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GCSE: Charities, Poverty and Development
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Christian values show that we should give to the poor and help people. The aid is also driven by the Gospel of good news and Jesus' teachings. How we should help others who are not as fortunate as ourselves. Jesus wasn't scared of speaking out what was right, even if it meant that he would be killed. He said things about God and he did miracles like heal the paralyzed, make the blind see again, feeding the 5000 people with 5 loaves and 2 fish and many more. Christian Aid help people in ways you wouldn't believe, they are an organised workforce, unlimited kindness and they have millions of people around the world helping.
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I shall be analysing different teachings from different religions on wealth and Poverty, which are the Christian, and Islamic teachings
"....the rich man and a Poor man...." He was treated badly by the rich man and when they both died, the poor man went to Heaven (eternity) while the rich man went to Hell where his soul perished. God is telling us that riches with a clean life are worthless but a poor man with riches is more important. In the bible, People with riches are likely to fall into temptation can be seen in 1 Timothy 6.6-10 which states "But godliness and Contentment is great gain...."
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Also their education is high quality which would lead to develop the new techniques. Also the rate of people who are suffering malnourishment is very low because the government find the job for the people and helps people who do not have money. Some countries that are classed as developed are USA, Japan, England, Italy, Australia and Canada. To describe as developed country, countries should have high gross domestic product (GDP) per capita and high HDI rating. Many people in Developed country have been educated because they can access to the education very easily. Thus, they have many high skilled workers which can make the product to export to other countries to make profit.
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The egg is then fertilised by IVF using the husband's sperm. It is then placed in the wife's womb by mechanical means. Artificial insemination refers to the range of techniques in which the man's sperm is put into the woman's genitals artificially. In the case where a child cannot be conceived naturally, partners may agree to transfer sperm, from the male partner, to the female partners uterus thorough mechanical means - This is known as Artificial Insemination by Husband (AIH). Occasionally, there may be problems with the husband or male partner's sperm; in this case, sperm could be used from a donor (Artificial Insemination by Donor 'AID')
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If cannabis was to be made legal, the government could educate possible users about responsible use, or the effects cannabis can have. This would also allow the supply of cannabis to be regulated, as cannabis is often contaminated with inert or toxic components which cause more harm than the cannabis. A legal supply would be pure and therefore safer. This would stop many people's futures being needlessly destroyed, not just by the mental and physical effects of using cannabis, but at the moment, by achieving a criminal record.
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Therefore, if you live without wealth you will probably much happier than a rich man who has got the wealth, but is always worrying about his money. In addition, if a rich man's income declines then he will have to suffer the consequences of his actions. There are many examples of this. There is a famous Bible story about a poor man and a rich man who live next to each other.
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* Jesus said, 'Blessed are the poor for yours is the Kingdom of God' * In the parable of the sheep and the goats, the righteous feed the hungry, clothe the naked, visit prisoners. They are rewarded at the judgement. * In the parable of the Good Samaritan, a man is commended for helping out a victim of robbery who would have been his enemy. Christian teaching about use of wealth * Christians believe money is not sinful but loving it more than God is.
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Jesus always taught that wealth cannot lead you to true happiness and wealth leads to egoistic and self-indulgent people. "Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions" Luke 12:15. Many biblical teachings infer that if you have the wrong attitude towards money, you can be slowly led away from God. In the Parable of the Rich Fool (Luke 12:13-21) Jesus told a story about a rich farmer who had a good harvest and decided to build bigger barns in which to store his extra grain. When he had done this, he thought to himself, 'you have plenty of good things laid up for many years.
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They should not exploit those in such a bad position and take advantage of those in poverty. Therefore a Christian will be against issues such as third world debt and sweatshops. Solomon also said some very wise words concerning poverty. Proverbs 14:31 reads, 'he oppresses the poor reproaches his maker, but he who honours him has mercy on the needy.' This teaches Christians to treat the poor fairly because if they did not, it is like treating God unfairly. It is similar to the teaching in Leviticus. Proverbs 21:13 says that 'whoever shuts his ears to the cry of the poor will cry himself also and not be heard.'
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Describe the teachings of the religion you are studying about the way in which believers should treat people who are less fortunate than them selves.
This special love is Christian love towards all people and is unconditional. Christianity gets this tradition of caring for the poor from the Old Testament where writers emphasized that God cares about the poor and wants them treated well. Also Christian Churches are against prejudice and discrimination based on the belief that humans have been created in the image of God and they are all equally valuable in his sight- its not the case of being rich and wealthy to be looked upon by God, you could be poor and still be thought about.
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The book of Amos is found in the Old Testament. The prophet Amos preached a message of social justice. He would tell people that unless they treated the poor and weak with care, God would send the terrible punishments. He also teaches that worship is not valued in the eyes of God if people are ignoring the poor. So Prophet Amos is also saying that it is a Christian's responsibility to care for the poor. There is a parable that can be found in the Old Testament.
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Quran to those acquiring knowledge and pursuing to become Islamic scholars * To ultimately make the world a better place * To support the believers in marriage, social problems and bring the lost ones back to the path of the righteous The Mosque is funded by Muslims and the government of London, everything the staff in the Mosque does is entirely voluntarily supported by religious faith. People are invited to work with the Mosque or can basically go to the regulator of the Mosque and ask to become staff so they can help the Mosque with its services.
