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what do Christians believe about the sanctity of life?

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A01- what do Christians believe about the sanctity of life? Christians believe by the phrase 'Sanctity of life' that all life is special to God. They believe that life should not be treated badly or discarded thoughtlessly. Each human being is a separate, living person, with many rights, mainly the right to life. Christian's beliefs about God as creator include the belief that all human beings are created as individuals. Every individual is unique, and there is no life like any other in the universe. Human beings have a special place in God's eyes and in God's creation. Christians believe that life is a gift from God and that every person is made in God's image. This passage from Genesis shows the special nature of humans: 'Then God said, 'Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth and over all the creatures that move on the ground.' So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them' (Genesis 1:26-27) All life is a gift from god and is therefore sacred. The sanctity of life is the belief that the life is holy and sacred. Most religions believe humans are special. ...read more.

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If it becomes harder for people to have legal abortions then there will be a big increase of illegal abortions, which will danger a lot of lives. If a woman becomes pregnant after the result of a rape, she should not be forced to carry on with the pregnancy. If a woman is at a risk of dying or becoming severely handicapped, due to the pregnancy, she should have the choice especially if she has other children to look after. Abortion is not murder, as it only destroys a collection of cells, which cannot survive out side the mother's womb. The big argument is when does the life begin? People against abortion believe that the foetus is alive from the moment of contraception and has the right to live. They think that abortion is infanticide (child killing). Abortion may be looked on like another form of contraception, thus causing a more casual attitude to sex. If the mother didn't want the baby surely they could spare its life and have it adopted by loving parents who would want it. Many couples today are unable to have children, so instead of having a lab-made baby wouldn't it be easy for them to have a natural one. But adoption is not always an easy option. Sometimes when the mother opts for this she finds it hard to let the baby go. Also the new parents might not be that happy because the baby isn't really theirs. ...read more.

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Different churches in Christianity hold different views on abortion. The Roman Catholic Church holds the biggest objection to all forms of contraception and abortion. The church teaches that abortion denies the biggest right of human beings- the right to exist! The destroying of a foetus means murder. Any catholic involved in an abortion, whether mother or medical practise may be excommunicated from the church and its sacraments. The church also doesn't believe in sex before marriage. They believe marriage is to bring people together to have children. So if married women got pregnant she would have no need to have an abortion. As well as being against contraception the church is also against any new reproductive technologies such as IVF (In Vitro Fertilisation) and AID (Artificial insemination by a donor). They believe that a child is a gift, not a right. Other churches like the Methodists and the Anglicans believe that life does not begin until the baby is able to survive outside the womb. These Christians believe that abortion is an evil, which should be best avoided. An abortion could take place if it meant even greater evils were avoided by the abortion. An abortion can take place if the mother's life was at all in any risk mentally or physically, if she was likely to give birth to a handicapped child or if the pregnancy was due to a rape. I agree with the Methodist and Anglicans beliefs, but I do think there are more reasons to allow abortion. Sophie Stuttard GCSE Coursework ...read more.

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