The concept of charity has been with us for a long time. It has gone through a process of proper evolution. From banging on the doors and rattling tin pots under the noses of rich to online donation platforms, charity has seen many and gone through many phases. One of the main reasons why charity has never vanished or faded away from social theatre is the importance given to charity in different religions. Take Christianity as an example. Several Bible quotes and verses show the importance of charity in Christianity. There are many reasons why charity in Christianity has immense significance. In today’s discussion, we are going to have a look at these reasons in detail!
Charity in Christianity
In Christianity, charity has a definition quite unparalleled to other interpretations of the word that are a part of common literature. What if we told you that in Christianity, there is no higher form of love than charity? Isn’t this just a beautiful way of linking up two phenomena that are a characteristic feature of an empathetic society? Christianity also believes and preaches to its followers that al good deeds stem from the simplest yet the noblest act that charity is. We can already see that Christianity places a lot of stress on giving and sharing. There are several ways in which this emphasis can be understood in a better manner.
Charity: A blessing
If you look around a bit, we are sure that you will find that the trend of charity isn’t on an all-time high, exactly. The generous ones are fewer in number, and this generosity is a blessing. Hence, we can rightly assume that charity is a blessing, a gift that only few are endowed with. It also means that those who are blessed with this gift must fulfil their duty, which is to help out those who are suffering from the lack of worldly amenities.
Charity: A moral obligation
This is a point that is somewhat linked with the previous point that we just discussed. Charity in Christianity means that one has to help others if he or she has the means of facilitation. Shying away from donating or giving when you have the capability of doing so is not considered as a laudable act in this religion. The following quote from Leviticus makes things clearer:
When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, nor shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest. You shall not strip your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the alien: I am the LORD your God. (NRSV, Leviticus 19:9-10)
Charity develops empathy
This is one of the most important aspects of giving charity. The concept of giving and sharing develops a bond among the members of society that is too valuable and too precious than any other worldly assets. This is also the reason why Christianity places so much emphasis on charity. Don’t you feel sometimes that if this bond was a little stronger, things would have been a lot better in this place that we call our world? This is exactly the philosophy behind laying a lot of emphasis on charity in different religions, including Christianity.
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Manifold reasons reflect the importance of charity in Christianity. In this discussion, we have highlighted a few of these reasons but there are many others as well. Unfortunately, the limitations of time and space force us to conclude this debate here but we hope that you got the gist of what we tried to explain in this discussion. Charity can wondrously ease your life, all that you have to do is try donating!