• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Explain Biblical and Church Teachings, which might be used in a discussion about abortion?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Abortion i) What is meant by the term "abortion"? In the dictionary, abortion is defined as a termination of pregnancy, which means expulsion of a foetus or an expulsion of an embryo that is incapable of survival. It also says that it is a "cessation" of normal growth, especially of an organ or other body part, prior to full development or maturation. Some people regard abortion as murder and others regard abortion as a natural operation performed on mothers who do not want a baby for particular reasons such as financial problems or in more serious cases, forms of abuse like rape. For many centuries, it was considered a serious crime to destroy a child in the mother's womb but in 1967, Parliament passed a law permitting abortion ...read more.

Middle

"You are God's temple and God's spirit lives in you! If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's temple is holy and you yourselves are his temple". This means do not destroy ANY life for you represent God and should look after your body in a respectful way (i.e. no use of alcohol or drugs etc). In the early centuries, Church teachings state that abortion was only allowable up to forty days after conception because it was believed that this time was when the unborn child received its soul (called ensoulment)-this meaning was based on early understandings of science and nowadays is not generally accepted. Roman Catholics think that it is wrong to kill an unborn child, regardless of the stage of development and circumstance. ...read more.

Conclusion

On the other hand, the United Reformed Church and some Anglicans and Methodists understands and recognizes that there are a wide range of views and circumstances which should be considered under all aspects of this issue of whether or not abortion is allowable or not. In my personal opinion, I do not know whether or not abortion is right or wrong for I do not have that much knowledge or any experience of these circumstances. However, from what I have researched I think everybody has to consider everyone's views about abortion and look at the certain aspects carefully in order to make the correct decision in an appropriate manner and in a non-biased way. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Abortion and other medical issues section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Abortion and other medical issues essays

  1. Aii] What biblical and church teachings might be used in a discussion about abortion?

    forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you; good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For the measure you give will be the measure you get back.'

  2. child development

    The doctor checks eyes, ears and nose. 3. The doctor listens to the baby's heart with a stethoscope. 4. Arms are checked for muscle strength, the doctor checks how may creases there are on the palm of the baby's hand.

  1. Explain what Christian teachings might be used in a discussion about abortion.Christians could use ...

    Making a decision on whether or not you think abortion is justified, depends on what you are influenced by. For me, this is conscience, as I think will be the case with most people. Up until a woman is six months pregnant, it is legal for her to have an abortion.

  2. What biblical and church teachings might be used in a discussion about abortion?In the ...

    It is simply saying that you shouldn't murder anyone. This means that according to Jeremiah 1:5 if you have an abortion you are murdering someone. 3. In Genesis 1:27 it says; "So God created man out of his own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female he created them".

  1. What biblical and church teachings might be used in a discussion about abortion?

    Church The four churches I chose are The Roman Catholic Church, The Church of England, The Baptist Union of Great Britain and The Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). The Church of England feels there is an unacceptably high amount of abortions.

  2. What biblical and Church teachings might be used in a discussion about abortion?

    Roman Catholics believe that life begins, and is sacred from the moment of contraception, as soon as the woman's egg is fertilised by the man's sperm. Many Christians from different Churches agree with this point of view but others believe that the foetus cannot really be described as a human until later on in the pregnancy.

  1. Abortion - Biblical Teachings

    criticise others, but forget about your own negative qualities, then you are being hypocritical. I think the Bible is trying to say that although abortion is wrong in the eyes of God, we as humans have no right to judge them, it is God who should do the judging.

  2. Abortion discussion.

    reason and cant give birth to the baby then the doctors would advise her not to have this baby at this time of her life or maybe even forever because it would put the woman's life in danger as well as that unborn child's life that wants to be born both of them could end up dead.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work