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Explain what Christians believe about the 'sanctity of human life' and especially their responsibility for those at the beginning and those at the end of life. Use bible passages and Christian church teaching to support your answer.

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RE Coursework Tom Brown AO1: Explain what Christians believe about the 'sanctity of human life' and especially their responsibility for those at the beginning and those at the end of life. Use bible passages and Christian church teaching to support your answer. Christians believe God created everything, as God created life it is therefore sacred. God has created us all in his own image, Genesis 1:26-27 'so god created man in his own image'. Killing anyone is directly hurting God, as we are part of him. Life is a gift from God and should not be just thrown away but preserved and cared for. The beginning of life has been valued highly since Jesus' time, it is said in Lk 12:4-7 'the very hair on your head are numbered' which shows that God cares for us all greatly and that life is not just a physical body, God is in us. ...read more.

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Jesus healed all people not just the young, he knew that everyone is equal no matter there illness or age. For example he cured lepers, which was incurable, the people at the time thought they where sinners destine to die. This shows everybody has a purpose and meaning, they should not die so willingly. Everyone has the holy spirit, killing a person destroys that link with God. This is also disobeying the ten commandments 'you shall not kill'. It shows us that God doesn't want us to kill each other but preserve life up till the end. The patient who has stated he wants euthanasia to end his suffering and stop the pain that he could be going though. God gave us free will and the ability to make rational choices about our lives, these choices could be clouded by pain. ...read more.

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She believes in the sanctity of life, everything should live or die when God decides. 'If we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people not to kill one another?' She is saying here that abortion is murder and severly wrong. Her work with the dieing in hospices shows respect and dignity towards human life to its very end. In conclusion human life is sacred. It should be preserved and cared for no matter what the situation. I think abortion is wrong in almost every case except if the mother is in danger of dying as well as the baby. The Catholic Church aims to preserve life no matter what situation. Its precise beliefs are set out in the Catechism. 'Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion.' ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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