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Explain the beliefs Christians hold about their responsibility for those at the beginning and end of their life.

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Charlotte Ralph-Lewis Explain the beliefs Christians hold about their responsibility for those at the beginning and end of their life. Genesis 1, the first story we find in the Bible, tells us about the creation of the universe and the origin of the human race. It is first and foremost an account of what God has done. It begins with the affirmation that God created the universe and it ends with the promise that He will continue to show his concern for people. Although the creation story is one of the most debated and controversial issues in the Bible, one thing is clear to Christians, that God made our world and on the sixth day he created humans, Adam and Eve, and that the whole of humanity has descended from them. ...read more.

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Christian stewardship is about looking after the world for God. This refers back again to Genesis 1 as many Christians see the principle of stewardship here- God told Adam and Eve to "Rule over the fish and the birds of the air and every other creature that moves on the ground" This shows that even from the very beginning God gave humans the responsibility of looking after the world on His behalf. This is demonstrated again in later chapters of Genesis as the story of the human race unfolds, that with rights He has given us to live in the world, comes responsibilities. Later, God began to give specific environmental rules such as those in Exodus 23, and Deuteronomy when God explains crop rotation. ...read more.

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This is highlighted in the Good Samaritan story in which Jesus helped a man out of the gutter, while other passers-by tried to ignore him and put him down. He tried to improve the lives of those less fortunate and in three cases gave life back, to give people another chance. This was in the cases of Jiruses' daughter, a widow's son and Lazarus' story. Christians have a strong emphasis on the beginning of life and some denominations celebrate it with a big ceremony. More emphasis is given to the importance of the beginning of life in the descriptive story of Jesus' own birth in the bible. Christians also hold the belief that even after physical death we still have a spiritual eternal life. We return to the creator, which is all part of His plan. He gave us life and so He decides when to take it away. ...read more.

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