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In this essay I will be looking at how Christianity and charities relate to each other. In the first section I will be looking at what Christians teach, preach and believe about charity.

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R.S Coursework: Christianity and Charity In this essay I will be looking at how Christianity and charities relate to each other. In the first section I will be looking at what Christians teach, preach and believe about charity. In the second section I will show what Christians actually do and focus on Christian charities. In the third I will conclude with what I think about Christian charities and how well I think they work. The foundation of a Christian's faith and belief is centred on love. Christians are taught to 'Love thy neighbor' (Leviticus 19:18). I think it would be easy to look at this in the modern, Western world we live in now and take it to literally mean, love your neighbour. However, considering when this was written, in a time when you could be living 10 miles away from your neighbour, I think that this means that there should be no boundaries on your love which should stretch to cover and care for all of mankind. Agape is the core of all a Christian's teachings and beliefs. This means redemptive goodwill towards all people. '...to do justice, to love kindness...' (Micah 6:8) Christians believe that God is a God of justice and equality, by treating people fairly and going out of your way ...read more.

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They also believe that everyone should be given opportunities and choices. The money raised is spent to improve healthcare, urban renewal, conflict and justice, environment and agriculture, education and training and children at risk. They also use a small amount of the money raised to send information about themselves to interested supporters, fundraising and advertising what they do. Out of every pound donated Tearfund spend 9p on information and advertising, 1p on management and administration, 8p on fundraising and advertising, 4p on tear craft, 50p on grants to their partners, 17p on operational programmes and 11p on programme development and support. Tear craft is a catalogue of hand made crafts which are made by people in developing countries who receive a fair price for their work. Tearfund works on many different projects; some are helping particular countries while others are themed on a specific issue that is a problem in the developing world. One of the projects that I have chosen to look at is set in Haiti. The Baptist Haiti Mission began working for Christian education over 48years ago. Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Over two-thirds of their labour force live in rural areas, most working as farmers or hillside field workers. ...read more.

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'The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised' I think that the church itself must be quite wealthy. To keep St. Pauls Cathedral running it costs �5 a minute. To be able to afford this day in, day out for years you most have quite a bit of money so couldn't the church if they're really want to help the third world sell some of its wealth to help developing countries? I don't really think this is an option because the Church is part of a faith and selling it could mean losing the history and heritage of that faith. It could discourage people from going to church and in turn cause less people to become involved in Christian charities. I think that Christian charities are supported by the church and in turn charities support the church. Most people will probably hear about the charities through the church and get involved with them. Those who don't go to church but are actively involved with charities may feel like becoming more involved with the church to understand what they're doing and to find out what else they can do to help. ...read more.

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