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Describe the teaching about abortion and the Sanctity of Life, which is found in the Bible

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ABORTION Section A Describe the teaching about abortion and the Sanctity of Life, which is found in the Bible: There are many different views shrouding the controversial contemporary issue of abortion. The different denominations within Christianity have differing views over the issue, and in recent years, with the refining of medical methods to a safe status, there has been much argument and unrest concerning whether or not abortion should be made widely available, or made illegal altogether. The bible says: "Don't you know that you yourselves are God's temple and that God's Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him; for God's temple is sacred, and you are that temple." This shows that God has a part of him in all of us and nobody has the right to take that away from us. However, this raises the delicate and often questioned matter of when life begins. The Bible also says that: "Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him." This shows that a child is a gift or reward from God, and thus should not be refused or shunned, simply because it is not wanted. It also shows that every child is unique and since every child has the potential to become a great and valuable person to society, so you should never waste such a chance. "Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God." "Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. ...read more.


to fully care for them. Quality of life is important for both the future child as well as the parents. It should also be noted that Christians who argue in favour of the woman's right to terminate her pregnancy do so with a heavy heart. They, along with the women involved, do not take abortion lightly. '... most women who have an abortion have just made the most difficult decision of their life. No one thinks abortion is a wonderful thing. No one tries to get pregnant just so they can terminate it.' Section C In your opinion, is there ever any justification for a Christian approving an abortion?: I think that a Christian who is in realistic need of an abortion is in a very tricky situation. There are several references for and against the moral issue of abortion in the bible, and it is how to draw a solid conclusion of what is correct because there are so many contradictions and ambiguous phrases. This means that it is often hard to tell if a reference actually relates to abortion, and if it does, which view it represents. However, one useful issue in the argument of whether an abortion is morally acceptable is the 'doctrine of double effect'. The doctrine of double effect states that it may be justifiable to perform a good act with the knowledge that bad consequences will follow, but that it is always wrong to intentionally perform a bad act for the sake of good consequences that will follow. ...read more.


Anti-abortionists use this problem in an attempt to prove their point. In a debate, a Pro Choice defender will rightly state that the difference between a foetus and a full-term human being is that the foetus isn't a person. The anti-abortion activist will reply by asking his opponent to define what makes someone into a person. Suddenly the Pro Choice defender is at a loss for words to describe what he or she knows instinctively. We know it because we lived it. We know we have no memory of self-awareness before our first birthday, or even before our second. But we also quickly become aware of the "problem" we create if we say a human doesn't become a person until well after its birth. However, just because someone is afraid to speak the truth doesn't make it any less true. A human indeed does not become a full person until consciousness. And consciousness doesn't occur until well after the birth of the child. But that does not automatically lend credence to the anti-abortionist's argument that it should, therefore, be acceptable to kill a three-month-old baby because it is not yet a person. It is still a potential person. And after birth it is an independent potential person whose existence no longer poses a threat to the physical health of another. Overall, I have decided, taking heed of all the different issues throughout my studies that an abortion for a Christian should be allowed in some specific desperate circumstances and should be carried out as soon after conception as is physically possible, to ensure minimal damage. I think that this would produce equilibrium. RPSE Coursework - Abortion Jonathan Arnott 11R ...read more.

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