'There are more important things for Christians to do than to go on pilgrimage.' Do you agree?

c) 'There are more important things for Christians to do than to go on pilgrimage.' Do you agree? Give reasons to support your answer and show that you have thought about different points of view. There are both reasons which could agree or disagree with this statement. I agree with this statement because there are more important things for Christians to do than to go on pilgrimages to other countries. The main things Christians should always do are to go to Church on a regular basis to show their devotion to God and to help others. Christians should also help those who are less fortunate than themselves and should help those in their local community. By helping them they might help them have a better quality of life. If they were to help out in an old people's home the residents would be happy because they probably would not have many visitors and having some visits from the younger generation would bring joy to their lives. Christians should not just help those who are less fortunate but those who are close to them whether they are sick or not. Jesus told his followers to help others and to treat others, as you yourself would like to be treated. This is said in the Sermon on the Mount. So if you help others and treat them with respect and nicely they will be grateful and treat you nicely in return. Jesus did not tell Christians to go on pilgrimage to help others. He

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Christians Teachings on wealth and poverty.

Religious Education Coursework: Section A (i): Christians Teachings on wealth and poverty The Bible teaches that all Christians have a responsibility to care for the poor. Christians believe that God will judge them according to how much concern they have shown for the poor. All the Christian Churches today emphasize the need for people to share what they have with developing countries. An example of people who preached about the poor is the Prophet Amos. He lived in the 8th century B.C.E. The book of Amos is found in the Old Testament. Amos preached a message of social justice. He warned the people that God would send terrible punishments unless the treated the poor and the weak with more care. Amos thought that God is not interested in listening to worship if, the people are ignoring the poor. A parable that relates to the Christians beliefs on wealth and poverty is the Parable of the Sheep and Goats. The parable of the Sheep and Goats can be found in Matt 25, in the new testame.It is a parable told by Jesus. It is explains how God will judge people and separate them in the same way a farmer separates sheep from goats. Some people will be rewarded because they have fed the hungry, given clothes to the needy, visited the sick, and welcomed strangers. They will be by God's side for eternity. Other people will be punished, because they have done none of these things, and have

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Describe the persecution of the Christians in Rome by Nero.

'Christians and Persecution' (A) I Describe the persecution of the Christians in Rome by Nero Many different people have persecuted Christians over the centuries; these included both the Romans and the Jews. One of the most vicious and malicious culprits of this was the Emperor Nero. This started when Nero gave a grand concert at his palace in Rome. As a backdrop to the concert Nero ordered a few buildings to be set alight to illuminate the 'Sack of Troy'. At this time Rome was mostly constructed of wood and was easily set alight, the fire, therefore, spread very quickly. It lasted for nine days and destroyed a considerable area of the city. Originally there were fourteen religions in Rome; only four remained after the fire, they had been totally annihilated. Because of Rome's position as the centre of the western world the consequences of the fire travelled a very long way. Nero was worried that he would be blamed for the fire. The Roman people did blame Nero for the fire, they accused him of destroying Rome so that he could build a new capital and name it after himself. He was an easy scapegoat; Nero was hated in the empire. He was also associated with many strange and weird practices such as incest (with his mother) and he ordered many people to be murdered. These included his mother, his sister, his brother, and countless others that he did not fully trust. He even

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"For a Christian to die for his/her beliefs does not make sense. It is better to live for them. "Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer, showing you have thought of more than one point of view.

Suffering, Death and Resurrection Coursework "For a Christian to die for his/her beliefs does not make sense. It is better to live for them." Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer, showing you have thought of more than one point of view. Christians can die or live for their beliefs. Many different Christians have made a big impact on peoples' lives, both living and dying for their beliefs. Often, Christians becoming martyrs have brought recognition to the cause they died for and many Christians that lived for their faith have brought benefits to the lives of many. Oscar Romero is an example of a Christian who died for his faith, just as Jesus died for us. He was the Archbishop of El Salvador, a country torn apart by social injustice; the poor suffered and had no voice. He demanded explanations from the government and tried to raise awareness to the struggle of the poor. He was assassinated while saying Sunday Mass. He showed his support for the poor through his famous speeches and said: "If they kill me, I will rise again in the Salvadoran people." This shows that his death did not end the struggle of the poor, in fact it made them more determined to fight for justice. Jesus' death did not mean the apostles ended their mission, after Jesus ascended to heaven "the disciples went out and preached everywhere" (Mk 16:20) and they

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Why Did A Stalemate Develop on the Western Front?

8 November 2004 Why Did A Stalemate Develop on the Western Front? When the British landed in France, they slowed down the Germans advance with the help from France. This took place at the Battle of the Mons. At the Marne, the Germans had changed their plan and advanced to Paris by foot. While other countrys got their army there before them as they went by rail or taxi. The British and French stopped the Germans advancing to the River Marne but they didnt get them out of France entirerly. The war movement had stopped and failed mainly due to the fact that half of the plans hadnt succeeded. One of these plans was the Schlieffen plan. This failed because going through neutral Belgium failed because they put up resistance, which had stopped them going around France to capture Paris. This gave the French and Russian army enough time to get their armys ready for battle. The armies thought that the only way they would break the stalemate was to build trenches. With this it would allow them to advance to open countryside, surround and outflank the enemy. These trenches stretched all the way from Switzerland to the French coast. This idea would allow them to go on and win the war. The trenches were also built as an idea for a defensive posistion against enemy attacks. There was no way to out flank the enemy. With fighting going on around the trenches it would be made harder to put

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'Violence on television is a primary cause of violence in real life' - Discuss.

