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"Explain the beliefs that Christians have about their responsibility for people at the beginning and end of their lives" Christians believe that all life is a gift from God and no

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Emma Partington AO1: "Explain the beliefs that Christians have about their responsibility for people at the beginning and end of their lives" Christians believe that all life is a gift from God and no Christian should ever encourage other people to take lives. Human life is, according to them, precious and sacred. All human beings are equal in God's sight and no person or group of people is inferior to another and equal respect must be given to the very young and the very old. The Bible teaches that no one has he right to end the life of another human being, before nature (or God as Christians believe) does. The Christian Church believes that God alone should determine a person's moment of conception as well as their moment of death. Many people, in the church and out, speculate on when human life begins. Most Roman Catholics and Evangelicals believe that life starts as soon as conception occurs. They deem that the moment that the egg is fertilised the foetus is a human being with the same rights as any other. Lots of liberal Catholics disagree with this theory but Evangelicals are more likely to stick to their beliefs, unlike a catholic, because they have chosen to become one, whereas Catholics are usually born into their faith. ...read more.

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(Psalm 139:13) Also in Psalm 139, it says: "Before I was born God saw my unformed body" This extract shows that while the foetus is in the womb its body is its own, 'my body', and not for anybody else to make decisions about. Here it says that God knows a person when they are in the womb: "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart" (Jeremiah 1:5) No denomination of the Christian Church encourages abortion and most say that it should only ever be used in emergencies, however the Roman Catholic Church believes it is never justified. The Roman Catholic Church have a ban on contraception and they say sexual organs, eggs and sperm are for the production of children, and sexual pleasure should come secondary within a marriage. However, contrary to this religious law within the church, liberal Catholics ignore it, seeming it to be old fashioned and a health risk, which is the view that most in the Anglican Church take. When an Anglican couple gets married, sexual love is stressed in the vows; they believe that sex is firstly unitive. On the other hand, when a catholic person gets married, sexual love is not stressed in the vows; they believe sex is firstly procreative. ...read more.

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This has only just recently become legal and many think it is the beginning of a slippery slope to euthanasia becoming fully legal in the UK. The Roman Catholic Church upholds the belief that life can only be ended by Euthanasia if the dose of painkillers needed to end the pain is also the amount which would kill the patient. The Bible instructs that one person must not take the life of another in any way: "You shall not murder" (Exodus 20:13) It also teaches that life is sacred, and the majority of Christians take this to mean at all stages of life, including the end: "Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit" (1 Corinthians 6:19) Most liberal Christians also believe that it is not necessary to go to extraordinary lengths to keep someone alive if they have no hope of recovery. Most Christians think that there are better ways than euthanasia to help a person die with decorum, such as a Hospice. Hospices are places where people who are terminally ill can go to live permanently, or for short breaks. Overall, the majority of Christians believe that either abortion is to be avoided or is never justified and Euthanasia should never be made fully legal. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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