Sanctity of Life Why should it be protected? For how long ? In all circumstances? In how many ways could the life of this child have/ be ended?
Sanctity of LifeL.O.s • To know how to define Sanctity of Life • To be able to explain why Christians believe in the sanctity of life • To understand why it is an important argument for Christians on issues of life and death
Sanctity of Life Definition Life is sacred (God-given) and should be protected at every stage – from conception to natural death. “no one can under any circumstance claim for himself the right directly to destroy an innocent human being."[Catechism Catholic Church; 56] If someone doesn’t believe in sanctity of life, on what basis could you argue with them that everyone has a right to life at every stage? Is there such a basis ?
BJC(Bible quotes, Jesus life, Church teaching • Bible: • Gen. 1:27 “God created man in his own image”(what does this say about the value of human beings?) • 1 Ex 20:13: “Thou shalt not kill” • Romans 14: 8: “If we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. So, whether we live or die, we belong to the Lord.” • 1 Cor6:19: Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God. You are not your own property: you belong to God.” • Jesus: the Son of God was willing to die for us. This shows how important our lives are to Him, and how holy to God • Teaching of the Church: Every person is desired by God, to grow to be like His Son. This might mean suffering, like Jesus did, and has the same importance. Suffering is not a valid reason to end a life. All Christian churches believe this: protestants (anglican, methodistetc), catholic, orthodox
How does Sanctity of life going to affect Christian teaching on:(choose three and explain: refer to the definition of SoL and show how it would apply. Use some quotes.) • Abortion • Terminal illness (euthanasia) • Poverty • Suicide • Capital punishment • Torture
Exam Question: homework What does Sanctity of life mean ? (2marks) Do you agree that life should be protected at every stage from conception to death? Give reasons for your opinion. (3 marks) ii) Give reasons for why some people may disagree with you. (3 marks) For full marks on each part, you need to state your opinion, giving 1 fully developed reason, or 2 developed reasons, or 3 simple reasons.
This is Your Life • Draw on a timeline what you hope that your life will bring you • What kind of events might make people think their life is not worth living, or be most afraid of? • How could they find help in these situations?