This GCSE RE Christianity quiz challenges you on life's big questions. If you ask a typical Christian (is there quite such a person?), they will probably gladly enough affirm that their faith is about life and living ~ how best to live in positive harmony with God's will, and in the confidence of eternal life beyond this one on earth.
But bound up with this concept of life, must also be its corollary: death.
Christians believe ~ centrally ~ that only Jesus could, and did, defeat death on the Cross, so that they and others might have ‘eternal life’, i.e. a blissful existence in permanent union with God once their individual life on earth is over and their body (as we know it) expires.
In common with many faiths, Christianity holds, not least through the Ten Commandments, that any form of killing is wrong ~ because anyone’s life is God-given, fundamental and to be honoured as sacred above almost anything else (besides God Himself).
Within about the past 100 years in particular, humankind has made huge technical strides in improving, lengthening and preserving life (e.g. through nutrition and medicine), yet also, regrettably, in the extinction of species and indeed the killing of other humans … accidentally or intentionally, individually or en-masse. We have become able to control human fertility through contraception ~ reasonably reliably splitting, for the first time in human history, the pleasurable or even ‘recreational’ aspects of sex from its reproductive consequences ~ and can now also bring on babies who might never have survived in an earlier age. Meanwhile we can extend people’s lives with careful medical care, or it is possible (where legal) to ‘put them to sleep’ if incurable illness appears to make their otherwise remaining years unbearable.
How are Christians to deal with such issues, both in principle, and in such hard cases as may affect their own nearest and dearest? Those are such thorny questions as this quiz aims to help you consider.
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