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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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Explain the beliefs Christians hold about their responsibility for those at the beginning and end of their life. All Christians recognise the sacredness of human life from the beginning of life (the moment of conception) to the end (the moment of natural death). This is why in most cases of abortion and euthanasia are not accepted. Evidence from the bible and church teaching convey that human life is special and should be protected at all costs. Most Christians accept that human life must be respected from the moment of conception. " You created every part of me; you put me in my mother's womb. I praise you because you are to be feared; all you do is strange and wonderful. I know it with all my heart. When my bones where being formed, carefully put together in my mother's womb, when I was growing there in secret, you knew that I was there - you saw me before I was born." (Psalm 139:13-16) "When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby moved within her. Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and said in a loud voice, "You are the most blessed of all women, and blessed is the child you will bear! Why should this great thing happen to me, that my Lord's mother comes to visit me? For as soon as I heard your greeting, the baby within me jumped with gladness." (Luke 1:41-44) Both these passages from the Bible clearly indicate that the baby in the mother's womb is really a human being. These examples confirm the lessons that, "there is complete continuity between life inside and life outside the womb, that the unborn person is regarded as a person, and that the moment is the point at which the beginning of human life is to be found." ...read more.

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It is the right of the disabled person to decide for himself or herself if they have lives worth living. A disabled person would rather not be disabled. But this does not mean that they would rather be dead. The main argument against abortion is that it is murder. It is the murder of a human being who has done nothing wrong - an innocent human being. Even worse, it is the murder of a human being who can not defend him or herself. Scientific tests prove that the foetus can hear sounds, feel pain and his or her heart is beating after three weeks. A situation in which Christians think abortion is the correct thing to do is if the woman has become pregnant as a result of being raped. In a circumstance such as this Christians think that it is immoral to encourage her to continue with the pregnancy, give birth and rear the child of a man who took advantage of her. Doing this would mean that she would be living with the constant reminded of the trauma he had put her through. Another situation in which Christians think that abortion is justified is if the pregnancy is continued there will be a risk to the life of the pregnant woman. It may be that the woman may already have other children who are dependant on and those children will deprived of a mother if she dies. It is the view of some people that in a case such as this that abortion is the lesser of two evils. A third reason why some Christians may agree with abortion is if there is a risk that the child may be handicapped. ...read more.

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Voluntary euthanasia may be showing mercy but it is saving life. Abortion has been legalised in certain countries and has got completely out of control. Christians worry about euthanasia becoming legal because problems such as the people's moral conscience will change. Gradually people will accept it as normal. Once medics begin killing the guilt will fade away. Once society accepts it, where will it lead? For example, will all babies born with certain conditions be allowed to die? But people who do not believe in the Christian teaching may not think that this will happen. When a Christian feels strongly about an issue like abortion or euthanasia and know why they are wrong then it is import that they educate others. In the case of girls having abortions very often they don't fully understand what an abortion is or may not have been told about the alternatives to abortion. It is important that people are given the facts at least before making decisions. In his teaching, Christ asked the disciples to spread the Good News through out the whole human race. Christians today should follow the example, which was set by the disciples. In the parable of "A lamp under a Bowl" Jesus says the following: "Whatever is hidden away will be brought out into the open, and whatever is covered up will be uncovered." (Mark 4:22) What Jesus meant by this is if people know the teaching of the Christian Church that they should share it with others, as it may be useful to them instead of keeping it to themselves. In conclusion Christians should not try to make others accept their opinion but at least give them the facts about important issues. We should try to persuade others at least to listen to the Christian teaching and then make their decision. ...read more.

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