Christians hold a strong responsibility for those at the beginning and end of their lives there for abortion and euthanasia are very important issues. Roman Catholics believe that abortion which is killing an unborn child is wrong because they believe life starts at conception so someone who commits abortion is killing a life.
Christians also believe in the parable of ‘sheep’s and goats’ which means if someone kills a person or hurts a person it is killing Jesus and if life is harmed it is saving Jesus meaning Jesus is in everyone of us even in the unborn child and a person at the end of their life so committing abortion and euthanasia is against the Christian religion.
In Mathew 4:23 “Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching….and healing every disease and sickness among the people” therefore we should help the unborn child and people suffering just like he did not resorting to abortion or euthanasia but to help the unborn child and look after the person at the end of their lives.
Christian also believe “We were made in gods image” so everyone’s life should be preserved even the unborn child
Some might believe that life at the beginning and the end of life are not as important as life in the middle, but all life is important according to most Christians and also in mark 10:13 the parable tells of people bringing their little children to Jesus to have him touch them. But the disciples rebuke them. Jesus sees this and says to them “let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to them”. Meaning Jesus believes that life at the beginning is important as well.
The Orthodox Church believes abortion is a heinous act of evil and shouldn’t be used to kill an unborn child.
But the Church of England has a different view they believe the foetus is important and it is wrong kill the foetus but the mother has the right to have an abortion if she wants.
The story of the Good Samaritan is a good example it is trying to tell us to love our enemy but how can we do it if we are allowing people to die. This tells us that Christian responsibility about abortion and abortion is strong.
There are other people who argue for abortion. The Anglican Church believes abortion should be used if the mother’s life is affected. So either way someone will be killed.
The Beatitudes as well say “happy are the merciful” this means to allow abortion happen and become more merciful.
The humanists believe life can be ended if they wish so abortion can be allowed to happen. But euthanasia though will only be made if the person who is ready to die wants it.
The Methodists believe the same “Pre death Landlines must be relieved all needs including the spiritual must be met’
‘Jesus was filled with pity for the helpless’ by allowing abortion and euthanasia is the common argument for abortion and euthanasia because it gets rid of the suffering of the mother and the person who will die.
A Christian responds by having abortion either because of rape which is a horrible experience. And another problem for pregnant women is would they have enough money to support a child as it grows up another reason is if the mother’s health is effected which can lead to the mother dieing and the child dieing as well. Also the mother may also be very young and may not hold the responsibility to look after a child or the mother is too old to give birth.
Roman Catholics believe you should not have an abortion even if the mother or family is affected, but to help the mother and family through the ordeal rather than forgetting about them because of the saying “Should not be indifferent to sorrow and misery. A Christian should do what he can”.
Christians have a different response for euthanasia, all Christians believe euthanasia is wrong however in some cases some Christians may go against the church and say it would be more merciful to allow euthanasia. Tony Bland was crushed in the Hillsborough disaster. Tony had been put on a life support machine for 4 years till it was switched off by hiss parents consent. A priest said that they had gone against Christianity and committed euthanasia. But another priest said that they weren’t because Tony was not showing any sign of improvement. Euthanasia is best for people who live a life of suffering and feel themselves that they would rather die than suffer.
People who are against abortion or euthanasia find a better way around than allowing the child aborted or the person to die. In Euthanasia Christians care for the patient, give counselling or send them to a hospice, this gives them a good life before they die. Hospices look after patients who are ill and near to dieing, they give them happiness before they die rather than just letting them die which is a bad way to die and euthanasia is the easy way out.
Even though they are suffering which in away gets those to heaven just like Jesus who suffered on the cross before being sent to heaven. Allowing Euthanasia is like killing Jesus just like the parable of the sheep and the goats. People should also have the power to decide if someone is to die that is breaking the commandment ‘thou shall not kill’.
Christians who do not allow abortion keep the baby, put the baby up for adoption or get counselling. These can be difficult to do if they keep the baby it can be hard to afford to look after it or if it is put up for adoption it is hard to give it away. Christians do this so that they don’t break the commandment ‘thou shall not kill’ and breaking also that life start at conception. Roman Catholics say everyone should not commit abortion because “Respect for life is not a duty, but embedded in the mind and heart of the human race” meaning there is no excuse to have an abortion. The orthodox religion does not have abortions because they believe life is sacred.
“What Christians believe about life is up to them”. They should not try to make others accept their position” Christians would argue against this they would say the bible is the word of God, a sacred and holy book. It has wisdom that will never become outdated and will tell people what to do in everyday life. It is 4000years old and the worlds all time best seller. Christians base their rites on the bible and think it should be listened to. I disagree because the bible is old and in that day they never had situations were a pregnant women wanted to have an abortion so how can the bible give advice on how to tackle a way around on not having an abortion.
Many believe that Christians should keep their opinions to themselves because they brainwash people in to believing the one thing.
However pro life groups believe Christian do not brainwash people, but educate them. Christians speak for those who cannot speak for themselves such as the unborn child and terminally ill. I agree because the unborn child doesn’t have the chance to make the decision to live.
Many people believe Christians should be listened to because they make the world a better place. They say that Christians do this because it is right not because they will receive a reward on earth.”
I agree but I think some issues Christians tell our not the right way for instance in South Africa some women suffer from aids because of Christians saying they cant use artificial contraceptive to stop getting aids so women and children die, which is not the right way so Christians should allow artificial contraceptives.