• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Christian teachings on wealth and poverty.

Extracts from this document...


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.


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.


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Charities, Poverty and Development section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Charities, Poverty and Development essays

  1. Buddhism Coursework, Muslim charity (Zakat)

    Charity can easily be seen as a short term solution, because many of the organizations that help the people around the world who need their help can not stay in one place for a long period of time, they have to move on and help others also because the help

  2. outline muslim teachings on wealth and poverty

    Also Muslims believe Sadaqah is a voluntary act of giving alms for the cause of Allah, by Muslims who wish to give more in addition to their Zakah. The Prophet (S.A.W.) said: 'Charity is a necessity for every Muslim'. He was then asked: 'What if a person has nothing?'

  1. Religious teachings on wealth and poverty

    You can give sadaqah in different ways, contribute to a mosque, help the poor of your land, help the poor across the world, help the people with debts...

  2. islamic and christian teachings on wealth and poverty

    thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.

  1. The poor have a very special place in Jesus life and teachings, as ...

    He healed people and was troubled when they were hungry. This is shown in the New Testament when he fed five thousand people when they were in need of food. In offering food and drink to the hungry, Christians can be perceived as offering them Christ himself.

  2. Explain How Christian beliefs can effect the Christian attitude to wealth and poverty

    to live a decent life for a good cause, and could be seen as a step in the right direction towards heaven. "Flowers of the field, birds of the air are looked after by God." Therefore we should not worry about what we are going to eat tomorrow or whether

  1. ai) Outline Catholic teaching on wealth and poverty

    Give response to the view that: "There should be no rich religious people as long as there is poverty in the world" In the argument concerning whether 'there should be any rich religious people as long as there is poverty in the world', my beliefs lead me to support the argument for a number of reasons.

  2. Outlining Muslim teachings on wealth and poverty and explain why there is a need ...

    Islamic Relief is continuing to work with the Asia earthquake that has happened quite recently in India Pakistan and Afghanistan. Islamic Relief aid workers continue to work in 300 villages in four of the worst-affected districts of Kashmir. Around 260,000 earthquake survivors have benefited from IR's projects in shelter, food security, health, water, education and livelihood.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work