Christians' Beliefs about Abortion and Euthanasia
In this piece of coursework I intend to explain the beliefs that
Christians hold about their responsibility for these beliefs at the
beginning and end of their lives.
In AO2 I will explain the different ways Christians might respond to
Abortion and Euthanasia.
In AO3 I will give my opinion on whether or not I agree, with more
than one point of view, to the following statement: "What Christians
believe about life is up to them. They should not try to make others
accept their position."
The Abortion Act was passed in 1967 and became effective the year
after. It applies to England, Wales and Scotland, but not Northern
Ireland. During the 30 years after the implementation of the act, the
total number of abortions performed annually rose by nearly 700% such
that some five million abortions were performed in Britain. During the
last 15 years of that period, the annual total of abortions exceeded
Abortion is an operation carried out to remove the growing foetus from
its Mothers womb so that it can be destroyed.
All human life is sacred and all human life is good, to us this means
that life is precious and that no one has the right to take life away,
just God alone can decide when conception takes place as well as to
determine a person's death. The Christian church teaches that life is
a sacred 'gift' from god.
We are all created in the 'image of God' (Genesis 1:26-27), life is
therefore sacred and has dignity. Christians also believe that 'The
Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into
his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being',
(Genesis 2:7). And although there is no physical likeness, God is
within us as a Spirit. We may have certain qualities and
characteristics that God has.
St Paulalso says the same thing, 'God's Holy Spirit lives in our
bodies, and we must not harm it'. All human beings are created equal,
'Man has a dominion over all other forms of life' (Genesis 1:26-27),
saying that we are the superior intelligence and we have free will so
we should treat nature and surroundings just as God treats us and that
we should use God's gifts to the full.
Christians believe people have souls; this is the part of us that
lasts forever. They believe the soul is a part of a person which is
separate from the person. When the body dies the soul joins God and we
have been given an opportunity to have a relationship with God. Many
Christians believe that people have souls even before they were born,
while they were growing during pregnancy.
Christians also believe God values human life greatly as they believe
Jesus came to die to...