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

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(1) Some Christians believe that human life is sacred. Explain how this belief influences their attitude to abortion and euthanasia, showing you understand other points of view. Sanctity of like means the belief that human life is sacred and holy. Christians believe that human life is sacred; it is a gift from God, God values life, so much so that ' he has counted the hairs on our head' (Luke 12 v7). Their beliefs are reflected in what denomination they are and how seriously the follow the teachings of the bible. Each follows different ways of believing. The bible teaches them how to live their lives as Christians, so they believe it. This strengthens and reinforces that belief that they have been taught. Christians know that God values human life, because God sent his son down to earth in order to mend the relationship between God and humans. "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16) Something said to be 'holy' or 'sacred' must be protected and respected. Human life is sacred as it involves the creative action of God from the very beginning i.e. ...read more.


The union believe in the sanctity of life, as God gives life and they shouldn't have the right of duty to take it away. Yet Baptists hope to provide a community in which these difficulties can be resolved for both life and relationships i.e. the loss of a loved one. The Church of England recognises the urgent need to reduce the amount of abortions on demand. It believes that the matter should be taken more seriously and has a moral reflection on the issue. However it does allow abortion in certain circumstance and grant that if it is to be approved, then it should be carried out in the early stages. The Salvation Army is another that follows the Baptist view, it to believes in the sanctity of life from fertilisation. Each person is said to be an infinite value and each life to be a gift from God, cherished, nurtured and preserved. It to accept abortion on limited grounds e.g. rape. "Recognises that in situations were the continuance of a pregnancy threatens the life of the mother a termination of the pregnancy may be justified and that there must be adequate and safe provision in our society for such situations". Other groups like the catholic truth society agree with Roman Catholic and church or England. ...read more.


The alternative to euthanasia is the hospice movement. A place where the patients can: relive their pain, enable patients and families to face up to death, to care for emotional need of the relatives and spend there time how they please. Some denominations don't agree with euthanasia due to legal reason but have mixed view, which are influenced by state of affairs i.e. the conditions of the patient. The Quakers group and Methodist churches have distinctions between allowing someone to die or pro long their life with the use of medical drugs or life support machines. This way of looking at may have been through the bible as it says "Do others what you would have them do to you" Or the second great commandment "You shall love your neighbour as yourself." These commandments are the base of Christian teachings. Some people prefer to die with dignity, rather than live their life without having vital movements or brain activity. Would it be better to put them out of their misery or live their life in a persistent vegetative state and have no dignity, as they would have to be cared for 24/7 and treated life a newborn baby. This euthanasia and abortion debate has so many factors to consider and apply due to the complexity of the issue that they will continue to linger like a terminal disease. By Vikash Patel ...read more.

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