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Sanctity of life
Life is precious and utterly priceless.
The word sanctity means purity or holiness.
When it is used to describe life it means it is
the most precious thing. Most religions
(with the exception of Buddhism) believe
that humans are created in the image of
God and that, therefore, life is special. Some
also believe that God has a plan for every
human life and that each person matters.
Therefore, life should never be taken
Below is a basic overview
of Christian and Hindu
understanding of the
sanctity of Life.
The Sanctity of Life
argument can be brought
in to your answers when
discussing Euthanasia and
Examples of Christian teaching in
the Bible on Sanctity of Life:
1 Corinthians 6:19…read more
Christians often talk of human life as being sacred. They refer to the sanctity of life when considering issues such as
abortion, euthanasia, embryo research, the care of disabled or the elderly.
They believe there is something special or holy about human life. Every human, Christians believe, is special to God.
In The Bible, Genesis chapter 1 verse 27 God is described as creating the first humans. The Bible says, ' So God created
people in his own image;God patterned them after himself;male and female he created them.`
Humans are the only part of God's creation described as being in the image of God. Christians don't believe we look like
God. They believe being in the image of God means that we are somehow special, we have something of God's nature in us
- or at least the capacity to show God's nature.
Christians believe that God created every human
to be unique. There is a beautiful passage in the
The Bible, Psalm chapter 139 verses 13-16 where
it describes a very caring God intimately creating
us in our mother's womb: 'You made all the
delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me
together in my mother's womb. Thank you for
making me so wonderfully complex! Your
workmanship is marvelous - and how well I know
it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter
seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of
the womb. ... Every moment was laid out before a
single day had passed.`…read more
Christians believe all human life is sacred because:
·God is the giver of life. The Bible, Ecclesiastes chapter 3 verses 1-3 says 'There is a time
for everything. A time to be born and a time to die ...' Christians believe God gives and
takes away life as he pleases.
·Christians believe God created human life and it should be preserved. Nothing is more
important than the life God has given.
·Every life has a purpose. God destined (or meant) for each of us to be born (Psalm
chapter 139 verses 13-16). He took care when creating us. All life is important and
shouldn't be wasted.
·God decides when life begins and ends. Murder is forbidden in the 10 Commandments
(Exodus chapter 20 verse 13). It is not acceptable to take away a life God has created ... It
isn't acceptable to kill someone else and taking your own life is not considered a good
The belief that Christians have in the sanctity of life often leads Christians to oppose
euthanasia . They believe to deliberately end a life, even one of a terminally ill patient, is
destroying a life God has made. Abortion, equally, many Christians see as destroying
something God is making inside the mother. The belief in the sanctity of life makes it hard
for a Christian to control the beginning or end of life. That, Christians believe is the
responsibility of God.…read more
What are the moral issues people must
consider in life and death decisions?
There are many issues relating to medical ethics. People are often required to make decisions
regarding life and death situations. These decisions can be very difficult, as they may affect a
number of people, not just themselves. The following questions or dilemmas frequently
appear when making decisions concerning life and death.…read more