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The Bible teaches that no human need should be ignored in the story of the good Samaritan (Luke 10.25-37), it tells us that no human beings should be able to pass by on the other side when they see somebody else who is in need, the wealth of the world is divided unfairly, which means some people end up with much more than they need and many with much less or next to nothing at all. The Iona Community is a Christian community who believe that wealth and possessions should be shared and they follow this view, they contribute evenly
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The LEDC's are poor due to several factors such as war. The civil wars between corrupt government and harsh political events lead to poverty. Like in Africa the civil wars destroyed crops, houses and hospitals causing more poverty. Also natural disasters such as the floods in Bangladesh that happened in 1998 destroyed homes, families and businesses. Debt is also a really big issue, when Chile borrowed $3.9 billion in the early seventies by 1982 the country had paid $12.8 billion including interest.
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Medicine is great development of the world, and is an aspect of life that is successfully developing further. It is a great wonder of the science nature, as it is the ability to cure illness - a main factor of suffering in the world. However, this great discovery is not available to everyone in the world. In countries such as the United Kingdom, there is easy access to Medical help, because of the National Health Service set up for the UK citizens. Regardless of the fact whether a free health service is provided or not, in western countries we are reassured that the hospital environment is clean and safe.
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Dynamite is capable of great good when its power is utilized in the right way. This fact can be applied to the power of young people. Like the dynamite, their spirited nature and their eagerness can be used to pave the way for positive new developments in society, to build bridges and link people together for a common cause, to construct highways so that there is a faster more efficient route in attaining dreams and to create numerous other projects that will benefit mankind.
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This essay examines attitudes and teachings on wealth and poverty from the perspective of Christians and Muslims.
This happens with monks and nuns who take vows of voluntary poverty. This means they give up all wealth and live life without the need of money. Christians believe that they should love their neighbours as they love themselves. This is because in the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus tells the story of a Jewish man, who is attacked but is then helped by a Samaritan - a person of a race that was hated by Jews.
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that don't belong Nations droppin' bombs Chemical gasses fillin' lungs of little ones With ongoin' sufferin' as the youth die young So ask yourself is the lovin' really gone So I could ask myself really what is goin' wrong In this world that we livin' in people keep on givin' in Makin' wrong decisions, only visions of them dividends Not respectin' each other, deny thy brother A war is goin' on but the reason's undercover The truth is kept secret, it's swept under the rug If you never know truth then you never know love...
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The living conditions are also very poor as there are many people living in shacks made by others rubbish or if not in over crowded and unsafe conditions. Health services are very poor as there is very less of it and is located at far distances. In Christianity it is taught that caring for the poor is an obligation and not an option for those who love God. In the Bible, the main theme of the teachings is to treat people in need.
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However, there will always be injustice, because the rich countries control the price at which the poor countries sell their crops at by moderating the import taxes to make the poor countries crops expensive forcing them to lower the price. It is taking advantage of vulnerable people. $350 billion is payed in subsidies by the rich countries to there farmers and only $57 billion is given as aid to the poor countries. It is estimated that if the rich countries halved the subsidies and import taxes then it would increase the economies of the poorer countries by $150 billion a year.
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The diagram to the above shows what Christian Aid spend (per year) on projects, emergencies, campaigning, fundraising and governance. 47% of their funds are being spent on long term development projects. That means just over �39 million! The diagram shows us that a lot of money is needed for the different projects. This diagram is an easy reassuring way to know that our money is going to the right place. Who do we help? Christian aid aims to help people all over the world build the life they deserve.
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'The Spirit of Lord is upon me, because he has chosen me to bring good news to the poor' Zacchaeus, a highly unpopular tax-gatherer gave away 50 per cent of his ill-gained wealth when he became a follower of Jesus, as Jesus said that 'anyone who wanted to enter God's kingdom must sell their possessions first' So rich people usually find it hard to go in God's kingdom. Also Christians teach that they cannot ignore the poor, as Jesus made it clear that his followers must care for the poor in order to be accepted into God's kingdom, ' I
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I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me." > Matthew 10:42 - "And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward." In the Old Testament, there is more of a meaning to it, because the Old Testament is before Jesus was born.
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The whole point of this activity was to make Fair Trade coffee sell cakes, biscuits, etc... for the staff in our school, in the staff room to prove a point. There were many other events that were going on during the day, including: assemblies, fair-trade shops, teaching year eight bout fair trade and why trade is unfair to Less Economically Developed Countries (LEDC). There were even students that set up a fair trade meeting with the head teacher to set a fair trade policy. I was responsible for setting up the stool, the location where the stool was going to be and the decoration.
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Zakah, is the third pillar of Islam. This pillar means to give alms to the poor. Muslims do this by annually giving 2.5% of their income to the poorest in society, But Muslims only have to do this, when their annual wealth exceeds a minimum level. This charity can be used to; relieve people from any debt they may be unable to pay back, to help refugees, stranded travellers, people with no homes, and can even be used to educate people about Islam.
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