Religion, Poverty and Wealth

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    • Quotes
      • “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.  Again I tell you, 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." (Matthew 19:23-24)
        • If you are greedy with money, and don’t try to help others with your wealth, it will be difficult for you to get into heaven because you have not followed God’s teachings in life, and so you don’t believe as you should.
      • “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven.” (Matthew 6:19-20)
        • It’s pointless building up lots of material things in our Earthly life.  We can’t take them with us when they die, and they distract us from the spiritual treasures that we should be focusing on.
      • “No one can serve two masters.  Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve both God and money.”  (Matthew 6:24)
        • Obsession with money distracts people from God.
      • “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” (1 Timothy 6:10)
        • Obsession with money drags people away from the Christian path, and could lead them to do immoral things in order to get money.
    • Gambling
      • Salvation army
        • Believes people gamble out of selfishness which is against Christian teachings. they are completely against it.
      • Church of England
        • Believes it can lead to personal or social damage
      • Catholic church
        • Believes gambling itself is not wrong, but it becomes wrong if it leads you to neglect your responsibilities or becomes an addiction
    • How do Christians respond to the poor?
      • SECOND MOST IMPORTANT COMMANDMENT
        • "love your neighbour as yourself" (Matthew 19:19)
      • AGAPE LOVE
        • For Christians helping the poor is all about god's love
        • The greek word agape is used in the bible and means unlimited loving kindness or unconditional love
        • Christians believe that giving to charity is an expression of god's love through his people
      • The parable of the sheep and the goats teaches that those who give practical help to the needy (the sheep) are also helping god because he is immanent (within us all) and they will be the ones who go to heaven.
      • Catholic responses
        • the needs of the poor are important because they are important to god
        • We should treat eachother as if they were christ
        • Developed nations have responsibility towards developing nation-our actions towards them should be just
        • Religion, Poverty and wealth
          • Quotes
            • “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.  Again I tell you, 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." (Matthew 19:23-24)
              • If you are greedy with money, and don’t try to help others with your wealth, it will be difficult for you to get into heaven because you have not followed God’s teachings in life, and so you don’t believe as you should.
            • “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven.” (Matthew 6:19-20)
              • It’s pointless building up lots of material things in our Earthly life.  We can’t take them with us when they die, and they distract us from the spiritual treasures that we should be focusing on.
            • “No one can serve two masters.  Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other.  You cannot serve both God and money.”  (Matthew 6:24)
              • Obsession with money distracts people from God.
            • “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” (1 Timothy 6:10)
              • Obsession with money drags people away from the Christian path, and could lead them to do immoral things in order to get money.
          • Gambling
            • Salvation army
              • Believes people gamble out of selfishness which is against Christian teachings. they are completely against it.
            • Church of England
              • Believes it can lead to personal or social damage
            • Catholic church
              • Believes gambling itself is not wrong, but it becomes wrong if it leads you to neglect your responsibilities or becomes an addiction
          • How do Christians respond to the poor?
            • SECOND MOST IMPORTANT COMMANDMENT
              • "love your neighbour as yourself" (Matthew 19:19)
            • AGAPE LOVE
              • For Christians helping the poor is all about god's love
              • The greek word agape is used in the bible and means unlimited loving kindness or unconditional love
              • Christians believe that giving to charity is an expression of god's love through his people
            • The parable of the sheep and the goats teaches that those who give practical help to the needy (the sheep) are also helping god because he is immanent (within us all) and they will be the ones who go to heaven.
            • Catholic responses
              • the needs of the poor are important because they are important to god
              • We should treat eachother as if they were christ
              • Developed nations have responsibility towards developing nation-our actions towards them should be just
              • Church of England
                • It supports the MAKE POVERTY HISTORY campaign, and is involved in charitable action around the world to combat AIDS/HIV
                • The church puts their beliefs into practice in its Missionary organisations overseas (people that go out to help the poor and teach about god) and in the support it gives to people living in local dioceses.
