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Outline Christian teaching and the teaching of one other religion on wealth and poverty.

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R.E Coursework (1) a) Outline Christian teaching and the teaching of one other religion on wealth and poverty. When we think poverty, we think being poor, hungry, homeless which is exactly what it means. The opposite of this would be wealthy, meaning a lot of money, property or riches. Even the world we live in is separated between wealthy and poor, this is called the north-south divide. The wealthier countries are located to be in the north, areas including USA, Eastern Europe, Canada, and Egypt. Meanwhile you would find poorer countries to be in the south, for example Brazil, Mexico, even poorer countries where you are more likely to find poverty would be places like Sudan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. When measuring a countries wealth it is usually measured by their GDP per capita. Some of the richest countries in the world include Luxembourg, USA, Switzerland and some of the poorest countries are Sierra Leone, Tanzania. Ethiopia and Somalia. This essay will be looking at Christian and Islamic views on wealth and poverty. Many Christians believe that wealth is acceptable as long as it is used to help others. Although the bible suggests that being rich may make you selfish, "people who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires", (Timothy 6:9-10). Christians believe it is important to share your wealth; an example of this is the story in the bible, the parable of the sheep and the goat, where Jesus told the bad people they would be sent to hell. ...read more.

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Both Christian and Islamic views on wealth seem to be similar, as they both agree it is acceptable as long as it is shared amongst those in poverty and those less fortunate. Both religions encourage giving charity and helping those in need. Although Christians dearly warn the dangers of falling into the trap of wealth, Islam tends to concentrate more on the teaching of the rewards from god for those who share their wealth. In conclusion, both religions agree that wealth is to be shared with those in poverty, but then again if you shared all your wealth then you may no longer be wealthy yourself. (b) Explain why there is a need for world development World development is the process of helping poorer countries, today known as "third world countries" by helping them to reduce their problems. Countries are divided into "first world", these are the wealthier countries such as USA, Switzerland, Australia, "second world", and these are the communist countries like USSR, Turkey and China. Third world countries would be the poverty struck countries like Sudan, Bangladesh and Somalia. It is countries like these that need world development, and are known as less developed countries. The first reason we need world development is because of war. After war many developing countries are shattered into 100 pieces. People's homes are destroyed, they are left with no food or drink, no shelter and families are lost. It its almost impossible for them to rebuild themselves as they have no money. ...read more.

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Secondly, they also help with emergency aid, like when there has been a war of a natural disaster. For example, they helped in Iraq, as for the Iraqi people the battle against thirst, hunger and disease goes on Christian aid look forward to the day when Iraqis can live without poverty or fear of oppression and can participate in decisions that affect their lives. Emergency aid usually has more priority over long-term aid because without it people would die, but that doesn't make it any less important. Christian aid have many long-term projects to help people provide for themselves. An example where they have been helping is in Bangladesh where they are funding a group of Christian health workers who have built a factory to make basic drugs that Bangladesh cannot afford. Christian aid finds helping people for the long term important as it is helping people to help themselves. Christian aid spends about 5% of their budget on educating people and churches of Britain on why world development is important and how they can help them. They have helped people in Afghanistan, where under the taliban regime education for girls was banned and now they are allowed they need the money to be able to pay for it which Christian aid is helping them with. Although all the work Christian aid participate in is very important, the long-term help they provide is probably the most useful as it can help people to help themselves. If people are educated then they can make a future for themselves. "Give a man a fish; feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish; feed him for a lifetime". ...read more.

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