RELIGION ESSAY -By Alyssa 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 grave damage on human health and life. Their use, except on strictly therapeutic grounds, is a grave offense ... They constitute direct co-operation in evil, since they encourage people to practice gravely contrary to the moral law.” Chastity is defined as one living in a ‘pure’ state who refrains from sexual urges and desires or who is sexually abstinent especially before marriage. Buddhists believe they are entitled to be labeled a Buddhist if they lead a life of complete chastity, the dharma has stressed heavily on the fact of sexual desire and to remove the thought of it so they aim to seek chastity in the mind, body and spirit to gain purity; this is showcased in the third of the five precepts “I undertake the precept to refrain from sexual misconduct.” Roman Catholics have similar beliefs about chastity which is that being chaste promotes more of a relationship with God. It is better to put your health and body first before the feel of sexual desires; it is inappropriate to be promiscuous, as you lose control over your actions and passion for impurity for all morality disappears along with chastity and self-restraint. This is seen though the Catechism of the Catholic Church “2339 Chastity includes an apprenticeship in self-mastery which is a training in human freedom. The alternative is clear: either man governs his passions and finds peace, or he lets himself be dominated by them and becomes unhappy. "Man's dignity therefore requires him to act out of conscious and free choice, as moved and drawn in a personal way from within, and not by blind impulses in himself or by mere external constraint. Man gains such dignity when, ridding himself of all slavery to the passions, he presses forward to his goal by freely choosing what is good and, by his diligence and skill, effectively secures for himself the means suited to this end." Life is created for us to enjoy which is important to one because if a being was meant to be in existence on earth then one should not...
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