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Explain carefully why Christians believe that human life is precious.

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Austin Finnegan - Homework Past Paper Question 1) Explain carefully why Christians believe that human life is precious. Some Christians believe that human life is precious because God created us. They think we are precious because God created us with a responsibility. This responsibility should be fulfilled for God and this is mentioned in the bible where God said: "...Let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground." Genesis 1:26-27 Some Christians hold the view that we are precious because we were created in the image of God and that God was intimately involved in each and every birth. This image is individual and unique and therefore the person has been set apart. These Christians hold this view because in the bible it says that God created man from the very first: "You created my inmost being you knit me together in my mother's womb." Psalm 139:13 Some Christians believe that human life is precious because God will not tolerate those who take a life. ...read more.

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The Church of England is against abortion also though there are three exceptions. These are: i) There is grave risk to mother ii) There is grave risk that the child will suffer a handicap iii) The pregnancy is the result of rape Any other reason and abortion is strictly wrong. They think that every human created is unique and that this life is inaliable. They believe that abortion is a great evil and the "right choice" is sometimes the lesser of two evils - General Synod 1988. Nevertheless others may believe that is up to the conscience of the individual and some back up their views this the Golden rule, that we should treat other, as we would want to be treated ourselves. There are four main groups which back the previously stated views. These are: i) Absolute Pro-Life ii) Moderate Pro-Life iii) Moderate Pro-Choice iv) Absolute Pro Choice Absolute Pro-Life believe is supported by many Christians especially Roman Catholics and they campaign for the rights of the unborn child. They believe and campaign for the banning of abortion under all circumstances. ...read more.

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If a family cannot afford to keep a child then why let the family and child live in poverty when you could easily terminate the pregnancy in the early stages. I do believe that it is terminating a pregnancy and not murder. I also think that a person's human rights should be taken into account. I think that a mothers right to choose should come over the potential human rights of a foetus. Others may believe that an abortion is a moral decision. They hold the view that a foetus has the DNA in which could take the foetus into life and give them everything including human rights and so when aborting a pregnancy you are taking away a potential life. Others may also think that, as we are precious and individually made, then our life is inaliable and therefore it should only be the creator (God) who should take the life away. Nevertheless, I still believe that I am right in thinking that an abortion is a practical decision because at week 23, the baby can survive outside the womb and therefore up until that time it is not a fully functional human being. As this is the case, it is not wrong to abort, as there is not life at that point. ...read more.

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