The Christian Belief on Wealth and Poverty

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Wealth, the state of being affluent which is a highly desirable characteristic in life and opposing this is poverty, the state of having little or no money and very few possessions. The Bible teaches us that wealth in your life is absolutely worthless in Heaven and holds no value under the eyes of God. This goes against almost every human’s attitude to earning more money to be content by a better lifestyle. Currently Christian leaders are heavily concerned of how corrupt the world is and believe the unfair distribution of wealth across the globe and how less economically developed countries have to suffer from this disadvantage, are the causes of our world being corrupt. 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...

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...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.

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