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Wealth and poverty

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R.E - Coursework- 1) A) Wealth and poverty is a key issue in many religions. Wealth is one someone has money and has the extra privileges of life and poverty is when someone can't even afford the basics of life. There is a wealthy side of the world and there is a poverty stricken side of the world. There is a divide between these two parts of the world. This divide is commonly known as "the north south divide", which basically means that the rich countries like Britain and the USA are situated in the west side of the world and the poverty stricken countries like Sudan and Bangladesh are situated in the north side of the world. Thirdly Christians believe that wealth can lead to corruption. They believe that no one can serve both god and money, they get this view from the bible from Mathew 6:24 "you cannot serve both money and god. When someone becomes greedy and corrupt they believe that wealth is the cause and therefore wealth is wrong. ...read more.

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This shows that Muslims have a controversial view about wealth, on one hand they accept it and on the other they don't. This is very much like the Christians controversial view about wealth. There are striking similarities between Islam and Christianity when it comes to the subject of wealth and poverty, for example the both believe that wealth is a gift from god and they also both believe that it is their moral responsibility as Christians and Muslims to help those living in poverty. Overall Muslims and Christians have pretty much exactly the same attitude towards the subject of wealth and poverty. 1) B) Religious agencies are like any normal aid charity except that their motivation is religious for example the purpose of Christian aid is to follow Jesus' teachings. Religious agencies are very important because they help the poor and often forgotten about people like the Rwandan people, their eighteen year was forgotten about by most of the world except the religious agencies like Christian and Muslim aid. Another way in which Christian aid helps poor countries is through emergency aid. ...read more.

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Some people think that there should be no rich people until there are no poor people and they argue the there are people dieing from hunger whilst others can afford to feed an army. Christian view on the matter of wealth and poverty is clear; they believe that wealth as a gift from god and therefore should be shared with the poor. They believe that it is okay that there are rich and people that co-exist as long as the rich help the poor. The Christian view is very much the same as the Muslim view on the issue of wealth and poverty. Muslims believe that wealth is something of a gift from god and MUST be shred with the poor. When Muslims give money to the poor it's called Zakah and Zakah is one of the five pillars of Islam so Muslims must do it. I think that the issue of wealth and poverty can be viewed in different ways but I think that it is right to have rich while there is poor because if there weren't poor there wouldn't be rich. ...read more.

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