Christianity: Poverty and wealth

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    • Christians should show compassion for others and desire for justice. Jesus makes this clear in the parable of the good samaritan.
      • People who think making money is the main purpose of their lives go against Christian teaching.
        • Christianity says that having money is wrong if money becomes the main focus of their lives or gained in dishonesty.
          • "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil."
    • Christian action
      • Liberation Theology,  says that Christians must take positive action to fight against social injustice and the misuse of power by governments.
        • Liberation Theology is very strong among priests in Latin America, Asia and Africa. They believe that they must break the law if necessary in order to help people who are suffering from oppression.
    • Human rights
      • Religions teach that everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy the wealth that God’s world has to offer.
    • Teachings on wealth:
      • The 10th commandment says that people should be content with what they have:
        • "You shall not covet your neighbour’s house. You shall not covet your neighbour’s wife,"
      • Jesus told his followers that being wealthy is not easy
        • "It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God."
      • Jesus taught that people should use their wealth unselfishly, to look after one another
      • Christians must earn their money trough and honest living

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