• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

What beliefs do Christians hold about their responsibility for those at the beginning and end of their lives etc?

Extracts from this document...


What beliefs do Christians hold about their responsibility for those at the beginning and end of their lives etc? The Christian Community believe that God is the author of life, thus as God gives us the gift of life, therefore he and only he can take life away from us. All us Christians believe that the most fundamental right, which we humans are entitled to, is the right to life. This important right doesn't only apply to young people but instead to all the community ranging from babies and children, to adults and also pensioners. Most important of all, Christians also believe the right to life extends to unborn children. Because of our Christian beliefs, we therefore condemn anyone who chooses to end the life of one of "God's creatures", in the form of the "Abortion". But some religions try to manipulate this question to their advantage by asking "When does an embryo become a baby?" My belief as a Roman Catholic is that, soon after fertilisation, there is a potential to life. Therefore in the Roman Catholic Church's opinion we as Catholics must stand up and fight against any type of abortion. ...read more.


From the Roman Catholic Church's point of view, to turn off a 'brain dead' person's life support machine is not murder or doing God's work, but instead is the humane thing to do in most cases. Personally I feel that this isn't murder, yet is a peaceful way of letting a loved one pass away. "What Christians believe about life is up to them. They should not try to make others accept their position" The comment above divides a number of people opinions towards their religion. Some groups of people agree with the comment while, other groups completely reject it for their own reasons. People who at least practically agree with the statement may say, that there are many world religions, and it would be unfair to condemn their beliefs. They may believe that because we live in a multi-cultural society, then people are entitled to believe what ever they like. On the other hand, us Christians believe that we have the truth about life and morals, therefore just because other people are either 'sinful', lazy or believe in false Gods, doesn't mean that Christians should be stopped, from trying to convert them to Christianity. ...read more.


Rape, disability or teenage pregnancy. Catholic teaching rejects the feminist arguments on abortion, we are taught that although it is a women's right or that the woman owns her body, so even in difficult cases, Catholics are told to reject abortion. We are told to take a "Pro-Life" stance, as even in rape the baby is innocent and may also be considered to be a victim. When a woman becomes pregnant (either while in a relationship or after rape etc.), she may become under immense pressure and so to help these women there are many organisations, e.g. 'LIFE', 'CURA', 'SPUC'. 'LIFE' and 'CURA' are two voluntary caring organisations that exist to provide such help. 'CURA' mainly helps in counselling, advice and acting on the women's behalf. While LIFE, provides free pregnancy testing, counselling, practical help and even accommodation if needed. Also both groups are available for giving support in counselling women who experience post-abortion trauma. SPUC stands for the Society for the Protection of the Unborn Child. This is an organisation, which campaigns vigorously against abortion by lobbying MP's, resisting changes in legislation that makes abortion more acceptable. They also provide factual information about abortion and the development of the unborn child. Paul Mc Closkey RE Coursework 5 Lyndon ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Abortion and other medical issues section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Abortion and other medical issues essays

  1. A study of Christian beliefs about abortion in comparison with the ethical consideration of ...

    You saw me before I was born." (Psalm 139: 16-19) This theme is also echoed in Jeremiah: "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you" (1:5). I agree with the Church to a certain extent because life is indeed a gift from God and this gift is sacred and cannot be thrown away for selfish purposes.

  2. In this essay I will only focus on the religion of Christianity and its ...

    It is probably one of the most difficult and heart rending decisions that a female will ever have to make in her life. A decision which should not be taken lightly as abortion can harm you body not just your feelings.

  1. What Are The Effects Of Catholic Beliefs On Practising Catholics? On A Young Unmarried ...

    9 months, so there would be a lot of emotional consequences, especially for the child when he or she finds out that they were adopted. If they keep the child, there could be money problems, if the child is disabled or if there isn't a lot of money anyway.

  2. child development

    are born before their due date often need special care to help them develop fully. Premature babies need special care Babies born after 38 weeks of pregnancy are premature. Babies have survived after only 23 weeks of pregnancy. 1. Premature babies are small and have red wrinkly skin 2.

  1. "Explain the beliefs that Christians have about their responsibility for people at the beginning ...

    Both the Anglican and Methodist Churches see contraception as a responsible way of starting a family. As you can see, overall Christians disagree about whether it is right to use contraception. Some think that artificial contraceptives shouldn't be used because God might want you to have a baby.

  2. Abortion and Euthanasia - the ideological conflict within Christianity

    When pregnancy is the result of rape, the woman should not be forced to continue with the pregnancy: This again coincides with independence rights, and the possibility of neglect through resentment towards the child. Abortion is not murder as it only destroys a collection of cells, which cannot survive outside

  1. Explain the beliefs that Christians hold about the responsabilities for those at the beginning ...

    Euthanasia means a good an easy death by definition. It is usually carried out on patients who are suffering or have an incurable disease. Euthanasia is most often carried out on people near the end of their life. Christians do not believe it is write because of many bible verses

  2. Explain the beliefs Christians hold about their responsibilities for those at the beginning and ...

    Cases when this may happen are, for example, before a patient has an operation; for someone who has just been diagnosed with a serious illness; an elderly person; for a baby or child or for someone unwell at home. A person may receive it more than once.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work