Christians Often Speak Of The Sanctity Of Life - What do they mean by this?

Christians often speak of the sanctity of life. What do they mean by this? Introduction In this essay I will be looking at the sanctity of life from a Christian's point of view. This is not the same as anyone's point of view. The reasons why Christians see life as such a sacred gift is all to do with their beliefs. They do not abuse or waste their lives as they see it as a most precious gift from God, and their mortal lives are an opportunity for them to prove themselves worthy of everlasting life which the can achieve through belief in God's son Jesus. When Christians speak of the sanctity of life they are referring to what makes it special, of the value they associate with it. The reason they have such respect for it has nothing to do with worldly possessions, or jobs or power or status. It is to do with what Christians see life as; a God given gift. Christians refrain from engaging in acts which may be interpreted as 'playing God'. Most of these topics have become controversial due to the strong views Christians have about them. Some of these things may be seen as positive i.e. scientists genetically engineering genes to prevent birth defects, others negative such as capital punishment, some undecided such as euthanasia. In today's society any thing seems to go and more and more thing are passable. Some people may think that Christian views are outdated and non

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"Lifelong marriage is too difficult even for Christians today. The church should be willing to drop this vow.""Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer, showing that you have considered more than one point of view."

R.e. - Marriage - AO3 "Lifelong marriage is too difficult even for Christians today. The church should be willing to drop this vow." "Do you agree? Give reasons for your answer, showing that you have considered more than one point of view." Today, statistics show that there are many more marriage breakdowns than ever before. No relationship last forever, as people change. 3000 children a week are told that their parents are splitting up in the UK. 40% of all marriages breakdown, therefore this shows that divorce is on the increase. Many people believe that there are more temptations to cheat on your partner these days. Films, television, books and magazines, and the lives of some celebrities play a big part in this. In soap operas such as Eastenders, affairs are portrayed as part of normal life, therefore people react less shocked when it happens. Celebrities such as Tom Cruise, Zöe Ball and Les Dennis also help to make adultery more "normal". Other pressures that can harm marriages include working partner - if you work with a person of the opposite sex, then this could lead to adultery. Lack of communication can also break down a marriage, as partners can't express their feelings/problems to each other. Violence can cause a marriage to break down, as no one should have to put up with violence just so they stay married. Finance can help a marriage to break

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Christians should never go to war

"Christians should never go to war". Discuss (5) I think that many Christians would agree with war, but just as many may disagree completely, or disagree to a certain extent. There are 3 main viewpoints on war; that of holy war, that of just war, and that of no war, also known as pacifism. The belief in holy war is the belief in a war that is on behalf of God, and is directly sanctioned by Him. This would be supported for many Christians by the Old Testament, in 1 Samuel 15, where God says "I will punish the people of Amalek...now go and attack the Amelakites and completely destroy everything they have". This conflict was directly sanctioned by God and would therefore be considered allowable. Another example of Holy War would be the crusades in the middle ages to free Jerusalem, and recruited for by Pope Urban II. Some Christians would agree with just war, which is decided by criteria laid down by Aquinas in the 13th Century. He said for a war to be considered a just war it had to be on the authority of the ruling power, for a just cause, and to promote good or resist evil. Later on further conditions were added, stating that the war had to be a last resort, only necessary force had to be used, and good had to be gained and peace and justice to be restored afterwards. Many Christians would say that if a war fits these criteria it is allowable. However, many Christians would

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Explain what Christians believe about their responsibility for other people:

Religious Studies - Coursework Explain what Christians believe about their responsibility for other people: Christians believe that they are responsible for what happens to others in this day, if someone is hurt they know it is their duty to help them. That is true Christianity. They looked up to Jesus and saw what he did. He was, and still is a role model to Christians today. He encourages us to help those in need. Jesus was an inspiration to all but he also was inspired in the work he did. He looked at the Old Testament scriptures and they inspired him. An example of an old scripture would be in Deuteronomy 15v11 its says "For the poor shall never cease out of the land: therefore I command thee, saying, Thou shalt open thine hand wide unto thy brother, to thy poor, and to thy needy, in thy land." This meaning of this quote is that the poor will never get what they need so we need to help them in doing so. Another example form the book of Isaiah it says "Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? When thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?" This is a quote showing that if you see someone you should cover them; if they are hungry you should feed them. These are good examples are of what Christians are trying to show today. Also when Jesus wants us to help

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Explain what Christians believe about conflict and war. Use bible passages and Christian church teaching to support your answer

Re Coursework By Jon-Paul Hoey AO1: Explain what Christians believe about conflict and war. Use bible passages and Christian church teaching to support your answer In this essay I am going to talk about the different views on war and conflict through a Christian's eye, including the causes, things to prevent it from happening and the beliefs and groups. In a perfect world for anyone, there wouldn't be such thing as war or conflict, but unfortunately we do not live in a perfect world. Christians understand this and accept that it would be almost impossible to live in a world without any sort of violence as nobody is perfect. They also accept that wars are inevitable under certain circumstances. Sometimes we accept that war should take place as it may lead to lesser of a crisis if war does happen than if it doesn't. All Christians have different views on things and we don't all agree on the same things, Conflict and war is included in this. Christianity's view in general on war and conflict can be described in one word, anti-war and War also goes against the teachings of Jesus. Any act of war whether it be small or big chaotically aimed at any quantity of land to lead to destruction is wrong and a crime against not only God but humanity itself. Although there is such a thing called a 'just war' which is not an original Christian teaching but it has developed over the

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My Role Model - Mahatma Gandhi.

