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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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Explain the beliefs Christians hold about their responsibility for those at the beginning and end of their lives. By definition the word life means a state of living beings, characterized by growth, reproduction, and response to stimuli; period between birth and death or between birth and the present time. Whether one is religious or not, as individuals in a society we appear to have a very high regard for human life. It is an individual and unique gift granted to every person. Although no two lives are the same we as humans are able to share our lives with others and thus creating an even more unique and for filling life experience. The one common factor that as a people we share regardless for individual circumstances is the gift of life. ...read more.

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You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honour God with your body " 1 Corinthians 6:16-20 In regards to the beginning of human life the Bible teaches "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart I appointed you a prophet to the nations" Jeremiah 1:5 One can take from this passage that God has a personal relationship with us from conception. The definition of abortion is the deliberate termination of a human pregnancy. Pro-choice groups believe that it is a woman's choice whether she wants go through with an abortion or not as it is their body and the life of the unborn child id yet to begin. ...read more.

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Christians believe that this is immoral, as only God should make decisions over death. "You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honour God with your body." Teachings in the Bible illustrate to Catholics that our lives should not be viewed as our own to do with as we please. We should regard our lives as a gift from God, our gift to God being what we make of it. Even in time of grave sickness, pain and/or suffering we must not take it upon ourselves to end a life, as it is not ours to take. The first commandment is; 'thou shalt not kill'. Christians are taught to have faith in God and to trust in His mercy and bernelavence. The issues raised by the act of euthanasia and abortion arise when debating the point at which life begins and how we judge where it should end. ...read more.

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