Essay on Christian Believe About the Sanctity of Human Life

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Christian Believe About the Sanctity of Human Life

Christians believe that God has given them the gift of life so therefore no one but God has the authority to end life or prevent new life.

Exodus 20:13, “you shall not murder”, is an important biblical passage to the ‘sanctity of human life.’ It tells Christians initially that euthanasia, abortion and capital punishment are wrong although it is more complicated than that.

Abortion is not mentioned in the Bible but the passage above does convey that it is wrong and you are sinning. In Luke 1:41 it shows Christians that Elizabeth’s baby was alive and so if you were to have an abortion you would be destroying life. Christians have strong views
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Some Christians believe that involuntary euthanasia can be right at times such as when one is on a life support machine. Roman Catholics are strongly against euthanasia as they feel it is “a violation of the law of God”. They accept that if the terminally ill are in pain, they should be given drugs to help, even if it does cause the person to die sooner. In their eyes it is seen as natural. However the Church of England believe that one is right to refuse treatment, as it shows their suffering for God.

Some Christians also think that contraception goes against the ‘sanctity of human life’ as it prevents the beginning of a new life. In Jeremiah 1:5 it says “before I formed you in the womb I knew you”. This shows that God has planned life before conception so if you use contraception you could stop a life that was already planned and affectively be destroying it. Roman Catholics believe that a married couple should only have sexual intercourse if they want to have children. All artificial forms of contraception are condemned. Whereas the Church of England and most Anglican denominations believe that as long as both partners agree contraception is acceptable.

Christians also disagree with capital punishment as all life is sacred and only God can take life. The person who kills the criminal also
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