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Christians in developed countries.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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