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Religion courseowrk, sancity of human life, abortion and euthanasia

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AO1: Explain, with use to the Biblical and church teachings, what Christians believe about the "sanctity of human life." So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them," Be fruitful and increase in number, fill the earth and subdue it." The sanctity of human life is something that is to be respected. It is the appreciation of life itself and is something which the Catholic Church believes is a gift from god and that it is something that no one but God has the right to take it away. The origins of the Christian belief about the sanctity of human life can be seen in the bible; "Do you not know that you are God's Temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy that person. For God's temple is holy, and you are that temple." (1 Cor: 3:16-17) This quotation, from the book of Corinthians, suggests that to take the life of another human being is something that for God is a punishable crime and that the Sanctity of Human Life is to be kept sacred and holy. "Your body is the temple of the holy spirit", For this reason it would be wrong and against Christian teaching to commit suicide or to take another human life. Also the fifth commandment is, "You shall not kill", (Exodus 20:13) ...read more.

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removing a cancerous tumour), then it can be condoned as the aim is not to kill the child, but to save the mother. Pope Pius XII said, "To use every means possible to save both the mother and the child." There are different beliefs within the Christian faith about abortion; Catholicism, take a complete and total pro-life opinion on the subject, as mentioned above, saying intentional abortion can never be justified and that every child has, "The right to life" The Anglican Church believes that, "Every Human life, created in the divine image, is unique... and that this holds for each of us, born or unborn." So they are opposed to abortion on demand and the (non-justified) killing of an unborn child. However they do believe that in, "circumstances of extreme distress or need," then abortion can be justified, and that "In an imperfect world then the, right, choice is sometimes the lesser of two evils. An example of his is if the child is going to suffer an extreme mental or physical disability, in which case the parents' worry could be the welfare of the child when they are no longer there to protect them. The world is not a perfect place and cannot always be trusted to take care of the ones we love, so therefore it is out of fear of the person's welfare that the abortion could be justified. Another example would be, if the child were likely to die. ...read more.

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in a medical practice, under the correct circumstances and with the correct tools, then it would stop them searching for, "back-street" abortions, which can be damaging to the mother, as they are rarely done in a medical practice, or with sterilized surgical tools etc. Many Christians do live in countries, (for example the U.K), in which abortions are legal, but have strict rules and guidelines, and it is usually a last resort for the mother. If these countries can live in junction with legalised abortion, then sure Ireland could too. Abortion can be the most loving thing to do for the child, (if it were expected to die or lead a life of hardship); to have an abortion and the law should not have control over a woman's fertility. God created man with free will, and although life is a sacred gift, so is the ability to choose for ourselves what we are to do with ours. So if a law dictates to us what we have to do in a certain situation, this takes away this other sacred gift from God. Societies today have people with many different religious beliefs, cultures and practices. Sectarianism is illegal, so is forcing our law of abortion onto a religion that says that abortion is acceptable not sectarianism? In conclusion, I believe that abortion should be made illegal, as it is the taking of an innocent human life. This is something that any culture or religion in the world says is wrong. It is a sacred gift from God and nothing/ no one should be able to take that away. ...read more.

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