My Role Model I personally believe that a good role model should have certain qualities, and he should... * Have a good personality * Be humble * Be respectable * Be ambitious His proper name is Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi. Gandhi was born on October the 2nd, 1869. He was born in Porbandar, in the modern state of Gujarat in India. He had gone to London in 1888 to train as a lawyer. He qualified three years later and returned to India. His most important wish was to make India an independent country, free from the ruling of the British Empire. He succeeded in doing this in 1947. He also wanted to abolish racial discrimination. Gandhi left for South Africa in 1893, to serve as a legal adviser for an Indian firm. During the 21 years that he spent in South Africa, he was subjected to a great amount of racial discrimination amongst him and his countrymen. He had developed a method of non-violent resistance which he called 'satyagraha', and which he used to his success. He had finally returned to India in 1915 as a changed man. Upon returning to India, he set out to travel the entire country to familiarise himself with it. He then plunged into politics and became an unquestioned leader of the Indian nationalist movement. In 1919 he led a nationwide campaign of passive non-cooperation with the government of British India, including a boycott of British goods. This was when he

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Violence in Tom and Jerry

Violence in Tom and Jerry Dan Brookes Media Coursework Some cartoons are renowned for violence that can sometimes be shocking but also involving a sense of humor. For example the cartoon "Tom and Jerry" has some violent scenes in it but these scenes become funny due to the music and visual effects that are involved in the cartoon. Many people have argued that cartoons like "Tom and Jerry" have influential scenes of violence that are inappropriate and shocking. I will be explaining my views on the above subjects. The violence in "Tom and Jerry" is in my opinion not shocking and I find it interesting to watch. Violence is what makes up "Tom and Jerry", this is mild violence and it is important to note that there is no verbal communication. Music has replaced this and runs fluently through the cartoon. I think this reduces the amount of violence because the viewers have to make up their own idea of what Tom or Jerry are thinking. At the end of "Tom and Jerry" there is often a moral involved in the story, this makes the violence less serious and often at the end Tom and Jerry become friends. The violence is more typical because you can often predict what is going to happen next, this involves the viewer a lot more. The violence is not likely to influence a young child as it is very unrealistic and Tom and Jerry are always fine after they have just been badly hurt. If we

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''The Bible was written centuries ago. Can Christians still regard it as relevant for today?''

''The Bible was written centuries ago. Can Christians still regard it as relevant for today?'' All world religions have sacred scriptures. They all teach that the world and universe were created, and that the universe has a purpose. Humans also have a purpose, which is explained in the Bible. Modern historians, archaeologists and scientists have stated that texts of the Bible are historical documents. Many of the writers of the Bible have influenced the world and its teachings have been taught all around the world. There are many modern problems in the world today. The writers of the Bible who were inspired by God (as many Christians believe) knew nothing about nuclear weapons, surrogate mothers, or test tube babies. Very generally, Christians would say that the essential teachings of the Bible are relevant to people today, whether it be a strong Fundamentalist view, or a more realistic liberal view, as many Christians combine a conservative view with the liberal ones. Human nature does not change and the teachings in the Bible are eternal. Non-Christians could argue that mankind's attitudes and society has changed, our technological capacity has increased, and so they regard the Bible as unimportant and irrelevant today. This is because the Bible was written in a very different agricultural society. The development in the field of science has altered the opinions of

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Christians use the Bible, the Church’s teaching and conscience to help them make decisions about personal moral issues. Define each of these terms. Explain why Christians should use each of them.

RE Coursework: Personal Morality Question 1: Christians use the Bible, the Church's teaching and conscience to help them make decisions about personal moral issues. Define each of these terms. Explain why Christians should use each of them. Personal morality is based upon the person's philosophy and principles to differentiate between right and wrong. Morals are created by influences in our lives, such as, family, friends, religion, education and social aspects. Christians believe the bible is how God communicates with them. Through the bible God tells them what is right and wrong. They accept the Bible as the rule by which they will determine things. Therefore a Christian can be guided by the words of God through the book. 'Do not commit murder' and 'Do not commit adultery' are just two of the Ten Commandments recorded in the Book of Exodus, given to Moses by God. Christians live by these rules, they learn to recognise their dignity and rights as children of God. The bible also discusses many issues of personal morality, such as The Prodigal Son, through stories, it teaches Christians right and wrong, and so they are able to turn to the bible when they need help in certain issues of personal morality. The Church has a teaching role. The Church's responsibility was given to it by Jesus, "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations." Christians use the Church for help

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War, Peace and Violence - Teachings of Jesus

War, Peace and Violence Teachings of Jesus Jesus is frequently described as a pacifist or anti-violent. He taught: 'Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called the children of God'. However even his disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane wanted to defend him when he was being arrested: 'When Jesus' followers saw what was going to happen, they said, "Lord, should we strike with our swords?" And one of them stuck the servant of the high priest, cutting off his right ear. But Jesus answered, "No more of this!" And he touched the man's ear and healed him.' (Luke 22:49-51) The Salvation Army, the Mennonites and the Quakers follow this teaching today. I have studied the Quakers. The Quakers otherwise known as, the Society of Friends is non-Liturgical (Waiting on the Sprit) they believe actions are not necessary and everything comes from the heart. In the Quakers Meeting House they had no ministers or priests as they believe in equal rights and the meetings were held simply for the community and worship to a higher power or God. As the Quakers are pacifists they do not believe in violence and do not fight. They have no sacraments as their main belief to worship God. This group follow the words of Jesus. However there are two occasions in the gospels when Jesus is angry. Here is a quote of one of the incidents in the Temple of Jerusalem: 'Jesus entered

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