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Christians Teachings on wealth and poverty.

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Religious Education Coursework: Section A (i): Christians Teachings on wealth and poverty The Bible teaches that all Christians have a responsibility to care for the poor. Christians believe that God will judge them according to how much concern they have shown for the poor. All the Christian Churches today emphasize the need for people to share what they have with developing countries. An example of people who preached about the poor is the Prophet Amos. He lived in the 8th century B.C.E. The book of Amos is found in the Old Testament. Amos preached a message of social justice. He warned the people that God would send terrible punishments unless the treated the poor and the weak with more care. ...read more.

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Christians believe showing love towards God involves caring about all other people. Another parable of Christians' believes on wealth and poverty is the Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus. The Story of the Rich Man and Lazarus is found in Luke 16:19-31. It tells the story of a rich man who lived in luxury, while a beggar who lived outside his front gate, had nothing and was ignored by the rich man. When the two men died, the poor man goes to heaven, but the rich man is sent to hell. The rich man asked to be allowed to warn his brothers of the consequences of ignoring the poor, but he is told that they have had plenty warnings already, from the prophets. ...read more.

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Christians believe that money fairly and honestly. Christians believe it is fine to work hard and earn money, as long as the work is honest, and the money doesn't take over the person's life. Christians do not usually approve of occupations which exploit other people or cause harm, such as gambling, pornography or promoting dangerous drugs. Sometimes Christians try to choose jobs which involve helping others, such as nursing, the police, or charity work. Sometimes Christians churches are critisized for owning land, expensive buildings such as silver chalices. Some people think Christians should sell all this and give away the money to the poor and homeless. Other say that it is important to show respect to God with beautiful things, and that the churches need money in order to provide people with a place of worship and properly trained ministers. Word Count: 666 Barrett Downing 5BC 5R2 Mr Conway Miss Rouse ...read more.

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