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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. It is important for Christians to be responsible and care for the people in countries of poverty. In Genesis it states that God made people in his own image. This gives the human person dignity as He made us to be like him. Human life is therefore sacred and should be protected. Humans are also dignified be were created to be above all other 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 gifts and talents that other beings do not have. This shows our dignity however with this comes responsibilities and as we are steward of the Earth we should protect all of God's creations which includes Humans. At the incarnation God became human which gives us dignity as it shows how humans are special and that God became human and took no other form. As humans have this dignity, it is important to protect it. We should help one another and not take away the dignity of the human person. In Luke Jesus tells the story of the Good Samaritan. it is about a Samaritan that helped a man who had been mugged and at a time when Samaritans were discriminated against. It shows us how to be a good neighbour by helping those in need. Jesus here shows Christians that they should take pity on people in need and by helping them maintain their dignity. ...read more.

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It is important that Christians realise the importance of supporting people less fortunate than themselves as it protects their dignity and brings Christians. Closer to God The people that generally need the most help are people in less developed countries that are suffering from hunger and poverty. One of the main causes of poverty in the world is unfair trade. This is due to the fact that food sellers in the Western world do not pay enough money to the people that produce the food in third world countries and small farmers are loosing out to large international countries. This is going on all over the world in places like Africa, South America and Asia. Out of the money that consumers that pay for the food sometimes even as little as one percent of the cost goes towards the grower, and the farmers are staying poor just making enough to feed themselves. One way that Christians could help would to buy special "fair trade" products with the fair trade logo. There are products that ensure the consumer that a fair price goes toward the farmers that produce the food. Paying a little extra for the good or buying different goods for the sake of fair trade means that you can help people to survive in less developed countries where they are poor. Helping people in need is the duty of Christians and just like the Good Samaritan we should help those in need. If Christians only brought fair trade goods than food sellers and distributors would realise that the should all sell products that gives everyone an equal pay, and so this would give the farmers in less developed countries more of the money reducing their poverty. ...read more.

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Providing a prosperous future for someone restores their dignity and self respect. It is also unfair to say that if you live on aid then you are lazy. Even with aid people in poor countries work harder than anyone else, travelling miles just for water a life essential when we worry about our Degrees and how many thousands of pounds that we may make. The main statement is also forgetting one essential point, that no one in the western world who makes that statement can judge others who are suffering from starvation, the effects of war or drought, when being in a very comfortable position in the western world most of us are naturally lazy and don't have to work that hard to earn lots of money. Christians should not make this statement because it is their duty to protect the dignity of these people. 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. Phillip Nicholls Religious Education Coursework World Poverty Question One Explain what Christians believe about their responsibility for other people. Question two Choose two specific examples of problems faced by people in developing countries and explain how Christians might apply the beliefs you have identified to the problems. Question three "Charity does not have the effect Christians want. It makes people lazy and keeps them poor." Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer showing that you have considered more than one point of view. ...read more.

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