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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 coursework 1. Describe the teaching about abortion and the sanctity of life, which is found in the bible. Definition of abortion: ' A premature expulsion of the foetus from the womb. An operation to cause this.' Christianity Joe Jenkins 1995 Definition of euthanasia: ' A gentle and easy death; the bringing about of this especially in cases of incurable and painful disease.' Christianity Joe Jenkins 1995 In the Bible we are given many teachings about abortion and the sanctity of life. The main teaching, that all the others are related to, is found in the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20): 'Thou shalt not kill' If it is believed that life begins at conception, then abortion is murder, and is forbidden by the law of G-d. If, however, it is felt that life begins at another point in time, after conception (for example when the unborn baby first moves); then the foetus is not given the same rights as a human being and abortion is not considered as morally incorrect. Another teaching found in the Bible (Ecclesiation 8:8), is similar to the one above. ' No one has power over the day of his death' This shows us how sacred life is and how only G-d can decide when it is time for somebody to die. This may be related to abortion, as, by carrying out this act, a person's life will be taken with no help from G-d. It may be said that if G-d feels that an unborn child should not be born then the woman will have a miscarriage, (an involuntary form of abortion). ...read more.

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Human Vitae 1968 This can be related to abortion, because the Roman Catholic Church believes that human life begins at conception and therefore is sacred. It is also telling us that, as 'all men must recognise that fact,' no man has the right to take the life of a human being, whether it is through murder, suicide or abortion. 'Life must be protected wit the upmost care from the moment of conception; abortion and infanticide are abominable crimes.' Vatican II In this statement we are being told that abortion is one of the worst crimes that any human can commit. It can be seen that the Roman Catholic Church has a very strong view on abortion, and feel that the act should never take place. The Catholic Truth Society issued a report in which they remind us of a lot of the teachings on abortion found in the Bible, such as those found in Genesis 1:27 and Psalms 139:13 and 15. 'We have been created by Almighty G-d in his own image and likeness. No pregnancy is unplanned, because no baby can be conceived unless Almighty G-d intends that conception and has willed that particular that particular unique and completely individual new person into existence. What has actually happened in our society is that clever arguments have convinced those with no anchor of belief in G-d to cling to, that merciless slaughter of unborn babies is morally justifiable, and even essential for the happiness of the individual and the good of society.' ...read more.

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A Christian should not approve having an abortion on demand, as this would mean that people were not 'being fruitful and increasing' as instructed to by G-d. It may seem unfair to say that it is wrong for a Christian to approve having an abortion, however people belong to the religion of Christianity because they love and respect G-d so they should follow his laws; these include all the teachings found in the Bible (as mentioned earlier). The fact that Christians believe that G-d created them, loves them and is always with them means that they should respect the gift of life that has been given to them in their unborn child; destroying this life would be destroying something that was given to them by G-d. This could be argued by saying that, as G-d is always with us, on heaven and on earth, aborting the unborn baby would be kinder to the child then bringing it into a family where it would no be loved; it would then be happy with G-d in heaven. As Christians believe in heaven and hell they may feel that they would be sent to hell for carrying out abortion. On denomination, the Roman Catholic Church, follows all the laws concerning abortion, as it is never allowed. The Church of England treats each cases differently but still feels that abortion is wrong. It may be felt that the Roman Catholic Church is too strict and the Church of England's views suit today's society better. However, if the Church does not obeyed by the laws of G-d then Christians will start to approve abortions; something that G-d himself does not want us to accept. Spring 1998 Rebecca Zecharia M. ...read more.

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