seems as though it falls on the level of participation.  Is taking out a loan for things truly needed the same as loaning money and charging interst to someone else?  Do I sin because someone else charges me interest?
Logged

"The Scots-Irish; Brewed in Scotland, bottled in Ireland, uncorked in America."  ~Scots-Irish saying
Vasileious
Newbie
*
Offline Offline

Faith: Orthodox
Jurisdiction: OCA
Posts: 7


« Reply #114 on: May 07, 2008, 05:32:46 AM »

I agree with Heorhij, you cannot reinterpret out of inconvenience.  No matter how inconvenient something may be.
Logged
Tzimis
Site Supporter
Archon
*****
Offline Offline

Faith: Greek Orthodox
Jurisdiction: GOA
Posts: 2,374



« Reply #115 on: May 07, 2008, 11:09:53 AM »

We can see why from your earlier posts on this thread, but is it possible you can still offer up a bit more substance than this?  Maybe some reason you haven't offered yet?
The point I was trying to make is that lenders don't exist as individuals. When we borrow from the lenders we aren't causing there fall into sin.  A person who puts there money in a banking institution is more concerned with safety. keeping money home can cause injury to them as well as tempting thieves to rob the premises.
When we borrow for house loans, the bank has collateral if we default. The house itself is worth the weight of the loan. If we use credit cards and have the funds too back them. Where is the Usury?
When someone barrows that doesn't have the means to pay there debt back. Than it is a sin. It puts the lender in a position to use all means other than force. To reclaim the funds. Causing sins to happen. The sin happens when we want something for nothing. The system is intended for those who already have money. If you have no money than don't borrow.
Logged

Excellence of character, then, is a state concerned with choice, lying in a mean relative to us, this being determined by reason and in the way in which the man of practical wisdom would determine it. Now it is a mean between two vices, that which depends on excess and that which depends on defect.
PeterTheAleut
The Right Blowhard Peter the Furtive of Yetts O'Muckhart
Section Moderator
Protospatharios
*****
Offline Offline

Faith: Orthodox Christian
Jurisdiction: OCA
Posts: 31,964


Lord, have mercy on the Christians in Mosul!


« Reply #116 on: May 07, 2008, 03:05:12 PM »

The point I was trying to make is that lenders don't exist as individuals. When we borrow from the lenders we aren't causing there fall into sin.  A person who puts there money in a banking institution is more concerned with safety. keeping money home can cause injury to them as well as tempting thieves to rob the premises.
When we borrow for house loans, the bank has collateral if we default. The house itself is worth the weight of the loan. If we use credit cards and have the funds too back them. Where is the Usury?
When someone barrows that doesn't have the means to pay there debt back. Than it is a sin. It puts the lender in a position to use all means other than force. To reclaim the funds. Causing sins to happen. The sin happens when we want something for nothing. The system is intended for those who already have money. If you have no money than don't borrow.
However, you're focusing on the borrower, on whom the biblical ban on usury places no restriction and is, in fact, irrelevant (except to reduce or eliminate interest payments).  You can borrow as much money under a biblical system as under the current capitalist, interest-driven system and not incur any divine sanction for immorality.  The biblical ban on usury, by definition, is a restriction against the lender, which your reasoning does not address.
Logged
Tzimis
Site Supporter
Archon
*****
Offline Offline

Faith: Greek Orthodox
Jurisdiction: GOA
Posts: 2,374



« Reply #117 on: May 07, 2008, 03:37:06 PM »

However, you're focusing on the borrower, on whom the biblical ban on usury places no restriction and is, in fact, irrelevant (except to reduce or eliminate interest payments).  You can borrow as much money under a biblical system as under the current capitalist, interest-driven system and not incur any divine sanction for immorality.  The biblical ban on usury, by definition, is a restriction against the lender, which your reasoning does not address.

The borrower is the lender.  Cheesy
Logged

Excellence of character, then, is a state concerned with choice, lying in a mean relative to us, this being determined by reason and in the way in which the man of practical wisdom would determine it. Now it is a mean between two vices, that which depends on excess and that which depends on defect.
GabrieltheCelt
Hillbilly Extraordinaire
Taxiarches
**********
Offline Offline

Faith: Eastern Orthodox Christian
Jurisdiction: OCA
Posts: 6,988


Chasin' down a Hoodoo...


« Reply #118 on: May 07, 2008, 05:58:46 PM »

The borrower is the lender.  Cheesy
Huh Huh
Logged

"The Scots-Irish; Brewed in Scotland, bottled in Ireland, uncorked in America."  ~Scots-Irish saying
Veniamin
Fire for Effect!
Archon
********
Offline Offline

Faith: Orthodox Christian
Jurisdiction: OCA Diocese of the South
Posts: 3,372


St. Barbara, patroness of the Field Artillery


« Reply #119 on: May 07, 2008, 06:25:01 PM »

The borrower is the lender.  Cheesy

Ignorance is strength.

