Wealth: a value or an anti-value? Cover Image

Богатство: ценность или антиценность?
Wealth: a value or an anti-value?

Author(s): Svetlana Šašerina
Subject(s): History, Anthropology, Language studies, Language and Literature Studies, Cultural history, Theoretical Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Ethnohistory, Cognitive linguistics, Philology
Published by: Институт за български език „Проф. Любомир Андрейчин“, Българска академия на науките
Keywords: value system; wealth; poverty; virtue; sin; sermon
Summary/Abstract: The Christian doctrine regulates human life, behavior, and relationships with relatives and strangers through the commandments. Breaking the commandments is considered a sin, and overcoming one’s own weakness leads to one’s betterment and one’s coming closer to God, which is ultimately the goal of every Christian’s life. The desire for wealth and well-being is characteristic of human nature, but the Bible says otherwise: “Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God." (Luke 18, 25). This article examines the characteristics of the perception of wealth and work from the perspective of popular culture and religion.