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

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AO1 Explain the beliefs Christians hold about their responsibility for those at the beginning and end of their lives All Christians believe that life is a gift from God! As Pope Paul V1 says "life is sacred and all men must recognise that fact" On this earth God values everything! From a grain of salt, to a human being. In the eyes of God an unborn child is not a foetus! But a living, breathing child. Although the child cannot speak it still has the same dignity and rights as any human who can speak for themselves and who have entered the world! Jesus said; " Unless you become a child you can not come to me." This quote means that if we didn't start off with the innocence and purity of a child we wouldn't be able to enter the Kingdom of God because to enter the Kingdom of God you need to be pure in body, mind and soul. ...read more.

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The Roman Catholic view of abortion is if you have an abortion you are breaking the Fifth Commandment ' Do not KILL'. In other words you are committing murder. Roman Catholics believe life begins at conception not at birth. In 1968, Pope Paul V1 wrote in a Human Vitae that it was a rule for Roman Catholics that abortion was wrong and that they should not have an abortion because it would be going behind the great, strong belief of the church on that matter. Although the Roman Catholic Church is strict about abortion because it is committing murder and breaking one of the main commandments the Church of England shares different views. They do strongly oppose to the procedure-taking place, but unlike the Roman Catholic Church they feel there can be strictly limited conditions under which it may be morally preferable for the procedure to take place. An example of this might be that there would be a good chance that the unborn child would not survive birth for whatever reason. ...read more.

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Suffering is a normal part of life. Jesus suffered on the cross for many hours to open the gates of heaven for those who believed in him. He always knew what was going to happen to him. He could have fled at any time. But he didn't. He stayed on earth until it was his time to leave. This is exactly what we as Christians should do. Stay on earth until our time is up. Until we are ready to enter into the Kingdom of God. We as Christians also believe we should never disobey God. But this is exactly what we are doing when we commit abortion or euthanasia, because by doing these two things we are ending a human beings life before their time. We as Christians also have a responsibility to the unborn child and to the dying person. We have the responsibility of keeping the unborn child from harm and death and we have the responsibility of keeping the dying person alive until his last day on earth has arrived. Word count 1002 includind quotes Ciara Devlin 11F R.E Coursework AO1 ...read more.

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