Christian Believe About the Sanctity of Human Life Christians believe that God has given them the gift of life so therefore no one but God has the authority to end life or prevent new life. Exodus 20:13, “you shall not murder”, is an important biblical passage to the ‘sanctity of human life.’ It tells Christians initially that euthanasia, abortion and capital punishment are wrong although it is more complicated than that. Abortion is not mentioned in the Bible but the passage above does convey that it is wrong and you are sinning. In Luke 1:41 it shows Christians that Elizabeth’s baby was alive and so if you were to have an abortion you would be destroying life. Christians have strong views on abortion and different denominations have different opinions.
Contraception: A means of stopping conception (pregnancy) taking place by chemical or mechanical means. There are a variety of viewpoints on contraception from the different Christian churches. Most couples in modern society feel the need to control the numbers of children that they have. The Roman Church teaches that all artificial (chemical or barrier) are wrong as the primary reason for sexual intercourse should be to have children. However the RC church does not condemn natural family planning which means that the woman is aware of the times when she is fertile and the times that she is not.
People who have had an abortion think that it was the best thing to do because of their individual situations and experiences and would disagree. However others would agree, because of their religious beliefs or opinions on when life begins. Catholics would agree with the statement abortion is never justified. They believe that life begins at conception and by having an abortion you are killing another human being that has equal rights to life with its mother. The church teaches that every human is made in God’s image spiritually.
“Children were viewed as a gift or heritage from the Lord… the Scriptures state…that God opens and closes the womb and is sovereign over conception” (Anderson 1). In this sense, “childlessness was seen as a curse” (Anderson 1). Passages taken from the Bible are used as supporting details because they state indirectly how God feels towards the issue. Before Christ was born, however, opinions differed towards abortion. Unwanted children were destroyed through abortion and infanticide because the Romans and Greeks thought human life was neither sacred nor inviolate (Ayd 48).
Pope Paul V1 said 'Human life is sacred'. All men must recognise that fact.' They believe that everybody, (not just Christians) should have a proper respect for human life and human rights. In the Ten Commandments, it says 'Thou shall not kill' and having an abortion is effectively murdering as the baby has equal rights to the mother. The Anglican view on abortion is that although the foetus is specially respected and protected, the life of the foetus is not absolutely sacrosanct if it endangers the life of the mother.
For them, every person is a separate living human being and all have the rights to live. All Roman Catholics are against abortion, they believe that abortion is a murder and should have the rights to life. The Catholic Church teaches that deliberate procured ab ortion is a serious sin all circumstances. The Catholic Church refers to the fifth of the ten Commandments ( thou shalt not kill) because it has a meaning. Christians believe that because God created life, no one ever has the right to destroy it, whilst others believe that there are times when a woman's circumstances should be treated with compassion and that abortion may be a 'necessary evil'.
And not one of them is forgotten by God'' Luke 12: 6. The ultimate teaching is found in the fifth commandment ''thy shall not kill'' thus providing that in god eyes human life is precious. This notion of sacredness epitomises the churches teaching that abortion is immoral. Catholics believe that all life is sacred and see the unborn baby as a human being from the moment of conception and a gift from God. Abortion should not be used as a type of birth control since it is ultimately murder.
In countries where Catholicism is the dominant faith it has held out against abortion being legalised, this is not always successful e.g. France, Italy and Spain. The law of the church however says that anyone who commits the sin of abortion automat... ... middle of paper ... ...rape, or the pregnancy becomes life threatening. I believe that young people should not just be told about it but be allowed to discuss it, they should be told where they can go for help and confidential advice. A Christian approach to explaining it may not always be the best option as many young people have no faith in religion and see it as a fantasy.
Any other reason apart from these never justifies abortion. It is just killing a life which is yet to born and flourish. Life is God’s creation and putting it to an end is a sinful act. Every religion preaches that life is the most precious gift of God and so is divine. Hence abortion is going against one’s own religion.
The Roman Church teaches that sexual intercourse should only been done if it’s in the means of conception. There is much controversy over these views especially in places where there is overpopulation. "It is right and proper for parents to regulate the number of children that they have and the spaces between the children, but not be means that which artificially make it impossible for sexual intercourse to result in conception (pregnancy)." [Catholic Truth Society] In recent years, there has been many debates concerning the fact of abortions - whether they should be illegal or not. A Christian point of view is that they believe that the world is created by God.