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Jen Pascoe 14th November Religious Studies Coursework Hunger and Poverty Ai) Christians believe that there are reasons for people catching diseases. They believe that if you catch a disease you must have sinned against God, disease is caused by ignorance. When God is displeased with someone's behaviour or actions he will give him or her a disease as a punishment. Christians believe that people starving in poorer countries also get diseases for a reason. For example, they would say that the reason people get diseases is that the rulers of the countries are spending too much of their money on weaponry instead of food, greed is another main cause of disease. We are also very ignorant. Most of the world's economy takes place in the north so we hardly ever think about how it is in the south. The north south divide is to blame for this. As you can see from this map, the world is split into two groups, the north and south. The south is very poor as all the business and economy is used up in the north. If the north was not so greedy and ignorant we could share the economy with the south. This would mean that there would be less poverty in the south. ...read more.


Christians would also use the parable of the rich man and Lazarus. The rich man lived in a huge house and dressed in purple robes, he lived in luxury every day. At his gate lived a beggar named Lazarus who longed to eat some of the rich man's leftovers. Eventually the beggar died and was carried by angels to God's side, the rich man also died and was buried. The rich man was taken to hell and called to Abraham " father, please send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue as I'm in agony here." Abraham replied, "in your lifetime you had many good things and Lazarus had many bad things, now he's in comfort and you're in agony. Between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, those that want to go from here to you cannot nor can anyone cross over from there to us". The rich man called "I beg you send Lazarus to warn my brothers so this does not happen to them." Abraham called "no they have Moses and the prophets. Let them listen to them". "No father, the rich man called, but if you send someone back from the dead they will repent". ...read more.


Christian aid does not send people over to foreign countries either; they send large amounts of money to fund projects so that people can become self-sufficient. These schemes include schools, farms and water treatment areas. Religious people believe that they should work towards ending poverty and help others to improve their living standards. The First Article of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights says: '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.' c) 'Christians are responsible for each other, no matter where in the world they live'. I do not agree that with this statement, as although all these people have the same religion this does not mean that they should be responsible for each other. These people, from all over the world love each other, and care about each other but should not need to feel they are in any way responsible for each other. I understand that some people could say that Christians should be responsible for each other as they share the same faith and the same beliefs but I do not agree with this. They share the same faith but in the end they are not the same person and so are entitled to their own ideas and to be responsible for their own actions. ...read more.

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