Christian Attitudes to Abortion and Euthanasia

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Christian Attitudes to Abortion and Euthanasia Christian Attitudes: Christians have different views about abortion and euthanasia, but they all take the issues very seriously. They are part of the discussion about the Sanctity of Life. Christians believe that all life is sacred and was given by God. It is a gift from God. To have an abortion or to accept euthanasia are very serious decisions and Christians believe that they should not be encouraged for social reasons. E.g. Abortion is not another form of contraception. It should only be considered in the most serious circumstances. Abortion: Abortion can be spontaneous and is then regarded as a miscarriage or it can be an operation, which causes the premature expulsion of the foetus from the womb. An operation to terminate a pregnancy can legally take place in Britain before the foetus is viable; that means capable of living independently of its mother. Legal abortion is usually safe and relatively uncomplicated. Jesus did not teach his followers about abortion. It was not an issue in his day. However, those who oppose abortion look for guidance in Biblical passages, which speak of the sanctity of life. They also consult teachings of the Church. The Bible says, in the Ten Commandments: ‘You shall not murder’. (Exodus 20:13) Some Christians believe that abortion is murder because it ends the life of the unborn child. 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 tells Christians that the body is God’s temple: ‘Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you? If anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him; for God’s temple is sacr... ... middle of paper ... ...h1: 5 says: ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.’ Those who are against euthanasia say that these passages from the Old Testament show that God knows life from the beginning. Ending life at any stage is murder. As with abortion, those Christians who are willing to accept euthanasia under certain circumstances do so out of compassion. Jesus taught that people should love others as much as they love themselves. This is Christian love (agape) or compassion. Some Christians might argue that in sometimes, the most loving thing to do is to allow a person to die. Christians usually prefer the alternative of the hospice movement. Hospices are residential homes for the terminally ill. Their aim is to allow people to die with dignity and in as little pain as possible.
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