Christian Beliefs on Religion, Wealth and Poverty

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Christian Beliefs on Religion, Wealth and Poverty 1. Christians and wealth and poverty, Christians believe that a person's value should be judged by their actions and not by money or possessions. Jesus taught that wealth encourages greed and selfishness and doesn't lead to true happiness. Christians believe that wealth is sometimes can be used for good or evil, and so, in itself it is not a bad thing. Also Christians should believe that materialism is wrong, this means believing in more then money and possessions, more on deeper worth's such as justice and compassion. Most Christians would believe, the love of money is the root of all evil (1 timothy 6:9-10). Also in the bible, Matthew 14.15-21 a teaching from Jesus, it is about a boy sharing food with lots of people. This teaching is saying, share with others who are more unfortunate. Also in act 2.44-7, it is about sharing belongings, selling their belongs and sharing the money between them equally, the teaching is to follow this example. Also MT said in the bible "you cannot serve both god and money" MT624 , this is about choosing what you love more. Muslims and wealth and poverty, Muslims believe in the Qu'ran and the pillars of Islam. Zakah is the third pillar of Islam; it is the giving of 2.5% of their wealth a year. This is if you can afford it, it goes to benefit the poor. It shows you worship Allah and it purifies the giver. It also gives great happiness to the giver as they have helped the poor. They also try and do a good deed like going to volunteer into a charity, it is done for the sake of Allah and it doesn't have to involve money. This is called Sadaqah. In the Qu'ran, Surah 2:274 " those who in charity spend of their goods by night and by day, in secret and in public, have their lord". Also Hadith quoted by al'Bukhan, " he who eats and drinks whilst his brother goes hungry is not one of us".

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