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AO1 - Explain what Christians believe about the responsibility for the poor. Use Bible passages and Christian Church teachings to support your answer. Poverty is when a person or a community is deprived of the minimum standard of living and well-being. Poverty is understood by many as when this person or community lack the five basic needs: Food, water, education, housing and health. The causes of poverty are debt, lack of education, unfair trading between richer nations and poorer nations, and an ever increasing population. Many people in poverty are in a vicious poverty cycle- they and each generation after them cannot escape it. For a long time now Christian Churches have clearly taught that as Christians we have a responsibility to help to alleviate the sufferings of the poor. The starting point for this teaching, like many other Christian teaching can be found in the example of Jesus. Throughout His life He showed concern for the poor and his teaching also pointed out that the poor must be helped. At times in Jesus' ministry, there are hints to suggest that being poor could be advantageous. For example at The Sermon on the Mount, where we are first introduced to the Beatitudes, we are told "Blessed are the poor in Spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven". ...read more.


Many people mistakenly believe that the only means of supporting these people is through financial means. This is untrue. People can be charitable through many ways: love, compassion and friendship. It is difficult to provide these things to poor people in other poverty- stricken countries because these people are in dire need of financial aid. This is especially true after natural disasters and wars. The aid given to these people during times like these is called short- term aid. Short- term aid is emergency aid given as a response to disaster which can take the form of food, water, blankets and temporary shelter. On the other hand, long- term aid is the funding of projects aimed at helping the poor help themselves so that they don't need to rely on the supplies associated with short- term aid. The difference between short and long- term aid can be summarised in Kuan Tzu's quote "Give a man a fish and he has food for a day. Teach him how to fish and he has food for life". CAFOD and Trocaire are examples of charities that provide help both in long- term and short- term aid to many countries and projects across the world. The tsunami that hit Asia on the 26th December 2004 destroyed thousands of lives, homes and livelihoods. ...read more.


Nationality, race or religion should not be considered when we help those in need. Too often, people in our own country who are in poverty are ignored in favour of those in other countries, who although may be in a more urgent case of poverty; poverty is poverty and it can be disastrous for anyone who is in it, no matter how severe it is. A balance is needed where aid and help is divided equally among those who need it. In conclusion I believe that we should help the poor in our own area first, and once poverty is eliminated in our own country then we should extend our help to the poor in other countries. While some would argue that poverty can never be eliminated in a country and that no country can be perfect; there will always be people facing money related problems, I think that we can make an effort to improve the standards of living foe many people in our country, especially children affected by debt. However, this is not to say that we should we ignore those in other countries who are in need. I think that when our own country has been improved, we can all really concentrate in making a combined effort to make the world an equal and better place. And in doing so, we can spread the message and love of God to everyone. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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