Wealth and Poverty
5 causes of wealth: gifts and inheritence, business and enterprise, hard work, saving and investing, lottery
7 causes of poverty: unemployment, low wages, wasteful spending, debt, laziness, tradgedy, lack of education
3 ways of overcoming poverty: education and training, counselling, government help
religious beliefs about gambling
christian: 'the love of all money is the root of all evil' (new testement) we should work to earn money - gambling is cheating
muslim: gambling is HARAM - forbidden in Islam 'O you who believe, wine and gambling... are filthy tricks of Satan; avoid them so you may pray'.
religious attitudes to the poor and the use of money
Christian: wealth is seen as a gift from God Christians have a duty to help the poor
Muslim: sadaqah - giving to charity
Zacchaeus the tax collector
A rich young ruler - 'it is easier for a camel to go through the eye
of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.
'the love of all money is the root of all evil' (1 Timothy 6:10)
'Do not store up for yourselve treasures on Earth, but store up
for yourselves treasures in heaven' (Matthew 6:20)