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What Christian teachings might be used in a discussion about racism?

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(a) (ii) What Christian teachings might be used in a discussion about racism? In a discussion about racism Christians will often refer to the bible and the teachings of Jesus: They may refer to the laws of Moses: 'Do not ill-treat foreigners living in your land. Treat them as you would a fellow Israelite' (Leviticus 19:33-34) This is saying if a person not from your country you should treat them the same as some one who is. Christians would say that this tells us everyone should be treated equally even if they do not come from your country. 'Do not deprive foreigners of their rights...remember that you were once foreigners in Egypt' (Deuteronomy 24:17) ...read more.

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They would say that this means that the rules are the same for everyone, whatever your race. Just because someone is a different colour or culture to yours doesn't mean you should have advantages over them. '...It is true that God treats everyone on the same basis...no matter what race they belong to' (Numbers 15:15) Christians would use this to get the point across that God treats everyone the same, no matter what colour or culture they are. Christians will also talk about how every one was created by God and how he created all races 'From one human being he created all races' (Acts 17:26) This refers to God making all races from one human being because god made the first human and God makes all races. ...read more.

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They would also bring up the golden rule- always treat others, as you would like them to treat you. This is important in this discussion because racism is a type of hate against someone else, and you would not like to be treated like that just because of the colour of your skin or your racial background. They might refer to the parable of the Good Samaritan. In the time of Jesus, Samaritans were considered to be an inferior ethnic group. Their ancestors married non-Jews and they were looked down upon as being mixed raced. The story Jesus told was about a Jew who was injured and the Samaritan saved him. Jesus could have made the Samaritan the injured person and the Jew the hero but instead it showed that Samaritans are dignified members of society with their own rights and positive qualities. ...read more.

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