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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. Every Christian believes that human life is sacred and that it must be respected as God has given it to us. Christians discourage Abortion and Euthanasia because these show a lack of respect to the revered gift of life. Groups such as SPUC (Society for the Protection of the Unborn child) aims to "defend and promote the existence and value of human life from the moment of conception" are a brilliant example of Christians who respect life. It must be realised that respect for human life is not just a value of Christians. Many other religions accept life as a sacred thing that should not be destroyed by man. ...read more.

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He defended those who were downtrodden or resented. We too must follow his path by defending the young at their birth and the elderly near their death. Christians aim to protect the child from the moment of conception, due to this abortion is regarded as wrong, abortion is defined as "the deliberate termination of a pregnancy" by Joanne Cleave. The Second Vatican Council regard crimes against life such as abortion as abominable. We should therefore protect the unborn as this is God's will for us. According to Pope John Paul II, "every child is in some way a sign of the hope of humanity". All Christians should remember this when regarding abortion. According to Cleaves Voluntary Euthanasia "takes place when a patient who is dying or who is in intolerable pain asks someone to help him or her to die to avoid any further suffering". ...read more.

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Jesus reminded his disciples that they should expect to face suffering but in return they would gain eternal life, In MK 8:34-35 he says "If anyone would come after me he must deny himself, take up his cross and follow me". In conclusion at our baptism we are given a vocation in life to follow. We undertake responsibilities and we agree to fulfil them. Every Christian has a different vocation to fulfil but one that we all share in common is that we must help others at the beginning and end of their lives. Jesus taught that God looked after each of us, this is evident in Mt 10:29-30 when Jesus said, "Are not two sparrows sold for a penny! Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your father. And even the very hairs on your head are all numbered." ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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