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

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Ai) Outline Christian teaching, and the teaching of one other religion, on wealth and poverty. Wealth can be utilised of for either good or evil, purely depending on the nature of its use. Wealth can be used to abolish poverty in the world and help to develop LDC's. Christian's see wealth as a gift from God, and therefore their money earned should be gained in a lawful and moral way. However, the flaw to wealth is that the sense of power obtained and the greed that blinds people corrupts society as a whole; and distances themselves from God and his teachings. In the bible, there are many teaching on 'Wealth and Poverty', emphasising the importance of this aspect of life. ...read more.

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Wealth is given from the will of God, and should not go against the will of God by thinking that you are superior because of your status compared to others. Teachings in the bible on wealth and poverty were performed by Christian leaders, such as Jesus. In Jesus' parable he talks of a "rich fool". Jesus comes across a farmer, who successfully harvested and produced a great amount of food; much more than required. He encounters a situation whereby he can either give the spare food to the ones in need, or to keep and sell it later for wealth. The farmer went against the will of God, as he decided to sell the food and buy a new barn for himself. ...read more.

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Muslims pay Zakah as it is a duty given by God, and is one that has to be fulfilled to be good Kalifhas' as it shows positive acknowledgement for the will of God. Moreover, Zakah means purification, and so paying Zakah will "cleanse and purify" the ones in need by the means of it. However, Muslims believe that God is omniscient and so will reward those who give Sadaqah as he is regarded as omnipotent. It is not compulsory to help others, but it done through ones personal will. "Those who charity spend their goods by night and day, in secret and in public, have their reward with their Lord". Wealth can be shared in a number of ways, through time, money, food or advice. Basically, it is the duty of Muslims to give, especially when they are able. ...read more.

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