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Decisions on life and living.

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Samantha Thomson RE Coursework-Decisions on life and living. Christians believe that they have a responsibility to care for the world, which God has created and all the people in it. Part of Christian responsibility is to care for everybody and not discriminate against people who are different, for whatever reason. If we look at a disabled person as an outcast how are we to know they aren't looking at us in the same way. Christians may not like everybody but are taught to love and care for everyone. 'Love thy neighbour as you love thyself'. This is saying that we should treat people how we would like to be treated, if we treat people with respect and dignity they will do the same to us. 'Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with thy whole heart and with thy whole soul and with thy whole mind.' This is saying that if you love God and everything God has done, then you should love this world that he has created and all it has in it including the people. If God has created people all different then we are obviously meant to love everybody and not look at or treat anyone as outcasts. In Genesis it says that we are all made in God's image so we are all equal and no-one is better than anybody else, also as Christians see God as perfect they must see that he needs nothing and wants people which therefore makes all people important. Christian stewardship is to look after the world for God, however many Christians believe that it isn't just up to them and that everybody should take care of the world as they also live and use its resources. ...read more.

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However if a woman is considering an abortion she should consider every option she has in great detail, abortion is not a subject that can be taken light heartedly. Other factors to consider in the controversial issue of abortion are for example that women would still have abortions if the procedure were illegal. However it would be dangerous and in some cases life threatening as they would rely on back street clinics were the operation would be performed illegally. Although this is true, there as been research into whether or not a foetus can feel pain as it is about to die, and women may suffer from guilt for years afterwards. If thinking about abortion every option should be considered, all points of view must be taken into account. Which choice would bring more good than bad. Is an abortion really the right thing to do? Euthanasia is another controversial issue in which the opinions of Christians are very divided. Euthanasia means easy painless death. There are different types of Euthanasia, known as passive, positive and voluntary. Voluntary is a patient requesting to die when life is becoming unbearable, passive is allowing someone to die due to the lack of prevention of death. Positive is to deliberately cause the death of somebody for example in the case of Harold Shipman. Suicide is a sin and assisting someone in dying is also wrong therefore voluntary Euthanasia is wrong under all circumstances right? In the UK the law stands that anyone who helps a person die no matter what the circumstances is an accessory to murder, so yes you would say that it was wrong. ...read more.

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Some children are sent to religious school such as catholic schools, they may not be religious children and in some cases may not come from religious families but still are taught about religion, have to follow the rules, say prayers and are very often told what to believe. I think non-religious people make up the majority of the people who believe Christians should keep their views and opinions to themselves. Non religious people still have consciences and no what's morally right when it comes to abortions and euthanasia, however they can see circumstances in which these can be accepted. Whereas most Christians are adamant about their opinions and see no situations that should be solved by Voluntary Euthanasia or the death of innocent baby. Christians and their opinions have a big affect on people's actions even those who are not religious. For example; Support groups for people unsure about abortion and families and patients considering Euthanasia are often run by Christians, if this is the case advice would be biased as they would want you to make the decision they would if they were in that position. Somebody who is contemplating Abortion or Euthanasia would need an unbiased opinion and advice from an unbiased person, as they would most likely already be in a vulnerable state of mind. Christians make a person feel like it is wrong for them to make their own decision about abortion and euthanasia but there is no right or wrong decision just a decision that is morally right for a particular person and what feels right for them and their family. ...read more.

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