• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Christians in developed countries.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Christians in developed countries feel and believe that they should have reverence for the marginalized and seek not just to improve the condition of these people in life but also to bring about equality and live up to their responsibility of caring for all. We can learn about this from the Old Testament and Jesus' teachings. In Mt 22.34-40, we learn that the greatest commandment is to, "love your neighbour as you love yourself." Christians try to develop qualities of Christian love, known as agape. They do this by showing compassion towards others, respect and tolerance. They can also do this by reading the bible and following the acts of others, such as Jesus. By doing this Christians hope to become more like Christ. Once confirmed, Catholics have confirmed their commitment and responsibilities to Christ, by doing this they are now official followers of Christ and they believe they should follow in his ways and apply them to daily life and by confirming themselves to Christ, Catholics mean to serve him and others. "If one of you wants to be great, he must be servant of the rest, and if one of you wants to be first, he must be slave of all." Request of James And John. This passage explains that true greatness is about saving others. This is major Christian responsibility. Christians can do this by putting themselves last and putting the needs of others before their own. ...read more.

Middle

Christian love is not just seen in the bible, but in everyday life. This can be seen by such people as monks, nuns and aid workers. Christians can take and outline their responsibilities from the papal encyclicals. The decree on the apostolate of the laity tells Catholics that they should work together in order to reach their goals and help one another. "When people work together we are strong". This teaches Christians that together they should make good use of what God has created, offering their services in their parishes and being charitable. Realising their responsibility, Christians must face them by pulling together to apply their beliefs and conquer the many problems facing the developing world today. Two of which are hunger and disease. 35000 die of hunger each day in the developing world. This is because of famine - lack of food and lack of unusable water, drought and or flooding. The reason why it has come to this is because these people are simply not educated enough to provide for themselves or even have the knowledge of how to store food properly. Farming land must be rotated for a few years after being worked and because this is not done due to poor education, crops will become poorer and poorer and uneatable, leaving the people starving and in debt and in the cycle of poverty. ...read more.

Conclusion

This is done through long term aid, often people from the third world will come to CAFOD for help with financing an idea. The aim for this is to encourage these people to become more independent. "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime". We can also help by short-term aid such as sending food for African famine relief or sending antibiotics or shelters to flood victims in Bangladesh. Fund raising is also used i.e. family fast days for Lent. If in need of inspiration to help the needs of others, we can look to people in the eye of the public who help the developing world. A South African political activist named Nelson Mandela fought hard against a white apartheid government for the right to vote fairly. This was just one man setting out to help, if we all did likewise imagine the difference we could make on the world. For example, Christians do not have to look to Jesus on how to help, as a lot smaller but still as important suggestions are right in front of us. Writing to MP's on exploitation or arranging non-violent protest could be a starting path for helping the developing world. By doing all this Christians are working their way to eternal life and the kingdom of God, the greatest reward of all. Naomi Fligg 10W Paper 2A Coursework Page 1 of 5 ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Morality of War section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Morality of War essays

  1. Explain why the first Christians were persecuted The persecution of Christians by the Roman ...

    Therefore, we may learn that during persecution, if it is clear that a person's adversary does not understand something, it is better to try and explain to them even if they do not talk it out loud. At all times, the Pharisees were trying to find fault with Jesus, and this in itself is a form of persecution.

  2. The question is, what is happiness? And is technology being exported to benefit ...

    Attempting to force our way of way of life onto others not only shows disrespect for other people's cultures and values, but it is actually a form of ridicule. Each culture is unique. Westerners too often point out differences between cultures, and send out a message saying that our culture is better.

  1. Describe the teachings and beliefs of Christians about death and what might happen afterwards.

    44"They also will answer, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?' 45"He will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.'

  2. Nelson Mandela, "Little more than a terrorist" or "An abused leader of his people"?

    On the surface this looks like a fair compromise, Mandela says that he will never use violence again and they will let him out. But this makes Mandela look like a terrorist because if he says that he will

  1. Explain the beliefs Christians hold about their responsibility for those at the beginning and ...

    to make up their own minds on if they want to become a part of the Christian family, also they believe that the individual should be

  2. "So when you give something to a needy person, do not make a big ...

    In the parable of the Sheep and the Goats (Matthew 25) Jesus taught that people should treat others, as they themselves would like to be treated. He said that those who help others would be greatly rewarded in heaven whilst those who look after no one but himself or herself will be treated as they treated others.

  1. Religion, Poverty and Wealth - Describe the teachings of the religion that you ...

    Their motto is "We believe in life before death". Christian Aid helps to give emergency relief to survivors of an earthquake and other tragic situations. Christian Aid provides food for emergencies; they work to make changes that will improve lives.

  2. There is a massive difference between rich nations and poorer ones, which grows larger ...

    It teaches Christians they should help people no matter who they are. It also shows those who don't will be punished no matter who they are. "God blesses those who come to the aid of the poor and rebuke those who turn away from them" (Catholism of the Catholic Church).

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work