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Christianity and Wealth & Poverty

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Wealth and Poverty Explain how Christian teachings including the Bible reflects the Christian attitude to wealth and poverty. There are many quotes from the bible, and teachings from the Pope and other Christian figureheads that one could use to justify positive as well as negative attitudes to way in which a Christian would treat and value money and onto other such as the impoverished. The Bible is a very important book for Christians, and is divided into two sections. In the Old Testament, there are not very many teachings on wealth and poverty. Leviticus 25:35-6 says that 'if one of your brethren becomes poor... you shall help him like a stranger.. and take no usury and interest from him.' This verse illustrated to Christians that they should help the poor because they are brothers of them. They should not exploit those in such a bad position and take advantage of those in poverty. ...read more.


This teaches Christians that they should be prepared to give; if it is only a little it can still go a long way. The parable of the lady with two coins in Luke 21:1-4 also illustrates that it is better that Christians give all they have but better still to give with a clear and unselfish conscience. This encourages Christians not to give sparingly and to give wholeheartedly. In Matthew 19:16-24, Jesus firstly tells a man 'to sell all you have and come follow me.' This warns Christians that faith should come first in all situations and they should not get carried away in attaining lots of personal wealth, so much that they get completely distracted from their faith. Jesus, later says that 'it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than a rich man into heaven.' If a Christian is rich or well off they should make sure that money is not at the top of their priorities. ...read more.


James 1:27 says that 'pure religion before God....is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble.' James teaches that part of developing faith further is to help the needy. Christian must always be concerned for the poor in order to improve faith. The Pope, an important spiritual leader for Catholics, has made a canon law saying "The Christian faithful are also obliged to promote social justice and, mindful of the precept of the Lord, to assist the poor from their own resources." Therefore many Catholics will try to help the poor because it is an obligation. In conclusion, the Bible does not say that it is wrong for Christians to be rich and attain wealth, they just need to make sure they have their priorities right- that is God comes first. When it comes to poverty a Christian will try to alleviate suffering as much possible, helping the less fortunate is part of being a Christian. Natania Duhur 11A Stanley RS Coursework ...read more.

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