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Explain:A. How Human Greed and Selfishness is to blame for World Poverty.B. What can inspire some Christians to Care for the Needy.

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Chris Doyle 10tx R.S. Coursework Assignment 2001: 1) Explain: A. How Human Greed and Selfishness is to blame for World Poverty. B. What can inspire some Christians to Care for the Needy. Poverty can be defined as the state of a person who cannot satisfy his own basic needs. Firstly, the term can be applied only to people who lack the needs that are 'necessary for survival', and secondly, it can be applied to those who lack needs that 'reflect the standard of living among society in general'. The first meaning of poverty would refer to people who are starving, the second to those who have basic necessities but lack the extra comforts and conveininces that those around them enjoy. To the people who spend their whole lives in poverty, and have no way to tackle it, it is a way of life. They are used to the lack of clean water and high energy/protein food, malnutrition and thirst are just there, although this does not stop it from causing pain and death. Secondary schools, telephones, civil rights and political freedom are simply not present in Third World countries where poverty is strife. The per capita income of a poor country normally means that the country has no money for treating the dying, let alone the immunisation of infants, leading to short life expectancy. In a rich country like Britain, all of the indicators of human well-being that people in poor countries have no access to, are had by at least 99% of the population. ...read more.

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Some people say that there is no reason to help the poor, after all, it's their own money, that they worked for, they didn't work for it to give it all to some poverty-ridden person in Africa, but this is not true. If people spend their whole lives working to receive riches and pleasures, they are not one with God, for "no-one can serve two masters". The rich man could not inherit eternal life, because he would not sell what he had and give to the poor, Christians today should learn from this, "how hard it is for one with riches to enter the Kingdom of God!" The Apostles taught that Christians are "of one heart and soul" and therefore, all wealth should be shared equally; Barnabas "sold a field that belonged to him" and brought the money to the Apostles "and laid it at their feet", and Barnabas was blessed. On the other hand, Ananias and Sapphira "sold a piece of property" but only brought part of the money to the Apostles. After this, both died instantly. According to Deuteronomy, "You shall open your hands wide to your brother, to the needy, to the poor," in fact, a Christian should "open his hands wide" to everyone who is in need. Whether a Christian helps a person in need should not depend on sex, colour or creed, and as those in poverty are in constant need, then Christians should try constantly to help them. ...read more.

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The Samaritan is viewed as an example of how Christians should act, because of this; Christians should help everyone, just like the Good Samaritan. Christians are told to help their neighbours, but who is a neighbour? Jesus said that it is not who you are, but what you do that defined you as a neighbour "Which one...acted like a neighbour" and that we should treat others as we wish to be treated ourselves, meaning that the more we help, the more help we will receive if we are ever to need it. Christians who say "charity begins at home" could support it by saying that if they help those around them because when they need help themselves, it will reach them much faster an easier than if it comes from the other side of the world. This view, however is very selfish and not in itself Christian; a Christian should help people because it is the right thing to do, a Christian should not only help people so that they will receive help themselves. Christians who say to a person "charity begins at home" and are meaning to tell that person to be more amicable to their friends and relatives could not disagree with the phrase, because in saying it, they are trying to help the friends and relatives of the person to whom they are addressing it. If a Christian is intending to help someone through the use of an obscure and often misunderstood phrase, then no other Christian could disagree with that. ...read more.

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