The Teachings of Christianity on the Sanctity of Life in Realtion to Abortion

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The Teachings of Christianity on the Sanctity of Life in Realtion to Abortion

Abortion is one of the most controversial topics faced by the world

today. The number of abortions has doubled from 1971 to 1991, 100,000

abortions to 200,000 abortions. 500 abortions a day, 1 abortion in 3

women. This is still rising. 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. They have their rights. The Roman Catholic church states that

life begins at conception and that abortion is a crime. Christians

believe that the world was created by God and that all human beings

come from God. Human beings are therefore given the responsibility to

take care of life. The Roman Catholic Church also states that 'It

would never become human if it were not human already'. An unborn

child still has the potential for life, and he or she's rights

shouldn't be neglected. In Genesis 1:27 it tells us of God's creation,

"God created people in His own image, in the image of God He created

them; He created male and female." This means that because God created

us human beings, our life has value and meaning. Abortion is something

that would take this life away, which should only be taken away by

God. The commandment, exodus 20:1...

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Death is God's business and people should not interfere. Do you agree?

Some Christians would agree with this statement because they believe

that since our life is given by god, it should therefore only be up to

God to end it.

However some Christians may slightly disagree with this statement

because they believe that if we have the power to keep a human being

artificially alive, then there should be the right to 'turn the

machines off' if the human is brain dead.

Non-Christians would disagree with this statement because they believe

that we control our own lives and if we decided that we want to put an

end to it, we should have the right to do that. They believe that if

someone is in real pain and will with time be paralysed they should

have the right to die as that is no life.
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