Christians' Outlooks on Abortion and Euthanasia

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Christians' Outlooks on Abortion and Euthanasia Most Christians would respond very negatively when faced with the issue of abortion. Most Christians believe in the commandment "Thou shall not kill" and as they believe that God is the creator of all human life, they believe that only God can take life. In the Bible Jeremiah shows how God has mapped out our lives: "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations." As God may have plans for this infant, he should not be destroyed as a foetus. The Roman Catholic Church believes that life begins at the moment of conception and that everyone has the right to life. A foetus is a person and abortion destroys its right to life and is therefore wrong. Other Christians like Anglicans believe that abortion may be permitted in certain circumstances if it is the lesser of two evils and so it is discouraged but not completely banned. Some Christians see abortion as acceptable if a woman becomes pregnant as a result of being raped. Carrying the baby, giving birth and rearing the baby could be constant reminders of the trauma the mother had been through and so abortion could be seen as the lesser of two evils. Another similar circumstance could be if the foetus is deformed or severely handicapped. Some Christians could justify the abortion on the grounds that it is unfair to bring a severely handicapped infant into life if its quality of life is going to be very poor. However other Christians argue that no-one knows the potential of this foetus irrespective of the medical opinion regarding the handicap. At any rate... ... middle of paper ... ...ring and the suffering of the family watching a loved one suffer. Others feel that everyone should be allowed to die with dignity before they become too ill to look after themselves. Others claim that Christ showed compassion to the sick and dying and that voluntary euthanasia is compassionate. Christ taught people "to love their neighbour as themselves" and some feel that helping the terminally ill or someone with a poor quality of life is showing love. 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."

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