In this modern world of ours we can travel across the world in a few hours, Cure many diseases and buy something from almost any corner of the world via the internet. With such scientific and technological breakthroughs we still have people who are starving and those who are without a place to call home. So much wealth is held by so few and so many impoverished. Seems even though mankind has came along way in many aspects we still are far from being the world we are meant to become. Between greed and apathy so much suffering is allowed to exist in a world that has plenty to go around. Even though all the major religions teach us to be charitable to others it seems either most of us ignore that fact or limit it to those of our own religion and or country. Charity is supposed to be unbound and unlimited, with no limitations on who and where. Compassion, the fuel behind charity is not conditional nor selective.
Below are Verses from some of the Major religions that teach us of charity
But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind – Luke 14:13
Blessed is he that considerth the poor: the Lord will deliver him in time of trouble. The Lord will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies. – Psalm 41:1, 2
Those who believe, and do deeds of righteousness, and establish regular prayers and regular charity, will have their reward with their Lord: on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve." (The Noble Quran, 2:277)
Torah (Old Testament)
Deut. 15:7 "If there will be a poor man among you… you shall not harden your heart or shut your hand toward your poor brother; you shall open your hand to him and shall give him enough for his needs
Lev. 25:35 "If your brother becomes poor… you shall support him, stranger or settler, and he shall live with you.
II, 28, 9 – Varuna Sukta: The name of God in itself symbolizes the twofold virtuous implication, – of always giving out help and never accepting help. In fact Varuna sukta is full of such frets, strands or reeds of that divine melody.
Ishavasya Upanishad, 1: "Everyone is only a trustee or custodian for the wealth lying with oneself (from God); he cannot enjoy all of it".
Taittiriya Upanishat I, 21: "Thou shalt give away whether you have faith in it (of any reward) or not" When you give, do that with humility (without superior feeling), even when you don’t trust, do give away!
Taittiriya Upanishat III, 3, x: Like in a well the more you fetch, more water oozes . . the more you give the more you get. This generosity is mandatory to every individual. Hurry to promise or pledge to help. It is one thing – glorious and divine – to strive for getting an occasion for that.
Just a few examples of religious views on Charity, This shows that no matter what religion you follow you are taught to be charitable. Greed, selfishness and apathy are the main enemies of a charitable heart. The greatest prize of charity is the result of your good deed. To see a hungry person have a full belly and a see a homeless person finally have a home is a grand thing to witness.
To be compassionate and charitable are not only personal choices one can make, they are the core of what it means to be truly human. Even one penny can add up with others to make a difference in some unfortunate persons life.
Well Wnough of my Babbling for now
Peace and Love to All