Christians, Wealth and Poverty

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Christians, Wealth and Poverty The Bible does not say that money is bad. However, what it does say is that it is "the love of money is the root of all evil", a powerful message. The Bible also says "no one can serve two masters". What this means is that you cannot be too attached to your money or it will lead you away from the one true master, God. It means you cannot use your money in selfish or bad ways, but rather for the good of others. Christians are expected by their faith to earn their living by honest means. For example, selling drugs for a living is completely against Christian morals as it is making money on the addiction of others to substances, which destroys their life and physical health, and hurting those around them such as family and friends. For this reason, loan sharking is also wrong as it gives money to people having financial problems but with very high interest rates, so really it only makes their problems worse. The Parables of The Last Judgement and the Good Samaritan relate heavily towards our responsibility of helping others less fortunate than ourselves. For example, in The Good Samaritan, a man is robbed and beaten by bandits and left on the side of the road. A Priest and a Levite walk past, ignoring him. This shows how many people ignore their faith to keep their lives simpler and to simply not get involved. It also shows the hypocrisy of the two men of faith, they ignored what they were taught and teached. However, a poor Samaritan saw the man and took pity on him, taking him to an Inn and ensuring he was well looked after. It shows how the Samaritan was a better person than the other two re... ... middle of paper ... ...om God, living a self-centred life based solely on pleasure and material satisfaction. For example, there are rich people who have managed to lead Christian lives, for example, Sir John Templeton. He owned a business as a financial consultant in Wall Street, New York. However, he always gave away 10% of his profit to charities, a practise known as tithing. In 1992, after a lot of work he sold his business for $400,000,000. As you have seen, Sir john has always combined his business interests with his Christian faith. He also started the Templeton Prize in 1972 and gives money to support projects around the world that further the understanding and the importance of human character. In conclusion, I think being rich is perfectly fine, however, you cannot allow money to become the most important factor in your life.
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