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Explain the beliefs Christians hold about the beginning and end of life.

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Jenni Terry Explain the beliefs Christians hold about the beginning and end of life. By looking at the Bible we can see that from the beginning of time not everyone believed in the same thing, this is true even today, Christians understand the Bible in many different ways. Looking at the beliefs Christians hold about the beginning and of life is very complex. This is because each individual Christian has different beliefs, this can depend of their own interpretation of the Bible, what their church or denomination teaches and their own personal experience. The key beliefs that each Christian follows are: * Life is sacred * Life has a purpose * Life is God given * All life deserves respect * Life should not be destroyed I will describe what Christians believe about the beginning and end of life and support each belief with the relevant Bible or church teachings. ...read more.


Some Christians use this bible teaching to support their beliefs that God does in fact plan our lives and has done so, even before we were born. Another interpretation is that we are all put on this earth for a purpose and we should try our best to find out what that is and to fulfil it. This is why most Roman Catholics disagree with abortion and anyone who commits suicide. In the Bible it tells us (Psalm 139 v13) "You created every part of me", and (Genesis 1 v27) "So God created human beings, making them to be like himself." Most Christians but not all use this Bible teaching to support their belief that all life is God given and the fact that God decides when it begins and ends. Another interpretation is that every human being is an exact image of God and is therefore sacred. ...read more.


The Bible supports this in saying "If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him." " You yourselves are his temple." Corinthians 3 v16-17. Also "Do not commit murder", Exodus 20 v13. These Bible quotes should defiantly be interpreted to mean that under no circumstance should human life be destroyed. This is why most traditional Christians believe abortion and Euthanasia is wrong. By looking at the Bible and explaining the beliefs Christians hold about the beginning and end of life, we can see that all human life is meant to be respected and kept sacred. We can also see life is precious and holy to God and that he put us all on this earth for a special reason, he should decide when we are ready to be born or die. Christianity believes that all life is of value and because we are made in God's image, that life should not be harmed or destroyed. ...read more.

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