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Christians, Wealth and Poverty

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Ai: Christians, Wealth and Poverty The Bible does not say that money is bad. However, what it does say is that it is "the love of money is the root of all evil", a powerful message. The Bible also says "no one can serve two masters". What this means is that you cannot be too attached to your money or it will lead you away from the one true master, God. It means you cannot use your money in selfish or bad ways, but rather for the good of others. Christians are expected by their faith to earn their living by honest means. For example, selling drugs for a living is completely against Christian morals as it is making money on the addiction of others to substances, which destroys their life and physical health, and hurting those around them such as family and friends. For this reason, loan sharking is also wrong as it gives money to people having financial problems but with very high interest rates, so really it only makes their problems worse. The Parables of The Last Judgement and the Good Samaritan relate heavily towards our responsibility of helping others less fortunate than ourselves.

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The risk of a deadly cholera outbreak remains high." Source: http://www.oxfam.org.uk/what_we_do/where_we_work/sudan/emergency/update191004.htm Basically, what we often take for granted are luxuries to those with nothing, suffering terribly under absolute poverty. There are many causes of absolute poverty, but the main causes are war, natural disasters and debt. This lethal combination causes multiple crisis's wherever they exist, for example, Afghanistan. This is a country wrecked by war (Taliban etc) and natural disasters such as violent earthquakes such as the one in 2002 where 5,000 people were estimated to have been killed. As a result of all the earthquakes and war, there is a lot of poverty and disease as the government is trying to pay back debts instead of paying for health and other necessities. As you can see, debt is the main cause of all the problems that occur (mainly disease, lack of education etc). Examples of how debt occurs are: -In Ethiopia there was a drought and they had to borrow money to feed its people. -The debt was so large they have to cut back on certain areas such as health -The people then get sick and the country has to borrow more and they are then stuck in the poverty cycle.

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people who put their money first, not God and other people, i.e.: they use it to live an immoral, selfish and completely self centred life. To prove this, a quote from the Bible says: "The love of money is the root of all evil" 1Timothy 6: 9-10 This is because it is the love of money, not the money itself as it is inanimate, that causes people to become selfish and driven away from God, living a self-centred life based solely on pleasure and material satisfaction. For example, there are rich people who have managed to lead Christian lives, for example, Sir John Templeton. He owned a business as a financial consultant in Wall Street, New York. However, he always gave away 10% of his profit to charities, a practise known as tithing. In 1992, after a lot of work he sold his business for $400,000,000. As you have seen, Sir john has always combined his business interests with his Christian faith. He also started the Templeton Prize in 1972 and gives money to support projects around the world that further the understanding and the importance of human character. In conclusion, I think being rich is perfectly fine, however, you cannot allow money to become the most important factor in your life.

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