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Religion, Poverty and Wealth.

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PSR Coursework: Religion, Poverty and Wealth Many people have different idea s and views about poverty and wealth and this includes the different religions. Each person can come up with reasons why there are so many starving and poor people and many can come up with some possible solutions, but it still remains millions of people over the world still go with out. The world is split by the North/South divide (figure 1); this is an imaginary line that goes through the earth separating the north countries (developed countries) and countries in the south (developing countries). The north including countries such as UK and USA contain only 20% of the world's population but own about 80% of the world's wealth. This makes it hard for the countries in the South to even try and get out of debt, and although countries in the north offer aid it is only there to borrow and must be paid back. They are caught in a cycle (poverty cycle) that is almost impossible to get out of. Their poverty leads to disease which leads to death. ...read more.

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They could devote their lives to working with the poor in a developing country as an aid worker or refugee camp perhaps as a doctor or nurse. An example of this is Mother Teresa. After becoming a nun she decided she could help more people by going out and being with the people so after permission to leave the convent she devoted herself to helping the poorest of the poor in the slums of Calcutta. Although she had no funds, she depended on Divine Providence (the belief that God as the all knowing being would help her as he is seen to be working for all things good), and started an open-air school for slum children. Soon she was joined by voluntary helpers, and financial support was also forthcoming. This made it possible for her to extend the scope of her work. Mother Teresa's work has been recognised and acclaimed throughout the world and she has received a number of awards and distinctions, including the Pope John XXIII Peace Prize and the Nehru Prize for her promotion of international peace and understanding. ...read more.

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Countries do get some help when we buy their produce, but not nearly enough. The prices paid for their exports are decreasing and at the same time the price for their imports is increasing. This means any food grown has to be sold leaving the people of that country with nothing. Another point is that although sending food in some cases can be a lifesaver but sometimes it can do more harm than good and rarely gets out to the poor. Though god created the world he left people to make there own decisions. It is argued that the natural disasters e.g. floods were put in the world to test people and suffering was created so people could learn from it and become better people because of it. The story of Noah and the Ark shows this. In the story God sent down the rains as he was angry with humans for various sins and for not believing in him. The suffering could be a way of God showing his displeasure. So to me this shows that the problems of the developing world are not their own fault. Many problems are in fact due to us and so everyone should try and do their bit to help, Christian or not! ...read more.

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