The Relationships Between Christianity and Charity
In this essay I will be looking at how Christianity and charities
relate to each other. In the first section I will be looking at what
Christians teach, preach and believe about charity. In the second
section I will show what Christians actually do and focus on Christian
charities. In the third I will conclude with what I think about
Christian charities and how well I think they work.
The foundation of a Christian’s faith and belief is centred on love.
Christians are taught to ‘Love thy neighbor’ (Leviticus 19:18). I
think it would be easy to look at this in the modern, Western world we
live in now and take it to literally mean, love your neighbour.
However, considering when this was written, in a time when you could
be living 10 miles away from your neighbour, I think that this means
that there should be no boundaries on your love which should stretch
to cover and care for all of mankind. Agape is the core of all a
Christian’s teachings and beliefs. This means redemptive goodwill
towards all people.
‘…to do justice, to love kindness…’ (Micah 6:8) Christians believe
that God is a God of justice and equality, by treating people fairly
and going out of your way to show love and kindness to them, you will
feel good about it and will be treated in the same way.
CAFOD believe that ‘all human beings have a right to dignity and
respect’. They think that everybody, no matter what country they live
in deserves to be treated the same. Charities give people a chance to
avoid losing their dignity by not having to beg for food and being
treated as equals.
‘And while Jesus was sitting opposite to the treasury, he perceived
how the multitude threw money into the treasury, and many rich persons
put in much. And a poor widow came, and threw in two mites, which make
a farthing. And having called his disciples to him, he said, Verily I
say to you, that this poor widow hath thrown in more than all who have
thrown into the treasury: For they all have thrown in out of their
abundance; but she out of her poverty hath thrown in all that she had,
all her living’ Mark 12:41-44. This is saying how it is easy to give
a lot if you have it spare, or left over from what you need, but it is
far harder to actually give what you need and by doing so you are
giving more because you are prepared to give it up for someone else’s
‘No matter who says what, you should accept it with a smile and do
your own work,’ Mother Teresa. By this Mother Teresa meant that you
should continue doing what you think is right and believe in
regardless of what any other person thinks.
‘Jesus looked at him and loved him. "One thing you lack," he said.
"Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have
treasure in heaven. Then come,...