"Explain the beliefs that Christians have about their responsibility for people at the beginning and end of their lives" Christians believe that all life is a gift from God and no
Emma Partington AO1: "Explain the beliefs that Christians have about their responsibility for people at the beginning and end of their lives" Christians believe that all life is a gift from God and no Christian should ever encourage other people to take lives. Human life is, according to them, precious and sacred. All human beings are equal in God's sight and no person or group of people is inferior to another and equal respect must be given to the very young and the very old. The Bible teaches that no one has he right to end the life of another human being, before nature (or God as Christians believe) does. The Christian Church believes that God alone should determine a person's moment of conception as well as their moment of death. Many people, in the church and out, speculate on when human life begins. Most Roman Catholics and Evangelicals believe that life starts as soon as conception occurs. They deem that the moment that the egg is fertilised the foetus is a human being with the same rights as any other. Lots of liberal Catholics disagree with this theory but Evangelicals are more likely to stick to their beliefs, unlike a catholic, because they have chosen to become one, whereas Catholics are usually born into their faith. One reason why some oppose this view is because during the first few days after the moment of conception, the egg could split in two; therefore
Is abortion ever justified? Show you have considered more than one point of view.
C Is abortion ever justified? Show you have considered more than one point of view. You must include a Christian viewpoint. The issue of abortion involves many complex questions that people argue over all of the time. It is a subject that all people have different beliefs about. Different people live by certain codes, certain principles as religious beliefs, individual morals and generally societies morals such as the law which influences their response. The Catholic Church would argue that abortion is never justified because it is wrong to kill. They believe life begins at conception therefore having an abortion and killing a foetus is murder and wrong. I believe life begins when a person is able to make their own decisions and is able to act upon their thoughts independently. They believe only God has the right to give and take lives. Abortion is playing God, doing his duty and it is not our place to do it. But I believe God also gave us free will, the freedom to do as one wishes without being held back, to some extent. They believe in such quotes as in 1 Corinthians 13 in Paul's version of agape love it says, 'Love is not content with evil' Catholics may consider abortion as evil. This maybe because they also believe that life begins at conception and killing the foetus would be wrong. Therefore the loving God will not be happy with abortion. On the other
Islamic View On Abortion.
ISLAMIC VIEW ON ABORTION In principle, the Koran condemns the killing of humans (except in the case of defense or as capital punishment), but it does not explicitly mention abortion. This leads Islamic theologians to take up different viewpoints: while the majority of early Islamic theologians permitted abortion up to day 40 of pregnancy or even up to day 120, many countries today interpret these precepts protecting unborn children more conservatively. Although there is no actual approval of abortion in the world of Islam, there is no strict, unanimous ban on it, either. The Koran is based not only on the assumption that the first humans - Adam and his wife - were created by God, but also on the assumption that every individual is one of God's creatures, is His property and servant. It is therefore fundamentally not up to the created individual to determine single-handedly the length of his own life or of the lives of others, who are also God's property, or to end others' lives prematurely. The Koran clearly disapproves of killing other humans: "Take not life which Allah has made sacred" (6.151; see also 4.29). It threatens the murderer with retaliation in this life ("O ye who believe! The law of equality is prescribed to you in cases of murder...", 2.178) and the punishment of Hell in the life to come for the one who premeditatedly murders a fellow Muslim: "If a man kills
Only God has the right to interfere with our genes.(TM) Do you agree?
'Only God has the right to interfere with our genes.' Do you agree? Genetic engineering is "the deliberate modification of the characters of an organism by manipulation of genetic material", meaning that genes are manipulated and modified in order to prevent a hereditary disease being passed on. The research into genetic engineering in the UK is controlled by the Human Fertilisation and Embryo Authority. A group named the Human Genome Project has been set up with the aim of mapping every gene in the human body so that a defective gene can be identified and replaced with a healthy one. There are several diseases which could be helped by genetic engineering; cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy, sickle-cell anaemia, Tay-Sachs disease and Huntington's chorea. Cystic fibrosis is where there is a build up of mucus in the lungs which causes breathing problems as well as causing problems with the functions of the pancreas leading to digestion problems. Muscular dystrophy is a disorder which causes a person's muscles to become very weak and break down over time. Stem cell research involves creating stem cells from either embryo's that were produced by IVF but were not used or from adult bone marrow or blood. These stem cells are then allowed to multiply and be transplanted into diseased cells to create a cure. There are several non-religious arguments both for and against genetic
Explain what Christian teachings might be used in a discussion about abortion
Jonathan Clay Religious Studies coursework Abortion ii) Explain what Christian teachings might be used in a discussion about abortion? In Christianity the topic of abortion seems to be a very controversial subject, as it seems that different denominations have different and contradicting views. There are many different teachings about abortion. The older teachings usually are "pro-life" and the more modern teachings are often "pro-choice". A Christian will normally have the view that his denomination has on abortion. A statement from the Roman Catholic Church said, " life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception; abortion and infanticide are the most abominable of crimes". This is showing their views on abortion. It clearly outlines that most of the Roman Catholics are anti-abortion or 'pro-life'. However a statement in 1984 by the Church of England- board of social responsibility report clearly disagreed. " Although the foetus is to be specially respected and protected, nonetheless the life of the foetus is not absolutely sacrosanct if it endangers the life of the mother". The Church of England believes that if the birth will endanger the life of the mother or the baby then abortion is necessary. Subsequently, there are quite strict laws on abortion in the United Kingdom. However, a lot of Christian teachings come from the
ABORTION AND THE DIFFERENT RELIGIOUS VIEWS ON IT.
