Essay about Wealth and Poverty in the World

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Wealth and Poverty in the World

There should be no rich people as long as there is poverty in the world.

There are many different views on this statement within Christianity. Some are against it and say that it is fine to be rich as long as you five a portion of your money to charity and do not become gluttonous. But others say that people should share everything they have with one another and that everyone ought be equal.

'The Tribe' is a Manchester based Christian rock band. They do not profit from the money they make, but instead use some of the money to live and the rest they give to charity. They do this so that they feel that they are not controlled by money. Andy Hawthorne, the main
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This has since become worth more that the Nobel Peace Prize. Sir John Templeton gives money to many projects around the world. He was knighted in 1987 for 'services to philanthropy' - services to mankind. He believes very strongly in the value of religion and culture. Sir John Templeton is an admirable example of a businessman who is rich yet uses his money for good.

The Apostles in the early church gave up everything they owned and preached about Jesus. 'They would sell their property and possessions, and distribute the money among all, according to what each one needed' Act 2:44-45, this enabled them to serve God wholeheartedly. One example is when 'Joseph…sold a field he owned, brought the money, and handed it over to the apostles.' Acts 4:36-37. But as these people spent most of their time travelling and preaching, then their property became useless.

Marxists believe that there should be no rich people as long as there is poverty in the world. They believed that everything should belong to the state which would share everything equally. They forced their ideals upon the Russian people after there was a coup d'état by the Bolsheviks in November 1917. But their untried theories did not work in practise and those in the political elite used the money for their own benefit. There were different shops, houses and freedoms for Communist

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