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Explain what Christians believe about their responsibility for the poor. Use Bible Passages and Christian Church teaching to support you answer (16 Marks)

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Religious Education GCSE Coursework Specification A option 2B The Effects of the Roman Catholic Tradition on Lifestyle and Behaviour World Poverty Question 1 Explain what Christians believe about their responsibility for the poor. Use Bible Passages and Christian Church teaching to support you answer (16 Marks) The definition of the word Christian is "to be Christ-like". Jesus Christ helped those who were poor both physically and spiritually, therefore it is a Christians duty to act like Jesus and feel responsible for and help people who are in need. There are many accounts in the Bible in which we are told about the importance of helping our neighbours. ...read more.


Instead store up riches in heaven." This quote shows Christians today that God values spiritual qualities rather than material riches. The second of the Ten Commandments that were revealed to Moses by God is "You shall not make for yourself any idol, nor bow down to it or worship it." Christians believe that money is a false idol and therefore distracts people from God. The Tenth Commandment states "Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's house; thou shalt not covet thy neighbour's wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his ass, nor any thing that is thy neighbour's." This forbids material aspirations and desperation to acquire wealth. ...read more.


Consequently, in order to be a true Christian, God requires us to help others as we were taught to by Jesus. We are judged on what we have done and also what we have failed to do. Sins of omission are equally as bad as sins of actions. Christians believe that they should work towards ending poverty and help others to improve their living standards. CAFOD is an example of a Christian Organisation that puts this into practice. However it is not only Christians that believe that everybody should be born with equal rights and care for their neighbour, The First Article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: "All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood. ...read more.

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