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"The distribution of resources and wealth in the world is unequal."Using a recent example that illustrates this inequality, explain what Christians might do to support the victims of this situation.

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Rachel Roberts 11U R.E Coursework "The distribution of resources and wealth in the world is unequal." Using a recent example that illustrates this inequality, explain what Christians might do to support the victims of this situation. You should refer to the Bible and the thinking / writing of Christian and Roman Catholic Tradition to illustrate and support what you say. Over one billion people are living in poverty today. And the gap between rich and poor is getting wider. All over the world, disparities between rich and poor, even in the wealthiest of nations is rising sharply. Fewer people are becoming increasingly 'successful' and wealthy while a disproportionately larger population are also becoming even poorer. Christian Aid, an agency of the churches in the UK and Ireland, is campaigning to tackle the negative impact of international trade rules on the worlds poorest people. Christian Aid's purpose is to expose the scandal of poverty and to contribute to its eradication. They strive to be prophetic, challenging the systems and processes that work against the interests of people who are poor and marginalized. Christian Aid has recently taken it work to Ethiopia, a country who's name has become synonymous with drought, famine and war. Ethiopia is one of the poorest countries in the world; a third of the population earn less than 70p a day, and many people rely on farming and cattle - herding for an income. ...read more.

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Nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names. In the Gospel according to St Matthew, Jesus spoke, "You cannot be the slave both of God and of money" [Matthew 6:24] True intelligent Christians will understand this to mean that having a rich fortune is not to your benefit if you wish to succeed with God. This statement should provoke Christians to use their riches to aid others, the people who have nothing. Organisations such as Christian Aid and Cafod are seen as ways for Christians to help fellow followers by dedicating a little money to help less fortunate people. Half the world - nearly three billion people - live on less than two dollars a day. We live in a world today which is driven by wealth. This alarming statement leads me to the story of the Widow's mite. Whilst Jesus was in the Temple he watched the people put money into the treasury ( a lot of rich people put large sums of money into the treasury). Then a poor widow came in and put two small coins into the treasury - the equivalent of a penny. Then Jesus called his disciples and said to them: "I tell you solemnly, this poor widow has put more money in than all who have contributed to the treasury; for they have all put in money they had over, but she from the little she had has put in everything she possessed, all she had to live on." ...read more.

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But with Jesus' words of warning also came words of comfort. He taught: "Happy are you who are poor: yours is the Kingdom of God" [Luke 6: Verses 20-21] "People who long to be rich are a prey to trial; they get trapped in all sorts of foolishness and harmful ambitions which plunge into ruin and destruction. The love of money is the root of all evils ..." [Timothy 6: Verses 9-10]. This teaching from Jesus attempts to prevent Christians being driven by selfish greed and the need for extravagant lifestyles, and to instil the message of the riches of faith and goodwill to our fellow man. Jesus was not trying to teach Christians to give everything away to others and suffer themselves. He simply taught to give the most you can to help others. He taught that a person's faith is far more important than any material possessions one may have on earth and that the Kingdom of God is a place much different to earth where worldly goods and status matter not. May I simply conclude with this fact: Today, across the world, 1.3 billion people live on less than one dollar a day; 3 billion live on under two dollars a day; 1.3 billion have no access to clean water; 3 billion have no access to sanitation and 2 billion have no access to electricity. This is disgraceful considering the comfort we live in, Christians must strive to change this. ...read more.

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