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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. Many Christians believe that God created the earth in seven days and on the fifth day; he created man as it says: "Then God said, 'And now we will make human beings; they will be like us and resemble us. They will have power over the fish, the birds and all the animals, domestic and wild, large and small. So God created human beings, making them to be like himself. He created them male and female, blessed them, and said, 'Have many children, so that your descendents will live all over the earth and bring it under their control. I am putting you in charge of the fish, the birds, and all the wild animals." (Genesis 1:26-28) Therefore, Christians believe that because God created us it is the basic belief that all human life is sacred and we hold responsibility for our world and the responsibility to protect others form evil especially the vulnerable. This is also emphasised by the Catholic teaching that: "Human life is sacred - everyone must recognise that fact." ...read more.

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Some Christians like the Protestants believe that life begins at week 14 so therefore the termination of a child before this stage would not be classed as killing an unborn child but the removal of a bundle of cells. Catholics on the other hand are much more firm in their beliefs believing that life begins at conception so this would be murder and the breaking of the sixth commandment. "Every human life, from the moment of conception until death, is sacred because the human person has been wiled for its own sake in the image and the likeness of the living and holy God." (Catechism of the Catholic Church) For the people who live by the teachings of the Christian church they must plan their families to ensure that they do not have an unwanted child. For many people this results in contraception. The Catholic Church and many other Christians prohibit all contraceptives. The church teaches that sex before marriage is wrong because sex should only be undertaken in marriage: "All sexual intercourse in marriage should be natural and open to the possibility of a new human life. ...read more.

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Then surely the kindest thing would be to not bring them into the world in the first place. We can also prevent our quality of life being poor when we become ill, when we are healthy we can sign a living will which would mean that doctors could decide not to treat you any more. Christians disagree with the living will because they believe that the sanctity of life is being destroyed and that we are in danger of not trusting our doctors. By looking at the arguments given I think that we must also recognise that all people have the right to choose and in the modern world, which is rife with conflict, we should be able to express our own opinions and carry out actions as we see fit whether or not other people agree with them. Many people believe that since our Christian attitudes were written hundreds of years ago for a different society that they cannot be relevant to our society today. We are a modern secular society that recognises the peoples right to choose not be forced to follow ancient Christian commandments. GCSE Coursework - Religious Studies Bethan McIlroy ...read more.

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