Living poor, is it a sin?

@sreevasu (2718)
India
June 12, 2007 3:19am CST
The motivation of this topic is from my friend's post saying "a friend of mine has left the man she loved (that's what she apparently posed) and married some real rich guy!!" There are so many people around the world living as poor and trying hard to make both ends meet. It it because of their fault they happened to be poor? Is it a sin, a crime? It it money that matters in relationships? I don't think that poverty or being poor is a sin or a crime. One must be rich in love, in loving fellow beings, understand them, be with them as and when needed.
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@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
12 Jun 07
hi sreevasu, i feel being poor is not atall a sin, its just a way of living. a life of penury and values is much apprected that a rich life of betrayal and hypocrisy!! when someone leaves love for money, he/ she certainly doesn't have his/her priorities right, he/she has values mixed up. however, money is very important. it helps us to pursue our needs, our dreams but what if we do have our material needs fulfilled and without LOVE!! its shivering, i would not want money at the cost of my family and love. i feel, as long as i have the abiliy to work and work hard, i would not have to depend on anyone for money and when money comes in between then its not a relaionship - it's a bargain and compromise. thanx.
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@sreevasu (2718)
• India
12 Jun 07
Love and friendship or any relationship is not a commodity which we can sell or buy in the market. Money is just for buying and selling. But the worst thing we see around mostly is the rule of the money. Moreover a currency note has only the value printed on it. Thank you Mimpi for you are the real inspiration of my topic.
@mimpi1911 (25454)
• India
13 Jun 07
thanx sreevasu. i agree totally. smiles...
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• India
21 Jun 07
Certainly it is not a sin or curse to be poor financially. People come closer when they find some apparent similarities. It is natural to expect culmination of love in marriage. It seems that she loved that man based on the impulse of her heart and got married to rich guy to lead a beeter life(in her sense)based on the impulse of her head. What ever happens in life is right and in the best interest of the concerned person. Imagine the situation if she got married to her lover. Both of them would have sufferd too much acusing each other, trying to change the other person's perception and expectations. If she had to compromise with her wants she had to suffer. And she had to be victim of the limitation of this lover's financial condition. Both of them would be giving lecture about how to be happy.
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@sreevasu (2718)
• India
21 Jun 07
I think compromising for money and compromising for love are different in its totality. I can go to any extent for a compromise on love and affection. To me, true understanding should be the core/thread in love. Thank you Suresh for responding.
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• United States
18 Jun 07
Living poor has nothing to do with sin my friend. It's just a fact of life. Being in love should not be based on material wealth, as it is for just a short time. To love, should be a desire for someone, to be by their side through sickness and health, rich or poor. That is true love.
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@sreevasu (2718)
• India
19 Jun 07
You responded very similar to my thoughts. Thank you Margieanne.
• Philippines
17 Jun 07
I dont think being poor is a sin. Who would want to be in this kind of life. Poverty is evil but not the people who are into them that is why we should fight the battle against it. Being born poor isnt our fault. Whats imporatnt is that we should try our best to get out of it so we wont have to die in poverty.
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@sreevasu (2718)
• India
17 Jun 07
Thank you friend, for your thoughtful response. Poverty should be eradicated. But who will take the initiative, when the rich is becoming more rich and the poor becoming more poor. Anyway I appreciate your response. Thanks again.
@tarachand (3895)
• India
17 Jun 07
Every human has to live his or her life's goals. The path/s to that/those goals have to be determined by that person. Passing judgment on someone would not be correct, because I will never face exactly the same circumstances that even my twin (if I had one) would face. I thin each person has to bear his/her own cross. Rich is a relative term too. What is wealth to one may be a pittance to another, and then there are those that are satisfied with what they have. Poverty or wealth are not crimes, and I think it is enough for a person to live his/her life in a manner that brings satisfaction and peace of mind without adversely affecting those around hi/her.
@sreevasu (2718)
• India
17 Jun 07
I appreciate you for the part "in a manner that brings satisfaction and peace of mind without adversely affecting". Thank you Tarachand for responding.
@nandans (1161)
• India
13 Jun 07
No, its just a testing time to measure the strength of a person.. Poor people are generally more happy and living with tension. They sleep with peace and know their limitations..
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@sreevasu (2718)
• India
13 Jun 07
I like your response, especially 'testing time to measure the strength'. Thank you for sharing your thoughts.
• India
13 Jun 07
ya living in this globalized world there are ample of chances of making money and still if some one is poor and not willing to work than its entirely pathetic and poverty is a sin 4 him.. and he too is sin on society
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@sreevasu (2718)
• India
13 Jun 07
Anshu, I am sorry, I've to disagree with you. Please go through all the responses above, especially the story in response No.4. So far you are the only one to say that poor one is a sin to the society. You are only 21 now. I wish you a life for another 100 years. If it happens, tell me when you leave the world at the age of 121, will go as rich or poor to the other world?
• China
13 Jun 07
In nowadays, it is nomal! When i was in university there are a couple classmates fall in love, and their relationship are so well , we all think that they will get marry after graduate from the university, but than the girl married a rich man , we are so regrettable for them!
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@sreevasu (2718)
• India
13 Jun 07
When you say it is normal now a days, you are not willing to accept it by no means. Thank you Wang Chunxia for sharing..
• United States
13 Jun 07
poor is not a sin. I have lived it both ways. Got a divorce cause there was no love with the money. Became very happily poor and am now very happily poor.... So happiness is what counts. Money is nice but love is much much better.
