Part Seven. On St. John the Almsgiver. The Gospel of Heavenly Wealth.

“Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.”

--Jesus of Nazareth speaking about Treasure in Heaven (and Hell) on Judgment Day [Matthew 5:26 KJV]

Intro. Note: Philanthropy and Karma are some of the most powerful ideas throughout Western civilization. Many college professors and students believe in such ideas from the influence of Judaism and Christianity upon the Western world. The following text will give you some background on religious philanthropy and how it may affect your actions in the future.

1. What did pre-Christian monotheists please heaven with?

The ancient Jewish people (or ancient Israel) were able to give gifts to the Lord God, through their offerings and sacrifices, which the Lord God smelled (and if favorable: rewarded), and which was also why they were forbidden a non-kosher diet: as non-kosher foods would stain their bodies, clothing, and breath with unwelcome smells--which would prove to be displeasing odors to the Creator as the Jewish peoples worshipped him.

2. But what gifts do Christians please heaven with?

The greatest Christian gifts are made through almsgiving to the homeless, the destitute, and the poor. The Emperor Charlemagne, believed, good works to the destitute (and poor) gave power and aid to Christ in heaven. St. Jacobus De Voragine believed giving clothing to the naked and giving food (and drink) to the homeless relieved Christ of coldness, hunger, and thirst.

3. But what are the rewards for mankind when it comes to almsgiving?

The first and greatest reward is 'eternal life' found in Matthew 25:31-40. For Christ existed before the universe, as is written in the Gospel of John 1:1-3. These above passages translate that all peoples will be judged according to a 'fixed standard' for all time. In the Book of Sirach (or Ecclesiasticus) it speaks of rewards of heavenly treasure (Sirach 29:8-13) that can aid an almsgiver in life. This passage in Sirach is backed up by Christ's words in Matthew 6:19-21 (in the New Testament) and in 3 Nephi 13:19-21 (in the Book of Mormon).

4. What are the miscellaneous aspects of almsgiving?

--(A) Almsgiving acts like a personal sin offering for previous sins. This is proven in Sirach 35:2 and Leviticus 5:11-13 when both verses are combined.

--(B) It is also written, in the Koran 9:60, that almsgiving also includes giving food items to those who collect alms for the sake of further distribution to the poor. E.g. when canned food items are dropped off at a religious outreach pantry (or local food bank) for further distribution to the poor and hungry.

--(C) Putting your left hand in your left pocket (or behind your back) while you drop off your food items, with one's right hand, entails a greater reward from God. Christ speaks about this in Matthew 6:1-4 (in the New Testament) and in 3 Nephi 13:1-4 (in the Book of Mormon).

5. So what should be the first stages of almsgiving?

For a new beginner at almsgiving, especially if young, it is probably best to be accompanied by one or more parents (or adult guardians) to a church storehouse (meaning, food pantry for the poor or needy) or even to a local food bank (or drop off station) to drop off previously bought canned food items for the purpose of giving alms. A Christian that wants a greater reward from God should put their left hand in their left pants' (or left shorts') pocket as they drop off their package of canned goods inside the collection point with their right hand. I believe the more you do these things, throughout time, and throughout the years, the better off you will be in collecting one's Treasure in Heaven from Christ and from God.

The Gospel of Heavenly Wealth by Michael Llenos

*Note: The Book of Sirach verse numbers were changed by no small degree with the publication of the New American Bible (Revised Edition). This paper's verse numbers reflect the previous, traditional order.

Sirach Chapter 29 (KJV Apocrypha: Public Domain)

8. Yet have thou patience with a man in poor estate, and delay not to shew him mercy.

9. Help the poor for the commandment’s sake, and turn him not away because of his poverty.

10. Lose thy money for thy brother and thy friend, and let it not rust under a stone to be lost.

11. Lay up thy treasure according to the commandments of the most High, and it shall bring thee more profit than gold.

12. Shut up alms in thy storehouses: and it shall deliver thee from all affliction.

13. It shall fight for thee against thine enemies better than a mighty shield and strong spear.

[All Texts Copyrighted Michael Llenos 2017]