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Quotes from Faith Groups about Love of Money

Posted on: August 23, 2010

Merryn who has keen interest in all faith communities,  contributes this blog about the LOVE OF MONEY.

It is timely reminder as we prepare for the the  Stand up against Poverty , Islamic Awareness Week and Interfaith Week  in Birmingham

If you have other quotation do please make comments or send in a full blog telling us more .

An old Sunday School chorus rang through my mind the other day and set me thinking.

“Money is the root of all evil (three times), take it away, take it away, take it away”.

In fact it is a miss-quote from Paul’s first letter to Timothy, 6.10 where he says, “Love of money is the root of all evil”, and it is this love of money that is at the heart of the terrible rich/poor divide. World scriptures are united in their attitude to money and caring for the poor. Here is a selection.

Do not race after riches, do not risk your life for success, or you will let slip the Heaven within you. 

Taoism. Chuang Tzu 29

Anyone who is tight-fisted, is tight-fisted only with his own soul. God is open-handed while you are poor.

Islam. Qur’an 47.38

Riches ruin the foolish, but not those in quest of the Beyond. Through craving for riches the ignorant man ruins himself as he does others.

Buddhism Dhammapada 355

It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.

Christianity Matthew 19. 24

What sort of religion can it be without compassion to all living beings. Compassion is the root of all religious faiths.

Hinduism Basavanna, Vacana 247

Rendering help to another is the function of all human beings.

Jainism Tattvarthasutra 5.2.

At the end of every seventh year you must make remission of debts.

Judaism Deuteronomy 15.1

The accumulation of wealth is the way to scatter the people, and letting it be scattered among them is the way to collect the people.

Confucianism Great Learning 10.9

See to it that whoever enters your house obtains something to eat, however little you may have. Such food will be a source of death to you if you withhold it.

Native American religions. A Winnebago Father’s Precepts

Without selfless service are no objectives fulfilled: in service lies the purest action.

Sikhism. Adi Granth, Maru, M.1,p992.

Not having enough of anything can cause one to become a miser.

African Traditional Religions Yoruba Proverb, Nigeria

Love of money has become the greatest sickness of the rich world’s soul. What can you yourself do to begin the healing of the nations in such great need? An action a day, be it in speaking to others, contacting your politicians, raising money, or your own ideas, could be the beginning of great things.

(P.S. if you come from Yorkshire you’ll know that “Money’s like muck, best be spread”)


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