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. The belief that human life is special, sacred and holy affects Christians in many

different ways. Christians believe that God makes each person individually and deliberately,

so everyone has value. Christians who choose to become doctors or nurses make this career

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choice because of their Christian faith, they want to put into practice their beliefs about the

value of human life.                                                                         

        Some of the discussion surrounding abortion depends on whether a foetus is thought to

be a person or not. Christians who think that abortion is murder believe that the foetus is a

person with the same rights and the same value to God as a child who has already been born.

However, others believe that the foetus is not yet a person, and so its life is not sacred. Roman

Catholics believe that life ...

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