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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. Christians believe that all the creation belongs to God as told in the 'Psalm 50:12' God says, " For the world is mine and everything in it is mine" and mankind is only to look after it for the time being. The Luke 3:11 makes clear that anyone who has wealth must divide it as it says, "whoever has two shirts must give one to the man who has none and whoever has food must share it." Another leading message was pass on by the parable of the 'man and the Lazarus' (Luke 16:190-31) where the rich man was sent to hell for not giving food to the beggar. Christians have faith in to put the right attitudes towards the wealth and consider that they should always use it properly so they don't fall for the wrong concept of loving it and act greedy and be selfish, as mentioned in Matthew 6:24 'wealth can be dangerous as it can easily be worshipped'. This saying also links up with the parable of the 'rich and poor', in which the man saved up all his earnings and never shared a single bit and in the end he was demanded for his life and couldn't do anything with his savings. ...read more.

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Like Christianity, Islam does not ignore the significance of money; in fact in some cases it may be stricter, as one of the most important principles of Islam is that every thing belongs to Allah (the God), and that the wealth is given to the human being to be looked after; for that reason it must be shared among all fairly. It is warned by Allah's prophet Mohammad (pbuh) against lack of sympathy in the world saying "he who eats and drinks whilst his brother goes hungry is not one of us" (Hadith), which clarifies that the one who does not share is not a true believer. Unlike other religions where donation may be voluntary; Islam teaches that every earning Muslim must pay Zakah and may pay Sadaqah to their own will. The Qur'an (the holy book) emphasises strictly against greediness, plus states that all the matter on earth belong to Allah and mankind does not actually own the money they possess on earth, together with Allah's message of hate for those who are "given to excess" (Surah 5:90). It also told prophet Mohammad (pbuh) "you could buy your place in Hereafter", which highlights the idea that wealth on earth has no value in heaven. ...read more.

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They avoid 'haram' factors, as they believe that it is way of earning sins; plus in 'Hadith' it declares-'it is not poverty which I fear for you, but that you might begin to desire the world as others before you desired it, and it may destroy you as destroyed them' -this explains in the end when you are left with nothing and it will not be poverty that get you wrong, plus if you'd cheated somebody else then you'll be paid back for it. On other hand Islam obligates honest earning that can be profitable in good ways- in Hadith it says 'No one eats better food than which they have earned by their own labour' which describes that it is safer to earn something you have worked honestly for as it does not get you wrong; this sort earning is 'halal' (allowed). Additionally, the Muslim prayer states 'Taqqabbal Allah minna wa minkum' translated- 'may God accept the work we have done for his sake' that points out that its up to God to decide whether you have done a right thing or not. On the whole, Christian and Muslims have a lot of similar concepts when coming to the issues of tackling ' wealth and poverty' with both faiths responding responsibly to those in need. ...read more.

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