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'Charity begins at home' Do you agree? Give reasons to support your answer and show that you have thought about different points of view...

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'Charity begins at home' Do you agree? Give reasons to support your answer and show that you have thought about different points of view... Before we can begin to answer this question, first we must define charity. The dictionary definition shows charity to be the giving of help, money etc. to those in need; organization for doing this; the money etc. given; love, kindness; disposition to think kindly of others. Another popular idea is that charity is an attitude, it is about care and sacrifice and sharing. It is often about putting others first, I believe this to be a good description as it talks of care which is the whole reason for giving, as if the person did not care why would they give at all, unless they were doing it only to make themselves feel better, which is not the right attitude. ...read more.

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"All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods they gave to anyone as he had need" This is showing charity through the giving of possessions and money. Very much like the Charities we have today (Christian Aid) and (CAFOD) supplying poverty stricken countries with medical supplies, food, blankets, transport, building materials and other much-needed supplies. But Charities like these could not operate without the financial support given by England's population (along with other countries). This financial support is achieved through actions; like putting a few coins into a charities collection pot. So if we trace this financial support back to it's source it shows that charity does begin at home through small charitable actions from people like you and me. ...read more.

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Another Bible quote showing the different types of charity and how a small action can do so much is (Matthew 25: 35-36) "For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger 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, whatever you did here for anyone of my brothers, however humble you did it for me" All these charitable acts can be performed by anyone and all of them start on a small-scale, at home. So in answer to the question, I would have to say yes charity does begin at home. ...read more.

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