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Explain the different beleifs Christians hold about the sanctity of life and their responsibility for those at the beginning and end of life.

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AO1. EXPLAIN THE DIFFERENT BELEIFS CHRISTIANS HOLD ABOUT THE SANCTITY OF LIFE AND THEIR RESPONSIBILITY FOR THOSE AT THE BEGINNING AND END OF LIFE. Christians believe in the sanctity of life. In short, life has been described as priceless, its value exceeding all other values. Christians believe that each individual has a right to life and everyone is created uniquely in their own way. In Psalm 139:13 and15 the Bible says, "You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother's womb...You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb" This is expressing that God made us, He also "knit" each part of us together, and took care of us even though we were still unborn. In 1Samuel 2:6, it says "the Lord brings both death and life..." He has also been described as the "Lord of life", this shows that God is the owner and giver of life and therefore, he is the only one with rights to take it away. ...read more.

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As we can see in Genesis 4:10, where God asks Cain, "What have you done?" after he killed his brother Abel. It is like a constant reminder that life is God's possession and property and as it is wrong to take another's belonging, it is also wrong to take a life given by God. Life must therefore be protected. Though, Christians believe in the protection of life, there is a disagreement on when one can say a creation posses life. The Roman Catholic Church believes that "Life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception..." -a statement from the 2nd Vatican Council. This means that from conception, the unborn, has the rights of a person, including the right to life. Other Christians believe that a foetus cannot be regarded as a living being until it has its first heartbeat. This is because in the bible, it says "for life of the flesh is in the blood:" (Leviticus17:11a). This is an arguable point as from the first heartbeat the first blood flows. However, there is no part of the scripture that mentions the first heart beat as a process of life in the womb. ...read more.

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On the other hand, the Church of Scotland holds a more conservative view than the Church of England towards the sanctity of life. They, like other churches, believe that life must be protected from conception. However, they also hold the view that the inviolability of life is indisputable except when the mother's life is threatened and all other alternatives have been exhausted. The subject of when life begins will affect when life needs to be protected. This will help society and Christians decide on moral issues such as abortion, contraception and euthanasia. In conclusion, we all, as Christians and also as humans, have a responsibility to look after life, ours and that of others around us. "From man in regard to his fellow man I will demand an accounting for human life" (Genesis 9:5). God, in his word calls us to show respect care and concern for life, especially when life is most vulnerable- at beginning of it and at the end of it. Christians should look after the unborn and the dying as they still possess life and the rest of us Christians are accountable for their lives to God. Onyi 11EA ...read more.

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