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Christians have certain beliefs about their responsibility to those at the beginning of their lives.

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Section1) Christians have certain beliefs about their responsibility to those at the beginning of their lives. Christians have certain beliefs about their responsibility to those at the beginning of their lives. Christians believe that they are created in the image of God and human life is a gift from God, this makes it hallowed. Genesis 1:27 -28 says - "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, 'Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth". Human life is sacred and untouchable at every moment of existence. It is believed by Christians that God has a special relationship with everybody. The word of God as man in the person of Jesus reaffirms the sanctity of holiness of human life in its relationship with God. John 1:14 says - "And the word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we behold his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth". Roman Catholics believe that this connection with God begins and the point of inception. Jeremiah 1:5 says - "Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations!" Christians feel that they should assist those at the end of their lives. Christians do not just believe that God gave life, but it is also only God who should be able to take it away. 'It is only God, who has the power over life & death' (Evangelium Viate 66). It is the belief of Christians that every human has an immortal soul, the welfare of which is in the hands of God and God alone. No mortal has the right to end another man's life before his time. ...read more.

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Not surprisingly, all other moral laws apply: Not being able to have children because of an operation is no excuse to commit adultery! In 1968, Pope Paul VI stated that care and love should be directed at the issue of contraception. Surveys say that around 80% of Roman Catholics do not support the teachings of the Catholic Church (This is in Great Britain and the USA). In the USA, the majority of Catholics refer to a letter published by the bishops of the United States 'Human Life in our day' in order to defend the use of contraceptives. In this letter, the bishops recognised 'the pressures and circumstances which might reduce the moral guilt of those use of contraception'. Anglicans, Evangelicals and Christian fundamentalists believe in the teaching of total prohibition of artificial birth control by the Roman Catholic Church. 'Consider together the responsibilities of parenthood...' A statement about contraceptives and family planning has not yet been issued by the Quakers Church. The majority of Quaker couples use contraception as they prefer to manage the size of their families. When it comes to the Quaker couple decisions, it is more of a matter of personal choice and conscience. The Eastern Orthodox Church has said that quite a few Church Fathers, along with Pauline texts in the New Testament, do not exactly state that sexual intercourse is for reproduction only. Because of these facts the Orthodox Church has not made any statements about the use of contraceptives. As a matter fact, the Orthodox Church allows married couples to decide for themselves what they would like to do regarding the use of contraceptives. Christians do not believe in choosing life in a broader sense also. Some Christians regard 'certain' forms of contraception to be more viable than others: the IUD and the drug RU468 (the morning after pill) may not be considered 'Christian' options, since they act after the event rather than before. ...read more.

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They might say that a person has a right to make their own decisions in life and should not have to consult to Religion constantly and should follow their own reasoning because choices in life should be left up to nobody but themselves. They themselves have the right to believe what they want. They might argue that a woman has a right to choose what she does with her own body and that there is no person better to decide than the woman herself. They may also say that a suffering person has the right to end their own lives and that there should definitely not be a ban against Euthanasia. Other people may disagree with this viewpoint and say that what a person decides and chooses to believe affects others, such as family, friends, child in womb or an ill person. Also, what a person decides affects everyone around them and beliefs should not be decided under selfish means. They might believe that no person has a right to end their own life and God should be the only person to decide when life should end because God is the creator and giver of life and life is a gift from him that we should be grateful for. They might argue that there should be laws to prevent abortion because the unborn baby is a separate human being and life and vulnerable lives should be protected within society. Also, the sick, weak, young and old should be protected by society. They may think that Christians should all hold one belief and that any one separate person should not decide it. They may expect a proper Christian not to make their own beliefs about life, but to only follow the commandments and teachings of the Christian society. In conclusion I believe that what Christians believe about life should be left up unto them because every single person has the right to believe and express their own opinions. I would argue that people's views should be respected and accepted by everybody. Atinuke Odunsi ...read more.

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