Explain what Christians believe about their responsibility for other people.

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Mary-Ann Moloku

1st March, 04


AO1: Explain what Christians believe about their responsibility for other people

       All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. However, there is a difference in the way people live in the world, especially between the Western society and the third world countries. The Western society is more economically developed. They take what they have for granted as it is more materialistic. Rich people do not take note and care about what is happening in third world countries. The main reasons for world poverty are greed, materialism and an uncaring attitude towards other countries problems.

         In Luke 16:19-31: (The rich man and Lazarus) the rich man had everything and did not share what he had. The poor man had nothing. The rich man, because of his greed, suffered in hell and the poor man had everything he wanted in heaven when he died. In today’s society, many of us have chosen to ignore what is happening to the less fortunate people around us and around the world. Even though, we hear of famine, drought, epidemics, war and natural disasters every day on the news, internet or newspapers, some Christians still choose to neglect responsibility for themselves and for others. Some Christians only live for today not for tomorrow.

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         This is further illustrated in Matthew 25:31-46: (The Sheep and the Goats), it states that if you are caring and giving to your fellow neighbours then you will have a place in heaven. However, if you are selfish you will go to hell. Jesus states that if you help someone in need then you are actually helping Jesus. The goats represented bad behaved Christians and the sheep are the people in need. The goats did not help those in need.

        Moreover, when attending Church, the mass challenges us in the parting words, ...

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