Does Christianity really care about improving the lives of the poor?

Jump to Last Post 1-3 of 3 discussions (5 posts)
  1. thegecko profile image77
    thegeckoposted 3 years ago

    Does Christianity really care about improving the lives of the poor?

    Or did Jesus just express that the poor will be favored and embraced by God in the Afterlife?

    https://usercontent2.hubstatic.com/12640427_f260.jpg

  2. Zelkiiro profile image93
    Zelkiiroposted 3 years ago

    https://usercontent2.hubstatic.com/12641761_f260.jpg

    If you go by what the Bible says, Jesus explicitly told those who followed him that, if they want to enter the Kingdom of God, they must give their material possessions to the poor, leave their old lives behind, and travel the world preaching what Jesus taught. The followers of Jesus were to lead lives of asceticism, and put their belongings to better use--that is, in the hands of those who don't yet follow Jesus so that they may be inspired by the act of kindness and follow also. While Matthew 19:24 is a catchy verse, people often forget what happens before then--a rich man says, "Hey, how can I enter the Kingdom of God?" and Jesus says, "Keep the commandments, and here they are," but then the rich man says, "Yeah, I do all that, so what am I lacking?" and then this happens...

    Matthew 19:21-23, "Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me / But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions. / Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven."

    But if you go by what Christians actually do, then you'd be led into thinking Jesus' teachings consisted of "SCREW YOU, GOT MINE."

    You see, when Atheists get angry at Christianity (among other religions), it's not because they hate Jesus--hell, if Jesus were real, he sounds like a pretty swell guy who would be absolutely reviled by the Religious Right if he were alive today--but because they hate those who claim to follow Jesus yet adhere to absolutely none of the things he taught.

    1. thegecko profile image77
      thegeckoposted 3 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you. This is what I was looking for :-)

  3. gmwilliams profile image82
    gmwilliamsposted 3 years ago

    https://usercontent1.hubstatic.com/8131246_f260.jpg

    While Christianity indicates that it abhors poverty, it glorifies poverty in its religious books and doctrine.  Christianity professes that the poor are more spiritual and morally superior than those who are wealthy.  Even in biblical verses, it extols the virtues of the poor person while denigrating the wealthy person.

    Early Christianity preached the ascetic life.  It proposes that the more impoverished one is and the more one suffers, the closer h/she is to God and is heaven bound.  The early church used the poor to increase their temporal power in addition to gaining followers for their religious cause.   Christian religionists saw the poor as their particular bank book.  Today, some religious authorities state how noble it is to be poor while enriching themselves.  Religionists need the poor in order to stay in power and to continue to oppress them with their destructive, negative doctrines in order to have and gain more followers.

    1. celafoe profile image62
      celafoeposted 2 years agoin reply to this

      what you describe is churchianity (following apostate men)  it is not Christianity.

 
working

This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

Show Details
Necessary
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Features
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Marketing
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Statistics
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)