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Euthanasia - Explain why christians believe in the sanctity of life.

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R.S. GCSE COURSEWORK. EUTHANASIA. EU = well, and THANATOS = death. Therefore, euthanasia is ending someone's life deliberately, but for compassionate reasons. 1. EXPLAIN WHY CHRISTIANS BELIEVE IN THE SANCTITY OF LIFE (SACREDNESS). In Genesis 1:27, it says, "God created human beings, making them to be like himself." This shows that God is life, and he breathed life into man. Therefore, life is precious, and needs to be preserved. Also, Jesus Christ was God in human form. If God chose to make his only son in our form, he must feel our life is very special. Furthermore, he chose to let his only son die to save humans, and put them right with God, even though they commit sins. This shows, God's great love for us, and how he treasures every life. Another example of God treasuring every life is shown in Luke 12:6-7. This states, "Aren't five sparrows sold for two pennies. Yet not one sparrow is forgotten by God. Even the hairs on your head have been counted. So do not be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows." ...read more.

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Christians uphold the sanctity of human life. Also as God made man in his own image, God is life, and he breathed life into man. This shows life is precious, and needs to be preserved. However, although there are Christians who believe in banning Euthanasia, there are some who agree with it. They feel everyone has the right to decide what they do with their lives, as God gave humans dominion over other animals. Also, they believe as God wants everyone to have quality of life, if someone does not have this, they should be able to end their life. Although this is true, God also does not want people to die before he knows it is time. It is not right to "play God" and decide whether someone can live or die. Also, God is love. Some Christians believe that because of this, to stop suffering is a loving thing to do, and would bring more glory to God than keeping a suffering person alive. Other Christians may argue with this, saying it is more compassionate to care for the dying, rather than to speed up their death. ...read more.

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Also, if someone is unwell, they are likely to have some mental problems, so they would not be in the right mind to make a decision between life and death. Euthanasia to me, is murder. Because I am a Christian and believe in the Commandments, I do not believe murder is correct. I also believe life is precious, and should not be taken away. Therefore, Euthanasia is a discrimination against the weak. Christians also believe in quality of life. Jesus said, "I have come that you might have life-life in all its fullness". From the rest of his teaching it is clear he thought someone's quality of life was determined not by their possessions, but by their relationship with God; their relationship with others; and the feeling of rightness in themselves. You cannot therefore see quality of life. This is because it is about what you feel like inside. This is why Christians came up with a compassionate alternative to euthanasia-The Hospice Movement. A hospice looks after someone who is terminally ill. They are cared for by a range of trained medical staff. Their pain is relieved through drugs, and any fears about death that they may have are talked through with them and their families. ...read more.

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