Originally Posted by paladin
Jesus said NOT to give to charity. I believe he knew it was better to create opportunity and develope compassion for the poor. He knew those who distibute donated money take control of the distribution, and make biased decisions which enslave people who otherwise need to develope a usefulness.
Ie. Give a man a fish each day and you have a dependent; teach a man to fish and he can take care of himself.
Organizations are well aware of how they subtly rob the dignity and self respect of those who have been disenfranchised. Structure, such as the bureaucratic type that runs most charities, does not draw the most charitable or the most serving people... structure draws those who desire to build self-esteem through public exposure and socially accepted self-perceived generosity.
Correct me if wrong, but didnt Jesus give away fish and bread to feed 5000?
In a less sarcastic tone, you've missed the point, altho not by far. I believe Jesus tried to say, "there is dignity and worth in being poor". Indeed the Roman Catholic tradition holds a part of lent (which ends tomorrow) is about feeling solidarity in the poor. Jesus didn't say, "don't help the poor". From from it. The message was more, 'feel solidarity and help the poor to the full extent of your means'.
Altho I'd agree on a few things-- charities lording over the poor (bad pun excused, please) or withholding help to remain important.. are reprehensible and contrary to the message.