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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 life is sacred because it comes from God and hence should be respected and used in a way that God wanted us to use it. In Genesis we are told how everything is created from God, which means that life, is a gift to us from God and we are told in Genesis just what Gods perfect image is and also that God has a plan for each of us. Human life is precious and special to God and as it is a gift from God so we should try and please him in what we do. "God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him" We learn in the Ten Commandments that life should be respected. They are an outline on how to threat God and other people in everyday life. Jesus told the rich young man that to inherit eternal life he must keep the commandments. Christians believe that a foetus is a new life from the moment of conception. The beginning of life is mentioned in Jeremiah 1V5 "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, Before you were born I set you apart; I Appointed you as a prophet to the nations." ...read more.

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There is a special sacrament for the sick to give them strength and healing to the whole person, including full recovery if that is Gods will. Also it reminds Catholics of the suffering of Jesus and invites the sick person to share in his suffering. Jesus himself died with a very painful death that he did not fight against and also he freely was nailed to the cross and he was crucified the crowd mocked him but yet he did not react to them. He let a cry out to God for support and help. "Eloi, Eloi lama sabacthani?" Many Christians believe that God raised Jesus to new life. The Christians have a belief that all those who are faithful will share in the resurrection of Jesus and therefore this is was very important in the life of the church as it means that death is not something to be afraid or scared of because it is rather like a new start or a fresh beginning. From this Christians should learn that death is not the end and it isn't something to worry about as Jesus himself wasn't afraid to die or did not prolong his death. Christians therefore should die in the hope of a new beginning in a happy way. ...read more.

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or to interfere with when life ends (Euthanasia). All the Catholic Churches beliefs come from the bible and also from Jesus by his teaching and example he shows us his life without sin and this is for us to follow and lead our good Christian life. Others don't agree with the Catholic Church teachings like when Abortion is spoken upon they don't believe that life begins at the moment of conception and they therefore feel that abortion may be acceptable and that it is not wrong at all to have an abortion and they may believe that it is up to the mother as it is her body and she has the right to decide what happens and what decisions are made are up to her. The Church of England has its own view on abortion that makes it right if the mother's life is under threat. "Although the foetus has to be specially respected and protected, nonetheless, the life of the foetus is not absolutely sacrosanct if it endangers the life of its mother." Euthanasia is another controversial issue and some Christians would support the voluntary euthanasia society called EXIT that supports euthanasia and would like the laws to be changed so that euthanasia would be made legal. They believe that the terminally ill person should be free to die if they are severely in pain. Darren Martin ...read more.

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