AO2 Sanctity Of Life

In this coursework I will explain how this effects Christian attitudes and actions relating to abortion and euthanasia. The various Christian churches have different views on Abortion and Euthanasia. The Roman Catholic teachings on abortion is that the church says that abortion should not be allowed under any circumstances, because even while still very tiny and still hardly developed the baby growing in the womb is the beginning of a human life,

And another human being should not end any life created by God at any stage of its development. All life is precious as the psalmist says 'you created every part of me, you put me together in my Mothers womb... When I was growing there in secret, you knew that I was there, you saw me before I was born.

Mother Teresa also sums up the Catholic attitude we read in an interview with the Tablet' God had created us to love and be loved, she said, in his own image, as evidence of his love.' For this reason I say abortion is the greatest evil. If anyone of you does not want his own child, do not kill it, give it to me'

Also connected to issues involved in abortion and the sacredness of life is euthanasia. Our beliefs in the value of life influenced by the church also affect the way we see euthanasia.

Euthanasia is the act of bringing about the easy and gentle death of a person, usually someone who is terminally ill or in great pain. For this reason it is often called 'mercy killing'

There are two types of euthanasia. Voluntary or active euthanasia is when the person concerned asked someone else to help them die. They may persuade another person to assist them to die or they may refuse the medical treatment necessary to keep them alive. Passive euthanasia is when the person concerned is no longer in a condition where they can make a decision for themselves. The decision to bring about the death is taken by relatives or medical experts.
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Christianity teaches that all life comes from God.

'Be fruitful and increase in number, fill the Earth and subdued it. Rule over the fish of the sea, and the birds of the air, and every other living creature that moves on the ground. (Genesis 1:26-28)

It also teaches that life is sacred.

'Your body is a temple of the Holy spirit' (1 Corinthians 6:19)

For this reason it would be wrong and against Christian teaching to commit suicide or to take life of another person.

The 6 commandment is 'You shall ...

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