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Reflect on the ways in which the quotes you've used in question one can be put into practice in the twenty-first century.

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Reflect on the Ways in Which the Quotes you've used in Question One can be put into Practice in the Twenty-first Century Caring for the poor is the same as caring for Jesus. Every life is of value as being made in the 'image of God.' True Christians will respect God's teachings; they can do this by putting themselves last and others first in giving not receiving. Christians are also able to put Jesus' teachings into practice in the Twenty-First Century. In the Parable of the Good Samaritan there are two races of people; the Jew and the Samaritan. These two people despise each other and are always at War. In the Parable, the Samaritan was clearly injured but when a Priest walked by he ignored the Jew. A person of authority also walked by and ignored the Jew also, however when the Samaritan walked past he saw the injured Jew and tendered to him. You would not expect a priest to just walk by but he wasn't sure if he was a Jew or Gentile, therefore he put his prejudice before him. The Samaritan displayed Agape love and did not judge or discriminate. The Samaritan showed no evidence of racist views or behaviour and acted as a neighbour to someone he didn't know. Matthew 22:26 : "Love your neighbour as yourself" Jesus taught that racial prejudice was a sin and against God's wishes. ...read more.

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Christians work with many organizations to improve conditions of the disabled. The Shaftesbury Society is an example of one such organization. It provides residential care or support in people's homes. The Shaftesbury Society believes that it is putting Christian teachings into practice by supporting over 2000 people with a disability in the country and allowing opportunities for the disabled to improve. Jesus identified himself with the poor, so that caring for the poor is the same as caring Jesus and ignoring the poor is the same as taking no notice of Jesus. Christians believe that caring for the poor is a very important part of their faith. Christian therefore believe that they have a duty to care for those in need. It is an expression of Agape love, reflecting belief that every life is of value as being made 'in the image of God.' Luke 6: 20-21 "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. Blessed who weep now, for you will laugh. " Christian Aid is an agency of churches in the U.K and Ireland, Christian Aid works wherever the need is greatest, irrespective of religion. The organization believes we all have a role to play in ending mass poverty. With the money which is provided they want to be able to strengthen people to find their own solutions to the problems they face. ...read more.

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Mark 10, Verse 21: "Jesus looked at him and loved him. " One thing you lack," he said. " Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. " When Jesus told the Rich Man to give to the poor he was using this as one example, this does not necessarily mean that the poor are the only people that need care. It is wrong for us to live a comfortable lifestyle and enjoy luxuries when there are people around who need help. We do not necessarily have to give up all our possessions as the Rich Man was asked but we can offer our services by doing voluntary work. Places such as hospices provide a shelter for patients who have no hope of recovering. The hospices help those who are less fortunate than ourselves by relieving pain and taking care of emotional needs. They are approximately 200 in the country providing care for over 2000 patients. In Christianity, helping the poor is not just a choice which some people might like to make if they are feeling particularly kind or they have a bit of spare money. It is the duty of the Christians to care for the poor and the weak, it is something which they must do, it is an obligation. They are many ways in which Christians can to do this and mentioned in the previous paragraphs. This enables Christians to follow the teachings of Jesus in the twenty-first century. ...read more.

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