Are we sure this doesn't belong in a sub-forum for Newspeak?
Logged

Artillery adds dignity to what would otherwise be a vulgar brawl. ~Frederick the Great
Heorhij
Merarches
***********
Offline Offline

Faith: Orthodox
Jurisdiction: GOA, for now, but my heart belongs to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church
Posts: 8,576



WWW
« Reply #120 on: May 07, 2008, 06:28:12 PM »

However, you're focusing on the borrower, on whom the biblical ban on usury places no restriction and is, in fact, irrelevant (except to reduce or eliminate interest payments).  You can borrow as much money under a biblical system as under the current capitalist, interest-driven system and not incur any divine sanction for immorality.  The biblical ban on usury, by definition, is a restriction against the lender, which your reasoning does not address.

But if there were no borrowers, there would be no lenders, and vice versa...

Borrowers actually encourage lenders to engage in usury. It's not quite the same as in, say, rape, when the rape victim is really, truly innocent.
Logged

Love never fails.
falafel333
Elder
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 337


« Reply #121 on: May 07, 2008, 07:32:01 PM »

I think we need to do a bit of research and ask ourselves the question is usury in any way, shape or form sinful in an absolutist sense or is it only the exploitative use of usury that is sinful?

I think to answer this question we need to ask ourselves why Christianity might have considered usury to be sinful in the first place. Is it because of the social implications where it might have been the cause of exploitation and enslavement? However, if these can be eliminated or controlled and some good could come out of usury, then fundamentally it would seem that there would be no grounds for opposition towards such a system besides a rigid literal and legalistic interpretation and application of scripture.
Logged
PeterTheAleut
The Right Blowhard Peter the Furtive of Yetts O'Muckhart
Section Moderator
Protospatharios
*****
Offline Offline

Faith: Orthodox Christian
Jurisdiction: OCA
Posts: 31,964


Lord, have mercy on the Christians in Mosul!


« Reply #122 on: May 07, 2008, 10:34:50 PM »

But if there were no borrowers, there would be no lenders, and vice versa...

Borrowers actually encourage lenders to engage in usury.
Not necessarily.  Borrowers encourage lenders to lend, no doubt.  Even without lenders expecting repayment with interest, we would still have people desiring to borrow money.  There's nothing in borrowing per se, however, that requires or even encourages lenders to add interest to the principal.
Logged
Tzimis
Site Supporter
Archon
*****
Offline Offline

Faith: Greek Orthodox
Jurisdiction: GOA
Posts: 2,374



« Reply #123 on: May 07, 2008, 11:13:37 PM »

But if there were no borrowers, there would be no lenders, and vice versa...

Borrowers actually encourage lenders to engage in usury. 

And Lenders borrow there money from people.  What I stated above is 100% correct. Wink
Logged

Excellence of character, then, is a state concerned with choice, lying in a mean relative to us, this being determined by reason and in the way in which the man of practical wisdom would determine it. Now it is a mean between two vices, that which depends on excess and that which depends on defect.
PeterTheAleut
The Right Blowhard Peter the Furtive of Yetts O'Muckhart
Section Moderator
Protospatharios
*****
Offline Offline

Faith: Orthodox Christian
Jurisdiction: OCA
Posts: 31,964


Lord, have mercy on the Christians in Mosul!


« Reply #124 on: May 07, 2008, 11:17:40 PM »

And Lenders borrow there money from people.  What I stated above is 100% correct. Wink
But if I loan my brother $200 to pay a personal expense, the money comes out of my own income earned from work--it's not money I borrowed from someone else.  I guess that blows your little theory out of the water, don't it. Wink
Logged
falafel333
Elder
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 337


« Reply #125 on: May 08, 2008, 12:21:37 AM »

Simply the fact that the value of a dollar now will be no where near what it is in 10 years time due to inflation and other economic dynamics, even if I were to repay what I was loaned, I would be expected to accommodate that change in value, and hence the interest.
Logged
Heorhij
Merarches
***********
Offline Offline

Faith: Orthodox
Jurisdiction: GOA, for now, but my heart belongs to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church
Posts: 8,576



WWW
« Reply #126 on: May 08, 2008, 07:30:56 AM »

But if I loan my brother $200 to pay a personal expense, the money comes out of my own income earned from work--it's not money I borrowed from someone else.  I guess that blows your little theory out of the water, don't it. Wink

But Christ said, don't loan - just give, and don't ask to pay you back...
Logged

Love never fails.
Heorhij
Merarches
***********
Offline Offline

Faith: Orthodox
Jurisdiction: GOA, for now, but my heart belongs to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church
Posts: 8,576



WWW
« Reply #127 on: May 08, 2008, 07:31:43 AM »

Simply the fact that the value of a dollar now will be no where near what it is in 10 years time due to inflation and other economic dynamics, even if I were to repay what I was loaned, I would be expected to accommodate that change in value, and hence the interest.

Expected by whom? Definitely not by someone who heard the Sermon on the Mount...
Logged

Love never fails.
Heorhij
Merarches
***********
Offline Offline

Faith: Orthodox
Jurisdiction: GOA, for now, but my heart belongs to the Ukrainian Orthodox Church
Posts: 8,576



WWW
« Reply #128 on: May 08, 2008, 07:33:25 AM »

I think we need to do a bit of research and ask ourselves the question is usury in any way, shape or form sinful in an absolutist sense or is it only the exploitative use of usury that is sinful?

