- A ‘vocation’ is a calling. Some Christians believe they have a particular calling by God to do a particular type of work.
- A vocation might be to become a priest, minister or join a religious order e.g. become a monk or nun.
- Some Christians feel drawn to ‘caring’ professions.
- Caring professions might include: teaching, nursing, care assistants, medicine, social work and charity work.
Own point of view and different points of views
- In order to get full marks on the last 12 mark question it is necessary to give another point of view, your own point of view as well as references to Christianity in your answer.
- Important to remember that you don’t need to be religious or believe in God to be concerned about the poor. Many atheist give money to charities for humanitarian reasons.
- Muslims look to the Qur’an for teachings about their attitude towards the poor - Islamic Relief Worldwide (IRW) is an international relief and development that aims to alleviate the suffering of the world’s poorest people. They are inspired by their Islamic values, and envisage a world where communities are empowered, social obligations are fulfilled, and people respond as one to the suffering of others.
- Buddhists look to the Noble Eightfold Path as to how they should live their lives. One of the precepts is ‘Right Livelihood’. Buddhists think very carefully about the type of work they do. They would not want to do work that harmed or exploited others or damaged the environment.