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Wealth and social justice

Wealth and social justice are areas in which modern-day Christians diverge greatly from Christ‘s teachings as relayed in the gospels. Christ espoused an outlook that in modern times would have more in common with socialism than the brand of capitalism enthusiastically supported by modern-day conservative Christians of America.

Christ was an apocalyptic preacher whose teachings hinged on the idea that the world was soon coming to an end, and that the true rewards would come in his father’s kingdom.[note 2] The gospel accounts vary greatly in how Christ is depicted but the need to live an austere and humble life is overwhelmingly supported by gospel accounts.[9]Despite this, modern-day Christians to varying extents appear to ignore Matthew 19:24.

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Jesus taught that the meek and downtrodden would be the most favored in the afterlife, and that his followers should relieve themselves of their wealth if they wish to see Heaven. The charitable works of some Christians are evident, yet most appear to be relying on Jesus not being entirely serious about the whole camel passing through the eye of a needle thing. It seems difficult to reconcile the political and financial aspirations of modern-day conservative Christians with the teachings of Christ. Although it cannot reasonably be considered to be personal wealth, the opulence in which the “Vicar of Christ” and his minions live is more comparable to that of Herod Antipas (Herod Antipas was the Rome-appointed ruler of Galilee and Perea, most commonly known in Christianity for his role in the execution of Christ) than of Christ and his disciples; yet the Catholic Church doesn’t see it as a problem.