THE WORLD'S CUSTOMS AND
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Long Painted Fingernails and Money
A. The Origin of Long and Painted Fingernails
The history of long fingernails: In ancient China very long fingernails were admired as a mark of aristocracy; a person who did no manual labour could grow them, but peasants' nails were necessarily short. Sometimes false fingernails were applied to signal the right degree of lordly inactivity.
Long nails are still worn in the modern world, being regarded by some as a sign of beauty. They are more often worn by the rich rather than the poor for whom they are an impediment.
The New Covenant Christian response: We are all equal in Christ and we should neither be idle nor vain. Long fingernails are therefore incompatible with Christian standards of morality and modesty and the saints are counselled to keep their fingernails short.
The history of painting fingernails: The redding of women's fingernails is an old oriental custom which is still preserved today though anciently instead of nail polish the ancients used henna. As with the growing of long fingernails, colouring is associated with vanity and seduction, and until it became more widely available, was the preserve of the rich. The painting of long, red fingernails is common in witchcraft and indicates the ruthless "red claw" of nature, and for this reason it was condemned in the Middle Ages.
The New Covenant Christian response: The painting of fingernails is another sign of vanity and is too closely associated with witchcraft and worldliness to be acceptable by Christians. In conjunction with the use of makeup, dress, and ornamentation, the counsel of Paul still holds true: "I also want women to dress modestly, with decency and propriety, not with braided hair or gold or pearls or expensive clothes, but with good deeds, appropriate for women who profess to worship God" (1 Timothy 2:9-10, NIV). There is good reason to suppose, therefore, that a woman (or even a man nowadays) who dresses up in such a way as to project her ego and be seductive (even if this is unconscious) does not truly know or worship God.
B. The Origin of Money
The history of money: Money was first introduced in the world by Nimrod, one of the world's most evil anti-christs. Previous to this time the patriarchal society had lived the United Order where all things were held in common -- money did not exist as a medium of exchange. The word "money" is a derivation from the Roman worship of the "Great Mother" under her name of Juno Moneta: "Juno the Admonisher". Since Juno's temple housed the Roman mint, the coins produced there were considered blessed by her and so became valuable monetas. It is interesting that the symbol for monetas, a snake coiled around two parallel rods (representing authority), has become the universal sign for money and is the symbol of the most powerful currency in the world, the U.S. Dollar ($). That this symbol should incorporate the representation of Satan -- a serpent -- is fitting, since the whole money system is satannic in origin.
The New Covenant Christian response: Money is here at stay, at least for the forseeable future and there is not much that can be done about it. Money is not itself evil but, as the scripture says, "the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil; some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs" (1 Timothy 6:10, NIV). Though the whole system of weights and measures, and exchange and barter is contrary to the Law of Heaven, so long as the saints are in the world they must live with it. A New Covenant Christian ought to despise money because its use is contrary to divine principles. At the same time in our world it is the "currency of life", as it were, and must be respected as a medium of exchange until the Zionic way comes. In Firstborn Communities money will not be used.
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