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Describe Christian teachings about the way in which believers should treat people who are less fortunate than themselves?

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R.E Coursework: Describe Christian teachings about the way in which believers should treat people who are less fortunate than themselves? Christ had many views about how his people should treat each other and especially those less fortunate than themselves. One of the best quotes that show this view is in (Exodus 22:21-25) "Do not ill-treat an alien or oppress him, for you were aliens in Egypt. Do not take advantage of a widow or an orphan. If you lend money to one of my people among you who is needy, do not be like a money lender; charge him no interest." There is reference in this quote to a person being like a moneylender and how if you lend money to someone less fortunate, that you should not charge him/her interest. ...read more.

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In this quote we are told 'Whoever loves God must also love his brother'. Where it is written 'brother' it is meant to refer to everyone (all of God's people) so according to this quote Christians have love for everyone - black or white, rich or poor. In (Luke 6:20-21) "Looking at his disciples he said 'Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now for you will laugh". This shows that to be poor in God's eyes was almost a gift; because of all their suffering on earth they would receive a special place in heaven. ...read more.

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to help people less fortunate than themselves does not necessarily mean providing them with large amounts of money' or giving them their food supply for the rest of the year. It can simply be a 'humble' act like talking kindly to them when they are down or even helping an old lady across the road, for your fortune is not necessarily the amount of possessions or money you own. Christian faith provides a 'vision' of what life could be like if people became less self-centred. They work towards this vision by helping the world's poor. So I believe that the overall view on how Christians should treat those less fortunate than themselves is with special care and attention. And to help them in anyway possible, however humble the act maybe. Ben Street ...read more.

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