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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 20:13, reads 'You shall not kill'.
Abortion is seen by some people as a form of killing and therefore it
is seen as a sin, and utterly wrong. In Psalm 139:13, it reads this,
'For thou didst form my inward parts, thou didst knit me together in
my mother's womb. I praise thee, for thou art fearful and wonderful.
Wonderful are thy works! Thou knowest me right well', this tells us
that God knows about each foetus ready to born and loves them dearly
even before they have come into our world. Luke 12:6 reads this, 'Are
not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is
forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all
numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows', this
tells us that God again loves us very much above anything else so he
would obviously think that abortion was wrong. The didache is a very
recent Christian writing, it is the first to refer directly to
abortion, 'you shall not kill by abortion the fruit of the womb and
you shall not murder the infant already born.'

Then there is the situationalist view. This means that it depends on
the situation the woman is in, in order for her to have an abortion.

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