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"You cannot be truly religious and rich" Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer, showing that you have considered other points of view.

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GCSE Religious Studies: Coursework Religion, Wealth and Poverty Part D (d) "You cannot be truly religious and rich" Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer, showing that you have considered other points of view. The issue of wealth is renowned world-wide for being topical as half of the world's population is living in unbelievable poverty, whilst the other half is living quite comfortably, the majority overly so. Furthermore, the gap between the rich and the poor is increasing rapidly, the poor are becoming poorer whilst the rich are becoming richer. As well as wealth being a major issue in the world today, religion is also a prominent and conflicting issue also on the same level of interest. The Christian belief about the factors of wealth and religion is that if you are true to Christianity, you should follow the Christian belief that wealth should be shared with others, especially the poor and others who are just as unfortunate. It is emphasised in the quote "God blesses those who come into the aid of the poor and rebukes those who turn away from them," written in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. ...read more.


The definition of the word greed is simply "a consuming desire to have more" which can definitely be applied to the majority of the world's population, but many of the rich are assumed to be greedy simply because of they amount of money they possess. What is normally forgotten is that although rich people are greedy to a certain extent as they continue to maintain a certain height of wealth, they may well give generously to charities and to the poor, but maybe just not generously enough. It is a known Christian belief that wealth itself is not a bad thing, it is just the wrong attitude adopted by greedy humans who give it a bad name. It is made clear in the Bible that Christians must share all that they can with others, especially the poor, if they are rich. Actions such as this prove that being rich should not be a factor, which prevents someone from being religious. Just because someone happens to be better off than another does not mean that they are any less religious, but may be less likely to be as willing as someone else when providing for the poor and charities working to benefit them, where the matter of greed is concerned. ...read more.


Viewing from another perspective, wealth can aid someone on his or her individual path to becoming truly religious. They can experience reaching this height of religion by providing for the poor, giving money to charity and sacrificing what they desire the most in order to gain a greater feeling of religiousness. Wealth can cause a person to realise that money does not bring happiness and so they would be willing to give it up or sacrifice what they could in order to seek that happiness. In conclusion to this question, I believe that the word rich can be defined in many ways and not just necessarily meaning that by being rich you are wealthy, as I have realised that someone can be rich in character and personality or rich in happiness. I believe that you cannot be truly religious and wealthy due to the fact that if you were truly religious to the highest possible degree, then you would be willing to give away the wealth that you possessed to aid those in need, and therefore you would not remain wealthy. So by coming to this conclusion, I agree that you can be truly religious and rich. Joanna Lowe Page 1 5/10/2007 ...read more.

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