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Explain what Christians mean about their responsibility for other people?

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Question 1. Explain what Christians mean about their responsibility for other people? (400-600 words) 16 marks Answer 1. We Christians believe that life is a great gift from God and this means that it is also sacred. "Human life is sacred because from the beginning it involves the creative action of God and remains forever in a special relationship with the creator, who is it sole end." Seeing as life is so divine we should value and respect it, not only ours but the lives of others too. ".... Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness..." Gen 1:26 "...So God created man in His own image..." Gen 1:27 Since we are all made in the image of God it means that we must not only look after ourselves properly but it is essential that we look after others too. We must treat others how we would like to e treated. Whatever we do to others, good or bad, we are also doing that to God Himself. "As you did this to one of the least of my brothers of mine you did to me" "As you neglected to do this to one of the least of these, you neglected to do it to me." - Based on Matthew 25:31-46. ...read more.


The work is most often difficult, backbreaking and tiresome. Due to this exploitation, poor countries only share 0.4% of Global trade whereas large companies make more money each year than some countries, for example South Africa, (who aren't even one of the poorest) Another huge global faced by those in developing countries is hunger. This is the cause of many deaths and suffering. In an ideal world food would be distributed equally but in our time, this is not the case. Malnutrition, along with the lack of fresh clean water, totals a shocking figure of deaths a year. The reasons for this lack of food in certain areas could be due to poverty and natural occurrences. From question one, we know that it is our duty to help others who are in need. Christians may be involved in charities who try and raise money to help those who are less fortunate then us. Actions speak louder than words and some people have taken this into account and done more. Those who work for charities such as CAFOD, Christian Aid and Tear Fund assist the church in helping to prevent millions of people starving and to make and effect on the problems of unfair trade. " True happiness is not found in riches or well being, in human fame or power or in any human achievement...God blesses those who come to the aid of the poor and rebukes those who turn away from them. ...read more.


Some may say that charity is a waste of time and since there has always been a rich and poor divide in the world, them maybe that's the way it's going to stay. It doesn't solve the problems and may even cause more. Charity could keep poor people poor because it stops the government making as much as an effort to sort it. However I also have another point of view about how I think this statement could be false and that charity doesn't keep people lazy and poor. In some cases charity is vital, for example, natural disasters like earthquakes or floods. The charity, CAFOD, has an emergency dun to deal with these kinds of things and sends food, medicines and shelters to victims. Without the charity many of them would have died. People don't always want to be given things because people still have pride and dignity but if natural disasters do occur then they have no choice. Although short-term work doesn't promote independence, it's still only on a temporary basis. Long-term aid is successful and will promote independence in due time, E.g. with goat trading and chicken farms etc. Charity isn't a bad thing; after all, it just gets them started and charity workers are just doing their duty to others, as God wants. "...Feed the man dying of hunger because if you don't, you are killing him..." - The controversial words of Pope John Paul II. Russell San Felipe. 11F. R.E Coursework. ...read more.

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