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Abortion and Euthanasia: faced with these issues explain the different ways Christians might respond.

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A02 Andrew Scuoler Abortion and Euthanasia: faced with these issues explain the different ways Christians might respond. Euthanasia and abortion are two very sensitive issues of which there are strong arguments for and against. Some Christians believe that these two practices are totally wrong and should never be carried out while other Christians, for varying reasons believe euthanasia and abortion are acceptable and even in some cases, the right thing to do. This essay will assess the different beliefs Christians hold and the basis for their arguments. Most Christians teachings today stem from those of the Old Testament- the Didache is typical of these teachings, "You shall not kill by abortion the fruit of the womb." The Church of England opposes abortion. Ina report given in 1984, it stated, "the foetus is to be specially respected and protected." ...read more.

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The Roman Catholic view however is very different. It teaches that abortion is a great crime and is unacceptable in all circumstances. This is based on the opinion that life begins at conception and it is wrong to kill a human being. Pope Paul VI said in Humanae Vitae in 1968 that "human life is sacred" and "All men must recognise that fact". Vatican II, Gaudiun et Spes 51 supports this, "life must be protected with the utmost care from the moment of conception: abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes." Although most Christians are generally against abortion, many are influenced by society as well as their faith. Also, some women's views are altered by feminist views about the need to make your choices about your own body. ...read more.

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Christians regard life as sacred and because only God can give life, only God has the authority to take it. Most Christians do not think euthanasia is right thing to do, because nearly all denominations of Christianity do not support it. The Roman Catholic Church absolutely condemns it and in 1975 The Church of England produced a report "On Dying Well" which opposed euthanasia. The Methodist Church does not promote euthanasia either, but it is debatable as to whether Christians should follow the beliefs of their church. Euthanasia was not an issue at the time of Jesus so consequently he did not teach about it. Different denominational beliefs about euthanasia have arisen from the leaders and is therefore very much a matter of opinion-as the Bible does not refer to it Christianity as a whole cannot say whether it is religiously wrong or right. ...read more.

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