Should Christians own big diamonds and if so, why?

posted 3 years ago in Christian
Post # 2
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I don’t understand what being Christian has to do with owning diamonds – big or small. More info on your point please.

Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - A castle!

Would Jesus have endorsed big diamonds? Probably not. Does that mean Christians shouldn’t wear them? IMO, no. For example, it is completely 100% impossible to “live biblically” in today’s world. I would argue that yes, money could be “better spent” – like sending it to charity or whatever, but I don’t think having nice things makes you a bad person or a bad Christian.

Post # 4
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Helper bee

 

Supersleuth:  You like what you like, regardless of your faith. Its like saying only a certain race can wear big diamonds. If you can afford it and want it, why not-you earned it.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2014 - Prague

I think we should ALL be content with less. Nothing to do with Christianity.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

I think there is some weird social stigma that plays a factor here. I think if you were going to apply Christianity to this at all, it would be based on the premise that as Christians we should be thankful about what we have and not boastful and proud. A humble person is always easier to get a long with anyway 😉

As far as what we should and shouldn’t do, I guess that is up to interpretaiton. In my opionion, no harm, no foul.

Post # 7
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Helper bee

Does this have something to do with “Blessed are the poor”?

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

If you’re going to live the perfect Christian life that not many people even do live you technically shouldn’t have anything.  No material possesion, no money, nothing.  A perfect Christian would give everything up to people who really need it and just live surviving.  But God knows our nature and he know how difficult/ practically impossible that is for us to do.  That being said if you want a big, fancy ring go for it.  God will love you no matter how simple or fancy you live your life.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

Supersleuth: no one should own big diamonds regardless of faith. There’s no imperative for it. That said, if you want and can afford a giant rock, go for it!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

Supersleuth:  I think it’s very personal. Some Christians might decide it’s important for them to remain modest in all aspects of their lives, including jewelry/e-ring and wedding band. In the end, it’s up to the couple to decide if what they wear, what they own and how they live their lives is up to their religious and/or moral standards. Then you have to consider the fact not everybody has the same tastes either. While I’m Agnostic, I would never wear a big diamond, because it’s not something I’m attracted to in the first place. Well, my decision wasn’t based on values, it was purely based on preferences and I don’t think the ring defines me as a whole. 

 

Post # 11
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Helper bee

Supersleuth:  I think when we make this question about material things- like a bigger ring, house, car, whatever- we’re missing the point and leaning more toward legalism than grace. To me, being a Christian is about the posture of our hearts toward God and loving Him and our neighbors (all of them, without exception) with all of our hearts, soul, strength and mind versus about lists of rules and laws. Should we treasure possessions, money, or anything more than God? No. Should we value these nice things more than we value other people? No. Does that mean that it is sinful to want or have nice things? No. The issue comes in when/if these things become more treasured than God or hinder us from serving Him and others (like the rich man in Mark 10:17-22).

In terms of if should we be content with less- I don’t think contentment comes from having more or less. Taking a vow of poverty doesn’t make one inherently more content than one who has more possessions. Again, the point here is to press toward Christ and the place where the Christian’s contentment comes from Christ rather than anything external. That being said, I think it is really easy to get entagled by possessions, “keeping up with the Jones'”, and lives of excess consumerism. A really good book on this is “7: An Experiemental Mutiny Against Excess” by Jen Hatmaker.

  • This reply was modified 2 years, 9 months ago by  dulcevida. Reason: clarity
Post # 12
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2013 - UK

Oooh… there’s a question.

And yes, I think that a good Christian should not flaunt their wealth and should be aware of their priviliges, especially seeing as the rich don’t exactly get good press in the Bible.

However, you will get a lot of stick for this, OP. Any criticism of materialism doesn’t go down well here.

If you fancy having a good ol’ bitch about this topic, feel free to PM me!

Post # 13
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2013

I think if you’re a good person (whatever that means to you I guess) and earned it, then why not.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee

dulcevida:  I agrees with this 100%. If these possessions become idols to us or hinder us from serving The Lord than yes we should not own them. I also agree if we were doing things the way The Lord wanted we would be more like the Amish and not own anything and just serve The Lord and help others. That’s what we were made for and we get so sidetracked in this big ol evil place the world has become. 

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Rachel631:  +1

I don’t think there is anything *wrong* with a christian owning a large diamond. However, there could be moral issues if you keep in mind the parable of the Rich Man, Jesus asked Christians to lay down all their earthly goods in order to follow him & receive eternal life. I think Jesus would rather the extra $$ spent on a large diamond to go to people that need it (sick, homelss, destitute mothers) rather than on one person’s finger to admire. But in the same vein, Jesus would probably also been anti-engagement rings period (at least the way they are now).  HOwever, many people also believe in the “Gospel of Prosperity”- the premise of which is that if you follow the Lord he will bless you & yours with earthly goods. 

Ultimately, it’s up to you and your faith & morality. I’m not christian but was raised as one and later got my degree in religious studies. I could not feel okay purchasing a large diamond (mine is a half carat) knowing what the extra money could have been used for…. 

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