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

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WEALTH AND POVERTY- R.E COURSEWORK Outline the Christian teaching and the teaching of one other religion on wealth and poverty. In this essay I will be writing about wealth and poverty from the Christian and Islamic point of view. Christians believe that wealth should be shared and used to help those less fortunate than themselves. The New Testament teaches that wealth can be dangerous. It says that it is easy to worship wealth and material success instead of God. Some people believe that there should be no rich people in the world as long as there is poverty in the world. Christians believe in helping those who are less fortunate, because of religious teachings such as "If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need, how can the love of God be in him?" They believe that everyone is equal and that we should help each other and share the wealth as it belongs to God. Most Christians would agree with the statement as the teachings of Jesus say that we should help each other. Jesus said: "The man with two tunics should share with him that has none, and the one who has food must do the same." ...read more.

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Islamic aid help with food, shelter, clean water, medical care, seeds and tools. Islamic relief in a lot of countries where there is a lot of poverty like, Africa, Iraq and Iran. Agencies like these exist so people that need the most help around the world are able to lead as normal lives as they can. It is an Islamic charity as there are a lot of Islamic countries like, Iraq and Iran where not many charities give money to and the places where it is needed the most, except Africa. Agencies like Islamic and Christian aid are set up in rich countries because they want people who are leading normal lives and have no problems to realize that there are a lot of people suffering in the world and they should be grateful for what they have and if they can try to help them by giving only a small amount to charity if they can. The good thing about agencies like Islamic aid is that there is more chance of people receiving things like shelter with money and clothing. A lot of people are also aware about what is going on and want to help charities like Islamic aid or Christian aid. ...read more.

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* The rich become role models for ordinary people to look up to. This goes against teachings in the Quran and Bible. Envy is the word linked to this Money makes people forget about what is important to them ad ignore everything else, and focus on being even more famous. People forget about the people who are still supposed to be role models to them like prophet Mohammed (PBUH) and Jesus, who didn't have much money and lived very simple lives. I agree with both points. You can be rich and still be a good person or spend all the money on yourself. I believe that the money that you have, you should give atleast some of it into charity, only if it is about 20p from your pocket money. We should remember that every single penny could make a difference to the people who need it. I don't believe that every single person goes bad when they get rich, there are a lot of people who give into charity and I think that we should focus on the positive bits on having wealth as a lot of people do care about what I happening in the world but aren't doing anything about it. ...read more.

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