The Teaching of the Roman Catholic Church and Their Influence on People's Views on Abortion The R.C Church teaches that all human life is sacred. The word sacred means devoted or help especially acceptable to a deity. Both the old and new testaments teach that human life is sacred and should not be terminated. God created life in his image and each one of us is like him. To kill a human being is like killing a part of god and this has greatly influenced the teachings of the R.C Church about abortion.
Christians have strong views on abortion and different denominations have different opinions. Roman Catholics believe that falling pregnant is a gift from God and abortion is unacceptable in all cases. They also believe that life begins at conception so abortion is murder. Other Christian denominations also believe this and are pro-life. The Church of England disagrees with abortion but gives exceptions in extreme circumstances such as the mother’s health is at risk.
Exploring the Different Ways Christians May Respond to Abortion There are two main views taken by Christians on the issue of abortion. One is the absolutist's view, which reflects the Roman Catholic teachings, which say that abortion is never justified under any circumstances. This can also be described as the sanctity of life argument. If the foetus is handicapped the parents have the choice to abort the baby or not. A Roman Catholic would say that the foetus should not be destroyed for any reason.
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.
However - The person deciding to end their life should not be influenced by anyone, apart from themselves. It is their singular choice, and not someone else's. In a sense, abortion may be seen as acceptable because the person may be too young to have the child and may not have the facilities to bring them up. However, the Christian Churches would say that it is going against God's will and we are all created in the 'image and likeness of God'. I agree that what Christians believe about life is up to them because although abortion and euthanasia are seen as murdering by some groups, every person has a right to decide what to do with his or her lives.
This implication is that each individual has a unique relationship with God and no one has the right to destroy this relationship through abortion, murder or euthanasia. Irenaus taught that we are made in the image of God and grow into the likeness of God. We are all made imperfect, whether physically or mentally. But we have the chance to become more like God. Abortion is wrong because it denies us this ch... ... middle of paper ... ...they want whether it is what God to follow, what they want to believe or what colour of shoes they wear.
Lastly, religion plays a major role in the choices made with abortion. Pro-choice activists contradict the Christian beliefs. In the bible, Proverbs 6:16-19, it says seven thing that the Lord hates. One of those seven is hands that shed innocent blood and that is exactly what an abortion is. Also, in Exodus 13 it says “Do not murder.” Since pro-life activists believe that life starts as soon as the child is conceived it is murder to abort it.
Abortion And Euthanasia The Roman Catholic Church believe that life begins when the baby is made (conception). From this belief it influences its attitude to issues such as contraception, euthanasia and suicide. Roman Catholics say that life is sacred. What they mean by that is that life is special to God. For them, every person is a separate living human being and all have the rights to live.
A. 2) Explain what Christian Teaching might be used in a discussion about abortion. In a discussion about abortion one of the earliest Christian teachings could be used; the Old Testament Commandment 'thou shalt not kill'. There may be exceptions in terms of war or other unusual situations, but the basic premise is upheld that one should not take another persons life. Many Christians and Churches believe that an induced abortion is an evil, violating this commandment of Exodus 20: 13 as, the Roman Catholic Church, for example believe a foetus is a person from the moment of conception.
Jesus refers to the children as ‘My little ones’ which suggests they belong to him. So it is basically saying that if you are to harm one of Jesus’ children, then you are harming him in the process, as his children are a part of him. All of these quotations which address the issue of abortion are taken into account and they help people to understand the Christians perspectives on abortion, and why they feel so strongly upon the matter. Jesus was given the gift of life from God, he was born of the Immaculate Conception, he was born free of sin and lived his life like all of God’s children should, and we are all gods’ children, so by depriving some of his children of their gift, we are harming out father in the process too.