Christian Teachings on Wealth and Poverty

Christian Teachings on Wealth and Poverty

When we think poverty, we think being poor, hungry, homeless which is

exactly what it means. The opposite of this would be wealthy, meaning

a lot of money, property or riches. Even the world we live in is

separated between wealthy and poor, this is called the north-south

divide. The wealthier countries are located to be in the north, areas

including USA, Eastern Europe, Canada, and Egypt. Meanwhile you would

find poorer countries to be in the south, for example Brazil, Mexico,

even poorer countries where you are more likely to find poverty would

be places like Sudan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. When measuring a

countries wealth it is usually measured by their GDP per capita. Some

of the richest countries in the world include Luxembourg, USA,

Switzerland and some of the poorest countries are Sierra Leone,

Tanzania. Ethiopia and Somalia. This essay will be looking at

Christian and Islamic views on wealth and poverty.

Many Christians believe that wealth is acceptable as long as it is

used to help others. Although the bible suggests that being rich may

make you selfish, "people who want to get rich fall into temptation

and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires", (Timothy

6:9-10). Christians believe it is important to share your wealth; an

example of this is the story in the bible, the parable of the sheep

and the goat, where Jesus told the bad people they would be sent to

hell. An example of the British government sharing their wealth with

the poor is when foreign secretary Jack Straw visited Khartoum to help

the humanitarian situation in Darfur; he came up with a 5-point plan


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afford. Christian aid finds helping people for the long term important

as it is helping people to help themselves.

Christian aid spends about 5% of their budget on educating people and

churches of Britain on why world development is important and how they

can help them. They have helped people in Afghanistan, where under the

taliban regime education for girls was banned and now they are allowed

they need the money to be able to pay for it which Christian aid is

helping them with.

Although all the work Christian aid participate in is very important,

the long-term help they provide is probably the most useful as it can

help people to help themselves. If people are educated then they can

make a future for themselves. "Give a man a fish; feed him for a day.

Teach a man to fish; feed him for a lifetime".

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