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Christian values for human life.

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R.E COURSEWORK : OPTION 2B ANDY ROBERTS 4SHT Introduction All Christians value human life highly, "and now we will make human beings, they will be like us and resemble us" (Genesis 1: v26), because they value the sacraments of Baptism and Sacrament of Sick. They believe that they are associated with the beginning and end of life. They inform them about different issues like abortion and euthanasia. I will now explore these issues to a further extent. Coursework- AO1 "Explain the beliefs of Roman Catholic Christians hold about their responsibility to those at the beginning and end of their lives" Christians believe that Baptism is a sacrament because Jesus said, "Whoever believes and is baptised will be saved; whoever does not believe shall be condemned". (Mark 16: v15-16) and, "I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Go, then to all my peoples everywhere and make them my disciples; baptise them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit". (Matthew 28: v18-20) Christians also believe that when they are baptised, it washes away their sins symbolised by the water on the head, or better total immersion. During baptism, Christians believe that all actions are symbolic. ...read more.

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It is the life of a new human being with its own growth. It would never become human if it were not human already". Abortion is wrong even if a woman is raped or her life is to be endangered by pregnancy. This view will never change. In Vatican II, the view is backed up, "Life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception: abortion and infantide are abominable crimes". The teaching of other Christian churches on abortion is that they feel it is a serious matter. Different viewpoints from the Church of England, Methodist and Quakers show how important abortion must be taken. The Anglican view on abortion is, "although the foetus is to be specially respected and protected, nonetheless the life of the foetus is not absolutely sacrosanct if it endangers the life of the mother". They teach that abortion is always to be viewed seriously. It takes a compassionate line and accepts that it may be necessary to avoid a greater evil. Abortion is acceptable if the mother`s life is in danger because of her physical or mental state, the woman is a victim of rape and that if the foetus is severely abnormal. ...read more.

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Old age awaits every person, "There is a season for everything, a time for giving birth and a time for dying" (Ecc. 3:1-2). Christians teach that death is not the end of life, and so all those who have died in faith have gone before them and are part of the "communion of saints". Christian churches teach the importance of valuing every individual as a unique person created by God in his image. Non Roman Catholic`s and complete non-believers in God, make another side to the argument. The non-believers feel that people must have the right to decide what they want. They say that the Roman Catholic Church cannot force faith onto others. They believe that people should not have to suffer and feel that relatives should not see them in pain. They feel that it is their choice, as we will all die at some point. My view is that Roman Catholics have the peaceful right to persuade the suffering and that the non-believers' feel that the suffering has the right to decide what they personally want. I feel that Roman Catholicism teaches the correct view towards abortion and euthanasia because, life is a gift that should be used properly and mustn't be thrown away. "Human life is sacred, and all must respect this" (Pope Paul VI). ...read more.

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