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

Christians should only support charities in their own country

Extracts from this document...


'Charity begins at home' Christians should only support charities in their own country Charity can be defined as giving voluntarily to those in need or distress, so love of others. It can also be an organisation for helping those in need. 'Need' can be life's basic requirements, whether they are spiritual, like care, love, family and faith, or material, like food and drink, shelter, employment, education etc. These definitions help to make clear what exactly is meant by charity and it beginning at home. The Christian teaching on charity comes from the Bible and what Jesus has taught us. The Bible is strongly in favour of the poor and so helping them should be a priority. In 2 Corinthians 9:7 it says 'Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver' and in ...read more.


We can see from The final Judgement story in Matthew 25 that we need to help the poor, because in doing so we are helping Jesus and as we are going to be judged in our lifetimes, we shouldn't be selfish and should care about others and love our neighbours. In Luke 10, Jesus tells us to love our neighbours in the Good Samaritan story, and our neighbour is anyone who needs help, not just the person next door. We should look for the greatest need when helping others and giving to charity, so we need to see that there may be hundreds of people who are homeless on the streets in London, but there are millions of people who are homeless on the streets in India. The people in London are able to get help for their needs, and are not overcome with awful diseases that spread easily due to the overcrowding and the poor facilities a country has got, which may be the case overseas. ...read more.


We are all equal in God's eyes and so we should all be treated equally and help everyone no matter where they live. Although charities in their own country may be helping those around the world, we need to look for the greater need as well as looking on our own doorstep. People in the UK are not starving to death like in other countries and the poor are relatively rich compared to those in need in Africa, for example. This does not mean we should ignore those around us, but help everyone. We cannot ignore the problems there are abroad, especially due to the communications available and the money we have. If Charity means love then charity should begin at home in the sense that we should seek to love and help our families, but if charity only means the giving of money to worthy causes I think it should be given abroad because of the greater need. Jasbir Golan 10.5 ...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 Charities, Poverty and Development 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 Charities, Poverty and Development essays

  1. ‘Charity begins at home’ - Christians should only support charities in their own country

    This could mean helping those around us is a better thing. There are plenty of poor people at home so it could be argued that we should be responsible for them first because the rich man in got judged for not helping Lazarus who was at his home on his doorstep, not for those he didn't know.

  2. Explain what christians beleive about their responsibilities in helping th poor

    Some people may say that it is the people in the third world countries responsibility to look after people in their home. People are more likely to help those at home as they see the poverty first hand everyday, beggars in the street, NSPCC adverts, and homeless people sleeping in the street.

  1. There are many different charities in the world, each of them do lots of ...

    Age Concern has been helping older people in the UK for more than 60 years. Today they are a national network of more than 400 independent charities, second only to the government in providing high-quality help and care for older people.

  2. "Charity begins at home. We should only support charities in the UK."

    few, who often have a high standard of living when compared to people across the globe.

  1. In this essay I will be looking at how Christianity and charities relate to ...

    There are also Christian individuals, like Mother Teresa, who help the poor. I am going to focus on the work that Tearfund do. Tearfund was founded in 1960 during the World Refugee Year when people were asked to help refugees.

  2. There are 180 thousand charities in the United Kingdom alone. The idea of charities ...

    The government donates money to the charities from us, the taxpayer and for many people they like to know where their money is going. Many charities are involved in improving the lives of people around the globe. There are, however always lots of cynical people who knock charities especially if

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