Religion and Life

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Some people feel bringing their child up under their religion is their duty ­ but others see it as brainwashing. A
Christian upbringing :
GOING TO CHURCH ­ You make Christian friends, learn stories involving God.
Festivals ­ children joining in special festivals.
Baptism- Parents promise to raise you Christian.
Church school ­ make friends and share experiences, thus reinforcing belief.
Confirmation- you are encouraged to take this step, involves going to classes.
Life in a Christian home ­ prayers, routine, parents teachings, decisions.
Religious experience: (event involving contact with god)
Numinous ­ feeling of presence of something greater. Sense of insignificance. Reinforces God.
Conversion- Persons life changed by giving themselves to God
Miracle ­ Seems to break the laws of Science and make us think `Only God could have done this'.
Atheists would argue miracle = coincidence
Prayers- Attempt to contact god ­ normally through words.
Responses to unanswered prayers:
Gods plan (omniscient) "your father already knows what you need before you ask him"
Selfish or Bible forbids Christians to test God.
Find own answer.
Maybe has answered, but not how expected.
Problem of evil and suffering:
If God is Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnibenevolent, why is there Moral and Natural evil? Christian
Most suffering caused by people, and is a misuse of our free will. Not Gods fault.
Some Christians believe Adam and Eve bought evil into the world.
Understand happiness if experience sadness.
Instead of blame, we should help with services like Christian Aid.
Big Bang Theory responses:
Creationists deny due to story of genesis, but scientists say is difficult to deny the logic.
Liberal says it explains how God created the earth and genesis is symbolic.
Design: (idea that things are connected and seem to have a purpose)
Some people see the complexities and think that someone must have designed that and that someone is
God. ­ William Paley 1802.1830s Darwin = theory of evolution
Creationists reject Darwin as contradicts genesis and bible is the word of God.
Atheists reject God as evolution proves genesis is wrong and explains current world without God.
Some think Genesis is symbolic and god is the force behind evolution

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Causation: (everything started off by something else)
Everything through history has a cause, initial FIRST CAUSE must have been necessary. They feel this is God.
For Against
Only something outside of time could create. Some science says something can come from
Impossible for something to come from nothing
nothing Time = from big bang. Not sense to ask what
Doesn't make sense to say `What caused God' happened before.
as he is eternal What caused god?
Agnosticism- Not being sure if God exists.…read more

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If wife is not happy and attempts fail, they may divorce and encouraged to remarry.
Muslims teachings ­ Divorce should be Muslim teaches- Divorce acceptable
`The most detestable of all acts that Allah has Permitted in Qur'an.
permitted is divorce. Qur'an says `you should not force a woman to
Muhammad did not divorce. He be perfect. stay with you who wants to leave.'
Family members responsible to support. Marriage is right for sex and love so remarry.
Christians supporting Divorce. Christians Against Divorce.…read more

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Also, if `Allah wishes to create a child, you cannot prevent it
Christians and Contraception:
CATHOLICS: Only rhythm method as it does not interfere with god's gift of children.
Some MODERN CATHOLICS: approve condoms to prevent STIs
IN ORTHODOX: some believe sex is only for creating children, but others believe once you
have children, it is most important to care for them and contraception maintains stability.
METHODIST CHURCH: approves for child spacing and avoiding pregnancy for medical
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Abortion act: Can only occur after 24weeks if MOTHER is at risk. Father has no legal rights.
An unborn baby is called an EMBRYO until it is 9 weeks old, when it is then referred to as a FOETUS
Viability ­ the point where a foetus can survive outside the womb (about 24 weeks)
Pro Life Pro Choice
A foetus has rights. Abortion is murder. My body, my choice.
Abortion can lead to mental health. Women may be forced to self abort.…read more

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Turning off life support is acceptable if there is no chance of recovery.
Immortality of the soul: the idea that the soul lives on after the death of the body.
Should women be church leaders?
YES ­ In genesis, men and women were created at the same time... St Paul wrote there is no
difference between a woman and a man...
NO- genesis made Eve after Adam as his helper...Jesus chose 12 male disciples.…read more


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