Christians' Beliefs About Their Responsibilities For Others

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Christians' Beliefs About Their Responsibilities for Others

In the Bible Gospels there are many references that demonstrate what
Christians believe about their responsibility for other people. In
this coursework essay I am going to express the many beliefs
Christians have on others and world poverty and the many things
Christians can learn from the bible references in the modern world.

Christians are called to be closely involved with efforts to alleviate
suffering in the world and to make efforts to work for a more equal
world. The motivation for this is to be found in the gospel teachings,
in Luke 12:13-21 the rich man wanted everything and more, he said 'I
will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store
all of my grain and my goods. And I will say to myself 'you have
plenty of good things for many years. Take life easy; eat drink and be
merry,' ' but Jesus spoke to this man with anger, 'you fool!' for the
man had everything in worldly terms with enough to keeping him going
forever. But when death comes it is equal for everyone for you cannot
take your riches or anything with you. Jesus doesn't say it is wrong
to have wealth, he did say however that is important to use your
wealth wisely. You cannot predict what the future will bring, this an
important part of Christians responsibility for others.

Jesus is unequivocal in describing peoples duties to the poor, The
consequences of a Christians failure to take responsibility towards
others is presented to us in this next teaching in Lukes gospel
16:19-31 here we are told the story of the rich man and Lazarus, for
the whole of his life Lazarus had been homeless and laid at the gate
of the rich mans kingdom, but the rich man did not attend to his needs
he simply ignored him. The time came when both Lazarus and the rich
man died. The rich man was sent to hell and Lazarus to heaven this
something the rich man could not understand, 'Father Abraham, have
pity on me and send Lazarus to dip the tip of his finger in water to
cool my tongue, for I am in agony in this fire.' Abraham explained to
the rich man that his agony was a consequence of his actions on earth,
'Son, Abraham said, remember that in you lifetime you received your
good things, while Lazarus received bad things, but now he is in
comfort and you in agony.' In this teaching the rich man ignored the
problem; the need of a fellow Christian, Jesus condemns the rich man
for ignoring the beggar at his door.

He couldn't say he didn't know, hadn't heard or hadn't been told for
it was his responsibility. In the modern worlds we too cannot say we
don't know what is happening in the world. We all have access to a
various sources of information or forms of media; it is up to us to
decide if we are going to ignore the plight of others at our peril.


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