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Describe the teachings of either Islam or Christianity about the sanctity of life in relation to either abortion or euthanasia.

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Section A Describe the teachings of either Islam or Christianity about the sanctity of life in relation to either abortion or euthanasia. Christians are taught about their religion through the teachings of the bible. Christians also follow what the Pope and other religious teachers tell them. These teachings help guide Christians through life. On the subject of having children, God told his people that they should multiply, He said "be fruitful and increase, fill the earth" (Genesis 1:28). When God said this, the world was not at all populated with as many people as there are today so He wanted to fill it with his people. He also said, "Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the son's of one's youth. Happy is he who has his quiver full of them" (psalm 127:4-5). The arrows represent the children and the warrior represents the father, therefore this means the more children the father has, the happier he will be. It is also quite clear that wants people to have a lot of children. Christians believe that life begins at conception; this is what they have been taught. "you knit together in my mothers womb.......my frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place.....you eyes saw my unformed body" (psalm 139). This psalm refers to "you" meaning God. This quote is suggesting that God created humans the way he wanted them to be. ...read more.


Section B Dear Aunt My name is Mohammad Khan and I am 15 years old. I have a friend who is a Roman Catholic Christian and is having to face a decision of a lifetime, she has to decide whether to have an abortion or not. She is willing to stick to her beliefs, but she also thinks that she will not be able cope if she does have the baby. She is only a teenager who is going to turn 16 in a few weeks and with her education in the way she probably won't be able to care for the baby at home and will always be at school. I tried explaining to her about the "sanctity of life" and how precious life really is, whatever the age, I even tried to tell her that every living thing is unique, and killing a bay will be the same as killing any other organism in the world. To be honest I think it is like murder and "if a mother can kill her own child, what is there to stop you and me from killing each other?" as mother Teresa said. I have tried my hardest explaining it to her and I would be grateful if you could give her some advice in making the decision. Anything will be helpful. Thank you. Mohammad Khan -Reply- Dear Mohammad Khan I have looked into your friend's ethical problem on abortion and I suggest that she gets on with life. ...read more.


I also think it is wrong to kill a child of any form. I think that an abortion should only be permitted if the pregnancy was due to a rape because if the mother did not want the child in the first place she has the right to terminate the baby. I also think that it should be permitted if the abortion were to save the mothers life, for example if she had a cancer of the uterus. As far as euthanasia is concerned, I believe that voluntary euthanasia should be allowed if the patient himself wishes to have an easy death and that involuntary euthanasia is wrong, this is because I believe that no-one has the right to interfere with your life even during the time of suffering and disease. My personal beliefs are most similar to the beliefs of Roman Catholic Christians. Roman Catholics have very strong beliefs, they agree with the fact that all life is sacred and must be treated with the utter most respect from the moment of conception as do I. My ideas don't one hundred per sent fit with idea of that all life is sacred because in certain times in life you have to make some sacrifices whether it were to be giving up a habit or even ending a life which has yet to begin. In a case of euthanasia I think that no-one has the right or power to interfere with anyone else's life in any situation, everyone is going to die anyway and it is not up to anyone to choose when it happens. Coursework Mohammad Khan ...read more.

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