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Describe the teachings of the religion you are studying about the way in which believers should treat people who are less fortunate than them selves.

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Describe the teachings of the religion you are studying about the way in which believers should treat people who are less fortunate than them selves. Nowadays the world as we know it is in the depression of the recession. Due to this the world today is strictly divided into rich and poor and has made the Christians concerned about the injustice and inequality in the world today. Organisations like Christian Aid and Tear fund aim to lessen the suffering of people in need. The areas of need they focus on are mainly healthcare, water, agriculture, disaster relief and education. They share the same beliefs as any other Christians would, all people in the world are equally important and so deserve everything that others have. The word "agape" is often used in Christianity to pass on the teachings of Jesus making believers understand about love and forgiveness. This special love is Christian love towards all people and is unconditional. ...read more.

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Another part of the bible which supports this concept is from Mathew 25:31-46. "for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.' Shows how Jesus taught that whatever you do for someone less fortunate than yourself, you shall be acknowledged by God. In the time of Jesus many people believed that wealth was a sign of blessing and the rich should be respected because God had rewarded them. Though Jesus' teachings gave a message which differed to they're beliefs. "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" (Luke 6: 20-21). ...read more.

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We can link this to the concept of Agape Love, which in this quotation the Rich Man was not able to show. In conclusion there is no clear cut Christian Response for Christians to follow but people should respond to God by caring for each other and that poor have a special place with God. Also that Christians should believe in what Jesus taught of love for others and concern for the weak and they should also follow the example of St Francis Assisi like Monks, Nuns and Friars. Also in Christianity Jesus taught with his words and actions that Love is not just a feeling it has to be put into practice and Agape love was not just a feeling. The situation ethics theory made by Joseph Fletcher also suggests that when helping the less fortunate, Christians should choose the most loving thing to do. Also that It is wrong to live a comfortable life style and enjoy luxuries when there are poor people around who need help. Caring for the poor is the same as caring for Jesus because every life is made in the image of God. ...read more.

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