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Outline Christian teaching, and the teaching of one other religion, on wealth and poverty

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Outline Christian teaching, and the teaching of one other religion, on wealth and poverty In the world today rich countries are at a great advantage over LEDC's, this is because the richer countries can pay for good education systems, hospitals and ever improving sanitation, whereas LEDCs are stuck in debt and poverty. MEDCs keep getting richer - a lot of money they get from foreign labour or debt repayments that can be seen as an exploitation of the weaker countries, MEDCs get the majority of their income through businesses and industry. In the first section of my coursework I researched the need for world development and answered the question why are some countries less developed than others? In this section of my coursework I will look at Christians and Muslims responses to wealth and poverty. In Christianity people believe that wealthy people should use their money to help the less fortunate, and that money can be used either for good or evil. One of the strongest messages that comes through in the Bible is to use your money to help other people, not just yourself. In the parable of the Sheep and the Goats (Matthew 25:31-46) the sheep represent good Christians who carry out selfless acts of giving and serving, Christians use this teaching in many aspects of life, in money they see this as it is ...read more.

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They also believe some jobs are non-Christian, such as jobs in the arms trade, drug trafficking, gambling, prostitution and any other jobs that can physically or mentally harm someone. Stewardship is another belief, it stems from the principle of the Genesis creation where God says to Adam and Eve use what I have provided to help others around you. Stewardship is now seen as using the resources you have such as wealth to help the less fortunate, sometimes it is described as "time, talent and treasure" as these are the main things that could help someone in need. Need: Parable of Good Samaritan, Commandments Muslims also have strong beliefs on what is right and wrong when concerning money. Muslims collectively give a lot of money to charity, as the Third Pillar of Islam is Zakat, sometimes spelt Zakah. This is when Muslims give 2.5% of their "spending money" (their income after all necessities have been paid for) to a charity. The money is collected at the Local mosque and sometimes the money is used to aid a local family who may have suffered trauma and the Mosque feels it is right for them to have the money. Nationally, then the money is sent to another mosque in the same country to help people or even a whole community. ...read more.

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Muslims, like Christians, are also against loans and high interest profits, it is completely banned for Muslims and for occasions like taking out mortgages special Muslim companies have been set up to allow them to buy properties. Also if Muslims loan money to people in need and they cannot easily pay it back they are encouraged to give it as a gift as they could spare the money in the first place. This is because in the Surah 2:280 of the Quran', Muslims are taught "If the debtor is in difficulty, grant him time to repay. But if ye remit it by way of charity, that is best for you if ye only knew." The Muslim way of life has a lot to do with helping those in need, Muslim based charities have been set up to provide support for those who need it. Muslim Aid sends supplies such as food, medicine and clothes to help victims of natural disaster and wars. They do not just help Muslims, they help those in need regardless of ethnicity, colour or religion. Like Christianity, Muslims holy books have hints of reward for people who help those in need, and: Surah 2:195 teaches "But do good, for Allah loves those who do good." In conclusion both Muslims and Christians strongly support the idea of charity, both religions are given incentives for being generous and kind. Neither religion forbids riches either, but teaches of good hardworking people who share money freely. ...read more.

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