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@sreevasu (2718)
• India
13 Jun 07
Yes, you are right. Money is nothing before love. thank you for the response.
@bcl_me (583)
• Philippines
13 Jun 07
being poor is not a sin. it is the wrong doings that makes us sinful. there is nothing wrong for being poor as long as you keep your environment clean, contribute to the community's economic upliftment by voluntarily doing noble sacrifices like taking part in a discusion as to what should be done to uplift our poverty crisis...and of course work hard your self to become not poor because there is a big chance of you becoming rich.
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@sreevasu (2718)
• India
13 Jun 07
To find what oneself can do and work hard to come out of poverty sounds good. I think donating to charitable institutions is a way to express our kindness and concern. Your response is thankfully appreciated Bcl.
• India
12 Jun 07
no, its not a sin or crime to be poor. in fact, in relationships, financial status is insignificant wen you have true love. i think sticking by ur partner thru hard times only strengthens the bond between them. :D
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@sreevasu (2718)
• India
13 Jun 07
You are right Simona, money is of no use in relationships though we have many examples around us telling that money is everything. Thank you Simona.
• Canada
12 Jun 07
I don't believe that living poor is a sin in any way . Not all of us in life are going to have the same opportunities as others in life to make it rich and even though one may be a really hard worker it does not mean that they will have a lot of money . One may not have had the opportuninty in life to be properly educated and this would not be there fault , also one may not have the smarts to be able to do a lot in life but this does not make this a sin . It means they will always have a harder time in life but one can be richer then anyone else in love and this means more then all the money in the world . You can have love without money and still make money but if you have money it does not mean you will have love .
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@sreevasu (2718)
• India
13 Jun 07
Yes you are right. Sam Taylor Skykie Rajen. Love has the power to buy souls which money has not. Thank you for responding.
@KennethF (102)
• United States
12 Jun 07
Values, family, God, good deeds should be the priority whether one is rich or poor. We can be poor in spirit or rich in material things. It is also a matter of perspective. In American society, poor is a negative thing, frowned upon, has issues of quality around it. In other cultures, poor is not so negative. In many cultures, family helps family, and there is less distinction between those who have material things and those who do not. Look around at rich societies, rich families, and you often see more social problems. You see an adulteration of values, and greater sin: adultery, divorce, unrestrained materialism, lack of compassion, lying, dishonest dealings.
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@sreevasu (2718)
• India
13 Jun 07
I understand that you have definite thoughts on the topic. I appreciate them. I am from India and we have poor people in poverty around. When one is becoming rich few others are becoming poor. And there is a saying that both the extreme poor and the extreme rich can't sleep calmly. Thank you Kenneth for sharing your thoughts.
• China
12 Jun 07
Nobody is born with rich or poverty ,and I think being poverty is not sin ,maybe the man is not having the opportunity to be rich ,what he need is a chance .But here i would to say something about that girl.She is playiing fire .To leave a man she loved just because of his poverty is not a wise choice .Who can guarantee that rich man will be rich forever ,the right choice for the girl is to be self-support,she can not lean on anybody .Be yourself !
@sreevasu (2718)
• India
12 Jun 07
When we measure what we have, the result is our perception of life. If we have love, friends, health, sense of humor and positive thinking, we have everything in life. I too agree Julia, the choice of the girl is not right. Thank you for the response.
@misheleen73 (6037)
• United States
12 Jun 07
Being poor is not a crime nor a sin. My husband's family is very poor, living in a country with not much hope. They have each other, they have love and hope. Health and happiness. They are truly blessed. They have the family I can only dream of. Money does not solve a problem , money does not make a happy heart . Many foolishly believe that money will solve all their worries. I, say give me a hand to hold, a smile to cherish, an embrace to hold me, a laugh to hear, eyes to be lost in, these are the things that make me rich.
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@sreevasu (2718)
• India
12 Jun 07
There is a story: "One day a wealthy father took his child to spend the night with a very poor family with the purpose to show him the reality of other people who did not have a lo of money to spend. On their return home, the father asked his son what he though about the experience and he replied. 'It has been a very good experience dad, I have learned that we have one dog and they have four, we have a very nice swimming pool but they have the river, we have a sun roof and they have the sky with the stars and the moon, we have a beautiful porch with a big garden, but they have the forest.' The child added: 'Thanks dad, for showing how poor we are.' I hope the story tells you whether you are rich or poor. Thank you Misheleen, I stand with you.
• Philippines
12 Jun 07
Being poor is not a sin. It didn't choose to be poor. In love, everybody's equal. Poor people share equal rights to love and be loved. Being poor is not a valid reason to you to be judged. And it should not also be the basis in entering a relationship. sreevasu, you're right. being poor is not a big deal as long as you're not hurting anybody and your intentions are pure.
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@sreevasu (2718)
• India
12 Jun 07
Money has its limits where mind has no limits. You just can't buy an emotion or feeling with money. Thank you Sweetangie.
@butterfly39 (3907)
• Philippines
12 Jun 07
I was asking also why there is poor and there is rich. Rich becomes richer, poor becomes poorer. Rich is for rich and poor is for poor. It's a matter of working hard, and maybe because we are born to be poor and it's not a sin of course.
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@sreevasu (2718)
• India
12 Jun 07
The social order now a days is like that.. rich becoming more rich and poor more poorer. Thank you for the response.