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Explain How Christian Belief, Including the Bible, Affects the Christian Attitude To Abortion.

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Explain how Christian belief, including the Bible, affects the Christian attitude to abortion. Abortion is an operation to cause the premature expulsion of the foetus from the womb. Although abortion is not mentioned in the Bible, from its earliest history the Church opposed it. From early writings from the 4th century CE the following was written: "Thou shalt not slay thy child by causing abortion...for everything that has been shaped by and received a soul from God, if it is slain, shall be avenged." Roman Catholics are totally against abortion, and various dictates have been written to state that point. They say that to kill an unborn child is wrong, even if it is a few cells because they believe that life begins from the moment of conception. A document from the 2nd century called the 'Didache' quotes "you shall not kill by abortion the fruit of the womb". ...read more.

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They say that the Church has a duty to offer moral and practical support to those who will be parents under difficult circumstances such as rape, teenage pregnancies, and single mothers. Anglicans believe that although the foetus is to be specially protected and respected, the life of the foetus is not absolutely sacrosanct if it endangers the life of its mother. Other Protestant churches, such as Methodists, Baptists and Quakers, argue that under certain exceptional circumstances, abortion is permissible, particularly when the mother's life is in danger. They nevertheless believe in the sanctity of life. This view is based on the fact that God gives is free will and therefore some Christians leave it to individuals to decide whether abortion is right or wrong for them. Louise Dockery 11L The Bible 2. i) Explain how Christian belief, including the Bible, affects the Christian attitude to wealth and poverty. When a rich man asked Jesus what he had to do to enter the kingdom of heaven, Jesus told him that he had to sell all he had and give the money to the poor. ...read more.

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There are many aid agencies in the world whose main function is to provide long and short term aid in developing countries. In Britain the main Christian agencies are CAFOD, Christian Aid, and Tear Fund. Long term aid charities help the poor provide for themselves until they no longer need the charity, whereas short term aid is usually emergency aid necessary when natural disasters hit a country. Catholics believe that the needs and rights of the poor are given special attention in God's eyes. They say that all resources should be shared equally and everyone's rights should be upheld. In 1995 Anglicans stated that the British economy should be restructured to address the needs of the poor in the UK and abroad. Methodists recognise that Christians have obligations to give relief to those in need and to assist in basic development so people can become responsible for their own futures. In the 90's they pressed the government to increase the amount of overseas aid. Christians should help those in need because Jesus did. They have a responsibility to help those in need. ...read more.

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