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Outline Christian teachings of wealth and poverty

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Outline Christian teachings of wealth and poverty Throughout the old and new testament, the bible teaches us that wealth is irrelevant in god's eyes and that physical possessions are not important in heaven. Similarly Christian leaders are often extremely concerned with world poverty and agree that people should, "love thy neighbour as thyself" (Leviticus 19:18) and evenly distribute wealth amongst all countries, consequently many of the aid efforts in poorer countries i.e. CAFOD, are religiously based. All denominations of the Christian faith are dedicated to helping those in need, Jesus taught Christians to understand people's suffering and do all they can to end it, ignoring thoughts of their own comforts and possessions. Although all traditions of the Christian faith believe this, some differ on how they think it should be executed. The Catholic Church believes they should be actively involved in the struggle to end world poverty, they believe in liberation theology, which is a moral philosophy that states Christians should help the poor to achieve freedom from oppression. Some Christians disagree with this as it can cause conflict with the governments of the poverty-laden countries. Whereas the Church of England supports campaigns to reduce debt, and asks followers to give at least 1% of their wage to aid charities, they do not get involved in trying to change the countries political systems. ...read more.

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Globalisation is a major problem because large rich companies want to enhance their profits and don't care about how they go about it, or who they hurt. (Not all large companies) Analyse and explain the work of ONE Christian agency working for world development CAFOD is a catholic organization dedicated to working towards world development, it's aim is to share out the worlds wealth and work towards ending poverty. It's motto is "It's time for justice" showing their passion for the cause. The CAFOD is run and founded by Catholics; it works on over 1,000 projects worldwide. They: work along side the poor regardless of race or religion, build global partnerships for change and campaign for a fairer world. CAFOD raises funds from the Catholic community in England and Wales, the UK government and the general public so that it can: promote long and short term development, respond to emergencies, raise public awareness of the causes of poverty and try's to show people a way out of the poverty trap. The CAFOD is like a spokes person for poor communities they promote social justice in regards to Christian faith and gospel values. CAFOD and other major aid agencies worked together to create the heavily indebted poor country initiative (HIPC), which helps countries work together to relieve their debts. ...read more.

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The Christians support this belief as the bible say's, 'do not store your treasures...' On the one hand I think some poor people bring poverty on them selves through: drugs, alcoholism and crime, therefore don't deserve to be given money by people that have worked hard for it. Although I do think that every alcoholic or drug addict ext, must have a reason for being how they are. Whether it's a rough childhood or the death of a loved one, so it leaves a dilemma as to whether or not some poor people deserve the money or not. Personally I think that it all depends on whether they want to change for the better or not if they do, then they should be given help if not, the reason why they don't want to become a better person needs addressing first. Through out the world there is poverty, not just in developing countries but in all countries even Britain, China and the USA. I think that more should be done to help people in developing countries, to help heighten their economy and inevitably make them independent. I think that money should be given to help develop the countries not given just for food. Although I think that excessive wealth is unnecessary and should be shared. I think that if you've earned it fairly and honestly then you shouldn't have to give it 'all' away. ...read more.

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