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What does Christianity teach about human responsibility for the world?

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Religion, Poverty and Wealth What does Christianity teach about human responsibility for the world? Christians believe that they have a wide range of responsibilities towards the world. A level of responsibility towards those less fortunate is very important to Christians. Christians believe that it is their duty to help the poor and those less fortunate. A strong Christian belief is that for all who love god, helping the poor is an obligation, not an option. There are many different sources which point Christians towards this view. The main foundations of these beliefs are the Bible, the Church, a Christian's personal conscience and Christian leaders. In the Bible, a lot of the Old Testament law is directed towards protecting the poor. Throughout the Old Testament, the prophets appeal for justice and compassion towards the poor from those around them. The New Testament also shows this message; Jesus loves and cares for the poor and sick, he praises those who help the poor and condemns those who do not show compassion to those in need. The story of the Good Samaritan is an example to Christians of how you should 'love thy neighbour', and care for anyone in need, not just those you know. The parable talks of 'passing by on the other side', to ignore those in need; the poor and those less fortunate, and to carry on as if they are not there. ...read more.


Examples of these would include medically trained people working in medical stations or educators working in schools. Money - and the lack of opportunities to obtain sufficient to live on, is the source of all poverty and it's this fact that causes great concern for many Christians. A great deal of Christians donate money to particular charities on a regular basis. When Christians are choosing a charity to support they usually look at charities with Christian foundations, such as CAFOD, Christian Aid or Tearfund, charities, which are in keeping with Christian teachings. People usually set aside a particular amount of money every month, which is then, send to the charity that they have chosen to support. By donating to charities in this way, charities are able to know roughly how much income they will be receiving each month. This means that they can successfully plan new projects, based on their income, knowing that they will be able to fully fund them. In the bible, Paul talks of how Christians should put aside a certain amount of money each month and that they should make a habit of it. "On the first day of every week, each one of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up..." (1 Corinthians 16:2) Christians in particular largely support Christian Aid. ...read more.


In Australia, the white communities have done extremely well, resulting in the country being known as the lucky country. I do not believe that many aboriginals would describe themselves as lucky in the current day. They may have held a different view before 1770. Many would argue that the individual people have limited power in which to change their lives no matter how badly they wish to. They depend on help from outside sources such as aid organisations like Oxfam and CAFOD. It is this dependency, which seems to keep the poor, poor and the rich, rich. The poverty cycle is very hard to intercept without the cooperation of governments and leaders. When the population of a county is poor, families tend to be bigger in size than those in rich countries because the labour is needed on farms or to look after aging parents. The population of the poor countries therefore increases faster than those in the developed world. This puts a strain on the health care systems, which poor country cannot satisfactorily provide. Therefore, in summary, I would strongly debate against the statement that the problems of the third world communities are their own fault. This is because I believe that foreign interference and stripping of resources damaged countries. As a result, the developed countries hold most of the financial and political power. Developing countries, through no fault of their own are left struggling to survive, dependent on foreign aid and unable to break free of the poverty cycle. Alison Harper-Quinn 1 ...read more.

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