Religion and life - matters of life and death

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abortion

  • the purposeful termination of a foetus from it's mothers womb
  • under UK law abortion is not allowed afet 24 weeks of pregnancy
  • muslims believe that abortion is not allowed, except for the circumastance that the mothers life is at risk
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assisted suicide

  • providing a seriously ill person with the means to commit suicide
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euthanasia

  • the painless killing of someone dying from a painful disease
  • this is illegal in the UK however, some do go else where to achieve this such as Switzerland
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immortality of the soul

  • the idea that the soul lives on after the death of the body, God then judges the sould and decided upon the palace it'll go
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near-death experience

  • when someone about to die has an out-of-body experience
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  • this has been tested by a group of nurses who places letters on high shelves to see if the patients were lying. some of the patients saw the letters (without being asked) - this cannot be explained scienfitically
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non-voluntary euthanasia

  • ending someones life painlessly when they are unable to ask, but you have good reason for thinking they would want you to
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paranormal

  • unexplained things which are though to be spiritual causes,
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  • for example: ghosts, mediums, near-death experiences (which some poeple believe as evidence of life after death and others have sciencific explanantion)
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quality of life

  • the idea that life must have some benfits for it to be woth living
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reincarnation

  • the belief that, after death, sould are reborn in a new body
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ressurection

  • the evangelical belief that, after death, the body stays in the grave until the end of the world when it is raised for judgement day, but is unaware of time passing
  • judgment day is the day which determines whether you go theaven or hell
  • an exmples of this would be the physical resserection of Jesus
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sanctity of life

  • the belief that life is holy and a gift from God
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voluntary euthanasia

  • ending life painlessly when someone in great pain asks for death
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omni-benevolent

  • the belief that God is all loving

 

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omnipotent

  • the belief that God is all powerful
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omniscient

  • the belief that God is all knowing
  • he knows all that has happened, and all that will happen
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