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Wealth and poverty

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Wealth and poverty The christen teaching on wealth and poverty is that all men should be equal and thus every one should have the same amount of money as everyone else and that good christens should give away their wealth to people that were poorer than them selves. In the bible Jesus said to a man who asked what he should do to enter into heaven: "Go thy way, sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross, and follow me." (Mark 7: 21) . Although Jesus did not condemn wealth, he merely taught how hard it is for a wealth man to "how hard is it for them that trust in riches to enter into the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God". After he said this, his disciples where shocked: "And they were astonished out of measure, saying among themselves, Who then can be saved? ...read more.

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This combined with the poor water facilities lead to serious health problems. All these problems together clearly show that there is a major need for world development. A teaching that both Jews and Christians shear is that many strict members of both religions give 10% of their financial earnings each year to charity and aid groups. In this way religious aid groups such as Christian aid are funded. These groups carry out a verity of work associated with world development, such as build churches, missionary training canters and, more recently, factories that produce medicines, in countries that cannot afford to import the medication. . Christian aid also provides aid during emergencies such as floods, earth quakes, and wars. The work is carried out by church going volunteers and students. World development is needed so that all people get an equal chance in life. Jewish tradition has always been aware of the importance of allowing poorer people access to loans. Indeed, in Maimonides' famous description of the eight levels of charity, the highest level is lending money to, or going into partnership with, a poor person so that they can become self-supporting. ...read more.

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new money would be produced, and so there would be no way that any one could get out of poverty, similar to the great depression of the 30's; There would be no richer people who would be able to finically support poorer people and pull them above the poverty line. There would be no houses r power or any of the luxuries that we enjoy to day, civilisation would repress to the stone age as I have mentioned earlier: there would be no incentive to work as there would be no one who could afford to pay wages of any sort, because wealth does not only come from money, it could be in the form of food, clothes etc. There Christian teaching on wealth is that riches are not a bad thing, but Jesus stated that the difficulty that rich people, who would not help others, would have getting into heaven. On the other side of the argument it could be said that wealth corrupts, and the people that have it often only ant more and will not willingly give away their money to any man, woman, child or charity. As the old clich´┐Ż say "Absolute power corrupts absolutely". Alex Stephenson-Brown 1 ...read more.

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