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In this coursework piece I am going to look at Wealth and poverty from a religious angle and all the issues that surround it.

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Introduction In this coursework piece I am going to look at Wealth and poverty from a religious angle and all the issues that surround it. I will talk about the work done to relieve poverty by a religious charity and I will look into world development. I am also going to argue, in detail, a statement given to me and I am going to draw a conclusion from my work. Teachings on Wealth and Poverty Christians believe that wealth is something, which can be used for good or evil, and so in itself is not a bad thing. Christians are taught that they should only gain money in lawful and honest ways and when they have wealth it is a gift from god not theirs alone. According to the New Testament our riches must be used for the help of others especially those poorer than themselves. Christians believe that all humans are equal in the eyes of god and that all the good things of the earth have been given to us by god to use to help each other. 'People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all evil,' (timothy 6:9-10). ...read more.


Both religions Christianity and Islam believe that its not how much money you have that's important, it's the way its earned and used. Both religions believe strongly that it should be used to help those less fortunate than themselves, whereas only Islam has any rules or laws on giving money to charity. Christian Aid Christian Aid believes we all have a role to play in ending the scandal of mass poverty. The charity is currently trying to end the unpayable debts owed by some LEDC's plus many other issues LEDC's face today. Christian Aid was formed in Britain and Ireland as the Second World War was ending. It was set up to help refugees and churches recover form the damage and destruction caused by the war. It began in 1944 but was named Christian Aid in 1945, gradually Christian Aid expanded to include countries from around the world, and approximately 60 countries are now part of Christian Aid irrespective of their religion. It is now a network of around 40 churches in Ireland and the UK. Christian Aid works to provide emergency aid and long-term assistance to church and community organisations working to overcome poverty. Christian Aid prefers to work through local organisations, believing local people know best how to solve their problems. Christian Aid has many ongoing aims and projects the current ones are as follows. ...read more.


Many of LEDC's problems can also stem from the government of their country; the majority of LEDC's do produce enough food to feed their population, so you are thinking why are they starving? The only way LEDC's can make money to pay off the debts they owe to MEDC's is to export the crops they grow (cash crops). This gets the country into a 'catch 22' situation and in effect they are giving everything they have to MEDC's their crops and produce and then their money. There are other factors contributing to world poverty; lack of education, lack of clean fresh water, disease, high birth rates and no health care but we, MEDC's have the resources and knowledge and excess finance to help resolve these situations but we don't. 'Give a man a fish feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, feed him for life' This is a very famous statement and it sums up what LEDC's need and want. They want the chance to work themselves out of poverty and all they need is a helping hand from us. Why don't MEDC's cancel Africa's debts? Why doesn't the US help predict South America's earthquakes? Why doesn't the UK share its knowledge in birth control? We need to share our knowledge, our wealth and our development to help and educate LEDC's and to give them a chance to develop. ...read more.

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