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

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A ii) What biblical and church teachings might be used in a discussion about abortion? There is nothing in the Bible that speaks directly about abortion. This is because during the time when the Bible was written, abortion wasn't an issue. However, although the Bible does not address abortion directly, It does talk about how life is special and that murder is wrong. There are many verses in the Bible that talk about how life is special. For example in Jeremiah 1:5, the Bible says 'Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; before you came to birth I consecrated you; I have appointed you as a prophet to the nations'. ...read more.

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This verse also shows that God knew everyone before they were born and everyone is unique and individual, even mentally or physically disabled people. In Corinthians 3:16-17 the Bible talks about the body being a temple of God and that God will destroy anybody who should destroy the temple of God. This verse shows that God is against killing, and abortion is the killing of an unborn child. Also in Genesis 1:26-27 it says 'God created man in his image' this tells us that we are made in Gods image and to destroy another human being is a big act against God. Murder is clearly condemned in the ten commandments, 'you shall not murder' (Exodus 20:13). ...read more.

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However they condemn the act of abortion and not the person. Catholic teaching also says that if the woman really can't bring up the child herself she should get it adopted. On the other hand, the Methodist church teaches that abortion is evil, but should be accepted in certain cases. For example they think it should be accepted if; the baby is going to be severely handicapped, if the pregnancy is the result of rape or if the baby will cause the mother mental or physical problems if it was born. The Anglican church believe innocent life should not be taken, and they also say there are acceptions. They tell people to consider the issue of abortion very carefully. The Baptist church teaches that abortion is evil, but they too agree that it should be accepted in certain circumstances. Rachel Merrfield 10A ...read more.

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