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"We should help people who are the same religion as us but we need not bother about other people." Do you agree?

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GCSE Philosophy and Ethics Coursework Religion, Poverty and Wealth "We should help people who are the same religion as us but we need not bother about other people." Do you agree? Give reasons to support your answer and show that you have thought about different points of view. You must refer to the religion which you are studying in your answer. "Love thy neighbour". Jesus believed that this was one of the most important commandments, yet today some people still feel as if they should only help people of their own religion. Many feel that they shouldn't have to help people of other religions. A common argument is "They wouldn't help us why should we help them?" It is thought that Muslims should just help Muslims; Christians should just look out for Christians; Jews should just look after Jews etc. Many feel they can't help people of other religions because they have different Gods and different beliefs. ...read more.


However, the Bible states the opposite. One of the commandments is "Love thy neighbour". It doesn't say anything about whether the neighbour has to be the same religion as you. The Good Samaritan is a story in the Bible about two men from rather different backgrounds. A man is robbed and left for dead by the side of the road. A priest walks by but is worried the thieves might still be close by and try to attack him, so he crosses to the other side of the road. A Levite did exactly the same upon seeing the man. Finally a Samaritan saw him and cared for him until he was better. This proves that you do not have to have anything at all in common with your 'neighbour', but you should always help if they are in need of your help. Some people might argue that everyone is equal. ...read more.


Also, on judgement day God separates the sheep from the goats by what help they have given others, not necessarily to people they know. "For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me." Those who turned a blind eye to these people less fortunate than themselves, whoever they might have been, also turned a blind eye to God. I believe that one should do their best to help others no matter what religion they are. Especially as there are so many different religions and cultures today, and many people don't even follow a religion. I think it is important for the public to realise that everybody is equal no matter what their religion and therefore everyone deserves help. ?? ?? ?? ?? Grace Anderson 11 IS GCSE Philosophy and Ethics Coursework Part Three ...read more.

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