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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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Skill 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 that God has given them the gift of life so therefore no one but God has the authority to end life or prevent new life. Exodus 20:13, "you shall not murder", is an important biblical passage to the 'sanctity of human life.' It tells Christians initially that euthanasia, abortion and capital punishment are wrong although it is more complicated than that. Abortion is not mentioned in the Bible but the passage above does convey that it is wrong and you are sinning. In Luke 1:41 it shows Christians that Elizabeth's baby was alive and so if you were to have an abortion you would be destroying life. Christians have strong views on abortion and different denominations have different opinions. Roman Catholics believe that falling pregnant is a gift from God and abortion is unacceptable in all cases. They also believe that life begins at conception so abortion is murder. Other Christian denominations also believe this and are pro-life. The Church of England disagrees with abortion but gives exceptions in extreme circumstances such as the mother's health is at risk. ...read more.

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as well as to the practical ways that Christians might offer support. Abortion is an emotional issue in today's life and Christians have strong views on the subject. Different denominations and organisations have different views. This would affect their support and advice to others. Roman Catholic and Orthodox Church attitude to abortion is that it destroys God's creation and is wrong in all cases. Therefore they want to have their response heard and do this in protests and appeals to the government. In Jeremiah 1:5 it says "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you." Roman Catholics therefore believe that life begins at the moment of conception so no matter how early in the pregnancy you have an abortion it is still morally wrong, which is the mainly why they want to make it illegal again. Most Catholics are pro-choice which would affect their attitude. The Church of England and Protestant Church also agree that abortion is wrong but feel that in extreme situations it is allowed. They respond to different situations in different ways. Their attitude focuses on the mother's health as well or even more as the foetus'. In the case where a child has been conceived by rape their attitude is that it might not be loved and love is essential in ones life. ...read more.

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Others, agreeing with the statement, could say that they are not showing Christian compassion and it is only God who has the right to judge a person. Our community is of mixed religions and so people should not have to accept or even listen to Christian's views. Everyone is entitled to free choice and so therefore don't have to listen to what others think which consists of Christians as well. If others should respect a Christian's position, shouldn't they respect others. This means when giving their views they should take other people's beliefs into consideration. One could argue that everyone has the right of free speech including Christians. Some Christians believe that those who are in certain circumstances should have every point of view so that they can make the right choice. Christians for Free Choice believe this. Other Christians feel that there are people out there who feel they have no other choice and as Christians they need to stick up for the defenceless. Another reason why Roman Catholics give their opinion on euthanasia as it might become legal which is a worry as they strongly oppose euthanasia. I believe that everyone has the right to express their view and Christians should have that same right but that does not mean they have the right to make others accept that view. I also think that if Christians want their views heard then they should listen to the opposing peoples' views. ...read more.

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