Religion, Poverty & Wealth

What You Need to Know - OCR Specification

  • Religious Views of Wealth and the Causes of Hunger, Poverty and Disease
    • Wealth
    • Causes of Hunger, Poverty and Disease
    • Responses to the needs of the starving, the poor and the sick
  • Concern for Others
    • Biblical teachings about concern for others
    • Understanding of 'charity'
    • Different ways in which charity may be put in to practice
  • Uses of Money
    • Teachings about the use of money (e.g. gambling and lending)
    • Giving to charity
  • Moral and Immoral occupations
    • Concept of moral and immoral
    • Teachings about moral and immoral occupations
    • Impact these teachings have on believers

Practice Questions

(A) Questions

  • What is wealth?
  • What is poverty?
  • What is a moral occupation?
  • What is charity?
  • Give an example of a moral occupation?

(B) Questions

  • What are the Christian attitudes towards wealth?
  • Why might a Christian feel they have a duty to help the starving?
  • Why might someone decide to give to charity?
  • Why might a Christian volunteer some of their time to help others? (2)
  • Why do Christians feel that money can be a source of evil?

(C) Questions

  • Describe reasons a Christian may give for giving to charity
  • Describe Christian teachings about the causes of hunger
  • Describe Christian teachings about the causes of disease
  • Describe Christian teachings about the causes of poverty
  • Describe how Christian charity may be put into practice
  • Describe Christian teachings about caring for others

(D) Questions

  • Explain Christian teachings about concern for the poor
  • Explain why some people may think that some charities are more important than others
  • Explain the Christian teachings about the right use of money
  • Explain how Christians might work to help those who are poor and suffering
  • Explain why Christians may try to avoid immoral occupations

(E) Questions

  • "A job is a job – it does not matter how people earn their money.” Discuss this statement
  • “It doesn’t matter what charity you give to, it is the giving itself that is good.” Discuss this statement
  • “Poor people bring it on themselves, they are not our responsibility.” Discuss this statement
  • “If you have earned it, it doesn’t matter how you spend your money.” Discuss this statement
  • "Christians should give everything to the poor." Discuss this statement

Key Quotes

    "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."(Matthew 6:19-21)
    "No one can serve two masters, for 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 God and money."(Matthew 6:24)
    "If your brother becomes poor and cannot maintain himself with you, you shall support him as though he were a stranger and a sojourner, and he shall live with you."(Leviticus 25:35)
    "And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said: 'Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God'. 'Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied'. 'Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh'."(Luke 6:20-21)
    "But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever."(1 Timothy 5:8)
    "More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope."(Romans 5:3-4)
    "A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."(John 13:34-35)
    "If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing."(1 Corinthians 13:1-2)
    "In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, "It is more blessed to give than to receive."(Acts 20:35)
    "Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God."(Hebrews 13:16)
    "Wealth gained hastily will dwindle, but whoever gathers little by little will increase it."(Proverbs 13:11)
    "For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs."(1 Timothy 6:10)
    "Lends at interest, and takes profit; shall he then live? He shall not live. He has done all these abominations; he shall surely die; his blood shall be upon himself."(Ezekiel 18:13)
    "None of the daughters of Israel shall be a cult prostitute, and none of the sons of Israel shall be a cult prostitute. You shall not bring the fee of a prostitute or the wages of a dog into the house of the Lord your God in payment for any vow, for both of these are an abomination to the Lord your God."(Deuteronomy 23:17-18)
    "Observe people who are good at their work - skilled workers are always in demand and admired; they don't take a backseat to anyone."(Proverbs 22:29)


  • Wealth
  • Hunger
  • Poverty
  • Disease
  • Starvation
  • The poor
  • The sick
  • Concern
  • Others
  • Money
  • Gambling
  • Lending
  • Occupation

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