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The Need For World Development.

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The Need For World Development There is a desperate need for world development because many of the world's countries are living in poverty. There are two types of poverty, relative poverty and absolute poverty, the difference being that relative poverty is that experienced by those whose whole income falls considerably below the average for their unique society. Absolute poverty is that experienced by those who don't have necessary food supplies to remain healthy. There are a lot of factors that contribute to world poverty like lack of education, sanitation, and clean water. There are a lot of health issues around the world which are not considered to be a problem but are increasingly looking worrying, diseases are spread and transmitted and there are no cures, people are living in pain and suffering. There are little or no investments into developing these countries that are living in world poverty. About one billion people are living in poverty, that's nearly a fifth of the world's population. Roughly 35,000 people starve to death every day. Poverty is caused by many things such as unfair trading conditions, the cycle of debt, exploitation by the western world and big business interest. ...read more.

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huge amounts of interest are charged and in most cases it is almost impossible to pay of their debts, they often end up in more debt than they where actually in before. More needs to be done to help those living in poverty, and all world religions say that it is our duty to help those in need. Christian attitudes towards wealth are that it can be used for good or evil, so it is not seen as a bad thing. Christians can only gain wealth in lawful and moral ways, when a Christian gains wealth they should consider it a gift from God and not theirs alone. Christians believe that if you have a bad attitude towards wealth it could lead them away from God. Timothy 6:9-10 People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root to all kinds of evil. This teaches that those who want to gain wealth may be mislead by the love of money which will lead them away from God and to other kinds of evil. ...read more.

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Islam teaches that wealth is something given to them by God for the benefit of humanity and, therefore, is something to be shared. In Islam, sharing wealth is not optional extra, it is something commanded by God in the religious pillar of 'Zakah'. In Arabic Zakah means purification and many Muslims believe that giving Zakah purifies the money they have left so that no harm can come to them from it. There is a Hadith (teaching of Prophet Muhammad) which says, "Protect your property by giving Zakah and help your relatives to recover from disease by giving Charity". Muslims pay Zakah annually on the basis of two and a half percent of all their savings and income above the level needed to keep their family. Islam teaches that those who help others that are in need are rewarded, Surah 2:274: Those who in charity spend of their goods by night and by day, in secret and in public, have their reward with their lord. Muslim are also taught that those who see others in need and have the ability to help but choose not to are seen as non Muslims as is stated in the following Hadith, He who eats and drinks whilst his brother goes hungry is not one of us. ...read more.

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