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Charity Does Not Have the Effect Christians Want

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CHARITY DOES NOT HAVE THE EFFECT CHRISTIANS WANT IT MAKES PEOPLE LAZY AND KEEPS THEM POOR. DO YOU AGREE? GIVE REASONS FOR YOUR ANSWER, SHOWING YOU HAVE CONSIDERED MORE THAN ONE POINT OF VIEW There is much conjecture about whether charity really helps those in need or whether it promotes laziness and keeps them poor. People that believe that the giving of charity works, argue that underprivileged societies would suffer more than they have without it. Perhaps recognising that just giving money to poor people will promote laziness, many Christian charities now try to give aid in the form of knowledge and skills rather than simply throwing money wantonly at the problems faced. For example, the Catholic charity CAFOD, who recently sent a guest speaker (Dermott McNulty) to our school, showed us some of the work he did for CAFOD in South America. Instead of simply giving money and leaving, CAFOD stayed and gave the people the equipment and skills necessary to work their own way out of poverty by running operations like soup kitchens. ...read more.

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They hold the view that it is clear that no amount of charity can ever fully solve the problems faced and charity only makes matters worse by giving them a taster of what they are missing. Also, they believe that recipients of charity can often lose any motivation to work or improve things for themselves. Why work when your needs are being provided by others? Such advocates believe that charities are making the situation worse for the poor by giving their governments' an excuse not to take more responsibility in solving the problems. They contend that whilst charities keep providing resources, their governments' are able to abandon their responsibility to their own people. We can surmise that Jesus is suggesting in the Parable of the Talents that Charity does not necessarily have to be a Christian obligation. The Parable tells us that the third servant used his talents badly and is punished as a result. This implies that just because one (in our case, .developed countries) has talents i.e. monies/resources, this does not mean that those talents have to be used in one particular way. ...read more.

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Arguably, without the aid, it would have been more likely that the Bangladeshis would have tried harder to solve the cause of the problem. This situation has moved on in more recent times, and now much of the aid ( in collaboration with the government) is focused on providing longer term solution for the people most affected. e.g. building of levees, irrigation systems, re-forrestation etc. After considering the different points of view and the supporting evidence, I think that charity, if used well, can be very beneficial to small communities. It can give poor people a chance to work and improve their conditions. As in the example set by CAFOD in South America it can give people the opportunity to work themselves away from poverty by offering them some measure of self sufficiency. It can provide incentives to work rather than take the easy option of being lazy. . Charity needs to be well conceived and planned. It is not just about money and 'having its heart in the right place'. Otherwise, things can turn out badly and the people can become lazy and more dependent on the charity they get given. 1 2 ...read more.

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