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

Christianity: Poverty and Wealth

Extracts from this document...


29/06/2003 Najim Abbasi 10c Christianity: Poverty and Wealth Christian Teachings Ever since the beginning of the Christian faith, poverty and wealth have been a big issue. Before Jesus was born, the rich would use religion to keep the poor away from them. The wealthy thought their riches were a blessing from God and that their faith and dedication was a reason for God bestowing them with wealth. They believed that the poor were not true followers of God and therefore suffered with poverty. They thought that the poor were not as important in the eyes of God. However, Jesus himself was born in a poor family and he was born in a stable where the animals were kept. "For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich." 2 Corinthians 8:9. Jesus and his disciples didn't own anything. Jesus thought that greed and attachment to wealth would prevent people from going to heaven. Jesus was once asked by a rich man how he should inherit eternal life. When Jesus told him to give up his wealth to the poor and to follow Jesus, the rich man went away upset. Jesus commented that "it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God" in Luke 18:25. The message behind this story is that the no matter how good a person may lead his life, he always has an attachment to worldly and materialistic things and that with this attachment it is impossible for him to enter heaven. ...read more.


Earlier in this century and in the last, financial aid was given to poor countries such as Mexico and some African countries. However, these aids had strings attached. Many of the countries asked for a payback with interest. Some also asked that all the countries products should be brought from the country that is helping them. Through this, countries like Mexico have fallen into debt and are unable to payback what they own. This is known as the poverty trap, a situation in which an unemployed person will lose money by working because more will be lost in expenditure than is gained in income. World development is necessary for the world. People all over are starving and in need of clean, drinkable water. AIDS and other terrible diseases are widespread among many countries. Two billion people are unable to receive any electricity. Millions of children aren't able to attend a school. God made this world where everyone was born equally. Everyone has the right to live in comfortable conditions where they have a sturdy shelter, good food to eat and enough money to support a family. This world is for everyone not just a select few. The rich have enough money to help thousands belonging to poverty- stricken areas. It is about time they did. We have the resources to end poverty. Then why shouldn't we do so? Poverty is one of the worst aspects of our planet and needs to be eradicated as soon as possible. CAFOD - Catholic Agency for Overseas Development The Catholic Agency for Overseas Development is a large Christian charity that has been fighting poverty since 1962 when it was set up by a few Catholic bishops in England and Wales. ...read more.


Additionally, the Bible also teaches that the rich should give money to the poor. No where does it say that there should be no rich people whatsoever. It accepts that there are both rich and poor people in the world. Jesus didn't command everyone to give everything away to the poor. He only commanded the rich ruler who may have had a problem with greed and told him that "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God" Luke 18:25. However, other Christians might disagree and argue that God never accepted the rich in heaven and that it would be better for everyone to have a sufficient amount of wealth to keep them alive and to serve God as this would gain them entry to heaven. "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied." Luke 6:20. Having examined all the opinions above, I believe that the rich should not give up all their wealth in service of the poor but should help them to increase their standard of living and to provide them with a better life through charity work and the improvement of certain policies concerning the poor. Many of the rich are born into families that owned great amounts of wealth and that they don't have to work. I agree that this is unfair to people who work hard day and night yet don't earn a sufficient amount of money but that's part of life and possibly part of God's plan. If we are bestowed with a great amount of wealth, we might as well put it to some good use and help others. ...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


    These people say that it is only fair that all people have a good standard of living as there are many people in this world that are homeless or they live in poor quality houses, and they can't afford to buy the basic needs of life.

  2. Free essay

    religion wealth and poverty

    Due to this many people starve as there is not enough food, so the country ends up borrowing again to pay for the importing of food. Also natural disasters can cause the destruction of houses, farmland, hospitals, schools and businesses.

  1. Wealth and Poverty

    Another major factor is the world debt, as the debt is one of the most important blockades to world development. Many developing countries in the world are heavily in debt to the rich. The developed countries are unable to pay back the money that they first borrowed, as the debt of these countries is growing all the time.

  2. RE poverty

    volunteers, who go out to the developing countries and help by using their skills and talents, such as brick-laying to help in the projects. With these new schools, hospitals and water supplies, communities can keep safe from disease and learn new skills so they can become employable.

  1. Religion, Wealth and Poverty

    Allah has also spoken of the punishments of those who do not pay in the Quraan: "That which they hoard will be made a collar (in the form of a snake) on the day of the resurrection." This verse has been corroborated by a hadith of the prophet (p.b.u.h)

  2. Religion, Wealth and Poverty

    However, a person giving zakah should use his utmost ability in finding out where the zakah is being spent and also in finding the most deserving people. It is narrated in one of the Hadith's of the prophet (s.a.w) that "He who eats and drinks whilst his brother goes hungry is not from one of us."

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

    Christian Aid was set up after World War II to help refugees. It s members span forty different churches in the UK and Ireland, and it works globally to relieve poverty. It raises money through fund-raising events, donations, and collections.

  2. Is world hunger the product of nature or politics

    (Mittal, A) Small scale farmers and consumers in Latin America are paying the price of this drastic shift to export agriculture. In towns and cities across the continent beans are now frequently scarce, as land which once grew beans now grows vegetables for export.

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