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

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Religious Studies Coursework - Wealth and Poverty Question a(i): Outline Christian teaching, and the teaching of one other religion, on wealth and poverty: Christians believe wealth is something that can be used for good and evil, so in itself wealth is not a bad thing. Christians can only gain money in lawful and moral ways, and when they have wealth it is a gift from God - and not theirs alone. Many biblical teachings show that if people have the wrong attitude to money and wealth, it can lead them away from God. Christianity also states that rich people/countries have a moral obligation to help the poor. If nobody helped the poor, they would die for foolish reasons, so by helping them not only would they be helping themselves religiously, they would be benefiting others and pleasing God. This point is stated by the Catholic Church, when it says: "God blesses those who come to the aid of the poor and rebuted and those who turn away from them. Love for the poor is incomplete and immoderate use of riches of their selfish use." Catechism of the Catholic Church. If you do not have a lot of wealth, you shouldn't be depressed as a consequence. This is stated by Timothy 6:9,10, "People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires, that plunge a man into ruin and destruction. ...read more.


By that for instance, a Government could be set up which has more understanding of the outside world, which could therefore improve country relations and bring income to the country, from exporting something which is specially grown in that area. Or by extending the countries Infrastructure, improving transport in and to the country, by air, road and rail. Providing a telephone network that may lead to computer networks, or by building power stations, so electricity is more widespread in the nation. By doing this, persecution of people, and discrimination of the poor will be ended. As in today's modern world, the countries picked on by others are those that are poor, undeveloped and where there is not much hope for people. Major designer labels make children make their clothing, and pay them as little as 2p per item, yet these companies go on to sell their clothes for over �40, depending on what is being sold. This is immoral and wrong. World Development is needed, as everyone is equal, therefore should be treated equally. But due to exploitation by others, some people are not treated fairly. This is wrong, and is against all major religions. So World Development would lead in people being treated fairly, living in healthier conditions, better education on job prospects, and more importantly - a happier and more enjoyable life. ...read more.


If everyone had equal riches, or there were no rich people, there would be a power struggle to show which nation had the most power. The most obvious reason in my view though, is; if there were no rich people, who would help the poor. Despite richer countries sometimes exploiting poorer nations, they are the ones who lend money, and many charities raise their money from richer people. If there were no rich people, there would be more people in poverty and harsh conditions, than if there were rich people. Poorer people may say that if they suffer, everyone should suffer. This type of thinking is wrong, what would the point be of many others suffering for the sake of the poor people in the current state. If people are rich, it is because God has given it to them as a gift, and no human can oppose that. Many religions, including Christianity and Islam, that once you have died, on the day of judgement your financial height won't decide whether you go to heaven or hell, what you have done in life will. I think there should be rich people as long as there are people in poverty, if they're no rich people, no one will be able to help the poor. The poor may feel if they have little money, so should everybody else, but, Christianity says wealth is a gift from God, and so we cannot choose who is rich and poor. ...read more.

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