Christians' Beliefs About Their Responsibilities for Other People

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Christians' Beliefs About Their Responsibilities for Other People

To answer this question we refer to the Bible and the teachings of the

Church that will reveal what a true Christian’s attitude to others is.

Therefore I will be splitting this essay into two parts, the first on

the Bible and the second on the teachings of the Church. This question

refers to prejudice and discrimination, and so to answer it I would

also need the exact meanings of these words. Prejudice- to pre-judge,

using only one’s opinion. Discrimination- to differentiate a person

biasly on the basis of their race, looks etc… For this particular

question it concentrates on discrimination/prejudice against a

person’s race.

So starting of with the Bible. The Bible condemns racism and we can

see this from examining passages from the Old Testament, the life and

teachings of Jesus.

From the Old Testament we hear of how Moses came down from Mount Sinai

with the Ten Commandments. One of these commandments was “love your

neighbour as you love yourself.” So as a Christian we are given the

responsibility from God’s law to love and respect everyone no-matter

his or her race. This is a very significant law and responsibility as

the Ten Commandments can be summed up as two: “love thy God” and “love

thy neighbour”

One very popular and notifiable parable told in the bible is that of

the Good Samaritan. The goes like this. Basically, there was a man who

was mugged; many people passed him yet none of them helped him. Then

there came along the Samaritan. He was supposedly an enemy of the

victim because of his religion, and yet he was the only one who helped

and took car of him. The Good Samaritan is a clear role model to all

Christians, as even as the victim was supposedly his enemy he still

love and treated him as a loving neighbour.

In James 2:1-5,we are told precisely that prejudice is wrong; “you are

guilty of creating distinctions among yourselves and of making

judgments based on evil motives” It cannot be shown any clearer than
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