Religion, Poverty, and Wealth

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Religion, Poverty, and Wealth

Christians believe strongly in world equality, as they feel that they

have a responsibility to care for the poor and needy. These

responsibilities are based upon the five key Christian ideas

1. Stewardship

Genesis (1: 28 – 31)

In this story God creates Adam and Eve. He builds a beautiful house

and a beautiful garden with trees laden with ripe and delicious fruit

for them to live in. ‘Pick the fruit and eat it freely,’ God told

them, ‘but do not eat the fruit from the tree in the middle as it is

evil, and if eaten you will die.’ One day a cunning snake persuaded

Eve to eat a piece of fruit from the forbidden tree. After much

persuasion Eve reluctantly took the fruit and ate it. God was furious

that someone would go against his word, so he banished Adam and Eve

from the beautiful house with the beautiful garden, and out into the

human world.

The moral of this story is to not go against God’s word. One of God’s

teachings is ‘Love thy neighbour’, by Christians helping poverty

suffering communities around the world, then they are ‘loving thy


2. Biblical cautions

1 Kings (21: 1 – 25)

The King and The Vineyard

In this story the King is determined to purchase a specific vineyard,

he promises the vineyard owner another vineyard or the King would give

him the equivalent in money. The man who owns the vineyard refuses to

sell, stating that Lord would be unhappy with him if he sold the

vineyard. The King is infuriated that someone should disobey him, so

to prove how powerful he is he devises a plot with his wife Jezzabel

to murder the vineyard owner. But the Lord Elij...

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...ional or global scale) can also send a positive and

influential messages to others who wish to follow in that person’s


By helping other religions and coloured groups, it creates a varied

multicultural society, that can learn from other religions and

practices. Without this knowledge of other creeds or lifestyles, we

would probably live a very basic life and not be introduced to a

colourful and more attractive way of living.

Overall I feel that this statement is incorrect as it goes against


Christian concepts, and also many other religious concepts. The simple

commandment ‘Love thy neighbour’ shows that this statement is untrue

to many people, and regardless of someone’s colour, creed, religion,

finical matter, living prospect or lifestyle any human being would

freely help a person in need.
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