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Human Beings and Poverty

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Religious Studies Coursework 2 Christian Perspectives on Contemporary Moral Issues Human Beings and Poverty What are the main Christian and Biblical teachings on caring for and treating the poor? The treatment and care of the poor is fundamental to both the Old and New Testament. In this assignment I will be looking at the biblical and Christian teachings with regard to the care of the needy and poor. Looking at the Old and New Testament the following texts demonstrate the teachings of the care towards the poor. "He who closes his ear to the cry of the poor will himself cry out and not be heard". This extract is from Proverbs 21 v13 and explains that if you see a man begging on the streets and you ignore him then if the unfortunate happens and you find yourself in a similar situation then God will ignore you. This also means that if you ignore this deprived man then God would ignore you when you want to enter his Kingdom of Heaven. "He who has a bountiful eye will be blessed for he shares his bread with the poor". (Proverbs 22 v29). God teaches us that if you see someone in need of something and you give him or her what they need, you will be blessed and your faith in God will be strengthened. ...read more.

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This should make people respect the poor but we know that in this modern age this is not the case. RS2 How might these Christian and Biblical teachings affect the attitude and behaviour of a Christian towards helping the poor? All these teachings from the bible should be ministered to the poor with unselfish charity. Some of these may not be plausible in today's modern society. Many people lead a very busy social and working life to donate time to helping the poor. A lot of people do help the deprived because they follow the bible's teachings and because its in their heart and nature to help others. One example of a person who devoted her life to God and helping the unfortunate is Mother Teresa. She treated people with great care. She devoted her whole life to treating the poor, living with them and sharing their lives. She changed a lot of people's attitudes towards the poor, making them change their ways. She influenced and inspired people to help the poor such as Princess Diana, the Princess of Wales. She also enlightened the developed countries with regard to third world poverty. As she had won the Nobel Peace Prize this made people aware of her work which in turn probably made others look differently towards the poor. ...read more.

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"He who has two coats let him share one to him who has none. And he, who has food, let him do likewise"(Luke 3 v11). We as a nation are greedy and should learn that we don't need it all. "When you reap the harvest, you shall not be so thorough that you reap the field to its very edge, nor shall you glean the stray ears of grain. Likewise, you shall not pick your vineyards bare, nor gather up the grapes that have fallen. These things you shall leave for the poor and the alien" Leviticus 19 v 9-10. We should be concerned with helping the Third world. They haven't the resources to help themselves out of their poverty. They need help on a large scale. So some of our charitable funds could go on home issues and the third world's needs. Having given alms or charity to a cause can make you feel good about yourself. You may feel that you have given a little back what you owe the world and God for allowing you to be part of this wonderful existence. Giving charity doesn't just mean giving money or grown out or unwanted clothes. You could give your time and skill to charities. This may be in any form of education such as schooling, health education, showing labourers how to farm or developing water irrigation. 1 1 ...read more.

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