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Explain the beliefs Christians believe about their responsibility for people at the beginning and the end of their lives.

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A01 - Explain the beliefs Christians believe about their responsibility for people at the beginning and the end of their lives. Christians have many beliefs and responsibilities at the start of a new life and at the end of a life. At the start of a new life there are many issues to take into consideration such as the decision to keep the baby or have an abortion or give the child up for adoption, the preparation, the decision of a name and the baptism. At the end of a life there are also responsibilities and issues to face such as visiting, caring and praying for the sick, the anointing of the sick, the last rites and the preparation of the funeral and the persons wishes e.g. where they would like to be buried or have their ashes scattered etc. Some Christians believe so strongly that having a child is important, they will not use contraception to prevent a pregnancy from happening and would be prepared to have the baby under any circumstances. The Catholic Church doesn't recognise contraception as 'life is a gift from God'. ...read more.

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When the baby is born, many Christians would naturally want the child to be baptised as it is a celebration of a new life and welcoming the child into Gods community. God is present during the baptism and this is also special to the parents of the child because they feel that the child would be protected from evil. The baptismal ceremony is also very symbolic, which is also very special. Also some Christian families believe that it is very important to teach a child the Christian values from a very early age and to take their children to church. Before and at the end of a persons life, many decisions have to be made about what is going to happen, by the relatives of the ill or deceased person. If a person is ill or is dying of an illness, Christians feel that it is their duty to go and visit the sick. They feel that this is a comfort to them and will mentally make them feel better. In Matthews Gospel the quote 'when I was sick you came to visit me' encourages Christians to follow in these footsteps and go and visit the sick in hospital or at home. ...read more.

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Christians have different views of a funeral. Many believe that it should be a celebration of a person's life, but on the other hand, other Christians think that it should be a sad occasion. The ceremony would be sad if somebody's life had been cut short tragically, but most Christians feel that a funeral should be both a celebration of a life and a sad occasion. It would be customary to have a gravestone placed where the deceased had been buried with a positive quote written on it. Ashes would either be sprinkled in the persons favourite place or be kept in a graveyard and a small plaque would be put where the ashes are with the name of the person etc. The anniversary of the death or the birthday would be remembered as well. The family may want to dedicate a mass, offer prayers, visit the grave or do something special on the anniversary. Christians have a big responsibility at the beginning and the of a life. The church teaches the Christian values from a early age and they stick with the person who has been taught them till the end of their life. One of the important values is 'love thy neighbour', which is followed through many important stages in life. ...read more.

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