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Some Christians believe that human life is sacred. Explain how this belief influences their attitude to abortion and euthanasia, showing that you understand other points of view.

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Fatema R. Mawji 11A R.S Coursework (1) Some Christians believe that human life is sacred. Explain how this belief influences their attitude to abortion and euthanasia, showing that you understand other points of view It is generally believed that human life is of inestimable worth and significance in all its dimensions, including the unborn, the aged, the mentally handicapped, and every other condition in which humanness is expressed from conception to the grave. In the world today the sanctity of human life is being challenged on many sides. To many religious people all over the world, human life is considered to be a sacred and important gift from God, and one of infinite value. Their religious beliefs can often be the foundation of their opinion on controversial and hotly debated issues such as Abortion and Euthanasia. Among and within the different Christian sects and Churches there are many different viewpoints on the decisions of life and living. However they all share the view on the sanctity and mystery of life, and the right to life of all human persons. They all condemn the growing practice in many countries of actions such as abortion on grounds of mere convenience, and believe that human life should not be treated in a casual way. Generally most Christian Churches look to the teachings in the Bible which stress that human life is sacred and is a gift from God: " So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created him" (Genesis 1:27) By this we understand therefore that the taking of human life is regarded by God to be the gravest of sins as we are made in His image. Many Christians believe that we have an impartation of God's nature and likeness within each one of us and a deposit of His life and spirit. ...read more.


However most condemn it. Many also believe that the suffering of death can be meaningful. They say Doctors are there to cure people not kill them. It is human nature to be scared of pain and suffering but Christians are told to do their best to bear everything with patience and fortitude. Some also argue that the issue of 'quality of life' is not to be measured by a person's physical health but by their relationship with God. Only when a person has a relationship with God would some Christians argue that a person has any 'quality of life'. [Jesus said] 'I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.' (John 10:10) Unlike abortion euthanasia is actually mentioned in the Bible on two occasions. One of these is when Abimelech asks his armour-bearer to put him to death after he had been hit on the head by a millstone. " Then he quickly called the young man who was carrying his weapons and ordered, ' Draw your sword and kill me. I don't want it said that a woman killed me.' So the young man ran him through, and he died," (Judges 9:54). Many anti-euthanasia organizations like Alert professes the idea of Hospices and still feel that better methods of caring for the dying should be developed. There are many drugs that can be taken to ease pain and suffering and necessary precautions should be taken. Roman Catholics oppose Euthanasia as they believe that God calls upon Christians to preserve life and any actions taken against this ideal is opposing God's love for that person. To them euthanasia goes against God's will, because people are meant to die through natural means. So to go against this (i.e. deliberately ending someone's life), is to go against God's will, and thus to sin. However they do believe that to discontinue medical treatment that will only prolong life is allowed. ...read more.


Recent advances in medical science have marked the start of worldwide practices of IVF, AI and cloning. To many, these are seen as human interference in the creation of life. Many believe that the use of in vitro fertilization and artificial insemination is giving human beings the power to interfere as to when a life should be created. Many people welcome the scientific advances as it gives infertile couples the chance to have children. The Catholic Church accepts IVF and AI as long as they are not used to replace the act of sexual intercourse between a couple. They say that it is allowed and does not denounce the fact that God has created us. Cloning however has sparked great controversy between the medical and religious worlds. Many people believe it deprives a person of the uniqueness that God has given each and every one of us, and so is therefore "Playing God". The political organisation LIFE say, "human cloning is not only immoral, it is unnecessary" As a religious person myself I often look to my faith for its views on moral issues. To me the Almighty God is the only giver, sustainer and taker-away of life. Life-giving and Life-taking are divine prerogatives which are permitted to human beings only by specific divine mandate. Mother Teresa summed up these views when she said: "...Only God can decide life and death........That is why abortion is such a terrible sin. You are not only killing life, but putting self before God; yet people decide who has to live and who has to die. They want to make themselves almighty God. They want to take the power of God into their hands" (Mother Teresa) After all, " An eye for an eye, A tooth for a tooth" Recent use of ivf give infertile couples chanc to make babies Cath AI condi As long as it does not replace sex between the coupleThis is therefore fine and does not denounce the fact that god created us. Cloning- "playing God" LIFE say Deprining a person of their uniqueness. ...read more.

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