Does God Hate the Wealthy?

Many believe the pursuit of wealth is wrong and that the wealthy are evil.

I know this because I have received thousands of very angry and abusive emails and comments over the years from individuals who have read one of the many media articles on me and my Rich Habits.

There is no shortage of hatred for rich people Religion And Money

Many of those angry emails/comments, directed at me and my research, oftentimes referenced some Bible passage, as if their Bible knowledge somehow validated their point, thus rendering my research null and void.

What my haters didn’t know, however, was that I knew a little bit about the Bible myself.

You see, at one point, very early in my life, I was on the path to become a priest.

So, for many years I had studied the Bible, almost on a daily basis. I still have one sitting by my bed stand.

But the Bible is not black and white on the topic of wealth

In fact, within its pages are many passages that seem to shine a favorable light on wealth, especially the Book of Proverbs.

  • Proverbs 13:11 – Whoever gathers money, little by little, makes it grow.  
  • Matthew 25: 14-30 – Parable of the Talents
  • Proverbs 10:4 – Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth.
  • Proverbs 22:7 – Just as the rich rule the poor, so the borrower is servant to the lender.
  • Proverbs 21:20 – The wise have wealth and luxury but fools spend whatever they get.
  • Luke 6:38 – Give and you shall receive. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.
  • Deuteronomy 16:17 – All must give as they are able, according to the blessings given to them by the Lord your God.
  • Proverbs 10:15 – A rich man’s wealth is his strong city; the poverty of the poor is their ruin.
  • Proverbs 28:20 – A faithful man will abound with blessings, but whoever hastens to be rich will not go unpunished.
  • Proverbs 23:21 – For the drunkard and the glutton will come to poverty; and slumber will clothe them with rags.
  • Proverbs 21:5 – The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty.

I was raised in a very religious family.

In my home, I was taught that the pursuit and acquisition of wealth was a mortal sin.

As a result, for much of my childhood and adult life, I saw the wealthy as sinners.

Almost daily, my belief had been validated by the media and politicians, who almost unanimously, vilified the rich.

My belief system was turned on its head in 2009, however, after completing my five-year study on the daily habits of the rich and poor.

That study opened my eyes

I discovered that wealthy individuals were not the evil people I had been brainwashed into believing them to be.

So many of the self-made millionaires in my study had devoted significant time and money, running and funding various local community charities.

These charities helped feed and shelter the poor, paid medical bills for the poor, built homes for the poor, helped educate the poor, bought wheel chairs for the disabled, and in many ways, helped improve the lives of those otherwise cast aside by society.

These self-made millionaires also valued their employees.

They loaned them money so they could purchase a home.Charity

They helped pay college costs for their children.

They bought them cars.

They paid for unexpected medical expenses.

They also mentored them so they could succeed.

Wealthy people, I found, are not evil.

In fact they are among the finest human beings to walk the earth.

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Tom is a CPA, CFP and heads one of the top financial firms in New Jersey. For 5 years, Tom observed and documented the daily activities of wealthy people and people living in poverty and his research he identified over 200 daily activities that separated the “haves” from the “have nots” which culminated in his #1 bestselling book, Rich Habits – The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals. Visit the website:

'Does God Hate the Wealthy?' have 5 comments


    May 13, 2018 Ricardo

    Hello there. I read your blog and I always give the minimum as I am always broke. I have never been rich. At one point money was on my shoes but it went all away after I had worked so many hours to get it. I felt like all my effort just went worthless and into the trash because of a STUPID contract with Gold’s Gym I was forced into because of my weight. But anyway, I ask God many times about why did he let that happen as I was building up my savings account for any emergency. Well, stuff happened, and then when I needed money the most, I didn’t have it on me. I was really mad at myself, my life, and God. I am still questioning my Faith today.


      Michael Yardney

      May 13, 2018 Michael Yardney

      Ricardo – I’m sorry to hear of your plight.
      I don’t believe God is against you – everyone has the same opportunities in Australia – it’s what you make of them – it’s the way you think about money



    February 11, 2018 Bill Mueller

    As you say, it is not black and white. But you showed all the “white” part of wealth. Your articles, whether intentional or not, vilify the poor-you attribute some pretty bad characteristics to the poor, and the only explanation you give is because they are poor. You attribute only wonderful character traits to the wealthy. By simplifying character traits in such a manner (you use a “black and white” approach), it is only natural that you would invoke ire because you are making judgments based on nothing more than the amount of money someone has. Your approach of course makes you successful since you are aggrandizing the moneyed population. If you want to write about acquiring wealth, by all means do so, but there is so much more involved when it comes to the amount of money a person owns. If you were indeed a sincere student of the Bible, you would know that. There is much advice given about our lives-yes, making money involves work, laziness can lead to poverty-but scriptures such as you give are simply statements of reality. They ignore the commands given by God as to how we are to behave towards one another, which is clearly more important in determining character than the amount of money one has. The Bible does not condemn the poor, rather it warns the rich. Is it a sin to be wealthy? No, but according to the Bible wealth is a great temptation and responsibility. “To those who have been given much, much is expected.” And apparently wealth can cause problems-why else would Jesus say, “it is harder for a wealthy man to enter the kingdom of heaven than it is for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle.” No matter how one wants to interpret this passage, it is clearly a warning. On the other hand, there are many passages about God’s compassion for the poor, and the Savior of the world fulfilled His mission while He owned nothing. It is not necessary to criticize the poor in order to write about getting rich.



      February 11, 2018 Tom Corley

      Please point out where I criticized the poor in this article. Shining a light on the positive attributes of pursuing and creating wealth in no way condemns the poor. I think you are reading your own prejudices, ideologies or beliefs into this article. Part of what I try to do is expose limiting beliefs because beliefs are the parents to our habits. The belief that all rich people are evil, greedy and unable to enter the Kingdom of God, while all poor people are good and benevolent with an open door to Heaven, only holds poor people back from pursuing wealth and improving their lives. It’s a limiting belief. I agree that those who are successful have a responsibility to give back, which is why I reference the great charity work many of the self-made millionaires in my study engaged in. Advocating for the wealthy is not a pro forma denunciation of the poor.


        Michael Yardney

        February 11, 2018 Michael Yardney

        well said Tom
        In fact I know you walk the talk with all the charity work you do


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