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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 themselves.

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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 themselves. Christianity teaches that Christians should follow the examples of Jesus in the Bible. Christians believe that they should help those who are less fortunate than themselves and they will be rewarded in Heaven. Christians use the Bible to guide them through life and to do the right things for others. Christians believe that the amount of someone's money and possessions are not important in life, it is the person who is important. Wealth does not lead to a happy life. From the parable of "The Rich Man" Christians learn that to follow Jesus you should not need lots of possessions and wealth: The beggar in the parable went to Heaven to be at Abraham's side. ...read more.

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Jesus splits everyone into sheep and goats. The sheep are those who have helped the poor and Jesus says: 'Whatever you did for one of the least of these Brother's of mine, you did for me' He is saying that whoever helped the poor has helped him. You should treat your neighbours as you would treat yourself. The sheep go to Heaven because they are rewarded. The goats are the people who did not help the poor. Jesus says: 'Whatever you did not do for one of the least of these brothers Of mine, you did not do for me Although the goats hadn't actually harmed the poor they had still ignored them, Jesus says that they must be punished; he feels that they have neglected him. ...read more.

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Christian groups such as Christian Aid and Tear fund aim to reduce the suffering of people in the third World. They help people in more than 80 countries by improving health care, water and agriculture. Tear fund believes that every person is special to God. They help people to become independent, they believe that this gives them dignity and self respect. In the Bible Jesus said: 'I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me a drink.....' This quote teaches Christians that caring for the poor is like caring for Jesus, it will bring you closer to him. Ignoring the poor is like ignoring Jesus. Christians are taught that it is wrong to have a luxurious lifestyle when there are so many people who need help. 'Love your neighbour as yourself' Jesus said this because he wants us to know that love is not just a feeling, we must help others. ...read more.

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