The Meaning of Abortion Abortion is an apparition to end a pregnancy through the expulsion of the foetus from the womb .In the UK it is illegal to have an abortion after twenty four weeks apart from life threatening circumstances. Abortion is a very complex moral issue with huge diversity of opinion, even in the Christian church. What biblical teachings might be used in a discussion about abortion? Different churches have different opinions on abortion, for example, The Roman Catholic Church says abortion is wrong and a sin In all cases. The Protestant Church says that abortion may be acceptable in some cases.
Nevertheless, most Christians believe that caring for life is more in keeping with their Christian principles than destroying it so they would respond negatively when faced with either abortion or euthanasia and show love to the less fortunate be it an infant in the womb or a terminally ill person. Most Christians believe in the commandment-"Thou shall not kill."
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.
In this piece of writing I will try to explain the different views on abortion based on the teachings of Christianity about the Sanctity of Life. First of all there is the Absolutist view where abortion is seen as evil and always wrong. For an Absolutist there is no excuse whatsoever to have an abortion. They don't think that it is right for a woman to have an abortion even if the child is disabled. This is because people who are disabled don't want to be, but they don't want to be dead either.
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. 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.
Although the Catholic Church does not support euthanasia we as Christians have the responsibility to make decisions when a person is in a great deal; of pain and asks to be given euthanasia. We should treat all other people, as we would like to be treated. The Catholic Church teaches that all euthanasia is wrong. Suicide and voluntary suicide and voluntary euthanasia are also wrong because its murder. One of the Ten Commandments though shall not kill as Christians we have to follow this.
Christian Beliefs on the Beginning and End of Life All Christians believe that life is special to God and this means that all Christians have certain guidelines to follow about the beginning and end of life. Although this is true Christians are unpredictable and might change their beliefs in an unusual situation, such as, if the Christian would suffer devastating consequences of an act such as birth; the pregnant woman might consider abortion. Some Christians preach the word of god to many people, but is it being forced on them? No, because it is his or her choice to listen, you can’t force someone to absorb what you are saying, unless you are the leader of a cult in which you “brain wash” the person you are preaching to. Christians accept that everyone has the right to a point of view, which means that if someone doesn’t believe in Christianity then they will appreciate the persons point of view and wont try to turn them into Christians.
Some Christians may ask their friends and family how they feel about abortion even asking their priest what their opinion maybe. Some Christians form their own opinions even if it does go against the teachings of their church. The Roman Catholic Church sees a life starting at the moment of conception. Life is a gift from God made in his image and likeness, and from the moment of conception they should be treated equally as any other human being with all the rights of a human being. The Roman Catholic Church has always been against abortion and a second century church teaching, the Didache said; "You shall not kill by abortion, the fruit of the womb" This clearly shows that most Roman Catholics should be against abortion in all circumstances.
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.
If the Christian was not wholly against abortion, they may well show compassion for a mother, whatever her choice. They may also have an abortion if they thought it was for the benefit of the child. Many Christians would refer to the Bible and Church teachings when considering abortion and may seek advice from vicars or priests, whatever their views on abortion. Christians can respond to abortion in a variety of ways. Some see abortion as the murder of a completely innocent and defenceless life, a gift from God and will devote their lives to preventing abortions from taking place.