This quote also backs up Jesus' teachings on wealth and poverty. "But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and are caught in the trap of many foolish and harmful desires that pull them down to ruin and destruction". Timothy 6:9-10 In Timothy's Gospel it tells us that if you are rich you are likely to fall into temptation by sins such as Drugs, gambling and prostitution. The following quote is attr... ... middle of paper ... ...ossessions. The Lord will not reward people that don't give up their possessions or do not help the poor.
This parable teaches us that we have a duty to use our wealth to help others in need. Another parable that Jesus taught is The Rich Man and Lazarus. The Rich Man had no regard for the poor Lazarus who would come to The Rich Man’s door to beg for food that had fell from The Rich Man’s table. When Lazarus died he was taken up to a feast in heaven with Abraham but when The Rich Man died he suffered great pain and asked Abraham to send Lazarus to cool his tongue, Abraham replied “Remember my son, that in your lifetime you were given all the good things, while Lazarus got all the bad things. But now he is enjoying himself here while you are in pain”.
Christian Teachings on Poverty and Wealth Ever since the beginning of the Christian faith, poverty and wealth have been a big issue. Before Jesus was born, the rich would use religion to keep the poor away from them. The wealthy thought their riches were a blessing from God and that their faith and dedication was a reason for God bestowing them with wealth. They believed that the poor were not true followers of God and therefore suffered with poverty. They thought that the poor were not as important in the eyes of God.
The catholic teaching on wealth and poverty is the people who are wealthy are to use there wealth not only to help themselves but to help others as well who are not as fortunate as them. For a catholic to become a person of wealth, they must acquire this wealth by lawful and just ways the reason for this is when acquiring wealth the wealth must not be taken from less fortunate people. The apostles led a life of poverty but led a truly Catholic life, living a life of poverty does not mean to give up everything you possess but to share the wealth you have with the people who need it. Living a life of poverty is seen as shameful in this day and age but living a life of poverty is more than giving up possessions. It proves a sort of mental strength, meaning you don't need money to live your life; you are not a slave to money or greed.
These leaders therefore, support the idea that everyone should indeed, “love thy neighbor as thyself” for the world to be equal, wealth wise. Christians don’t necessarily believe wealth is evil and therefore wealth shouldn’t be forbidden, they believe “it’s the love of money that is the root of all evil.” (Timothy 6:9-10) an explanation to this would be another quote from the bible, “No one can be the slave of two masters: he will either hate the first and love the second or treat the first with respect and the other with scorn.” (Matthew 6:24) so therefore, you can’t truly love God if you have a desire for money because these different kinds of love will pull you towards different directions, for instance the greed for money can motivate someone to become dishonest in their ways of earning money and such industries are the sex, drugs and alcohol which abuse others for their own gain. However, simply being rich does not mean you have sinned, Christian churches encourage their followers to use their wealth for good, such as buying clothes, food or providing sh... ... middle of paper ... ...hould be sharing God’s creation not exploiting it (stewardship). By doing these duties some Christians (Quakers) believe it can also result in world peace, because it’s poverty that mainly causes violence between rich and poor countries. However, the most important Christian teaching of all is that happiness cannot be brought, it can only be found in the true love of God.
Reducing the Value of Pilgrimage for a Christian through Commercialization Places of pilgrimage tend to be very commercialized these days. This is bound to reduce the value of pilgrimage for a Christian. In Christians view they believe that doing business in the places of pilgrimage is wrong because it creates the wrong atmosphere and gives the wrong impression to the pilgrims. As we know, pilgrimage is not about spending money on souvenirs. Many people go on pilgrimage to show that they love God and also to show the loyalty they have for God.
In these economic hard times life has become unbearable to many thus to Karl Marx religion is used as scapegoat from the reality. Although this came as a criticism Marx was sympathetic as he provided solace; people are in distress and religion constantly offered refuge. He related this to physically injured people who were given relief from opiate-based drugs for relief. Religion therefore does not provide solution to peoples underlying problems but eases the pain and makes them seek for supreme power instead of trying to change their circumstances. According to Marx religion signifies the discontent and cons... ... middle of paper ... ...ecognize God.
Shylock hates Antonio, not only on principle, as the Christians hate him, but also due to Antonio's own money lending activities and this, his cardinal sin, of charging no interest. As Shylock says, "I hate him for he is a Christian; but more, for in low simplicity he lends out money gratis, and brings down the rate of usance here with us in Venice." Even now, you can recognise Shylock's hatred, firstly upon principle of religion, and secondly hatred on behalf of his business, which may be the most important thing to Shylock apart from his beloved religion. The burden of his race gives Shylock both a sense of righteous indignation and an overwhelming sense of ... ... middle of paper ... ... he ever want to marry Portia? By the end of the play, I had almost forgotten that the only reason was because he wanted a steady source of income without the hassle of working.
However, he adds humour to some parts in order to please the audience. Shakespeare expresses prejudice through one of the main characters, Shylock. Shylock is a Jew and his job is a money lender. These reasons are enough for most of society to despise him. Antonio, another main character in the play, is portrayed as the superior person as he is a prosperous Christian and he looks down upon Shylock because of his religion and for his system of making profit out of the merchants.
An evil soul producing holy witness." The second reason was that Christians lent money without interest. This clearly affected Shylock’s business. Shylock said, "He lends out money gratis, and brings down the rate of usance here with us in Venice." Christians did not make profits whereas people like Shylock made their profits from interest, this clearly did not please the Christian community, this may have created negative attitudes towards all Jews.