This is one of the worst threads I've ever read on OC.net.
I'm actually overwhelmed as to what to reply to.
I'll try to stick to a point I actually know: Steve Jobs, may he rest in peace, was extraordinarily arrogant and unpleasant to many (some would say all) who worked for and with him. Source? Plenty of people who worked directly for and with him and, to a lesser extent, me. This ain't talk show sourcing.
Many prostitutes I've known have been unpleasant and thoroughly sinful people. Let's not pretend they're all nice, while the fat cats are all evil. I feel really horrible for many though, as they've ended up in such horrible situations. I had to include that statement for those of you who would miss the point of my previous comment. Oh, and plenty would probably count me as an unpleasant person, so I'm not "judging" (
) but relaying observations. May they repent and be healed (same goes for me).
Well, St. Mary of Egypt did get into Heaven.
I take issue with implying that St. Mary of Egypt got into heaven as a prostitute. I know what was meant, but this is isn't a proper argument. Firstly, she is not universally believed to have been a prostitute ("sensuous passions" leaves room for interpretation). Far more importantly, she was a thoroughly transformed person from her "early days." That argument is akin to saying: "Well St. Paul got into heaven, so pharisees are saints."
Simultaneously, using Christian authority to blindly defend the amassing of fortunes is silly. I think the proof texting on both sides is lousy. The scriptures are clear that not caring for the poor is bad. Some CEO's have done more for the poor than many of us would.
Lastly, why is it so hard for us to avoid making calculations of condemnation and assessing who we like/don't like or think is sinning, etc. I frequently find it enjoyable, but I also acknowledge that this is unhelpful/sinful behavior. Let the wind up merchant, Augustin' throw out his comments, but let's not follow up with un-Christian assessments. There's my lecturing for the day.