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Explain the beliefs Christians hold about their responsibilities for those at the beginning and ends of their lives.

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Explain the beliefs Christians hold about their responsibilities for those at the beginning and ends of their lives. As Christians we believe and follow Christ's belief. Christians have many beliefs, but the most important are those at the beginning and end of their lives .For these responsibilities we look to the bible and the church for advice too see what god would have done in that situation of responsibility. "So go created human beings, making them to be like himself"(Genesis 1:27). These responsibilities Christians hold at the beginning and end of heir lives are awfully important, which are God given. At the beginning of a Christian's life as a foetus, or an embryo, on must protect it, bring it up in a loving Christian environment and keep it in safe hands. At the ends of someone's life when there duty is done one must care for them mourn for them and organise a funeral. These responsibilities show the sanctity of life. "God dwells in us, we are his temple." (Corinthians 3:16-17) In the beginning of someone's life there is the massive debate about abortion. It is debatable whether abortion is murder or not or when life begins. ...read more.

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Also Genesis 1 states humans are special and it is not up to us to take it away life, but the decision of God. These responsibility's all lead to protect the sanctity of life, how sacred life is and that we must protect it because all life is God Given and should not be destroyed. Abortion and Euthanasia: Faced with the issues you have chosen, explain the different ways Christians might respond. Christians throughout the world have many different views about the rights of abortion and euthanasia. This is because the descriptions of abortion and euthanasia in the bible are so bleak and therefore the different denominations have chosen their own views on abortion and euthanasia. The Roman Catholic is probably the denomination most against abortion. They believe that " abortion ahs been considered to be murder since the first centuries of the church, and nothing permits it to be considered otherwise" (Pope Paul VI). This view is also shown by the Church of England. They believe that " the foetus should be specially respected and protected". These strong beliefs of abortion are backed up by the fact that the earliest surviving Christian document states, "you shall not kill by abortion, the fruit of the womb and you shall not murder the infant already born". ...read more.

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Euthanasia is also a very controversial topic, with the Roman Catholic completely against it. They have released numerous statements around the topic of euthanasia and is considered "a grave violation of law of God". Euthanasia is when someone has reached a point in his life there hid or her life is no longer worth Living. This applies to people who have minds which are so deteriorated they are helpless and unable to live with any dignity at all and those who are brainstem dead- who have no hope of recovering consciousness but whose bodies are still, technically, alive. One must then consider compassion, which would move people to alleviate pain and suffering - Jesus looked to help all those in need or who suffered. Also death for Christians is not the end, for God awaits us in heaven. Nevertheless Life is sacred and God-given: only God can decide the end of life. To allow euthanasia risks vulnerable people being "put-down" at the whim of their families or the medical profession. What's more is that when facing euthanasia, you have shown great courage and faith, following the example of Christ. To conclude, I myself believe in the statement, "God gave life, and only God can take it away" Anthony Beresford Page 1 08/05/2007 ...read more.

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