¥ € $For the God of Money, also called the God of Greed and the God of Power, its symbols are usually regional. They include all major currencies.
In the case of lower deities such as sex, tobacco, alcohol and other drugs, religious zeal can become addictive. But for Money, there is no 'can'; addiction is certain. Other features of the religion include:
- Adherents (investors) come from all walks of life. There is no discrimination on the basis of sex, socio-economic banding, income, health, or affiliations to other religions.
- There are various sects, such as Savings and the complementary Credit.
- The prophets (stock exchange dealers), priests (bankers) and their deacons (financial advisors) preach through the Good Book (internet, magazines and newspaper articles) extolling the virtues of Good Works (risk).
- Forgivness and love are lacking for believers and true followers. 'Progress' is considered synonymous with 'good', without stopping to think what 'progress' means.
- Although irrational, it is by far the most popular and widespread religion in the world - much more popular than rational religions such as Christianity and Islam. "For the love of money is the root of all evil" (1 Tim. 6:10) "And he is violent in his love of wealth" (Qur'an 100:8).
Andrew Carnegie, a billionaire and one of the richest men in history, was once asked, "How much money is enough?"
He replied, "Just a little bit more."
Run the words 'bundles of banknotes' through your brain and you create a strange psychological effect. Similarly with theistic religions; just the name 'Allah', 'Tian Zhu', 'Ek Onkar', 'Jehovah', and so on, can alleviate emotional pain - even physical pain in some cases.
The single word 'cash' can take make us feel happy; which is all rather strange, since money is only an instrument that mankind has created to make economic life more efficient.
There is no mystery about why we should feel in awe when we think about mankind's Creator, but why does the man-made financial medium of exchange create such excitement? So much passion that we envy others who have more than we do? Why does loss of this man-made thing create such depression? So much angst that some commit suicide?
Call money an anthropological aid for survival, if you wish, or perhaps a representation of the reward for work we have done. Material wealth is not in itself 'wrong' of course, and it enables us to give something to the poor1. But let's not fool ourselves into thinking that tithing or tossing some surplus cash into a collecting plate satisfies our obligation to fellow members of society (see the Widow's Mite).
If we are looking to succeed, then rather than the acquisition of money, status or power, why not let eternal life be our benchmark?
With material things, God has blessed most of us with more than we need. In material things, that makes us rich. But this wealth gives us no security for tomorrow. Only God controls tomorrow.