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Describe the Christian teachings on prejudice and discrimination and explain how people therefore should be treated.

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Introduction I chose racism because I am interested in how people act towards racism today, because I feel that racism is a horrible thing, and to research racism I can see how other people handle it. Today there is a lot of talk about racism and how it should be stopped. Over the years there has been wars over prejudice and discrimination. So doing this unit will help me understand about how Christians treat this subject. Prejudice and discrimination can be shown in many different forms such as colour, race, gender or discrimination. I will be looking at what Christian attitudes are towards prejudice and discrimination and how I think they might support people of this type of offence. Prejudice - General attitudes about a whole group of people. The belief that a person who we think belongs to a particular group will have certain characteristics. The belief that all men are or should be tough is a prejudice. Discrimination - Acts taken against a person based on prejudice. Unequal treatment based on prejudice. Calling a large person fat is an example of discrimination based on size prejudice. Describe the Christian teachings on prejudice and discrimination and explain how people therefore should be treated. Christian teachings are based on the bible, which is not an ethical reference book to be taken literally it need careful exegesis, and are also based on church teachings which can vary on issues from church to church. ...read more.

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This was brilliant news to black people, to finally have the freedom after many years of suffering with unfair employment, housing and education. Then in 1979 a race relation's act was introduced to ensure equal opportunities for all races. Explain how Christians may put these teachings into practice. Racism is very apparent in society today, but there are many teachings in the Bible that suggest that this is very wrong, and should not be happening(see article 3). The Bible is the inspired word of God, and from the Bible we can see that God showed agape love to all of his followers, no matter what race. There are mainly two different ways by which Christians respond to racism. Violent and non-violent. There are a number of well-known Christian pacifists, such as Martin Luther King, Desmond Tutu and Trevor Huddleston. 'A pacifist is a person who believes that all forms of violence are wrong�. They believe that anything which causes physical pain and suffering is bad, and that there are always other ways of solving the problem. In the Southern states of America in the 1950�s and 1960�s discrimination and prejudice against black people was very common. People in the black community feared that the situation was going to increase and become like that of South Africa where black people's earnings were only about half of those of whites. ...read more.

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God�s people including Christians have a special responsibility to treat people of other races or colour in the right way, for in the bible it says "Do not ill-treat foreigners who are living in your land. Treat them as you would a fellow-Israelite, and love them as you love yourselves. Remember that you were once foreigners in the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God" "Every one is equal and must be treated exactly the same." Do you agree? David's answer - No because everyone is not equal because they have different capabilities, but every one still has the right for equal opportunities. All people are created equally in the eyes of God and have the right to be treated with dignity and respect, but equality will never exist because of who their parents are. Sara's answer - this is something I can't answer yes or no. it depends on circumstances yes everyone is equal. Every one is equal in the eyes of god and should be in our eyes Rick's answer - yes because at the end of the day we're all humans with different abilities. Conclusion In conclusion I think that prejudice in any form whether it is racial, gender or colour is wrong. No person in the world should be discriminated against. The effect to overcome racism has become widely spread in the human conscience. All discrimination must be stopped. The Church is completely opposed to prejudice and discrimination and wants to change the hearts of people and offer the Church as a place of understanding 1 ...read more.

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