GIVE SUCCESS TO THE WORKS OF OUR HAND: THE DIGNITY OF HUMAN LABOUR IN THE FACE OF INCESSANT QUEST FOR THE MIRACLE OF BREAKTHROUGH

Vitalis Anaehobi

Abstract


Faced with this growing tendency of theological misunderstanding arising from the
conflict of faith and work, which has given rise to a growing tendency among Christians
today to spend greater part of working hours in places of worship in the hope that God will
provide for their needs since they are the children of God or that they can bribe God to
grant them financial assistance instead of using their God-given talents to advance
themselves in life, this essay tried to give an answer to one question: should faith in God
lead man to abandon his earthly responsibilities in the hope that with faith he can obtain
everything from God? To answer this question we had a look at the conflict between faith
and work as it is lived out today in our world especially through the prosperity gospel. We
were able to prove that pushing our responsibility to God and others in the name of faith is a
false way of understanding faith. By looking at the Church’s teachings on work from the
biblical, traditional and magisterial perspectives we were able to show that work is not only
a necessity for satisfying man’s earthly needs but also a necessity for his salvation. With this
understanding we were able to conclude that man must bring his faith to bear on his work.

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