LEADER RESOURCE 1 Traditional Religious Messages

1. Judaism: Wisdom is as good as a patrimony, and even better, for those who behold the sun. For to be in the shelter of wisdom is to be also in the shelter of money, and the advantage of intelligence is that wisdom preserves the life of him who possesses it. (Ecclesiastes 7:11-12, JPS)

2. Christianity: Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. No one can serve two masters; for a slave will either hate the one and love the other, or be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth. (Matthew 6:19-21, 24, NSRV)

3. Islam: Believe in Allah and His apostle, and spend (in charity) out of the (substance) whereof He has made you heirs. For, those of you who believe and spend (in charity), for them is a great Reward. (Quran, 57:7)

4. Buddhism: Riches ruin only the foolish, not those in quest of the Beyond. By craving for riches the witless man ruins himself as well as others. (The Dhammapada, 24: 355)

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