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Explain what Christians believe about their responsibility for other people.

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Question One Explain what Christians believe about their responsibility for other people. Christians believe that it is important to care for people in poverty. In Genesis, it says God created man in his own image. Humans therefore are dignified and were created to be above all of Gods creations. In Genesis 1:26, God said "and now we will make humans, they will have power over the fish, the birds and all animals". God gave us things that other creations of his did not have. This shows our dignity, but also comes with responsibility for all other creatures, including humans. God became human at the incarnation, which makes us dignified because God took no other form. It is important to protect our dignity. We should help each other, like in Luke 10:30-37, where Jesus tells the parable of the Good Samaritan. "A man was mugged on the road to Jericho and left for dead. A priest and a Levite walked past, but left him. A Samaritan stopped where the man was lying, bandaged the mans wounds, and took him to an inn, and cared for him. The Samaritan had to go away so he asked the innkeeper to look after the man, and paid for the mans needs. ...read more.

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The people that are generally suffering are people in third world countries who have a distinct lack of essentials such as food and water Unfair trade is a big cause of poverty. This is because Western food businesses do not pay enough money to the producers, and this is forcing farmers in the east to produce more crops to sell, and less for themselves to eat, but seeing as many other farmers are producing the same thing at the same rate, there is too much to be sold in the west, so the amount paid for the crop goes down. This is keeping the farmers poor, and they are making only just enough to feed their families. Christians can help resolve the fair trade problem by buying goods with a special 'fair trade' logo on it. This ensures a fair amount of the profit goes to the producer in the east instead of the 10 percent or less as in non fair trade goods. Paying that little bit extra for the goods means that people in the east are able to feed their families and not starve. Just as the Good Samaritan helped the mugged man on the road to Jericho, we can help others in the eastern world. ...read more.

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As John Paul II said, "if you do not feed him you are killing him". In conclusion I would say that the statement that charity makes people lazy is false. If someone is suffering then they should be helped through the good will of Christians and by the aid of charity. Most people who are in need of charity are the people who work hardest of all, not to make money, but to stay alive. The charity helps them, but if we are going to try and help people in developing countries build up their living standards to the luxury of ours, we need a lot more money, work and time to do it in. There should be equality in human life, but instead there are poor people and rich people and the people who have enough to live. Most people in developing countries do not even have that. I would love to see all people feeling comfortable and with enough money to live, however this will take a long time to achieve, and if charities are going to achieve it, they need cooperation. Microsoft word count: 2159 words (Including quotations) Microsoft word count: 1736 words (Excluding quotations) Johan Stovin 4SA ...read more.

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