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Explain How Christian beliefs can effect the Christian attitude to wealth and poverty

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Niral Patel 11D Explain How Christian beliefs can effect the Christian attitude to wealth and poverty This essay will be focusing on wealth and poverty and how Christian beliefs can affect the Christian viewpoint towards this matter. The correct definition of wealth is the state of being rich and affluent; having a plentiful supply of material goods and money, and the saying that associates with this definition is that "great wealth is not a sign of great intelligence." The correct definition for poverty is the state of having little or no money and few or no material possessions as well as describing a wide range of circumstances associated with need, hardship and lack of resources. There are several facts and statistics about wealth compared to poverty. Africa, South America and Asia play the major part of the world's poverty problem and are a priority to try and improve the situation and living conditions there. Here is a table comparing the statistics of living for the richest people in the world and the poorest people in the world: The richest people of the world (The North) The poorest people of the world (The South) ...read more.


The Bible also says in Matthew's book: "Do not store up riches for yourself here on Earth where moths and rust destroy, and robbers break in and steal. Instead, store up riches for you in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and robbers cannot break in and steal. For your heart will always be where your riches are." Christians agree with this as they say that you should not be sad if you give your money away. Jesus' preaching tells us that there is more to life than just money and greed. He suggests that you should live your life sharing with others and have a life of riches in Heaven. It is said that the moths and rust refer to the draw backs in life; He makes a comparison between heaven and Earth, almost suggesting that your life on Earth was really a test on weather or not you should be in heaven. The will power to give up all of your riches is hard, but he stresses that eternity in Heaven with God is worth sacrificing all of your riches and fancy clothes for a short time on Earth. Therefore in effect, Christians are faced with two options; save wealth and face hell or use the money for good cause and your reward will be found in heaven. ...read more.


Again the bible mentions how God will always return the effort put into giving the money to the poor in much greater rewards in heaven. Corinthians 8 v.2-5 tells us of the Churches of Macedonia. It says that they could give more than they could afford and they gave as much money as possible. The bible text shows that this is what God wants of all people. The church, as many of the other religions of the world, emphasizes change in the amount of poverty and hunger in the world. They give money to the agencies that support the homeless and the starving e.g. Christian aid and CAFOD. They also aid any protests for the poor. Sometimes they would even travel overseas to help. To conclude, Christians should take action to help the fight against poverty because it is better to love God and enter heaven, then store wealth which is against the teachings of the bible, and go towards hell. It can be seen as a Christian's duty to help others because we are stewards of the Earth and therefore should look after one another which is also supported by the idea that God made us all in his image. Due to these beliefs, Christians give aid to charities, to the church or even voluntary work in poorer countries in order to fulfill their duty and make their road towards heaven. ...read more.

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