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Explain what Christians believe about their responsibility for the poor. Use Bible passages and Christian Church teaching to support your answer.

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World Poverty: AO1 - Explain what Christians believe about their responsibility for the poor. Use Bible passages and Christian Church teaching to support your answer. Christians believe that it is our responsibility to help and look after the poor. There are many teachings in the Bible to support this such as the parable of the Sheep and the Goats. In this parable, Jesus, represented by the King, says how the just people on his right will go on to heaven because he was 'hungry, thirsty, a stranger, naked, ailing and in prison' and at all these times, they helped him. The people on the right hand side of the King asked him when did they do all of these things and Jesus replied, 'When you did this for any of the less important people, you did it for me'. ...read more.

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Both men in the parable died, Lazarus went to heaven and the rich man was taken to Hades. The rich man saw Abraham and asked him if Lazarus could go and testify to his five brothers so that they would not end up in Hades too, but Abraham replied, 'If they don't listen to Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded if one rises from the dead'. This parable teaches that being wealthy means that you have a responsibility to look after the poor. People are not criticised for being rich but for not helping those in need. In Luke 6:31 it says that you should, 'Do for others what you want them to do for you'. Christians believe that you should treat others how you would want to be treated. ...read more.

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One of the bible passages used in the World Methodist Conference in Seoul, South Korea was from James 2:14-17, 26. 'Hearing the voice of our compassionate God, who stands on the side of the poor, we confirm our Covenant with God, in which the responsibility for all creation is a central theme, and where faith and action are never separated'. This passage says that we have a promise to God to be responsible for the world and everything in it. The promise also said that 'faith and action are never separated' which means that Christians should always act upon their beliefs, and one of those beliefs being that humans have total responsibility of the world, and so have to help those who are suffering. ?? ?? ?? ?? Fiona Taylor ...read more.

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