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

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Rachel Third 10AT Religious Education Coursework What biblical and church teachings might be used in a discussion about abortion? When faced with a moral decision, a Christian wanting to know that God would want them to do would look to the bible, either for direct biblical teaching or biblical principles. They could also turn to the church for advice and teaching. Within Christianity there are several denominations, which have different ways of expressing what it means to be a Christian. However they have far more in common than they have differences. Although the bible does not address the issue of abortion directly, traditional Christian teaching strongly emphasises the value of human life, and therefore condemns abortion. "God showed his love for us by sending his only son into the world, so that we might live through him," 1 John 4. Christians believe that Jesus Christ was sent by God to die for humanity, so we could be saved and be reconciled with God, "God reconciled us to himself through Christ," 2 Corinthians 18. They believe that this shows the value that God places on the individual and the love he has for every single person. The Baptist Church states that they are deeply concerned to protect the life of the innocent foetus as they believe in the sanctity of human life and the need to preserve human relationships with God, each other and the world. ...read more.

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For God's temple is holy and you yourselves are his temple." This shows how only God has the power to decide the fate of his creations, as they are made in his image and therefore are precious. Job 1:21 also supports this view, saying, "The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away," and Job 12:10 which says, "It is God who directs the life of his creatures; everyone's life is in his hands." If God has planned and created a life no human being has the power to take it away. One of the Ten Commandments is, "Thou shall not commit murder," Exodus 20:13, and as this was laid down as one of the most important rules for mankind to live by, it proves that even single lives are important and valuable to God. The Roman Catholic Church would say that they regard the foetus as a sacred human life from the moment of conception, as therefore to destroy this life would be the same as murder. "The voluntary and direct killing of an innocent human life is always gravely immoral." Pope John Paul II. They believe that the deliberate procured abortion is a serious sin in all circumstances as in Catholic theology human life begins at the moment of conception. ...read more.

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Go now and leave your life of sin." These passages both describe Jesus' forgiveness and kindness, and Christians are called to follow Jesus' example. In the Old Testament, for example Exodus 21:22-23, it seems that they did not see the foetus as having all the rights of a person, "If some men are fighting and hurt a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is not serious injury the offender must be fined whatever the women's husband demands and the court allows. But if there is serious injury, you are allowed to take life for life." This shows that although God values the life of the unborn child (a man can demand a sum of his choice in payment) it seems from this passage that the life of the already living mother is more valuable as a much higher price is demanded - it says, "A life for a life" therefore implying that the foetus is not yet a life. However the Roman Catholic Church would say they disagreed with this interpretation, as Pope Puix XI said, "The life of an unborn child is as sacred as that of its mother." John Habgood, the former Archbishop of York said, "Personhood is gradually acquired during the process of gestation," which implies that he thinks that the early foetus does not have all the rights of a person, disagreeing with the Roman Catholic Church's point of view. ...read more.

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