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A Christian view on Suffering.

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A Christian view on Suffering - KU2 Suffering is a negative issue that no body wants to think about, but in this day and age we've all come to terms with the fact that there are people much worse off then we are. Suffering can come in all sorts from mental to more physical suffering like poverty. In this section of my coursework I will be discussing three key areas of suffering- * Terminal Illness * Racism * Poverty Terminal Illness The dictionary definition of Terminal illness is: - "An illness or disease that cannot be cured and gradually causes death." Many people today face terrible, incurable diseases, which face them with death. Most people with a terminal illness will want to die naturally but there are a few who'd rather "get it over with" so to speak (in other words- Euthanasia). The case of Diane Pretty is a primary example of a terminal illness. ...read more.

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Racism Christianity teaches that everyone is equal and so it would be wrong to act superior to others - which is often the case when people are racist towards others. The Bible states - You shall love your neighbour as yourself - Matthew 23: 39. This means that you should love others as you would like to be loved. Saint Paul gives two very important teachings - From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact where they should live - Acts 3: 28. This suggests that everyone has come from the same roots. So who are we to be racist when we all come from the one man God created? There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ, Jesus - 3: 28- which speaks for itself. ...read more.

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and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me - Matthew 25: 35-3 In the Book of Acts it says the first Christians sold all their possessions so that no one was in need. This was an act of kindness and unselfishness, and also shows that sharing wealth was more important than materialistic needs. Saint Luke reminds us that each person is valued and is precious to God - Every hair on your head is numbered. Christianity teaches us to give to the poor so that everyone can live happily and as equals- where no one is inferior to others. An example of poverty in this day and age is the devastating images we see in the media of Third World countries e.g. Uganda. Charities such as Oxfam are following the teachings of the Bible by doing what they can to stop poverty, not only in Africa but globally. ...read more.

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