"not starve on earth and get food in heaven, but eat on earth and have something even better in heaven"

Certain religious figures preach to the poor that they should bear their suffering on earth patiently, and they will then get their reward in heaven. Such teachings are often used to discourage the poor from standing up for their political and economic rights.

Liberation theology, in contrast, posits that the earth's bounty should be enjoyed by all, and that something better awaits in heaven. And if something is preventing the earth's bounty from being enjoyed by all, then actions should be taken to correct that situation.

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