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Religion, Poverty and Wealth

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Religion, Poverty and Wealth

All Christians believe that the world and everything in it have been

created by God. They believe that the world is holy, special, divine,

worthy of respect and honour.

'The earth is the Lord's, and everything in it, the world, and all who

live in it; for he founded it upon the seas and established it upon

the waters.' Psalm 24:1-2

Because 'the earth is the Lord's', Christians believe they are

stewards or caretakers. They should be committed to the proper

management of the world and its resources. Since the earth has been

delegated to people by God they have to manage it responsibly and

productively for the sake of both their own and subsequent

generations. The following bible quotes tell us that everything

belongs to God. God made the mountains, the sea, dry land and the

skies. They also show that God's creation reveals his greatness:

'For the Lord is the great God… In his hand are the depths of the

earth, and the mountain peaks belong to him. The sea is his, for he

made it, and his hands form the dry land' Psalm 95:3-6

Christianity teaches us that God is the God of nature, as well as of

religion. God made the physical universe, sustains it, and still

pronounces it good. God is interested in, and looks after his

creation.

'God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.' Genesis 1:31

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Christians believe that God made human beings to be like himself.

'So God created man in his own image… male and female he created them.

God blessed them and said to them, be fruitful and increase in number,

fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the

birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the

ground.' Genesis 1:27-28

Human beings are godlike beings made in Gods likeness and possessing

capacities which distinguish them from the animal creation. Since God

is interested in the earth, so should the Christian want to care for
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