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"Is God on the side of the poor?"

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Matthew Pitt L6W 19/2/2003 "Is God on the side of the poor?" Is God on the side of the poor? There are obviously many different views and answers given to this question, either derived from the Bible, from one's own opinion or a cohesion of both. But how can it be answered from the simple form of this question? Further Biblical knowledge as well as a greater understanding of Liberation Theology is required to provide a substantial answer to this, which can be obtained by looking at the individual aspects that arise when questioning God's position in relation to the poor. These are things such as the concern God had for the poor at the Exodus, The Exile and the Incarnation; The sense in which God identifies with the poor; Gods frequent work through the poor and the oppressed; The Biblical teachings that God constantly demolishes the rich and elevates the poor; and the question of whether God commands his people to have a special concern for the poor and oppressed but not the rich. There are three main points or stories in the Bible when God uses his power to intervene and Liberate the poor and oppressed, they are 1) ...read more.

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These are the words of God, and it seems as if he is preaching one message for one reason - to get 'his' people free from oppression. And although he himself freed us from the oppression of guilt, the oppression refered to here is physcial oppression, from captivity. Throughout Jesus' preaching life he spent nearly all of his time with the poor and the sick, giving freedom and curing, which in a way shows the roots and objectives of Christianty itself. Gods destructive comes through in Jesus as in Matthew 25:31 - 46 Jesus says that those who do not feed the hungry, clothe the naked and visit the prisoners will expreience eternal damnation. i.e. Gods destructive power. The whole idea of the incarnation is get Gods messages and intentions on to earth and into practise, and these all involve the poor and are all in favour of the poor. Feeding the hungry, healing the sick, enabling the blind to see again and getting those being oppressed free from it. God obviously sees the poor as h'his' own people, as he always protects them over anyone and will do anyhting (e.g. destruction) to help them out and get them free. ...read more.

Conclusion

I'm not so sure this is the answer. God obviously shows love, and is love, but the question that arises from the whole of this debate, is Why he sides with the poor? Is it because he has given free will and it has been wrongly used, so the balnce must be restored? Or is it because it is the right thing to do in the circumstances, something a loving God would do (and person). I do believe that God is on the side of poor, but not because they are 'his' people specifically, but because he is loving and feels they need his help to regain what they deserve, a chance. And if this chance can only come about by destroying the rich and the oppressers then so be it. Even if there are mistakes in his creation, it doesnt mean it isnt prefect, it may have these faults in it for a reason, maybe so God can show how loving he is and how poor people should be seen as equals to other people. I don't know. Nobody knows, but what i do precieve to be true is the fact that God does side with the poor simply because they have been oppressed - and God is doing the right and loving thing by freeing them from their oppression. ...read more.

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