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Some Christians believe that human life is sacred. Explain how this belief influences their attitudes toward abortion, showing that you understand different points of view.

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Some Christians believe that human life is sacred. Explain how this belief influences their attitudes toward abortion, showing that you understand different points of view. Introduction Since abortion is such a controversial and thought provoking topic we would need to clear up some of the specific terms in the set question that can be interpreted in many different ways. These interpretations are the things that effect different people's points of view Firstly, I believe that "all Christians", and not just "some" believe that human life is sacred. The belief in the sanctity of life is a very important element of the Christian faith. There are lots of passages in the Bible that show and support the belief in the sanctity of life. Another key factor that is crucial to understand if we want to answer the set question is if we can speak of is the true meaning of the word "sacred". The word sacred comes from the Latin word sancire, which means "worthy of religious respect". This again is one of the primary foundations of Christianity because it is believed that "God gave life (or created man)" so it is considered sacred or holy. Christian Beliefs on the Sanctity of Life All Christians believe that life is sacred and has to be treated with a certain amount of respect. The quotation, below, from the bible says that human life is a gift from God. ...read more.

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The sixth, of the Ten Commandments, states, "You shall not kill" (Exodus 20:13). Some Christians see abortion as murder. However this can only seen as murder if the fetus in question was alive. Many people see a fetus as not alive ("unborn child"). So therefore the crucial question to determine this argument is when does life begin? , At conception or at birth? None of the Christian Churches believe that abortion should be encouraged and all agree that it should only be used in the most serious circumstances. The exception is the Roman Catholic Church, which sees abortion as a sin in all cases. The law allows an abortion at any stage of the pregnancy, if the child were to be born it would suffer from "such physical or mental abnormalities" that it would be seriously handicapped. Many Christians who think that the "quality of life" is more important than life itself would use this argument in favour of abortion. We are able to find out if the foetus is deformed in any way, before it is born, by using today's advanced technology. If any abnormalities are detected then the mother is given a choice of an abortion. Some parents believe that it is a greater sin to give birth to a baby with a serious deformity and allow it to cope with it than to have aborted it when it was a foetus. ...read more.

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The social and personal factors are also taken into consideration. Humanists and Atheists are people who believe that human destiny is for only humans to decide. They believe in the philosophy of life that human beings have the capacity, intellectual capabilities and moral, to work toward improving conditions of life on our planet. They usually reject supernaturalism and stress an individual's dignity, worth and capacity for self-realization through reason. They also think that since humans are their own masters they think that they should make decisions for themselves without any outside influence, in this case religion. "How much better it would be to serve mankind, which can be benefited, than to "serve" a God who cannot be benefited in any way." (Northeast Atheist Association) "Humanists regard abortion as better than bringing unwanted babies into the world. It is a mistake to say that Humanists are in favour of abortion; no one can be in favour of abortion, which, except in unforeseen circumstances, is the result of failed contraception. We think there will probably always be a certain number of unplanned pregnancies and that the mothers concerned should have the complete choice of either early abortion, or keeping the baby." (Humanist Dipper) The Humanist point of view completely contradicts the Christian point of view so this makes it is easier to see where each point of view is coming from. It also shows that people who do have a faith should, not influence those who do not follow a religion or have beliefs. . ...read more.

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