How Christian Teachings May be Used in a Discussion About Abortion

422 Words2 Pages
How Christian Teachings May be Used in a Discussion About Abortion

Christians are taught about their religion through teachings from the

Bible. They also follow what the Pope and other religious teachers

tell them. These teachings help guide Christians through life.

On the subject of 'having children' God told his people that they

should multiply he said "Be fruitful and increase, fill the earth"

(Genesis 1:28). When God said this, the world was sparsely populated

so He wanted to fill it with His people. He also said, "Like arrows in

the hand of a warrior are the sons of one's youth. Happy is he who has

his quiver full of them" (Psalm 127:4-5). The arrows represent the

sons, the warrior, the father. Happy is he who has many arrows,

meaning the more sons the father has, the happier he will be.

Christians believe that begins at conception, this is what they have

been taught. "You knit me together in my mother's womb . . . my frame

was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place . . . your

eyes saw my unformed body" (Psalm 139). This Psalm refers to 'you'

meaning God. This quote is suggesting that God created humans the way

he wanted them to be. Another quote to back this up is from the

'Declaration on procured abortion' by the Roman Catholic church in

1974, it reads, "From the time the ovum is fertilized a new life is

begun. It is the life of a new human being with it's own growth. It

would never become human if it were not human already". The point that

the Roman Catholics are trying to make is that a human is an

individual from conception.

Christians believe that the abortion of a baby is wrong. However this

depends on the individual case. The Church of England said, "The life

of a foetus is not absolutely sacrosanct if it endangers the life of

the mother" (1984). What this means is that if the mother's life is in

danger then abortion is acceptable.

More about How Christian Teachings May be Used in a Discussion About Abortion

Open Document