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Explain how the bible and tradition should help a roman catholic in there understanding of the need to support Christian charities.

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Explain how the bible and tradition should help a roman catholic in there understanding of the need to support Christian charities. Throughout the ages the bible has taught Christians to give to those who are less fortunate than our selves. If you are to call your self a Christian you should live by these teachings. The Roman Catholic believes are based on tradition and the bible. The bible is the word of God put into words for Christians to worship and to try to live up to. The bible is the direction for Christian living. In many stories Jesus shows us that by supporting and helping those who are less fortunate than ourselves we are pleasing God. It has been a Christian tradition to continue the work of Jesus by helping others and trying to show people the importance of helping others. The church throughout the ages has followed the policy of helping the poor. ...read more.

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There are many ways in the scriptures in which Jesus tells and shows us by example that we should give to the poor. One way in which he shows us is in the parable of the feeding of the 5000 is the attitude of Jesus in giving assistance and fullness of live to those who need it. In Luke 4:18 it says: The spirit of the lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed. The most famous and well know story from the scriptures in relation to giving to the poor is the story of the sheep and the goats. This story talks about two different types of people those who feed Jesus when he was hungry; give him water when he was thirsty; invite him in when he was a stranger; clothe him when he was naked or look after him when he was sick and in prison and those who did nothing for Jesus. ...read more.

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An example of this is the St. Vincent de Paul society. In our school the Lenten hamper appeal is another example of charity in action. The churches love for the poor is part of a constant tradition. This love is inspired by Jesus' concern for the poor which is in reflected in many things for example the beatitudes when Jesus shows that a person can be poor in many ways such as a person may be poor which may mean they don't have much personal possessions or money or a person can be poor in spirit which means that they have generally been a bad person. Catholics have a responsibility to support catholic and Christian charities and have to support all people in need. We should obtain our motivation from God. When we follow Jesus' commands we are ensured that we have his support "I am with you always to the very end of time". Works of charity and kindness given to people in need reflect just where people stand in relation to the kingdom of God, and to Jesus himself. Colm Milligan 12Q Religion Coursework 09/05/2007 ...read more.

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