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

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section a2 What biblical and Church teachings might be Ruby Bains used in a discussion about abortion? Different people from different religions have different views on abortion. The Christian religion believes that human life is different from other kinds of life, because in a mysterious way, people share something of the nature of God. Being a sikh my views are more restricted and different to the Christian religion, we believe life is sacred and abortion should only take place if the child is in danger at birth. Many Christians often relate to 'sancity of life', by this they mean that they believe there is something special and holy about life. The book of Genesis is an example to sancity of life, it describes how God made Adam, and then 'breathed into his nostrils the breath of life'. (Genesis 2:7) Genesis also shows that people are made 'in the image of God': so God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:26-27) Christians sometimes believe that the Bible teaches that people are in some way reflections of God, and that in human life, something can be seen of God himself. ...read more.

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(Exodus 21:22-25) explains what shoud happen by law if someone causes a woman to miscarry: 'If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman's husband demands and the court allows.' But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise. This passage from the Bible suggests that the foetus is considered to have the protection of the law, (Exodus 20:13) this passage describes God telling his people to respect their father and mother, so that they may live a long time in the land that he is giving them by not doing certain things such as Do not commit murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not accuse anyone falsely and do not desire another man's house, his wife, his slaves, his cattle, his donkeys, or anything else that he owns. By do not commit murder it means not to take anyones life through either murder or abortion. The Church of England combines strong opposition to abortion with a recognition that there can be strictly limited conditions under which it may be morally legitimate. ...read more.

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Christians who believe abortion is murder believe the foetus is a person and is living within the mother and many people say that the foetus is not yet a person so life is not sacred (they may talk about the foetus as a 'potential person'). There are so many different views for individual people, but i myself believe that life begins, and is sacred, from the moment of conception, as soon as the woman's egg is fertilised by the man's sperm, on the very first day of pregnancy, I believe this because the man and woman have both combined to make another human between them and once the egg is fertilised that is the first day of pregnancy. Many Christians from different Churches agree with that it doesn't matter if the life only consists of a group of cells, and couldn't be recognised as a baby in the making; it is still a life, some Christians refer to it as the relationship between an acorn and an oak tree; the acorn is a potential oak tree, but it is not an oak tree yet.The Bible's command is to love one another and to have compassion for the weak, Jesus invites us to live a full life so who are we to take it away from a human that is still in its developing stages. ...read more.

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