does religion do something with the poverty of one country?

Philippines
August 26, 2008 11:49pm CST
I just want to ask you a question ? My friend told me about this and i think it does make sense. there's a wealthy foreigner who happend to be here in the country and my friend had lunch with him, How wealthy? He was earning two million dollors a month. ( no kidding) he was here in the philippines visiting our smaller islands. My friend ask him how he liked the visit. the foreigner said he love it that he have never met a more polite,more courteous,nicer people than the filipino. then he noticed how religous filipinos are because he saw the tricycles with signs, saying " god loves you" and john 3:16" there is much god in our country. and yet there is much poverty. ouch! that hurts because that's true. that line reminds me of one country vietnam. theres not much god in that country. it's been a communist country for decades. but the economy is exploding. and according to statistics poverty has gone down by a huge 60%! can you believe that? One reason foreign investments. Last year, the philippine's foriegn investments reached a measly $2.5b. In vietnam last year, they reached $15B. and do you know what happend this year? from January to July 2008, foreign investments in vietnam already reached $33b! Look at china another "godless" nation. but poverty has gone down as well. and the're now poised to be next superpower of the world. Look at japan. Only 2% of it's population is christian. many of them don't even have religion. Yet their economy has been thriving for decades. But look at few south american countries. Like Philippines, there's a lot religion and poverty there too. So here is my questions: why so much god and poverty in our country? does certain brand of religion cause poverty? or am I missing something here? could you please share your thoughts i'am so confused.
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@suspenseful (40194)
• Canada
27 Aug 08
It could be that foreigners who are godless invest in a country because the majority of the people do not believe in God. They hate HIM and want evil doers to prosper. And they see China as a land of opportunity because people will work seven days a week, unless Christian countries where they will ask for Sundays off. So if a country is strongly Christian, they will not do anything to help it I mean those 52 days a year make a difference in the world's economy. Therefore in the Christian countries do not get the help and there is also that in Communist countries everything belongs to the State so all are equal. In many of the poorer Christian countries, there is hardly a strong middle class, it is either rich or poor. And many of the rich do not think the poor deserve their help, so they are Christian in name only.
• Philippines
28 Aug 08
yeah! christian in name but not in doings..! there useless.. I just can't believe why there are people like that they can afford to look at the poor people begging at them while the rich setting pretty with all there money. without helping people in need.. and worst there christians..
• Philippines
27 Aug 08
China's predominantly Bhuddist, i think. And Japan, the same. America, Christian. Saudi Arabia, Islam....these are rich countries. Bhuddist is a religion and so are Christianity and Islam. Religion plays a very little role in a country's economy. No matter how good the values are taught by one religion, if leadership is not good, the rest of the people suffer. You know, it's amazing to see too many poor people in the Philippines, living in slums, begging in the sidewalk but in many of them, you can still see a smile. How simple are their joys. They know that they are financially poor, but see how a piece of fried chicken can make their day. If you give that to a rich man, he might wonder if you are playing some joke at him and might even get mad at you. You know, religion has the ability to make poverty look divine, a blessing. In the parable of the mount, Jesus said, "Blessed are the poor..." Religion also poses an opportunity and challenge for mankind to help one another. THis is a reality of life, my friend. Even in dark, quiet corners or a wealthy country, there lies poverty, lurking in silence.
• Philippines
28 Aug 08
i think so! And i've noticed that even if how poor one's family are we are still reunited and happy even if we can't have everythng. family is the most important of all. well maybe with our economy it's definetly the leaders problem. maybe all the people that sits in our government are corrupt.. maybe that's why our country is poor.sad for them. there selfish..
@efc872 (1077)
• Jamaica
27 Aug 08
The emphasis in all religions is prayers. Wherever religion is strong, people work to support the church and it's leaders in order to secure their place in heaven. Because prayers are the answer to all problems, the majority sits and wait for manna to fall from the sky. Usually good behavior is maintain because nobody want to go to hell.