Charity & Religion


Chistrianity

One man gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.
--Proverbs 11:24-25 (Christian Charity and Giving)

If there is among you a poor man, one of your brethren, in any of your towns within your land which the Lord your God gives you, you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand against your poor brother, but you shall open your hand to him, and lend him sufficient for his need, whatever it may be.... You shall give to him freely, and your heart shall not be grudging when you give to him; because for this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in all that you undertake. For the poor will never cease out of the land; therefore I command you, You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and the poor, in the land.
--Deuteronomy 15.7-11 (ws#141)

Islam

Those who act kindly in this world will have kindness.
--Qur'an 39.10, (ws#140)

It is obligatory upon all Muslims to give 2.5 % of wealth and assets each year (in excess of what is required) to the poor. This is done before the beginning of the month of Muharram, the first of new year. Giving the Zakat is considered an act of worship because it is a form of offering thanks to God for the means of material well-being one has acquired.
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Buddhism

The Buddha said, "When you see someone practicing the Way of giving, aid him joyously, and you will obtain vast and great blessings." A shramana asked: "Is there an end to those blessings?" The Buddha said, "Consider the flame of a single lamp. Though a hundred thousand people come and light their own lamps from it so that they can cook their food and ward off the darkness, the first lamp remains the same as before. Blessings are like this, too." --Sutra of Forty-two Sections 10 (ws#140)

Taoism

Relieve people in distress as speedily as you must release a fish from a dry rill [lest he die]. Deliver people from danger as quickly as you must free a sparrow from a tight noose. Be compassionate to orphans and relieve widows. Respect the old and help the poor.
--Tract of the Quiet Way (ws#141)

The Bah' Faith

Bah's believe that the elimination of the extremes of wealth and poverty should happen through a combination of personal transformation, voluntary giving by wealthy individuals who are motivated by generosity and service to humankind, and government policies and laws. Voluntary sharing as a spiritual solution is preferable to government decree because it binds humanity together through the spirit of love and sharing.
--A Global Faith

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