'Violence on television is a primary cause of violence in real life' In answer to this question I believe that TV isn't the primary cause of violence. In this essay I will try to show you why I think this. It is true that the incidence of violence today is increasing, but I don't personally believe that TV is the culprit on this occasion. We can see violence in many places; we only need to walk around rough areas of our towns to find realistic examples of people fighting. Not only this, but some modern music has violent overtones which may lead to the listener being more aggressive themselves. In order for us to understand all the views on the subject, we have been working on relevant newspaper articles. The main one I am going to focus on in this essay is the one which talked about TV violence and the disadvantages associated with it. Although it mainly consists of emotional thoughts and opinions rather than fact. I'm not sure therefore whether it is actually trying to emotionally coerce us into thinking this particular way. For example the author says: "The Prime Minister does well to voice rising public concern. He condemns- 'the relentless diet of violence on TV'- John Major is a decent man, here tuned in to the worries of decent families." This I think is the author's expressed opinion made to look like fact. A further example is seen when the statement: "Their

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This essay will discuss which of the three previous topics was to blame for stalemate on the western front. The three topics were, trench warfare, weapons and tactics.

This essay will discuss which of the three previous topics was to blame for stalemate on the western front. The three topics were, trench warfare, weapons and tactics. In my opinion I think that the trench warfare was most responsible for creating stalemate in the Great War. As they were built for protection they were protecting the soldiers from attack, but because they were so well built they caused major problems. The trenches being there, prevented attacks from working and prevented soldiers from fighting. Troops knew that their trenches protected them so their tactics (especially the Germans) were made around the idea of trenches. This was a safety net for them. Troops didn't want to move further across no-mans land as they knew it would take them time to re- build trenches, so they preferred to go back to their original trenches. This caused them to remain in one place causing stalemate. Either side gained no land. When soldiers eventually did decide to attack, the trenches were so heavily guarded and protected with munitions and barbed wire that the soldiers were unable to penetrate enemy trenches. Attacks constantly failed because trenches were too strong to weaken. Thus prolonging the situation even longer. Trenches, tactics and weapons however, all worked together in prolonging the Great War. One of the three reasons alone wouldn't have been enough to cause the

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Argument Construction - Terrorism

ARGUMENT CONSTRUCTION Terrorism is a political tactic usually employed by those with relatively few resources compared to there chosen advisories, designed to accomplish certain discreet objectives on the cheap. The definition of terrorism can be put forth as "an act of violence and intimidations to achieve political aims". This definition makes you think that is it worth the governments while to negotiate with terrorists or not? Trying to negotiate with someone (terrorists) that threatens you is a very difficult task to overcome; it involves a lot of patients and toleration. This is exactly what our government has been doing, it has been patient and has been tolerating the treats from the terrorists but how long can the government stay silent for. The terrorists have been made offers so a war can be prevented by letting UN weapon inspectors into Iraq and letting them check the sites which they think mite be used to make weapons of mass destruction, these offers have been rejected or have conditions put on them by Saddam Hussein. This puts Saddam Hussein under even more suspicion. Also knowing that under Saddam Hussein Iraq developed chemical and biological weapons, acquired missiles allowing it to attack neighboring countries with these weapons and Iraq persistently tried to develop nuclear bomb. Saddam Hussein has used chemical weapons both against Iran and his own

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The important aspects of a Christian ceremony.

KU1 Select and explain. The important aspects of a Christian ceremony. An important aspect of a Christian marriage is the vows; they are said and should be meant with all their hearts. The vows are; I, N, take you, N, To be my wife/husband, To have and to hold, From this day forward, For better, for worse, * For richer, for poorer, * In sickness and in health, * To love and to cherish, * Till death us do part, * According to God's holy law, And this is my solemn vow. The vows establish the various commitments made to each other by the bride and groom. They are designed to ensure that the marriage will always be happy and loving and that each partner will always love and support the other, no matter what happens. Christians believe that marriage is an ever-lasting commitment to each other and to God and is made under his holy law. The vows highlighted above have special meanings as they are spoken by the bride and groom during the ceremony, they are, "For better, for worse"- This means that each partner should support the other whether things are going well or not. Life, including marriage, has its ups and downs and this commitment is made recognising that things do not always go well. Christians believe that when things do not go well this should not be the reason for separation and that by supporting each other things can improve again. "For richer, for

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Even if conventional war is acceptable in Catholic teaching, the possession and use of nuclear weapons could never be

"Even if conventional war is acceptable in Catholic teaching, the possession and use of nuclear weapons could never be" There are two obvious stances on this question. The first is that nuclear war with its potential for continuing destruction and damage to future generations can never be acceptable. The second is that which prevailed at the end of the second World War which was that it was acceptable in order to prevent further and prolonged mass destruction of both Japanese and European civilians and Army personnel in particular prisoners of war. To some degree I tend to agree that it was acceptable at that time because the prolonged effects were unknown and they were unpredictable at that time. However, in my opinion, as today we are aware of the consequences it is not acceptable. There are criteria for a 'just 'war which I think certainly should be applied in any context. A 'just' war requires that the causes must be serious enough to justify the amount of killing and suffering which a war causes. In 1945 the prospect of the Japanese army fighting to the last man, slaughtering the POW's they held, both Army and civilian, and creating the possibility of their own civilian population being exposed to the type of saturation bombing which had been experienced in Germany seemed to the Allies a sufficient justification for the use of nuclear weapons. However the

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