What the Bible Tells Us About the Dangers of a Consumption Economy

Bible Summary. A consumption economy is at complete odds with God. No matter the amount of money, the amount of food, the amount of sex, the amount of entertainment, a consumer in a consumption economy will never be satisfied . God knows it is man’s nature that when material things are in abundant that people will turn away from God . See below for Biblical commentary and advise concerning a consumption economy.

Conqueror Worm,
“The Ultimate Consumer”

Conqueror Worm



The Consumption Economy’s Philosophy of Futility.

A consumption economy is at complete odds with God. It’s whole purpose is to measure and maximize consumption at the expense of the people’s physical and spiritual needs. People in a successful consumption economy become completely obsessed with fashionable consumption and self-glorification. In Proverbs 25:27 advises us to not eat too much honey.

Proverbs 25:27, “It is not good to eat much honey: so for men to search their own glory is not glory.”

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A Consumption Economy is Never Satisfied.

A consumption economy’s only purpose is to consume goods and services. From a Biblical perspective this is vanity. This is a purpose that can never be satisfied. No matter the amount of money, the amount of food, the amount of sex, the amount of entertainment, a consumer in a consumption economy will never be satisfied. In Ecclesiastes 5:10 advises us that the love of material things is never satisfied.

Ecclesiastes 5:10, “He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.”

The Futility of a Consumption Economy.

In the Bible God tells us of the futility of a consumption economy. A consumption economy is when consumption of material goods becomes a way of life. This usually happens in societies that have abundance of material goods. God knows it is man’s nature that when material things are in abundant that people will turn away from God. In Deuteronmy 31:20 advises us how over abundance leads us away from God.

Deuteronomy 31:20, “For when I shall have brought them into the land which I sware unto their fathers, that floweth with milk and honey; and they shall have eaten and filled themselves, and waxen fat; then will they turn unto other gods, and serve them, and provoke me, and break my covenant.”

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