Describe Christian Teachings which may beused in a discussion about abortion.

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Describe Christian Teachings which may be used in a discussion about abortion.

Abortion or the termination of a pregnancy remains a controversial issue as much today [in the 21st century] as in the 20th century before us. The difference in the last century or so is that the termination of a pregnancy has become a more routine and apparent risk-free medical procedure. Since the law on abortion has been liberalized, decisions about whether or not to proceed with an ‘unwanted’ pregnancy have become more for the individual and the family involved.

Many religions are against abortion due to their belief in the Sanctity of Life. Acts 17:25 (New International Version) states: ‘because he himself gives all [people] life and breath and everything else’. This is why Christians believe in the sanctity of life. This is the belief that all life is sacred and precious and that it is all a gift from God, and therefore it is only for God to take away. This is why it is very hard for the Christian church to deal with abortion.

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It is unnecessary to point out that Christians generally draw heavily to the bible for guidance in all matters, however since there is little consideration of the issue of abortion itself in the bible, this leaves it open for various opinions to be made from indirect quotations. For example, anti abortionist Christians will quote those passages which state the sanctity of life and or the prohibition of murder: ‘Then God said “let us make man in our image, in our likeness”… so God created man in his own image, in the image of god he created him; male and ...

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