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Wealth and povertyWhat does the Bible say about wealth and poverty?

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What does the Bible say about wealth and poverty? The Bible teaches us to have concern for the poor by giving money to charity. Christianity also teaches people about the right use of money and moral and immoral occupations. Firstly, in the Old Testament, the prophets often preached a warning of the punishment in store for people if they did not treat the poor with consideration. The laws that the people were given after the Exodus gave clear deadlines about how to care for the poor and avoid exploiting them: If one of your countrymen becomes poor and is unable to support himself among you, help him as you would an alien or a temporary resident, so that he can continue to live among you. ...read more.

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He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favour. The Bible also teaches about charity through a letter to one of the newly formed churches in the early days of Christianity. In this, Paul wrote to the Christians in Corinth advising them to put aside money for others on a regular basis, and to make a habit of it: On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up... Christianity also teaches about the right uses of money. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught: No-one can serve two masters. ...read more.

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He told Jesus that he tried all his life to be good and to keep the commandments. Jesus looked at him and loved him. 'One thing you lack,' he said. 'Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.' At this the man's face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth. Therefore the Bible says it is acceptable to earn money as long as your wealth does not obsess you. If you love money, you cannot love God. Another view expressed by the Bible is that if you gain a large sum of money, someone else in the world has less money. This is acceptable as long as you give generously to charity. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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