Christians' Beliefs About Their Responsibility for Those at the Beginning and End of Their Lives

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Christians' Beliefs About Their Responsibility for Those at the Beginning and End of Their Lives This essay will clarify the attitudes that Christians hold about their responsibility for those at the beginning and end of their lives. I will do this by looking at the different responsibilities that Christians hold with regard to abortion and euthanasia and show the different Christian views. Abortion is the premature expulsion of the foetus from the womb. Christians have different views on this issue. The Roman Catholic Church teaches that deliberate procured abortion is a serious sin in all circumstances. They believe that they have a responsibility, a moral obligation to protect the foetus. In…show more content…
The Didache says 'You shall not kill by abortion the fruit of the womb and you shall not murder the infant already born.' This explains that it is a Christian's responsibility not to harm the foetus that is a human being. The view of the Protestant churches is that abortion is generally undesirable, but that it may be tolerable in some situations. It isn't clear what the circumstances might be and perhaps for this reason a minority group 'Christians for Free Choice' campaigns for greater emphasis on what they see as a woman's right to have an abortion. Although an abortion is still morally wrong as all human beings are created in the image and likeness of God. In Psalms 139:13, it says 'You created every part of me; you put me together in my mothers' womb.' This suggests that human life is sacred and Christians are responsible for the life of a new born. 'Euthanasia' means an easy death. It is 'ending a person's life painlessly, as an act of kindness, especially in a case of incurable and painful illness.' There are two types of Euthanasia; they are 'passive' and 'active'. Passive euthanasia happens when a person is too ill to make their wishes known. Examples of this would be: giving drugs over a long period of time which control pain but eventually accumulate and kill the patient. Active euthanasia is at the request of the patient who asks to be helped to die, e.g. by

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