There are few issues that concern people more than the use of money, the sharing of food and the distribution of resources. It’s therefore no surprise that these have always led to big ethical questions. These themes appear throughout the Bible, as well as the scriptures of many other religions.
Views on money vary widely within Christianity. At one end of the spectrum are those who talk of siding with the poor to achieve structural change. At the other extreme is the “prosperity gospel” movement, which sees riches as a sign of God’s blessing. There are churches that say they do not need to discuss economics and there are Christian groups that share all their property in common. More commonly, many churches and Christian charities do a great deal of work supporting people in poverty, although they may differ from each other in how they describe their motivations.