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Describe Christian beliefs about the use of birth control (contraception) amd explain how the beliefs of Christians might affect their attitudes towards divorce.

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Religion & Human Relationships Christianity Practise GCSE questions a) Describe Christian beliefs about the use of birth control (contraception). b) Explain how the beliefs of Christians might affect their attitudes towards divorce. c) 'People should only have sex if they married to each other'. Do you agree? Give reasons to support your answer, and show that you have thought about different points of view. You must refer to Christianity in your answer. Answers a) The Roman Catholic Church teaches that artificial contraception, such as the Pill or condoms is wrong. It is acceptable for Roman Catholics to use 'natural methods' to plan their families, such as only making love at the times of the month when a woman is at her least fertile, but it is not acceptable to use artificial methods such as the ones previously stated. This is taught because Roman Catholics believe that the main reason why God created sex was so that children could be brought into the world, and they say that using artificial contraception goes against God's plans. Some people, however, including some Roman Catholics, disagree with this teaching. They argue that it could sometimes be a good idea for people to use contraception, especially if they do not have enough money to support a large family. Other Christian Churches, such as the Church of England and the Methodist Church, give very different teachings. They say that using contraception is the responsible thing to do. ...read more.


They say that the main message of Christianity is love, and that sex is morally acceptable within any relationship that is committed and loving, whether or not the people involved are married to each other. Some Christians, then, might accept sexual relationships between a committed homosexual couple, or between two people who are living together on a permanent basis, but they would still think it is wrong for people to have sex if they have only just met and if they do not particularly care about each other or plan to stay together in a lasting relationship. Religious Studies Coursework Question a) Explain the Christian beliefs about death and life after death. Answer a) Christians believe that one day God will raise all the people who have ever lived and judge them. Christians believe that Jesus was the Son of God and that he died for the sins of all people. They believe that if Jesus had not died then all people would go to Hell. Some say that Hell is a place of suffering in fire forever, other Christians says that your soul is destroyed in Hell. Christians believe that if you accept that Jesus died for your sins and that if you worship God then you will be able to go to Heaven when you die. Heaven is a place where there is only happiness, no sorrow or sadness. Roman Catholic Christians believe that there is a third place called Purgatory. ...read more.


Prayers for the dead and for the living 6. The committal, either burial or cremation if it is a burial the following words are used: "We commit (name of deceased) body to the ground, earth to earth, ashes to ashes, dust to dust" Although a funeral is always sorrowful, a Christian funeral is not total misery, as Christians are aware that, as long as the deceased has lived a good life, death is the doorway into a better existence. Hence, the funeral does nothing for the deceased, its purpose is to help the living come to terms with their grief. Christians have always seen death not as the end to life but as a stage on life's journey. "God so loved the world that he gave his only son that who ever believes in him will not die but have eternal life" [John 3:16] "I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor powers, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. [Romans 8:38,39] Christians believe that God created each individual to be able to have a personal relationship with him which begins in this life but which is only fully realised in the next. In the early centuries of Christianity it was though that the body itself would be resurrected after death. Most Christians now believe that only the invisible part of a person, their soul (inner self) lives on. For this reason cremation is allowed. ...read more.

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