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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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Skill AO1) Explain the beliefs Christians hold about their responsibility for those at the beginning and end of their lives. Christians believe that all people are created in the image of God and are equal in Gods sight. Therefore everyone should be treated equally and have equal rights and not be treated cruelly. The first basic right to everyone is the right to life. "Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person." (Article 3) "No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment." (Article 5) The Catholic Church teaches that life begins at conception, so abortion is always wrong. Abortion is the premature expulsion of a foetus from the womb. Women that want an abortion undergo an operation to kill the foetus that is living inside the womb. The Catholic Church states that the natural law is that life begins when the ovum is fertilised, as there is an unbroken continuum from conception to birth. It is wrong to take someone's life therefore it is wrong to have an abortion. As Catholics we are raised up in the church and thought about the Ten Commandments and we shall follow these commandments, if we are to be loyal to our religion, our faith, God and our basic human rights. ...read more.

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Euthanasia ends the life of a person, by the help or aid of another person. Human life must be respected from the womb to the tomb, we as humans do not have the right to take a persons life into our own hand and do Gods work. God decides when a person should be brought into the world and when a person should leave the world. Skill AO2) Faced with the issues you have chosen, explain the different ways Christians might respond. Some Christians believe that abortion is acceptable if a woman becomes pregnant as a result of a rape. In such a circumstance, it would not be right to expect her to continue with the pregnancy if she did not want to. Giving birth and brining up a child of a man who had violated her. She would be living with a constant reminder of the trauma she had gone through. Of course the mother could have the child adopted and save the child's life, but the emotional strain of carrying and bearing a child conceived through rape and then giving it up, is probably greater than the strain of having an abortion. ...read more.

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So in this respect, I would disagree with the statement. As a Christian I am brought up to believe that life is a precious gift from God, and that it should be respected and protected from the womb to the tomb. God has planned out our life, only he knows when we will die and we should not change his plans. The fifth commandment says you shall not kill, this is our guide, and it leads us to respect all forms of life at every stage of existence. I must show respect and dignity, as we try to preserve life and not take it. When people perform an abortion they are actually taking the life of someone. The baby in the womb has no voice, as a Christian I have to speak out for the decorum and well-being of this unique individual when it is under threat. Every living organism deserves their own right to live in the kingdom of God, just as God wants them to, so we have no right of denying any person of a life. If the child is unwanted, there are many other options to deal with the problem. Adoption is one of them, this way the child can still live. Life is a gift from God this gift should not be abused or misused. ...read more.

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