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Decisions on Life and Living

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Decisions on Life and Living AO1 - Beliefs Christians believe al life is sacred, because of this belief they are generally against abortion and euthanasia. Euthanasia is the act of killing a person as painlessly as possible (drugs are normally used), usually someone who is terminally ill or in great pain. For this reason it is often called mercy killing. Euthanasia is illegal in the United Kingdom. However, if large doses of painkillers are used to help ease a person's suffering, and a person dies as a result of this it understood as double effect and is permitted. The Roman Catholic Church does not believe doctors should use extraordinary treatment to keep patients alive. ...read more.


1 Corinthians 6:19. It is against Christian teaching to take another person's life. The sixth commandment is- do not commit murder. It is clear from the Bible that it is up to God to choose when a person dies not another human being. Euthanasia is done to stop suffering but suffering has a place in our lives, some suffering can have a positive purpose, e.g. childbirth. Abortion is the deliberate termination of a pregnancy, usually before the foetus is 24 weeks. Although the Church generally views abortion as wrong, especially as a means for birth control, the Protestant Churches and the Church of England accept that each case is different and believe that in some cases abortion is morally justifiable, e.g. ...read more.


The Christian Church teaches life is a scared gift from God. Christians believe God created every one of us, equal yet unique. From Genesis 1: "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them."' The Bible appears to say that life begins when the baby is in the mother's womb. 'For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb.' Psalm 139:13. 'Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.' Jeremiah 1:5. None of the Christian Churches believe that abortion and euthanasia should be encouraged and all agree that it should only be used in the most serious circumstances. Amy Phillips 10FY ...read more.

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