I think to answer this question we need to ask ourselves why Christianity might have considered usury to be sinful in the first place. Is it because of the social implications where it might have been the cause of exploitation and enslavement? However, if these can be eliminated or controlled and some good could come out of usury, then fundamentally it would seem that there would be no grounds for opposition towards such a system besides a rigid literal and legalistic interpretation and application of scripture.

Right. And then let's ask ourselves, is sex outside of marriage sinful in an absolutist sense, or only in the exploitative sense? Murder? (Oh, that one especially... ask politicians...)
Logged

Love never fails.
Tzimis
Site Supporter
Archon
*****
Offline Offline

Faith: Greek Orthodox
Jurisdiction: GOA
Posts: 2,374



« Reply #129 on: May 08, 2008, 08:55:15 AM »

But if I loan my brother $200 to pay a personal expense, the money comes out of my own income earned from work--it's not money I borrowed from someone else.  I guess that blows your little theory out of the water, don't it. Wink

You would than be committing a sin if you collect interest from your brother.  Wink
  But,when we borrow from a banking system we are borrowing against our own future earnings and our children's future. A prime example is the current mortgage crisis. Who will pay back the default loans? The answer is. The tax payer "us". To further prove my point. If the country was taken over by another force and they looked to take over the riches. They would whined up with nothing if the system falls. Money is worthless without the people that back it. Money is borrowed against our own future.
« Last Edit: May 08, 2008, 09:22:02 AM by Demetrios G. » Logged

Excellence of character, then, is a state concerned with choice, lying in a mean relative to us, this being determined by reason and in the way in which the man of practical wisdom would determine it. Now it is a mean between two vices, that which depends on excess and that which depends on defect.
falafel333
Elder
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 337


« Reply #130 on: May 08, 2008, 09:15:01 AM »

Right. And then let's ask ourselves, is sex outside of marriage sinful in an absolutist sense, or only in the exploitative sense? Murder? (Oh, that one especially... ask politicians...)

Christ also said that if your eye causes you to sin that you should pluck it out and that if your right arm causes you to sin you should cut it off. He also said that unless you hate your father and mother you cannot be my disciple. I suppose you would take all of these in a rigid, literal and absolutist sense as well. I think what is important is that we interpret and understand scripture in the spirit of Christianity and Orthodoxy..." for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life."
Logged
falafel333
Elder
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 337


« Reply #131 on: May 08, 2008, 09:16:32 AM »

You would than be committing a sin if you collect interest from your brother.  Wink
  But,when we borrow from a banking system we are borrowing against our own future earnings and our children's future. A prime example is the current mortgage crisis. Who will pay back the default loans? The answer is. The tax payer "us". To further prove my point. If the county was taken over by another force and they looked to take over the riches. They would whined up with nothing if the system falls. Money is worthless without the people that back it. Money is borrowed against our own future.

But I collect interest from the bank and Christ even reprimanded the lazy servant for not having at least deposited his money in the bank and thereby collected interest on it.
Logged
Tzimis
Site Supporter
Archon
*****
Offline Offline

Faith: Greek Orthodox
Jurisdiction: GOA
Posts: 2,374



« Reply #132 on: May 08, 2008, 09:19:51 AM »

But I collect interest from the bank and Christ even reprimanded the lazy servant for not having at least deposited his money in the bank and thereby collected interest on it.

That was a parable meant for Bishops. The interest collected is peoples souls. Wink
Logged

Excellence of character, then, is a state concerned with choice, lying in a mean relative to us, this being determined by reason and in the way in which the man of practical wisdom would determine it. Now it is a mean between two vices, that which depends on excess and that which depends on defect.
PeterTheAleut
The Right Blowhard Peter the Furtive of Yetts O'Muckhart
Section Moderator
Protospatharios
*****
Offline Offline

Faith: Orthodox Christian
Jurisdiction: OCA
Posts: 31,964


Lord, have mercy on the Christians in Mosul!


« Reply #133 on: May 08, 2008, 02:19:40 PM »

That was a parable meant for Bishops. The interest collected is peoples souls. Wink
WTH? Huh  Where in the world did you get this idea?
« Last Edit: May 08, 2008, 02:27:59 PM by PeterTheAleut » Logged
Tzimis
Site Supporter
Archon
*****
Offline Offline

Faith: Greek Orthodox
Jurisdiction: GOA
Posts: 2,374



« Reply #134 on: May 08, 2008, 03:38:38 PM »

WTH? Huh  Where in the world did you get this idea?

Read the next parable of the sheep and the goats. Was he referring to animals or people?
Logged

Excellence of character, then, is a state concerned with choice, lying in a mean relative to us, this being determined by reason and in the way in which the man of practical wisdom would determine it. Now it is a mean between two vices, that which depends on excess and that which depends on defect.
Tags: usury sin capitalism 
Pages: « 1 2 3 4 5 »  All   Go Up
  Print  
 
Jump to:  

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.18 | SMF © 2013, Simple Machines Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!
Page created in 0.14 seconds with 71 queries.