                • It is our duty to defend the poor and weak by standing up against injustices that contribute to poverty and disease
          • Christian charities
            • “If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?” (1 John 3:17)
            • Charity can be giving either time or money to help those in need.  Some Christians might join MISSIONARY organisations working in poorer parts of the world to improve the lives of others (e.g. by setting up schools or hospitals) and also bringing the Christian message to them.
            • Charity
              • The Samaritans
                • Started by an ANGLICAN vicar who wanted to help people who had no one to turn to. the provide 24 hour emotional support for people.
              • CAFOD
                • a CATHOLIC organisation who work with the poor and disadvantaged communities in developing communities to overcome poverty and bring about sustainable development.
              • The salvation army
                • a BAPTIST group that carry out church planting, development, disaster releif, education, health care, while teaching the message of god.
              • Christian aid
                • a christian group who provide practical aid (eg. food) and support (eg. training on farming) to people living in poor parts of the world.
          • Moral and immoral occupations
            • Immoral
              • a job that exploits or causes harm to people, animals or the environment.
                • Working in the armed forces
                  • Quakers might believe that working in the armed forces is wrong because the Bible says “blessed are the peacemakers” (Matthew 5:9), suggesting that we should seek peaceful resolutions to conflicts rather than engaging in wars.  Whereas other denominations may feel that fighting to protect others is right on occasion as God commanded “Prepare for war!” in Joel 3:9.
                  • a job that helps or benefits people, animals or the enviroment.
                    • Doctor- protects life and has committed theirs to helping other people
                    • Vicar- is living to spread the word of god and helps other people.
                • logger in the Amazonian Rain Forest because this involves destroying the homes of people who have lived there for generations, and it would also be damaging God’s creation.  In the Bible it says we should be stewards of the planet, as suggested in the Bible verse Genesis 2:15 “God put man in the garden to guard and cultivate it.” 
            • Moral
              • a job that helps or benefits people, animals or the enviroment.
                • Doctor- protects life and has committed theirs to helping other people
                • Vicar- is living to spread the word of god and helps other people.
        • Church of England
          • It supports the MAKE POVERTY HISTORY campaign, and is involved in charitable action around the world to combat AIDS/HIV
          • The church puts their beliefs into practice in its Missionary organisations overseas (people that go out to help the poor and teach about god) and in the support it gives to people living in local dioceses.
          • It is our duty to defend the poor and weak by standing up against injustices that contribute to poverty and disease
    • Christian charities
      • “If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him?” (1 John 3:17)
      • Charity can be giving either time or money to help those in need.  Some Christians might join MISSIONARY organisations working in poorer parts of the world to improve the lives of others (e.g. by setting up schools or hospitals) and also bringing the Christian message to them.
      • Charity
        • The Samaritans
          • Started by an ANGLICAN vicar who wanted to help people who had no one to turn to. the provide 24 hour emotional support for people.
        • CAFOD
          • a CATHOLIC organisation who work with the poor and disadvantaged communities in developing communities to overcome poverty and bring about sustainable development.
        • The salvation army
          • a BAPTIST group that carry out church planting, development, disaster releif, education, health care, while teaching the message of god.
        • Christian aid
          • a christian group who provide practical aid (eg. food) and support (eg. training on farming) to people living in poor parts of the world.
    • Moral and immoral occupations
      • Immoral
        • a job that exploits or causes harm to people, animals or the environment.
          • Working in the armed forces
            • Quakers might believe that working in the armed forces is wrong because the Bible says “blessed are the peacemakers” (Matthew 5:9), suggesting that we should seek peaceful resolutions to conflicts rather than engaging in wars.  Whereas other denominations may feel that fighting to protect others is right on occasion as God commanded “Prepare for war!” in Joel 3:9.
          • logger in the Amazonian Rain Forest because this involves destroying the homes of people who have lived there for generations, and it would also be damaging God’s creation.  In the Bible it says we should be stewards of the planet, as suggested in the Bible verse Genesis 2:15 “God put man in the garden to guard and cultivate it.” 
      • Moral

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