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Religion and Poverty

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Anna Woodall 11pf Describe the teachings of the religion which you are studying about the way in which believers should treat people who are less fortunate than themselves. The Christian teaching is that all Christians should give to others when they need it, and help the poor. A good example of this teaching is the bible story of The Good Samaritan. The parable tells the story of a Jewish man, who gets robbed in the street. He is beaten nearly to death, and is lying on a pavement. Many people walked by the man, some of them also Jews, but none of them stopped to help him. However, when a Samaritan walked by, he helped the man up, took him to an inn, and paid all of the expenses. The Samaritans and the Jews were supposed to be enemies, but one of them followed the Christian teachings and helped a man in his time of need. ...read more.

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He said that if people have helped the poor, it is as though they have helped Jesus himself, and they will go to heaven. An important quote from the New Testament is this; 'It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.' Part of the Christian teaching is that we all have something to offer others and the world around us. Helping those less fortunate than us is a major theme in the Bible. This is a very important quote to the topic; 'He who gives to the poor will never want, but he who shuts his eyes will have many curses.' (NAS, Proverbs 28:27). It means that a life without generosity is a miserable life, and leaves nothing but an empty craving for more possessions and power. ...read more.

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Whatever gifts we have been given, we should share them generously with the world around us, and those less fortunate to have not been given them. This bible quote explains when we make the world a better place, we enrich our own lives with knowledge and kindness, and find true satisfaction for ourselves; "A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed."Proverbs 11:25. As told in The Good Samaritan, it is important that we do not judge others by things such as race, gender, skin colour or beliefs, but rather we consider everyone to be a child of God, and give generously to those who truly need it, as we all experience a time of need. "Love your neighbour as you love yourself" is an important quote that states that we should treat others as we would like to be treated, which means donating the gifts we were given to helping improve the lives of others. ...read more.

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