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Religion GCSE Coursework - Poverty

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Introduction

Poverty is when a person or a country 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 health etc. The causes of poverty are debt, lack of education, unfair trading between richer nations and poorer nations, and an ever increasing population. The starting point for this teaching, like many other Christian teaching can be found in the example of Jesus. A few verses in the New Testament that Jesus is talking to us about Poverty are: > Matthew 25: 35-36 & 40 - "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in. ...read more.

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Biblical passages like The Teaching about Charity and The Good Samaritan are all clearly linked. We must all use our Talents to help the poor (Parable of the Talents Matthew 25:14-30). If we help others, we are helping Jesus, doing this equals eternal life in Heaven. As we are all in a Family of Christ, we should help our Brothers and sisters, it's our duty. Jesus told the Rich Young Man to receive eternal life he must give his wealth to the Poor, but he foolishly refused. We shouldn't turn Jesus down! Why should we be selfish with our wealth, because when we reach the Kingdom of God, wealth means nothing! The only thing that means something is for us to fulfil Jesus' wishes and help our Family, before he returns or calls us home. ...read more.

Conclusion

Is it not the rich who are exploiting you? Are they not the ones who are dragging you into court? Are they not the ones who are slandering the noble name of him to whom you belong? If you really keep the royal law found in Scripture, 'Love your neighbor as yourself,' you are doing right. But if you show favoritism, you sin and are convicted by the law as lawbreakers." -James 2:1-9 Why is it the natural thing for us humans to notice those with wealth and popularity, but almost ignore those who are poor? This should not be... James tells us so; Jesus tells us so throughout the New Testament; and looking back through history we can see that God's heart is overwhelmingly for the poor. If the Lord who we serve and try to model our lives after cares so much for the poor, then so should we! ?? ?? ?? ?? Caolan Byrne 12A1 Mrs Ballentine - RE ...read more.

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