Christian and Muslim Attitudes to Rich and Poor In Society/Crime and Punishment

Heres a list of religious teachings for christianity and islam on the aqa topics the rich and poor in society and crime and punishment

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"The love of money is the root of all evil"
Its ok to be rich as long as some of your money goes to help the poor.
Money must be used wisely as God will judge a persons actions on Judgement Day.
The Parable of Rich Fool: riches in heaven are more important than riches on Earth.
Parable of Good Samaritan: care for those in need.
Parable of the sheep and the goats: Jesus warns that every time someone refuses to help the
needy, they are refusing to help Jesus.
"Love Thy Neighbour"
They should be involved with helping the poor.
"It is much harder for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God than for a camel to go through
the eye of a needle." ­ Jesus told a young man to sell all he had and give it to the poor,
then follow him.
Money can be used wisely e.g. charity or tithing.
Christian Charities: Christian Aid, CAFOD, Salvation Army ­ 50 centres over Britain providing
for 5000 people per night.
Mother Theresa was inspired to spend her life helping the poor in India.
"No one can serve two masters, you cannot serve both love and money"
Helping the poor is an expression of justice.
"If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need, how can he love God?".…read more

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Allah creates all wealth and everything is his property.
"Richness does not lie in abundance of worldly goods but true richness is the richness of the
Money is Allah's blessing and it should be used wisely to help the poor.
Money is only of value for the good it can do.
It is not right to become wealthy by stealing or being dishonest.
All forms of gambling are forbidden ­ "abominations devised by Satan".
"He who eats whilst his brother is hungry is not one of us."
Zakat ­ 2.5% charitable giving.
Sadaqah ­ voluntary givings.
Muslim charities ­ Islamic Relief and the Red Crescent.…read more

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"Follow justice and justice alone, so that you may live and possess the land the LORD your
God is giving you."
"But let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream."
"Eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, hand for a hand, foot for a foot, burn for a burn, wound for a
wound, bruise for a bruise."
"If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him."
"When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?" The Kin will reply. "I tell you the
truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."
"Whoever sheds blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed."
Only God has the right to take away life.
Most important aim of punishment is to reform.
Offenders should repent and receive both punishment and a second chance.
Crime prevention is very important ­ through charity work.
Most support capital punishment, some don't because it removes the possibility of repentance.…read more

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"Allah doth command you...when ye judge between man and man, that ye judge with justice."
"The woman and man guilty of adultery or fornication, flog each one of them with a hundred
"As to the thief, male or female, cut of their hands: a punishment by way of example."
"O you who believe, retaliation is prescribed for you in the matter of the slain."
"If anyone is killed unjustly, we have granted the right to retribution to his heir."
Punishment in Islam is designed to deter people from breaking the law.
Punishment takes place in public for a reason: aiming to show that the law needs to be
respected and to give victims satisfaction.
Muslims hope that offenders will repent, reform and seek forgiveness.
Most Muslim countries have the death penalties for murder, and in some places for anyone
attacking Islam (including converting to another religion.)
Family may accept final compensation instead of execution.…read more


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