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

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AO1: Explain what Christians believe about the sanctity of human life, especially their responsibility for those at the beginning and end of life. Use bible passages and Christian Church teaching to support your answer. The Sanctity of Human life promotes the belief that God gives the gift of life and that human beings should not end it. Life is a gift that has been given to us by God and that therefore it is sacred and cannot be altered by anyone other than God. These views can be determined by other factors such as compassion. Some people believe that human life is to be respected above all other forms of life. Regarding human life as sacred means, it is to be treated as holy and so everything should be done to preserve it. In the Catechism of the Catholic Church 2258, it clearly states that 'no one can claim for himself the right directly to destroy an innocent human being.' ...read more.

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Modern science tells us that a baby in its womb can hear very well and so have some of the characteristics of a human. It tells us that life begins at conception and not when the baby is born. The baby is alive, and so God is living inside it, some therefore believe that God is in us from the very beginning. Genesis 1: 26-27, and Lk 12: 4-7, both tells us that people are part of God. "God created man in his image and likeness" this tells us that God makes everyone in his own image and so we are special to God. Many believe that God made the world for humans before he created them; this means that we are sacred. We should therefore protect everyone, because everyone is God. Life is not there to be taken away, either old or new. God gave life and only he can take it away, so it is our duty to protect it from the beginning to the end. ...read more.

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God decides when we are supposed to die. The teaching from the apostle Paul' you are the temple of the Holy Spirit" gives one a reason to argue that this would force some Christians to believe that life should be regarded as sacred to the end. It does not loose any value or importance with age. However others may also believe that free will is very important in the decision of whether a man wishes to die or not. For some Christians, ending another human's life is wrong because it means that you are ending a life in which God lives, but the diverse view is that in certain circumstances it may be ended as God allowed everyone free will in which they could make their own decisions. There are a variety of different beliefs within Christianity itself ranging from beliefs from the bible "Do not kill" to that compassion determine how one should be treated from the beginning to the end of life. AQA Specification A Religion Coursework Joseph Leadbetter 1 ...read more.

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