Religion, Poverty, And Wealth Essay

1865 words - 7 pages

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
neighbour’.

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 Elijah is very disappointed
with the Kings decision on handling the matter, however the King
decided to steal the property from the vineyard owner. The Lord Elijah
was enraged and cursed the King’s family for eternity.

The moral of this story is to not use your power to demand personal
and sentimental belongings from others. But ‘Bob Geldof’ has twisted
this parable by using his power to help poverty stricken people (Make
Poverty History fund).

3. Human life is sacred

Genesis (1: 26 – 27)

‘All men and women are created equal. In Genesis we are told that
every individual is special because we are all made in the image of
God. Rich or poor we are all of equal importance and every life is
sacred.’

This teaching is emphasising Christians to treat everyone equally
disregarding their creed, colour, culture or finical purposes.

4. The Golden rule

Luke (10: 25 – 37)

The Good Samaritan

There was once a Jew who was travelling along a long and dangerous
road. All of a sudden a group of robbers beat him and stole his
belongings, they left him stripped and half-dead by the roadside. A
priest walked past and saw the body, but...

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