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Outline the Christian teaching on wealth and poverty.

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Daniel Cole Section 'A' Outline the Christian teaching on wealth and poverty. Britain and much of the western world, has changed from the position it was in the early 20th century. The social barriers have been destroyed, and on the whole, the first class and working class divisions have been merged in to one middle-class society. Generally, people have become wealthier. With money-lending companies and higher paid jobs not forgetting credit cards, people are using their money in a more selfish way. Sales of cars, electrical software, e.g. PC's, and home-refurbishment are on the rise, and the main casualty of this increased consumerism is religion. ...read more.


However, to give the needy, the clothes, food and drink that they need, you have to have the money to buy it. Therefore I feel that one of the messages of the church is not, that owning money is a horrific thing, but that the way you use the money can be the decider on whether it is either good or bad. In '1 Timothy 6: 9-11' he says "People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men in to ruin and destruction." ...read more.


Finally, many businesses rich enough, give huge amounts of money to charity, and without that money, they wouldn't be able to hand these funds over. In the 1890's, the Cadbury's Chocolate Company gave vast amounts of money to charity and also helped their workers. In Victorian London, workers were badly treated, and their lives were extremely dangerous, however Cadbury's built its own town out of its own money to keep them safe and happy. They built sports facilities, and provided dinning halls and hospitals. Without the money that Cadburys had made, they wouldn't have been able to help their follow men, and make the lives of hundreds of people better. ...read more.

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