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

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A01 Religion Coursework Question: Explain the beliefs that Christians hold about their responsibility for those at the beginning and end of their lives. Answer: Christians strongly believe that baby's should be baptised at a young age. Baptism is one of the seven sacraments of the church. In the sacraments we receive gifts and strength from god. We cannot see this grace and strength but ordinary things that are giving a special meaning represent it for us. These are called symbols; one of the symbolism baptisms is the water. The water is dangerous but also life giving. The symbolism in baptism is that sin is drowned out. The baby is therefore washed away from sin. Also we see the oil being used for two purposes in baptism. It is marked for a special task and also to give the baby strength to fight sin and be a good Christian. In baptism we also see the baby wearing a white garment. This is to symbolise a new creation and make the baby free of sin. ...read more.

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The church imposes the canonical penalty of excommunication for this crime against human life. 'They cast out demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them' this was taken from marks gospel. This passage show that the very first Christians anointed the sick, and the Catholic Church follows this ancient practice by a priest rubbing olive oil on those who are sick. Nowadays, the sacrament of the sick is given to people who are seriously ill or who have an illness which could be life threatening, are actually in danger of dying, or who have a long-term illness. The patient will be anointed on their forehead and hands. Oil is traditionally associated with strength, so it is a sign that a patient is being giving strength for their journey. An unconscious person may be giving this sacrament even thought there is no confession here but the church believes that in this case the sacrament forgives the persons sins, as long as they were truly repented Another disciple who talked and teached about the sacrament of the sick was James he said, ' Are any among you sick? ...read more.

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The church feels intentional euthanasia, whatever its forms or motives, is murder. It is gravely contrary to the dignity of the human person and to the respect due to the living god, his creator I myself feel strongly about the catholic religion but do feel euthanasia and abortion are all right in the right situation. I feel euthanasia is all right if the person is very sick and is going through a terrible lot of pain. And I feel that everyone has the right to decide what he or she should do with his or her life. Also I feel baptism is a must in the Christian religion. I feel baptism is the start of the baby's life in catholic religion and that it is a very big step. I also feel abortion is fine in the right circumstances, i feel it is all right if the baby inside the mother is sick and will live a life of always being sick. I also feel that if the baby is a risk to the mother's health that an abortion should be allowed. By: Christopher Mc Curry 12.A2 ...read more.

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