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"So when you give something to a needy person, do not make a big show of it, as the hypocrites do in the houses of worship and on the streets." In this assignment I will examine what Christians believe about their responsibilities for others.

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Poverty Assignment Matthew 6- "So when you give something to a needy person, do not make a big show of it, as the hypocrites do in the houses of worship and on the streets." In this assignment I will examine what Christians believe about their responsibilities for others. Firstly I am going to look at why Jesus and the bible are important. Next I will look at the Christian values and say where Christians get these values. I will then explain what Jesus taught about helping others and then say what the first Christians believed about sharing with others. I am then going to look at what the Roman Catholic Church teaches about helping others today and then give an example of a Christian organisation, which helps others and then I will briefly say what it does. In the next part of my assignment I will give two examples of problems faced by people in developing countries and explain how Christians might apply their beliefs to these problems. In the final part of my assignment I will argue for and against the statement "Charity does not have the effect Christians want. It makes people lazy and keeps them poor." I will then give my own opinions on the statement. ...read more.

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The Catholic Church believes that they must find what is the right thing to do through; what the bible teaches, what the bishops teach, our consciences and with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. The Catholic Church has Catechisms, which teach about many aspects of life. The catechisms are the spirit of the commandments. One part of the catholic catechism, (1889) teaches that charity is the greatest social commandment. It respects others and their rights. Another catechism, (2443) which teaches that Catholics should help others, is that God blesses those who come to the aid of the poor and rebuke those who turn away from them. Some poor Christians in the developing countries of the world believe that the wealthier Christians have lost some of the beliefs and values that Jesus brought to the religion. Christians have special organisations, which deal with helping the poor in the world. One such organisation is CAFOD, (the Catholic Fund for Overseas Development) which works to put the words of Jesus into action. It is a voice for the poor in the world. CAFOD's aims are to, spread the Christian faith and its values and to reduce the effects of poverty. Cardinal Basil Hume said that the main aim of CAFOD was to bring love to the poor countries of the world. ...read more.

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All of CAFOD's projects are based on people helping themselves. I believe that the statement "Charity does not have the effect Christians want. It makes people lazy and keeps them poor," is wrong because I cannot believe that anyone would want to live in a place where there is no clean running water, no electricity and is rife with disease. I think that there should be a cancellation of Third World debt as this will give the people of the Third World a chance to prove that they are able improve their own living conditions with very little help from outside organisations. I also believe that people should help others because in the parable of The Greatest Commandment (Mark 12) it says, "Love your neighbour as you love yourself." Also in the bible there is a theme throughout which teaches us that everyone is equal to God. There are many parables, which teach us that we should help others and not discriminate them because they are poor. The parable of the Sheep and the Goats (Matthew 25) tells us that at the end of time will be treated how we treat others. This parable should encourage Christians to believe that the statement "Charity does not have the effect Christians want. It makes people lazy and keeps them poor" is not the truth and that they should to try to help the unprivileged. Danielle Faulkner ...read more.

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