Health is one of the many contemporary issues that revolve around our world today, it is a concern of any entity that lives and breathes; it is the general condition of the body or mind associating with the durability and alacrity of a character. Roman Catholics and Buddhists teach the value of health; they are often compared in their views in terms of health-related subjects such as their beliefs in contraception, sexual activity, and concepts of general wellbeing (Meditation).
Although the views of Roman Catholicism and Buddhism seem to be contrasting, there are certain similarities between the two religions, such as their views and attitudes towards drugs, chastity, and abortion.
Health and wellbeing of one is essential to live life fully; drugs are perceived as the creator of challenge compared to daily life, along with an attempted expedition to satisfy ones needs is rewarded only when they luxuriate in the drugs, thus becoming dependent upon their addiction. Buddhists views on drugs are discouraged as they are seen so be misleading in terms of the impact that occurs in the mind and spirit. Drugs are seen to be misleading in terms of their effects on the mind and the spirit. When using drugs there is a high possibility that it will lead to an addiction where the person becomes dependant on them and this in turn leads to imprudence. This statement is proved by the fifth of the five precepts “I undertake the precept to refrain from intoxicating drinks and drugs which lead to carelessness.” As well as Buddhists, Roman Catholics oppose the use of drugs because it is believed that ones body received from God- the Holy Spirit and God are working and living within you; therefore it's not acceptable to abuse substances that would ruin their sanctuary. “2291 The use of drugs inflicts very
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