Christian Teaching on Wealth and Poverty

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Christian Teaching on Wealth and Poverty In the world today rich countries are at a great advantage over LEDC's, this is because the richer countries can pay for good education systems, hospitals and ever improving sanitation, whereas LEDCs are stuck in debt and poverty. MEDCs keep getting richer - a lot of money they get from foreign labour or debt repayments that can be seen as an exploitation of the weaker countries, MEDCs get the majority of their income through businesses and industry. In the first section of my coursework I researched the need for world development and answered the question why are some countries less developed than others? In this section of my coursework I will look at Christians and Muslims responses to wealth and poverty. In Christianity people believe that wealthy people should use their money to help the less fortunate, and that money can be used either for good or evil. One of the strongest messages that comes through in the Bible is to use your money to help other people, not just yourself. In the parable of the Sheep and the Goats (Matthew 25:31-46) the sheep represent good Christians who carry out selfless acts of giving and serving, Christians use this teaching in many aspects of life, in money they see this as it is ok to have money as long as you help people when they are in need, if you have excess money and see someone in debt or other money related problems do not spend the money on your self but help that person out. This message is similar to one in The Rich Ruler: (Luke 18:18-29) "Indeed 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." This is used because the front entrance to the Jerusalem market was known as the eye of the needle and wealthy people had heavy laden camels who could not fit through it. Rather than dismissing their important possessions they used the back entrance.
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