Any honest reading of the Bible demonstrates that God cares about the poor and about how they are treated. It is also clear that Scripture warns of the dangers of wealth and has harsh things to say about the rich.

To pick just a few examples from the Gospel of Luke, Jesus tells us: “Blessed are the poor, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven;” “Woe to you who are rich, for you have already received your comfort;” “Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven;” “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven” (Luke 6:20, 24; 18:22, 25).

Jesus even tells us that in the end, we will be judged on how we treat those who are poor and powerless (Matt. 26:31-46).

Should we conclude from this that God is on the side of the poor and opposes the rich? This is a tempting conclusion and one that is endorsed by some very prominent people in the Church, but is it supported by a careful reading of Scripture?

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