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"We should look after the poor in our own country before we help the poor in other countries." Do you agree?

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AO3 "We should look after the poor in our own country before we help the poor in other countries." Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer showing that you have considered more than one point of view. Refer to Christianity in your answer. There are many sides to this argument and many different points of views. Some may feel it is hypercritical to preach about helping poor in developing countries while there are those who need help in your own country. Others say the poverty in other countries is worse and therefore must get the priority and be dealt with first. It must be stated that the countries formerly known as third world are now called developing countries. ...read more.

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This is the only way the state of these countries can improve The Bible states that everyone must be treated as equals. We see this in The Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31) In this story, Lazarus a beggar is rewarded in heaven while the rich man is in torment in hell. The rich man tries to get Abraham to send Lazarus to warn his brothers that if they continue to live in greed they will end up in hell like him. Abraham replies 'They have Moses and the prophets, let them listen to them. If they do not listen to them they will not be convinced even if someone rises from the dead.' The rich man ignored the problem of the beggar outside his gates looking for scraps. ...read more.

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The poverty in our own country doesn't get as much media attention as foreign countries so it is often overlooked. However if you travel up to Belfast or Dublin it isn't long before you see homeless people begging for money lying under steps. We hear all about people dying in Africa everyday while we have the same problem (to a lesser extend) right here. In a world where poverty is so widespread and published it can be easy to forget about the poverty on our own doorstep. Some people feel it is necessary for the governments of those countries to provide financial support for the poor and also that if we keep helping them they will become over-dependent on our aid. All this is going on while the corrupt governments use this money to fight wars and rob people of their basic needs and rights. ...read more.

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