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"The distribution of resources and wealth in the world is unequal."

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RE Coursework - Rich and Poor SECTION ONE "The distribution of resources and wealth in the world is unequal." The annual industrial and agricultural production globally results in enough food and materials to give every person a decent standard of living. However the fact remains that the world's resources and wealth is unequally distributed, and the supplies are not going where they are needed. The impoverished South, representing two thirds of the world's population, has only 20% of the total wealth to support its people and economy. In contrast, the rich North has a shocking 80% of the wealth. This contrast is so significant that the north and south have come to be known as the First and Third World - that is how different they are. The Brandt report, published in 1984, highlights and shows clearly division between the developed and the developing countries. This extreme inequality is having very severe repercussions on the developing countries. Some examples are the situation of constant debt, starvation and political problems such as civil war. However an extremely serious issue I will focus on is the spread of disease in Africa. Around 80% of diseases are spread through unsafe water, and a poor diet or malnutrition directly causes others. ...read more.


It is very easy to take part, and Christians should do this. However, after death, "...there is a deep pit lying between...so that those who want to cross over cannot do so." (16:26) There will be no opportunity after death to help the poor. A Christian can learn from this story, to help those in need when they can. A Christian is a disciple of Jesus, and should follow his teaching and example. Jesus showed us that giving to the poor was right on many different occasions. In the story of The Rich Man (Mark 10) Jesus pointed out that, "It is much harder for a rich person to enter the Kingdom of God than for a camel to go through the eye of a needle."(10:25) This means that money can be an obstacle, and when there is an extreme excess of it (as there is now with 80% of wealth with 1/3 population in north) then it is very difficult to enter the Kingdom of God. If wealth was shared out equally and there was no divide as shown in the Brandt report, then the Kingdom of God would be alive in the world today. This is the aim of Christians throughout the world. ...read more.


(Lk 10:33) This is how a Christian responds to the victims - with feelings, and understanding that there is a problem. He then provided emergency aid, by bandaging and treating his wounds. The next day, the Samaritan provided long-term relief for the poor man, by giving money that would contribute to his future. Christians can follow this example by reacting to organisations like CAFOD and giving donations that can be used to build shelter, supplying food and tools, and providing food for those in need. One of the most important things a Christian can do is to pray for the victims of these situations. In Matthew's Gospel, Jesus said "When you pray, go into your room and close the door. Then pray to your Father who cannot be seen. Your Father can see what is done in secret, and he will reward you." (Mt 6:6) This tells us that by praying for those who need us, we are helping who we pray for and will be rewarded for it. Christians should acknowledge this and act accordingly. The earliest Christian teachings tell us to help the poor. A Christian's duty is to be willing to help anyone, and must play a leading role in this. A true Christian should follow Jesus and live by his teachings on the wealth, poverty and charity. By doing this, it is a start to the world becoming more equal. Gayle C Stewart 11G ...read more.

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