There are many reasons that Christians believe that they have a responsibility for the poor. One of these is the teaching and guidance of the Bible. A good Christian should follow the teachings of the Bible and listen to the guidance it offers. The word of the Evangelists and the other books that make it up should have great authority as they reveal the teachings of God through his prophets and his Son. If we are to be Christians then we should follow the way of Jesus.
When the bible teaches about the right ways to behave, the main idea is the way in which we treat each other. Jesus has love and compassion for the poor and condemns those who do nothing to help them. We are taught to do as Jesus did. This means that we should help those in need. The bible teaches us that we cannot have genuine love for God if we are ignoring people in need at the same time.
Discipleship and Mark's Gospel Mark's Gospel can tell us the entire truth about discipleship, telling Christians about the faith, responsibility, and sacrifice involved in following Jesus. Some may even say that we glimpse a harsh reality of what it really means to be a true Christian disciple and to have complete faith. Although in saying this, it is important to note that Mark's Gospel does also cover the rewards and the actual meaning of discipleship. This is important to include as Mark's Gospel was written at a time when Christians endured much persecution. They may have wondered why they should tolerate this treatment without any kind of reward and so Mark included this in his gospel.
‘A practical guide to biblical ethics’ was written to help Christians follow and understand God’s law, so that they may live a lifestyle that honours God. By using the expression ‘God’s law’, Smith means the moral will of God as to what is right and wrong. This is encompassed in the Ten Commandments and expanded on throughout the Bible. Kevin Gary Smith(2012:6-9) wrote the book for believers whose prayers are to live a righteous life. The book is, however, not written only for academics or full time pastors, but is aimed for all Christians to understand.
The Major religions such as Christianity, Islam and Hinduism take the poor as the main importance of the religion. A mediator in each religion comes for a reason, the reason is to help the poor and fix the injustice going on during their place. These three religions teach us on how to love one another and to care for others without expected anything in return. They teach us a love that is pure which fills up our hearts depending on how great our faith is. Christianity is a religion like any other, where one is devoted to praise and follow the faith the guidelines God has set for people follow.
We as Christians must follow his life style and show in our actions we are willing to care and share, just as Jesus did. Saint Mark's Gospel shows us the way to be a follower of Christ. There are 'conditions' of discipleship, the things we have to do to become true disciples. For many Christians today they find it difficult because they may have family responsibilities. Also society has changed and money is needed, some people can't rely on charity alone, as people are more materialistic.
Coursework (a) (i) Outline Christian teaching on wealth and poverty. Christians do not think money is a bad thing. However, they believe the way money is earned and used is the issue. Most Christians believe that wealth is a gift from God to benefit others. Christians believe that all money belongs to God and he gives them stewardship of his money to use wisely.
The Effectiveness of Discipleship on the Life of A Christian Jesus’ words taught the disciples what it means not to be powerful but to be servants. “Whoever wants to be first must place himself last of all and be the servant of all” Jesus always had a way of teaching his disciples how to be better people. “Christians care for the weak in society for religious reasons. They recognise others as members of God’s family, brothers and sisters of Christ. Worship of God, and care for their neighbours are part of the way they understand the meaning of their lives.
In life we want to be the best, have the best of everything, and be surrounded by only the best people that can help us to achieve our desired goals. But as a Christian it takes more than just wanting the best, you have to put forward the effort, and follow the path that God has set forth. But unfortunately when you are a Christian, some things will get in your way, your faith can become tested, and your decision making can become clouded. But you probably ask your self why? You have love for your fellow Christians and have helped those that were less fortunate than you.
Jesus gave his people this commandment and told them that it is one of the greatest and one that should be followed strictly. Jesus also teaches 'If one of you wants to be great, he must be the servant of the rest.' These are where Christians are taught in the bible how to love his or her neighbours, Christians interpret this in different ways, different Christians have different priorities, some might put themselves before their neighbour and some put others before themselves. Sometimes our neighbour could be thousands of miles away in another country, but we still are showing charity to him or her by donating money to a cause, which helps people in need far away from modern society. There usually are more people that are needy in other countries so we could send aid in the form of money or gifts.