ABORTION AND THE DIFFERENT RELIGIOUS VIEWS ON IT. Abortion is the termination of the life of a foetus. Christianity and abortion The Christian belief in the sanctity of life is based on the teachings of famous Christians and on what they read in the bible, the teachings of Jesus. A quote from the bible which seems to support the view that abortion is wrong is from Psalm 139:13, verses 15-16, "You created every part of me; you put me together in my mother's womb... When my bones were being formed, carefully put me together in my mother's womb. When I was growing there in secret, you knew that I was there - You saw me before I was born. The days allotted to me had all been recorded in your book, before any of them ever began." This seems to be saying that god has already begun to have an influence on the life of a person before they are even born. The life of a person is already unique and god has already given them their own identity before they are born. If this is true, and the quote seems to be saying that it is, then abortion would have to be seen as a crime on the same level as murder. There are no good grounds for murder, one of the Ten Commandments says, "Do not commit murder." So, if we were to consider only this quote then we would have to see abortion as fundamentally wrong. The abortion issue has always been a hot topic. For the last 1400 years, the majority of
Safe, reliable abortions should be made available to any woman.
From 1973 to 1987, over 22 million abortions have been performed. Pro-lifers would call that a terrible waste of human life. True, 22 million lives were taken, but I believe that we are better off without those. Webster's dictionary defines abortion as "the expulsion of a nonviable fetus." Abortion might possibly be the most controversial topic right now. I'm sure by now that you've heard of all the different types of abortion. Almost all abortions performed in the US are surgical abortions, where the fetus is removed by suction or other means.(Medication offers another option, to be discussed later in this report.) During a suction abortion, the fetus is dismembered and disposed of by a small tube. This process takes but about 10 minutes, and the mother experiences very little or no physical discomfort. Pro-lifers immediately say that emotional trauma and guilt haunts every woman after she has an abortion. However, during my research, I found numerous women who led (and continue to lead) prominent and scot-free lives after their abortions. I think that the mental state of the mother depends very much on her personal feelings toward abortion, and the actual experience the had before and during the abortion. I have found that most of the time, they employ the use of a few strategies for making their views known. One tactic pro-lifers use to convince people of their views is to
Faced with the issues of abortion and euthanasia, explain the different ways Christians might respond.
AO2 -Faced with the issues of abortion and euthanasia, explain the different ways Christians might respond. The different denominations of Christians and Christian individuals would react in different ways when faced with these issues. When looking at abortion it is fair to say that all Christians believe it is unacceptable and should be avoided. A roman catholic would believe that a deliberately procured abortion is a serious sin as it would be regarded as a murder no matter what time in the pregnancy it took place, as a roman Catholics belief is that God implants the soul at the moment of conception. In today's society there is a lot of sexual crime such as rape and incest. If a woman were to become pregnancy as a result of this crime her actions may be different depending on what kind of Christian she was. A roman catholic would be strictly against abortion and believe that although the father committed and evil crime the unborn child should still be considered innocent and part of God and should not be killed because its father committed an evil sin. A true Roman Catholic would go ahead with the pregnancy but once the child was born may take other steps such as adoption if keeping the child was too distressing and she felt she could not love it. However looking at this situation from a Protestant perspective it would be acceptable for the woman to have an abortion as
Why Do Many Christians oppose abortion?
WHY DO MANY CHRISTIANS OPPOSE ABORTION? Abortion is when a pregnant woman decides to terminate her pregnancy, officially. It's her decision and the foetus is then killed/destroyed. The abortion act says that a woman can have an abortion only if the pregnancy is no longer than 24 weeks. Also if it is going to effect the mental and physical state of the mother or any of her existing children. If the child was born to be seriously handicapped then an abortion will be allowed. Many Christians (pro-life) oppose abortion two reasons which they give for this are in one of the oldest surviving Christian documents it says "you shall not kill by abortion the fruit of the womb and you shall not murder the infant already born". This statement clearly states that an abortion is equivalent to killing the foetus. Many Christians believe this and therefore have absolute morality. Another reason to why some Christians think that abortion is ethically wrong is in the 10 Commandments, one of the commandments is "do not murder" and "life must be protected". Christians believe that life is God given and so therefore should not be destroyed. Abortion goes against this and is considered to be a complete sin. Abortion has been considered to be murder since the first centuries of the Church. They use the Bible's sanctity of life to support their views. This means they believe that life is one
Getting a Phone Call to Say my Friends Gone into Labour... I can't sit still, I feel agitated, excited and worried all at the same time. My leg is shaking as if my nerves are going crazy! Before the phone-call, I was slouched comfortably on my couch with my cats watching a really funny episode of friends on the telly, the only things I can think of now are; is she okay? Is anyone with her? My friend has gone into labour after 8 months and 3 weeks and I feel helpless. I am over 100 miles away, I can't be there like I am supposed to be, holding her hand and saying "you're doing great, you will be fine" Nothing is funny on telly now. I can't make sense of anything around me; I'm too excited to care about anything else other than my friend. My cat keeps meowing at me, she knows something has happened. She wants constant petting and reassurance that I am ok. She calms me down. The words still don't feel real. Were they really said? Have I fallen asleep or is this really happening? "Jo! Jo! She's gone into labour..." I ring my friend back, we shriek with excitement down the phone to each other. It really is happening. We debate whether she's having a boy or a girl. How long will we have to wait before we know? I make myself a cup of tea to try and calm myself further. I want to carry on ringing my friends to see if they have heard anything, but I know I need to be