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Abortion and Euthanasia - Explain the beliefs Christians hold about their responsibilities for those at the beginning and end of their life.

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Abortion and Euthanasia RE Coursework Marianne Connelly AO1 Explain the beliefs Christians hold about their responsibilities for those at the beginning and end of their life. (16 Marks) Both Abortion and Euthanasia are very important subjects and are very much concerned with human life. All Christians believe life is sacred because it is a gift from God. This means for a lot of people life is regarded as holy and therefore must be valued and respected. The Roman Catholic Church turns to the bible, the Magisterium and Tradition for guidance on the issue of the sanctity of human life. The Bible teaches that all life comes from God, so therefore only he has the power over it. The Old Testament supports this view, Genesis 1:27 "God created man in the image of himself, in the image of God he created them, male and female he created them." ...read more.

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To many people it is when it is actually born and becomes dependant upon the mother. Life should be protected as it belongs to God. The special importance of human life is seen in the incarnation, when Jesus became human. It is also seen that life belongs to God and only he has the right to end it when Jesus suffered and died on the cross. Jesus also taught in the Ten Commandments; "You shall not murder", Therefore you do not have the right to have an abortion or take your own life. If you are a true Christian and want to live the way Jesus did you should not take anything to prevent pregnancy or to take your life. It is the tradition of the church that all human life is sacred and must be respected. Every person is created by God and offered redemption by Jesus. ...read more.

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AO3 "What Christians believe about life is up to them. They should not try to make others accept this position." Do you agree? Give reasons for you answer, showing you have considered more than one point of view. (10 Marks) Many Christian believe that beliefs about life are not up to them because that all should be cared for but you shouldn't break the Commandment; "Thou shall not kill" Christians believe they should help people who are suffering but killing someone is still murder. Suffering can lead to people making mistakes. It is best to understand that this is a cry for help. Serious circumstances like a long term illness can help people prepare for death. However other Christians could agree to abortion in circumstances for example, if a woman is pregnant and has cancer, she may require chemotherapy to deal with the cancer. If she takes drugs the foetus may die but if she doesn't she may die. ...read more.

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