Charles Obong, 52, a deceased Ugandan government official, appeared to be quite concerned about being called to account for his life and actions. Accordingly, he instructed that at least $5,700 (roughly P280,000) be placed inside his casket as an “offertory” to forgive God for his sins and “save him from hell fire.” Given his view of not only the susceptibility or ease of bribing the Almighty, I expect he has good reason to be concerned. While I am still a bit confused of why the Almighty would want Ugandan dollars or where he would use the cash, such attempted bribes are generally viewed as beyond the reach of criminal codes — even ones with really really really long-arm jurisdiction.
I am intrigued about his reliance on his relatives or counsel to honestly place the wads of $100 notes in the coffin. Not that I would be tempted, of course. I am an honest lawyer. I would take the cash and place a personal check for the full amount in the casket to be cashed anytime that God wants the money.
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I wonder what form of legal tender God takes? If the good old greenback, must it be changed to read “In Me We Trust” before it will be accepted? My guess is God doesn’t deal with fiat of any sort.
” My guess is God doesn’t deal with fiat of any sort.”
On the other hand, why would God deal with commodity money of any sort – after all he can make as much of any commodity that he wants – gold, silver, what ever.
It would be my guess that the only reason God would accept money is as an indication of the intentions and beliefs of the supplicant. In that sense fiat money ought to serve as well as any other form of money – perhaps better.
Besides the complaints against fiat money are based on confusion about the function of money.
Money can serve as a store of value. Fiat money is not so good for that purpose. That is why we have stocks and bonds and other financial instruments.
Money can also serve as a medium for exchange. Fiat money is great for that purpose, although it is my guess that plastic money will replace the folding kind real soon now.
If God cares about money at all it has to be due to the meaning it has in the minds of men and women, not because of how much it weights or how pure it is.
Demand pull hit Uganda hard after Charon went on strike.
This is not a new thing. In fact, it is a very old custom. From Wiki, “Charon’s Obol”:
There is a whole lot more at the link about this widespread custom.
Everybody gotta pay the light bill. Hope this works for him. I can see the relatives and others rushing to buy shovels right now. And what if the minimum offering is $6K? Buena suerte, senor.
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