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Describe Christian teachings about the ways in which believers should treat people who are less fortunate than themselves.

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Describe Christian Teachings about the ways in which believers should treat people who are less Fortunate than themselves. The world today is sharply divided into rich and poor. Many Christians are concerned about the injustice and inequality in the world today. Two Christian organisations that work for the world's poor are: Christian Aid and CAFOD. In Christian Teachings believers are taught about love and forgiveness in the form of Agape Love. Agape love is Christian love, love for all and unconditional love. Christianity gets its tradition of caring for the poor from the Old Testament where writers emphasized that God cares about the poor and wants them treated well. Prejudice means pre-judgement, taking a dislike to someone for no good reason. To take action as a result of it is known as discrimination. Christian Churches are against prejudice and discrimination based on the belief that humans have been created in the "Image of God and are all valuable and equal in his sight." In Matthew 22:26 one of the Pharisees asked Jesus "Teacher which is the greatest commandment in the law? ...read more.

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Jesus' teachings gave a very different message. Luke 6: 20-21 "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed who weep now, for you will laugh. " The teaching means that no-one is perceived as a greater person in God's eyes because of their hunger, their unhappiness or their poverty therefore they should not be looked down upon as if they are a lesser being. They should in fact be treated with the same respect as the wealthy and more fortunate. Amos was an Old Testament prophet who lived in 18th century BCE. The role of a prophet was to pass messages from God to people. Amos took this role even though he was only an ordinary sheep farmer. The message that Amos was told was very clear - the people had offended God and were to be punished. They weren't taking part in worship and they were cheating the poor. Amos 5, 23 - 24 "I hate, I despise your religious feasts; I cannot stand your assemblies. ...read more.

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All routes out of poverty are firmly shut because of lack of education. Technical aid, employment, sanitation or access to health services transport or communication. Other issues include War and Euthanasia. There is no clear cut Christian Response for Christians to follow but people should respond to God by caring for each other. The poor have a special place with God. Jesus taught of love for others and concern for the weak. Love is not just a feeling it has to be put into practice and Jesus taught with his words and actions that Agape love was not just a feeling. It is wrong to live a comfortable life style and enjoy luxuries when there are poor people around who need help. People need to stop measuring success by the amount they consume and stop aiming towards extravagant, wasteful lifestyles. Caring for the poor is the same as caring for Jesus. Every life is of value as being made in the 'image of God.' True Christians will respect God's teachings; they can do this by putting themselves last and others first in giving not receiving. ...read more.

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