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

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A01- Explain the beliefs that Christians of different denominations hold about their responsibility for those at the end of their lives. Euthanasia is the practice of helping people who are seriously ill and in intolerable pain to die, either at their own request or by others deciding to take away life support. I will be looking at voluntary Euthanasia, where a terminally ill person asks for help from a doctor, relative or a friend to die with dignity. There are other names for voluntary Euthanasia and these include assisted suicide, mercy killing, and easy or gentle death. I will be discussing the beliefs of Christians on the issue of Euthanasia. In order to do this, I will be looking at the Old Testament and the New Testament exploring the actions of Jesus. Euthanasia is illegal in Britain. All Christians believe that life is sacred. Overall, Christians are against Euthanasia. ...read more.

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Psalm 139:13 says 'You created my inmost self, knit me together in my mother's womb.' This shows that we belong to God and therefore, our lives are equally important to God. The New Testament includes the two greatest commandments that Jesus gave. When Jesus was asked by a teacher of the law which commandment is the most important of all, Jesus replied to him, 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with your entire mind, and with all your strength.' He said that the second most important commandment is, 'Love your neighbor as you love yourself'. Mark 12: 28-34. Loving God includes keeping the Ten Commandments, including do not kill and by loving our neighbor as ourselves, we should treat them as we would like to be treated in that situation. 1 Timothy 5:8 says that 'Anyone who does not look after his own relations, especially if they are living with him, has rejected the faith and is worse than an unbeliever.' ...read more.

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As Christian belief is based on the bible, we should take notice of what is written. When addressing the issue of Euthanasia, we should refer to these bible texts, even though there are no direct links to Euthanasia in the Bible. We should use these texts to reflect on our responsibility to those who are at the end of their lives. A key Christian idea is Discipleship, which is following Jesus Christ. We should therefore follow his two greatest commandments in order to follow him. Genesis suggests that we are stewards of the earth; this means that it is our duty to look after each other which links back to Agape. The Catholic Church teaches that all forms of Euthanasia are wrong. They believe that Euthanasia is wrong because it is a form of murder. They believe that people are taking the role of God upon themselves which is a sin. God decides when to take a human's life and we should not interfere with that process. Many Catholics regard switching off a life-support direct Euthanasia. ?? ?? ?? ?? Georgia Wright 10a ...read more.

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