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Religion and materialism

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To answer the questions that have been set I feel it's necessary to explain briefly my understanding of the words; Christianity and materialism. I believe that Christianity is the practices and beliefs derived from the bible. I believe that materialism is the desire and interest of money and possessions rather than spiritual or ethical values. Christians are taught to use money as a necessity to live. Greed is considered as one of the seven deadly sins, so it is an adversary of the religion. But how do we know if someone or something is greedy? Isn't it therefore wrong to use money to construct glamorous and decorative churches and cathedrals, when after all it's purpose of being there is so that people can pray and learn about God? ...read more.


Anything else is superficial. Christians believe that everyone should be equal and have a fair share. However in reality this does not happen, so that's why charities have developed. 'If a man has two tunics he should share with him that has none, and the one who has food must do the same.' This goes back to greed. For if that man has something that he doesn't need, he should give to those who do. Sharing is very important to Christians, not only materialistic things but time, effort and aid. These unselfish acts can be very rewarding to the person who commits them, for knowing that you made a difference can sometimes be the greatest gift of all. ...read more.


There is a charity called the Samaritans and they help anyone who needs good advice or just someone to listen to. 'It is more important to keep religious laws than to make money.' I personally agree with this statement, money is a need of life, but it's not a way of life, or at least it shouldn't be. Think back to the story of Scrooge, he spent his whole life trying to make money and scam the poor. He was very rich but he was miserable. Money can't buy the things that matter, like love and happiness. Christianity teaches us that it's better that to give to others even if it means that we go into poverty ourselves. This seems a bit extreme to me but there are some so passionate about relieving poverty that they are willing to do this. ...read more.

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