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Does Success Have a Spiritual Component?
Although success in business is considered to be a hard-headed enterprise, God has been invoked as a business ally for a long time, even before John D. Rockefeller, Jr., a devout Baptist, declared that his wealth came from God.
Rockefeller is also a good example of how the deity has served as a pious cover for shady practices and unethical behavior. He (or she) has also bolstered peoples’ strength and courage, their ability to cope with failure and setbacks, and other crises on the path to success. To say that faith is an important quality in religious believers isn’t surprising.
But having a divine ally seems very inconsistent, to put it mildly. In an economic downturn, when businesses and home owners were severely stressed, I doubt that the difference between those who survived and those who didn’t was devotion to God. Believing in a personal God who cares for you is one thing; activating God to help you make the right choices in life is another. For a being defined as omnipotent and omniscient, God has proved to be remarkably passive and unreliable in the practical affairs of life.