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Attitudes of Christianity and Islam toward merchants DBQ

             The attitudes of Christianity and Islam toward merchants and trade are different in the beginning stages, but as time passes each moderate their earlier views. At the beginning Christians found it unfit to be a rich merchant, but Islam’s judgment on trade was acceptable as long as justice was present. A couple hundred years later followers of each belief changed their thoughts on trade and though it was acceptable merchants were expected to trade with sincerity. .
             In the Bible, the Lord states in the New Testament (Matthew), “A rich man will never enter the kingdom of God. And again I say unto you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.” The Bible was a source of faith in a Christian. Inside its countless volumes holds the word of Christ, and followers of Christ use it as a great tool. The early Christian beliefs on merchants and trade were that they were condemned. Jesus is telling us that riches, money, and wealth is not everything. There are greater things in life than materials. Reginald, monk of Durham and a colleague of St. Godric, wrote the 3rd document and in his biography of St. Godric he writes, “He therefore took the cross as a pilgrim to Jerusalem, Godric was now already firmly disposed to give himself entirely to God.” St. Godric willingly wanted to give away all his riches after his pilgrimage to Jerusalem, so that he might follow Christ more freely. The story is like a parable, it some how teaches a lesson, which should be followed. These three documents are the early attitudes of each religion. .
             In the next document the Koran indicates, “Woe to cheaters,” and “Give full measure when you measure and weigh with true balance. This is fair and better in the end.” The Koran, which was written during year 662, holds power of faith like the Christian Bible.