Quality of life

The use of the phrase ‘quality of life’ makes a number of assumptions, often many of which are at variance with a Christadelphian way of life. The prime error in these calculations is the belief that happiness can be achieved through gaining goods and materials (GDP per capita). This is not the Biblical stand point; in fact materialism is to be strongly opposed by the Christadelphian. The Christadelphian wish is to have enough to live, yet not too much as to result in drawing him away from God "Do not toil to acquire wealth; be decerning enough to disist" (Proverbs 23:4 ). A simple comparison makes this point very clear:

Worldly happiness Biblical happiness
A large bank balance

"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven" (Matt. 5:3)

Much goods "For one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions" (Luke 12:15)
Receiving from others "It is more blessed to give than to receive" (Acts 20:35)
Education  "I turned to consider wisdom ... all was vanity and striving after wind" (Eccl. 2:11-14)
Freedom

 "Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man." (Eccl. 12:13)

Busy full lives "his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night." (Psa. 1:2)
Plentiful food and drink supply

 "Be not among drunkards or among gluttonous eaters of meat" (Prov. 23:20)