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The beliefs Christians hold about their moral responsibility for those at the beginning and the end of their lives.

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AO1 - Explain the beliefs Christians hold about their moral responsibility for those at the beginning and the end of their lives. The debate surrounding the emotional, highly controversial and political issue of the sanctity of human life exists both inside and outside the church. Despite the different interpretations of beliefs on this issue, all Christians hold three main, similar beliefs. Firstly all Christian doctrines hold the simple view that human life is sacred, they hold the belief that humans were made in the image of God and are therefore distinct from all other forms of life. "Let us make human beings in our image and likeness." (Genesis 1:26). Secondly, Genesis then goes on stating how God created human life so that they can exercise stewardship; another firm Christian belief. ...read more.


Today Christian's all over the world are making a difference to the world in which they live. Pope John Paul II lived his whole live as a paradigm of Christian living truly putting the Christian belief to practice. Within this stewardship is a more specific stewardship towards those at the beginning and end of life and all the denominations express different interpretations of their moral responsibility for this stewardship. Catholics have a firm pro-life opinion in that life begins at conception and ends when you die "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you" (Jeremiah 1:5). They therefore strongly believe abortion is murder and therefore wrong no matter what the circumstance "thou shalt not kill" (the Ten Commandments). ...read more.


The Anglican view on Euthanasia is that a person has a right to refuse treatment but cannot choose to die when they want. Anglicans strongly appose deliberate killing due to an overdose of treatment. Anglicans believe that only God has the power to take away life and he chooses when you die, "If God took back the breath of life, then everyone living would turn to dust again" (Job 34:14-15). Other denominations that oppose these beliefs are pro-choice and believe the mother should choose whether or not to abort once given all the options. Many protests of "our bodies our choice" are displayed throughout the world. In conclusion despite the differently opinionated denominations within the Church, they all believe that life is sacred, that you should love your neighbour and display stewardship to those at the beginning and end of life. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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