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GCSE Philosophy and Ethics Coursework Religion, Poverty and Wealth 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. Christianity has many teachings to do with the treatment of others. Christians are taught that caring for people less fortunate than themselves (e.g. poorer) is not a choice, but a responsibility. Throughout the Bible there are numerous examples of how people should treat each other. It is a very important theme of the Bible. "'The most important [commandment],' answered Jesus, 'is this: "...Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength." The second is this: "Love your neighbour as yourself." There is no commandment greater than these.'"(Mark 12:29 - 12:31) The story of the Good Samaritan in the Bible shows that loving your neighbour is important no matter how different they are to you. It tells the tale of a man who is robbed and left for dead. ...read more.


Christians believe that money is a gift from God, and must be used wisely so to create goodness. However, lots of people believe that, because of the recent success of the national lottery, becoming rich is a main aim in life. This goes against Christian teaching. The Bible tells you to, "Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, 'Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.'" (Hebrews 13.5). This tells Christians that whilst fortunes come and go, God will always be there for you. Christians do not believe that having money is bad; they think the love of money is bad. Despite this, it does say in the Bible that it is quite hard to get into heaven if you are rich. "It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of God." (Luke 18:25) The eye of a needle was a narrow gate in Jerusalem, through which it is quite difficult, although not impossible, for a loaded camel to pass. ...read more.


They believe that unfair trading by the more powerful countries, like Britain, is averting the economic development of poor countries. Methodists also believe there should be fairer trade, and that international debts should be cancelled. They feel that Christians have a duty to assist those in need, especially after natural or man made disasters. A recent development concerned with the issues of equality for all people is Liberation Theology. This is a belief that followers of Jesus' teachings should take positive action to fight against governments' exploitation of power. Both the Protestant and Roman Catholic Churches have followers of the idea. Liberation Theology is particularly popular with priests in Latin America, Africa and Asia. If these followers believe the law to be treating people in an unjust, un-Christian way, they feel it is their duty to dispute and, in some extreme cases, break the law. "The spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed." ?? ?? ?? ?? Grace Anderson 11 IS GCSE Philosophy and Ethics Coursework Part One ...read more.

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