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

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Sanctity of Life Coursework AO1-Explain the beliefs Christians hold about their responsibility for those at the beginning and of their lives. Christians believe that human beings do hold responsibility for those at the beginning and end of their lives. Christians believe that God can be the only one who takes life away because he is the only one able to give life. I am going to be talking about abortion and euthanasia. Abortion comes at the beginning of life and it means expulsion from the womb, in other words the baby has been murdered. It goes against the teachings of God. As does euthanasia, which comes at the end of life. The literal interpretation of this means an easy death. Although people who commit this sin believe they do it as a mercy killing. Christians believe that life starts from the moment of conception and is precious and sacred till the moment of natural death. We look to evidence from the bible about abortion, as to tell us what to think about this highly sensitive subject. ...read more.


She went into Zechariah's house and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby stirred in her womb...". This represents how in Christianity that we realise how babies even if there in the womb, are still living things. This shows that life begins at conception as the baby moved in reaction to the presence of Mary. All in all, I think this definitely shows that Christians, Jesus and god are all against abortion. This is all proven in the points made above, which come from the bible. There is also help to understand Christian views on abortion in the catechism of the Catholic Church. It quotes "human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognised as having the rights of a person". This quite clearly explains itself, but just to reiterate it tells us that an unborn baby should have the same rights as a child who is already born. The Christian view of euthanasia is strongly against it. ...read more.


The healing miracles also only occurred when people showed true faith. We can learn from these that we should turn to God in prayer when we are ill and maybe we ourselves could be healed. Even if this does not occur we will at least be given the strength and courage to face the illness or even death. We can recognise that a life is still important to God no matter what stage of life we are at and that a gift of life should not be dismissed or destroyed. One of the Ten Commandments is "thou shall not kill", which appears in Exodus 20:13. I mention this because the person, who helps the sick person die, is basically committing murder because they are killing someone. Therefore come judgement day were we get judged on three things. The person who commits murder will have failed on two, love and service to God and also love for your neighbour. This again says that God is being disobeyed. Finally, I think I can firmly say that on the basis of the bible evidence Christians do hold responsibility for those at the beginning and end of their lives, therefore, issues such as abortion and euthanasia should not be acceptable to them. ...read more.

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