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Christian teachings on wealth and poverty.

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Christianity teaches us that wealth is not what you need to enter heaven. To enter heaven you must be caring and share your riches with the poor and needy. As a result of Jesus' teachings, the early churches shared all they had to make sure no one was in need. Jesus taught us that the pursuing of wealth could lead you into temptations. He said that we will be judged not on the size of our bank balance, but on how we have helped those who are less fortunate. A well-known Christian teaching goes as follows: "It is harder for a rich man to go to heaven than it is for a camel to go through the eye of a needle". This means it is impossible for a camel to go through the eye of a needle. So this quote is trying to say that by just being rich it is impossible to be secured a place in heaven. The reason being is that because rich people have an excess of money they might spend it on sinful things such as drugs, gambling and prostitution. ...read more.

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Catholics believe that you be able to realise the suffering of the other people around you and help those people. To summarise, Christianity teaches us that we must share our riches with the poor and needy if we want to go to heaven. Greed and selfishness is unchristian. Christians today still follow Jesus' teachings by doing the following things: * Giving clothes to charity shops such as Oxfam. * Donating money to charity. * Doing voluntary work to collect donations to charity. * Funded races and other activities. The Islamic religion teaches its followers to base their lives around the five pillars. One of these pillars is called Zakah, Zakah is meant to purify the money you leave so it cannot harm you in the future. Muslims have very strict rules, one of which is not to gamble. The reason being is because it is a sinful temptation and is against what the Islamic Religion teaches. Muslims are also encouraged to help the poor by refusing to charge interest on loans and by changing the loan into a charity gift if ever the poor are in too much difficulty to repay it. ...read more.

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Qur'an 2:274 What this quote is saying is that the Lord will reward people who give up their possessions. The Lord will not reward people that don't give up their possessions or do not help the poor. The reward if you do help the poor and give up possessions is to enter heaven. This is a Hadith saying that no one should leave someone starving: "He who eats and drinks whilst his brother goes hungry is not one of us". This Quote is saying that someone who does not help the poor is not worthy of being a Muslim. It also shows that all Muslims must help the poor. To summarise Islamic beliefs on wealth and poverty, I would say that all Muslims should regularly donate money to charity. If a Muslim does not do this he or she is not worth being a follower of the Islamic Religion. And that paying Zakah is not a choice you have to do it and if. You don't you will also be thought of, as not being a true Muslim. By Josh Clifford Miss Green RE Coursework ...read more.

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