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Explain what Christians believe about their responsibility for other people.

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WORLD POVERTY (AO1) Explain what Christians believe about their responsibility for other people. In the Bible Gospels there are many references that demonstrate what Christians believe about their responsibility for other people. In this coursework essay I am going to express the many beliefs Christians have on others and world poverty and the many things Christians can learn from the bible references in the modern world. Christians are called to be closely involved with efforts to alleviate suffering in the world and to make efforts to work for a more equal world. The motivation for this is to be found in the gospel teachings, in Luke 12:13-21 the rich man wanted everything and more, he said 'I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all of my grain and my goods. And I will say to myself 'you have plenty of good things for many years. Take life easy; eat drink and be merry,' ' but Jesus spoke to this man with anger, 'you fool!' for the man had everything in worldly terms with enough to keeping him going forever. But when death comes it is equal for everyone for you cannot take your riches or anything with you. Jesus doesn't say it is wrong to have wealth, he did say however that is important to use your wealth wisely. ...read more.

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One of the most influential teachings being 'the sheep and the goats' Matthew (25:31-46) The passage tells us that to have eternal life we must we must be prepared to act like the sheep and care for others. It was the goats that got it wrong, they didn't help those in need in a variety of many situations. Jesus tells us a very important statement: that if you help someone in need then you are also Jesus himself and yourself as you will be rewarded when your time comes. There are six main areas of need that are no different today, we should help others in this way-these are what the sheep (Christians) did/ should do to help; * Hunger - the person is feed * Thirst - the person is given water * Stranger (a refugee?) - invited (welcomed) in. * No clothes - given clothing * Sick - cared for * In prison - visited Many agencies and charity organizations try to do these things for people today. For example, some people recognize the Salvation Army to work in all 6 of these areas across UK where people live in relative poverty. Other charities work aboard in LEDC's, places of absolute poverty where people have no food, shelter or security, a situation for millions of people in the world. ...read more.

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However, on the other hand in some places in the world charity is needed to survive. In many third world countries people rely on charity for simple day to day living. This is different from in the first world as people live in absolute poverty. In the developing world many people have no shelter or food and little prospect of either. Many people unlike in the first world don't even have access to the most basic of education or health care such conditions exist in much of the developing world, this poverty is seen as absolute. People in the third world are unable to lean on the government or be lazy as they must work in order to survive, third world families struggle to receive the many things that we take for granted, basic things such as food, water, health, education and work, making charity a life saving option not a service. In my opinion charity has varied effects, although it may make some people lazy and relent through aid in the UK, in developing countries I believe it is gods send. Through long term aid in countries such as Africa, it helps people build or rebuild a sufficient life, the key aim being self-sufficiency, becoming self reliant, and the country eventually managing on its own. ...read more.

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