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Christians believe that wealth is something, which can be used for good or for evil, and so, in itself is not a bad thing. Christians can only gain money in lawful and moral ways and when they have wealth, it is a gift from God not theirs alone.

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Introduction

Christians believe that wealth is something, which can be used for good or for evil, and so, in itself is not a bad thing. Christians can only gain money in lawful and moral ways and when they have wealth, it is a gift from God not theirs alone. Many biblical teachings show that if you have the wrong attitude to money, wealth can lead you away from God. This is what Jesus believed as he had very strong views about the responsibility for the poor and the needy. Jesus told many parables (parables are stories with a moral) and among some of them is "If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth" (1 John 3:17,18). This meant that Jesus wanted people to provide for the poor and needy. Jesus told many parables that are linked to wealth and poverty. In the parable of the Good Samaritan Jesus showed that the commandment to Christians to love God and their neighbour meant they must help anyone who is in trouble whether they live near or far. ...read more.

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It can either be one or the other and that people would have to choose between God and money. In 1 John 3:17-18 Jesus said if anyone is rich and their friend is poor, how can the love of God be in them? He says this as people increasingly leave their friends when in need. In James 2:14-17 Jesus says that it is no good if a person had a friend what good would it be if they had no food or clothes and the person didn't offer to help them. This would be wrong, as the person would be leaving his/her friend and would not be a 'Good Samaritan'. There are many attitudes from different churches about wealth and poverty. In the catechism of the Catholic Church it says " God bless those who come to the aid of the poor and rebukes those who turn away from them... Love for the poor is incompatible with immoderate use of riches or their selfish use". They teach that it is good to help the poor. ...read more.

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"Those who in charity spend of their goods by night and day, in secret and in public, have their reward with their lord." (Taken from Qur' an 2:274). This clearly shows that it supports the third pillar of Islam. In Qur' an 2:284 it says, "If the debtor is in any difficulty, grant him time to repay. But if ye remit it by way of charity, that is best for you if ye only knew." What the Qur' an is trying to say is that even if a person gives the money away the Lord counts it as a blessing. In the Hadith it says, "He who eats and drinks whilst his brother goes hungry is not one of us." And what it is trying to say is that whoever does not give Zakah to anyone in need, is not a true Muslim. A true Muslim would not be able to watch someone go hungry knowing they had enough food to eat. This proves that the Islamic religion has the same sort of belief as the Christian religion and it is right for people to always help the poor and the needy and assist them in any way possible. Tobi T. Bankole Page 1 ...read more.

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