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What does Christianity teach us about human responsibility towards the world?

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R.E. Coursework - Poverty and wealth What does Christianity teach us about human responsibility towards the world? In the book of Genesis, it tells us that God created the world. He put love and care into creating a world that we could live in. The first humans were told to act as stewards and were given the responsibility of looking after the world and all its creatures. This means that we still now, have many responsibilities towards the world, including humans. The definition of poverty is 'the state of being very poor' but is there such thing as poverty or is it just inequality? There is a famous quote, which says: 'the earth has enough for everyman's need but not enough for everyman's greed.' This tells us that God created enough for every man; all we have to do is share it equally. A Christian can learn about their responsibilities towards the world from the bible. When the bible teaches about the right ways to behave, the main idea is the way in which we treat each other. Jesus has love and compassion for the poor and condemns those who do nothing to help them. ...read more.

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There are many charities such as CAFOD (Catholic fund for overseas development) who try to give illiterate people in developing countries the education and skills to help themselves. Christians should support these charities so that their neighbours can carry on living amongst them. Although a lot of people in this world need help, charity can also take place in the home. Christians need to help those who are close to them as well as those who are not. By helping family and friends they are still carrying out their beliefs. By helping to bring about equality we are also helping those who are in poverty. Although we must remember that no matter how hard we try to give everyone equal amounts, there will always be poor as long as there is rich. It is a fact of life, but we do know that God treated everyone the same in the beginning and hoped that it would continue. Hopefully we can work hard to bring that about again. Just by living life in the way that Jesus taught us about poverty, wealth, charity and helping others, we are looking after each other and fulfilling our responsibilities. ...read more.

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It should take responsibility and try to sort out its problems. Some say that these countries don't want to face up to their problems. Corruption is such a major issue for some countries that it can lead to many people suffering from one persons lie. They should learn to crack down on their own corruption within their political hierarchy and they should also provide materials and resources to their people to help work themselves out of poverty. In the bible, it teaches us that we must not give false evidence against our neighbour to get what we want. In conclusion, I believe that the third world communities' problems are not just their own fault. They were created by others who were selfish and only thought about themselves. If it wasn't for some countries taking away all the wealth and natural resources, then third world countries would be much richer right now and more able to sort out their problems. However this all happened in the past, these less developed countries cannot spend the rest of eternity blaming others, whoever's fault it may be. The world should pull together and help each other. Christians believe that we should help each other and treat each other as we would like to be treated. Therefore, the 3rd worlds problems are not just their own they are everyone's. ...read more.

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