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

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RE Coursework - Wealth and Poverty a) i) Outline the Christian Teaching and the teaching of one other religion on wealth and poverty Christians general belief is that wealth can be used for both good and for evil and is therefore not an entirely bad thing. They believe wealth is a gift from God, which can only be achieved in lawful and moral ways. Many biblical teachings show that if you have the wrong attitude to money then it can lead you away from God. Jesus once told a parable about the end of the world when all would be judged. Christians believe that they must share their wealth with the poor. "People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil" - 1 Timothy 6:9-10 According to the new testament our riches must be used for the help of others, especially the poor. Christians believe that all humans are equal in the eyes of god and that all the good things given to us on Earth by God have to be used to help each other. "If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children let us not love with words or tongue, but with actions and in truth. - 1 John 3:17,18 Judaism has a similar belief to Christianity as they believe it is a gift from God and is to be used for both yourself and others. ...read more.


Wars destroy crops, homes, schools , hospitals, etc. causing more poverty. Wars also force several people to leave their homes and try to go to safer countries, this ca create even more poverty as the countries might not have the resources to accommodate so many refugees. iii) Analyse and Explain the work of one religious agency working for world development World Vision, one of the world's leading aid and development agencies, was founded by American missionary Bob Pierce following a life changing trip to China and Korea in 1947. On his first trip outside the USA, Bob encountered people in desperate need and his understanding of the Christian Gospel was transformed. He saw that words alone were not necessarily good news to those without food, clothing, shelter or medicine. In 1950, World Vision was legally incorporated as an organisation and offices soon followed in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. By 1966 the ministry had a worldwide scope. World Vision UK was registered as a charity in 1982. During the 1980's a Marketing Division was established and proposals written to obtain government funding. An annual 24-Hour Famine was initiated which would draw up to 100,000 young people into partnership with those struggling against poverty, hunger and injustice across the world. Throughout the decade a range of programmes was developed to help people in poor communities build a better future for themselves and their children. Including relief and rehabilitation programmes in Ethiopia, support for destitute farmers in Mozambique, flood rehabilitation in Bangladesh, mines clearance in Afghanistan and feeding programmes in drought-stricken Thailand and Laos. ...read more.


should be allowed to have so much money at their disposal. "An astonishing fact is that the worlds three richest businessmen have more money than the 48 poorest countries in the world put together" this surely can not be right, if those three men gave up a third of their money to charity then that would be a big step forward for those 48 countries, but unfortunately we grow up in a society of greed where charity is becoming used less and less. People do not want to give up their hard earned money. So unfortunately other ways for the countries to make money must be thought of. The main thing is debt, so if we could wipe the slate clean as it were, and give theses countries a fresh start, they would function better and go from strength to strength. Even if the money lenders to the countries did not charge so much interest, then a lot of money would be saved, e.g. Chile - borrowed 3.9 billion dollars. By 1982 Chile had paid 12.8 billion dollars in interest but were still in debt. countries can find. This is an exstortionate amount of interest to be paid, nearly 9 billion dollars just of interest, where does all this money go? That itself could be given out to countries that are really struggling, with no apparent source of income, e.g. A country which is recovering from a natural disaster and has had crops and homes destroyed, or a country recovering from war, this is just as destructive as natural disasters, maybe even more so. ...read more.

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