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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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Daniel Bonnici June/ July 2003 GCSE RE COURSEWORK: Decisions on Life and Living. Explain the beliefs that Christians hold about their responsibility for those at the beginning and end of their lives. This piece of coursework will deal mainly with the Christian beliefs and moral views on abortion and euthanasia. The word abortion means the death of a baby still in the womb and its removal from the mother's body. Its correct name is a "procured abortion" and this is when a foetus is deliberately killed and removed from the womb, with outside help, from a doctor for example. Euthanasia is the act of purposely making or helping someone die prematurely, instead of allowing it to happen naturally. It has many different meanings, depending on how it is "performed"; * Voluntary euthanasia is when a person chooses to die and asks for assistance from another person/ people for a painless death. ...read more.

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To Christians, the sacredness is seen especially in the life and death of Jesus Christ, and they believe that God sanctified human life by becoming human. The following quote comes from the Catechism of the Catholic Church: "Human life is sacred because from its beginning it involves the creative action of God and it remains forever in a special relationship with the Creator, who is its sole end." This gives the idea that if an un-natural death is "performed" then this is completely ruining and interfering with God's work. This next quote from the Bible, suggests that by killing a human being, that person is effectively also killing a part of God; "God created man in the image of himself, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them..." Genesis 1: 26. Anglicans believe that a foetus should be specially protected, as the Church of England stated in 1984, but that it was not sacrosanct, and this in a way would contrast to the catholic beliefs that life is sacred. ...read more.

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or the doctor, who will know its certain state of health. The same situation will apply to those suffering from a terminal illness, and euthanasia is an option. The decision of whether to carry out euthanasia will again, either be left up to the closest relative/ significant other or then the doctor/nurse/surgeon, or indeed if the patient is in an able state of mind, then he/she will make that choice. Most Christians take the belief that any person, whatever state of health they may have, should be given the right to life. Also in law, it is morally and ethically assumed that life is good and should be preserved. However, despite all of the disagreement on the issue the Roman Catholic Church tells us that we should support and help those who are considering having an abortion, and most Catholics will agree with this and do so. It is very obvious, that in society today there is much disagreement and contrast on when and why abortion or euthanasia should be carried out, and the different views and beliefs that people of different Christian religions have. ...read more.

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