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'Explain what Roman Catholics believe about the sanctity of life.'

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'Explain what Roman Catholics believe about the sanctity of life.' The 'Sanctity of life' is the idea that all human life is sacred. This means that it should be treated with respect, and should not be thought of as something that can be destroyed at will. Christians believe that everyone has a divine spark given by God, and therefore we should look after life. This has relevance with moral issues today such as abortion, where a foetus is terminated before it is born, and because Christians believe life begins at conception terminating the foetus is murder. Euthanasia is Greek for an easy death. It is where a person either asks to be helped to die, by taking an overdose of drugs for example. The other way is when a person is too ill to make a decision of their own and so they are helped to die. The Roman Catholic Church is opposed to this. ...read more.

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The Church says embryo research is okay if no embryos are discarded, because conception has happened so it is therefore a life. There are many ideas about the sanctity of life found in the bible as well. 'God created man in his own image; in the divine image he created him; male and female he created them.' Gen 1:26-27. This quote shows that we as humans have a responsibility for male and female must reproduce. This is the way God wanted it to be. The bible teaches that children are a blessing, 'be fertile and multiply.'Gen1:28. In 1 Corinthians 3:16-17, it says 'Our bodies are the temple of God's Holy Spirit.' This means that each of us is a temple of god, and the Holy Spirit lives in us all, and therefore every single one of us is sacred. The bible teaches life is a gift to be treasured. ...read more.

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to share in his own lordship over the world: "God blessed them, and God said to them, 'Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth"' (Gen 1:28).(Evangelium vitae). The term 'natural law' is indistinct. It refers to a type of moral theory, as well as to a type of legal theory. According to natural law ethical theory, the moral standards that govern human behavior are, in some sense, objectively derived from the nature of human beings. According to natural law legal theory, the authority of at least some legal standards necessarily derives, at least in part, from considerations having to do with the moral merit of those standards. There are a number of different kinds of natural law theories of law, differing from each other with respect to the role that morality plays in determining the authority of legal norms. ...read more.

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