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Explain the different views/beliefs Christians hold about the Sanctity of life, and their responsibility for those at the beginning and end of life.

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Abortion and Euthanasia A01: Explain the different views/beliefs Christians hold about the Sanctity of life, and their responsibility for those at the beginning and end of life. Christians hold many different views about the sanctity of life and their responsibility for those at the beginning and at the end of their life, which is connected to the debate over the views of abortion and euthanasia. The Sanctity of life is the belief that human life is sacred because God creates Human life, because Human life is sacred, this means that life is precious. The Christian church teaches life is a sacred gift from God as he is our creator. Seeing that God created us and is the giver of life, this entitles him to be the only one to take life away, and that no one has the right to take life away only God. God is the lord of life and we are his creations and we must protect the life that he has given us therefore if there are ways a person can be kept alive then they should be. Life is special because we were created in the image of God and if we were mistreated it would be no better then to mistreat God. This quote from the bible is proof of us being made in Gods image: Then God said, "Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over ...read more.


It is important to know when life begins as it is vital to know when life should be protected which helps to decide on moral issues such as Abortion, contraception and Euthanasia. The different views/beliefs of abortion The Roman Catholic teachings on abortion is that the church says that abortion should not be allowed under any circumstances, because even while the baby is still very tiny and still hardly developed the baby growing in the womb is the beginning of a human life, and another human being should not end any life created by God at any stage of its development. All life is precious as the psalm quote above states that. The Catholic idea is that God had created us to love and be loved in his own image, as evidence of his love. For this reason abortion is the greatest evil. Also that the child should be put in an orphanage, instead of killing it, if the parent does not want it. The Church of England combines strong opposition to abortion, but recognises there can be an availability to abortion if it is strictly necessary, which mean that they have limited conditions to when abortion should be acceptable. They believe that God creates all life including life in the womb so it must be protected and not killed. The mother of the unborn child needs all possible understanding and help to her decision. ...read more.


"For Jesus had been telling the unclean spirit to come out of the man...So he gave them leave. The devils came out of the man and went into the pigs, the herd charged down the cliff into the lake and was drowned" Luke 8:26-33 Jesus' teaching was that we should look after each other, he did not agree with voluntary euthanasia, as we read. Simons Mother in law was sick in bed with a fever and as soon as Jesus arrived he was told about her. He went to her took her by the hand and helped her up. The fever left her and she began to wait on them. (Matthew 2 30-31) Jesus did not believe in euthanasia as he healed her and did not kill her. In conclusion I think that the Christian views/beliefs are of the sanctity of life are very similar and do not have a substantial difference, as some views may be more lenient then others as others may be more strict. Although their views on the responsibility of those at the beginning and the end of there lives may be slightly different, they once again have the same basic beliefs, and I think that all Christians know their responsibility for others by the previous teachings of the bible and that we should follow some of those teachings to this day. Ritatsu Thomas 1 ...read more.

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