Biblical and Church Teachings on Abortion
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ii. What biblical and church teachings might be used in a discussion about abortion?
The bible is used as the center of the Christian faith because it is the primary source of information about the life of Jesus and the world we live in. For Christians the bible is an important text for teaching about their faith. Many Christians believe it is the word of God and should be treated with the up most respect. Christians follow the bible and use it to solve any problems in their everyday lives.
Discussions surrounding abortion faces many different issues as the topic of abortion is so widely based. The bible does not have any direct teaching on abortion because abortion is only a recent scientific discovery. Christians have to form their own view on abortion using quotes from the bible and church teachings and relating these to abortion.
Christians believe in the Sanctity of life and may use this to approach the topic of abortion. The sanctity of life is the belief that life is special and holy. Christians believe that human life is set apart from other kinds of life. Christians may use this belief to say abortion is killing of life and life is ultimately sacred.
A question to be considered is ‘Is Abortion murder?’ In the bible it quotes ‘You shall not commit murder’ (Exodus 20). Many Christians believe abortion is the murder of an innocent life so use this quote to support their argument to say abortion is wrong. They support this with ‘Anyone who kills a human being shall be put to death’ (Lev 24:17) They use this quote to say anybody that practises abortion is committing a sin. They also use this to say that the Mother’s are committing a mortal sin and killing an innocent human being.
Many Christians feel that it cannot be called murder because the baby is not yet a living person. This proposes the question, Is it a potential human baby or a baby with potential?
In 1974 the Roman Catholic Church released a document on Procured Abortion, The quote "From the time that the ovum is fertilised a new life is begun which is neither that of the father or the mother. It is the life of a new human being with its own growth. It would never become human if it were not human already" has provoked many Catholics to...