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What do Christians teach about the causes of hunger, and disease?

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Danielle Llewellyn 11o Year 11 Assignment. A1a)- what do Christians teach about the causes of hunger, and disease? b)Explain the biblical teaching which they might use in their response to these issues. Christianity teaches us that the main cause of almost all suffering, including hunger and disease, is injustice. This occurs when people fail to respect each other, and can happen as a result of prejudice, which can lead to discrimination. An example of discrimination would be the parable of the Good Samaritan, which certain individuals ignore a wounded man in the street, because they think that he is inferior to themselves, because of his race. In the bible it tells us how important it is to love one another, for example "For he that loveth his neighbour, hath fulfilled the law". Here it is telling us that the command to love our neighbour fulfils the whole law. Wealth is another cause of hunger and disease, when for example, a rich man thinks himself to be superior to the poor man. God sees all people as equal in his sight, and so obviously it is going against God's will. ...read more.

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Luke 12:15 clearly shows us that greed is a sin, when it says "watch out and guard yourself from all types of greed; because one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions". Natural disasters are a more natural factor that can account for destruction of crops, and villages in some countries, which literally cripples a countries economy, especially if they are already in dept. Although natural disasters are not generally caused by humanity, we are still not entirely without blame. It has already proved that the massive amounts of waste gases that we release into the atmosphere have lead to adverse weather conditions, and global warming. Gases released from factories in the UK have poisoned many lakes in Scandinavia, killing millions of fish and leaving permanent scars on the environment. In April 1986 Chernobyl's nuclear reactor number 4, exploded, spreading deadly radiation over a massive area. To this day, there are still people suffering from radiation related diseases as a result of this event in countries as far away as Italy; this is one disaster that we cannot blame on God. ...read more.

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Unfortunately many people are under the impression that it is God's will for us to suffer. Mark 1:32-24 says that evil is a very real force in this world, a force not of God's making. Jesus never punished anyone with sickness or hunger-instead he healed. Romans 8:28 tells us that in everything God works for good with those who love him. Another common misapprehension is that suffering is a direct result of sin- a belief that Jesus challenged. John 9:13 says 'As Jesus walked along, he saw a man who had been blind from birth. His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, was it his sin or that of his parents that caused him to be blind?", "neither", answered Jesus, "It was no sin, either of this man or of his parents. Rather it was to let God's work show forth in him"' Jesus wanted us to understand that suffering, far from being God's punishment, is an occasion for God's love to be demonstrated. When Christians provide help and support to those who are hungry and suffering, they can transform suffering into a living example of God's love. ...read more.

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