Christian Living Essay

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DEFINITIONS OF TERMS
Euthanasia is the act of deliberately ending the life of a patient at the request of the patient or at the request of close relatives. “Euthanatos” is the art and discipline of dying in peace and dignity, practice of painless death. Euthanasia is commonly known as “mercy killing”, comes from the Greek root word that translates as “good death” but more strictly translated as “easy death”. It is the action of hastening death of a person who is seriously or terminally ill or injured to bring relief to the individual.
Abortion - it means taking action to bring to a premature ending the process of fetal development, aborting or expelling the unborn from the womb and thus ...view middle of the document...

It has been estimated that 300,000 people were sterilised and 30,000 killed in hospitals.
Natural and Induced Abortions - There are two kinds of abortion, natural and induced. Medical science cannot always tell us why some women abort (miscarriage) their pregnancies naturally. It could be natural causes such as disorders in the growth of the fetus or external interferences such as a fall or accident. It is the induced abortion that we will deal with in this presentation

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Will God Forgive Me if I had an Abortion?
Some women who have had an abortion and/or their partners who were involved in the decision may come to have regrets later. They might feel that they have committed a terrible sin and God will never forgive them. However, the Bible says that God will forgive any sin if a person repents (makes a sincere resolve to turn away from sin and toward God) and also forgives other people who have sinned against that person.

Church Doctrine
A number of churches, including United Church of Christ,18 Episcopal,19 Presbyterian (USA)20 and United Methodist, do not approve of abortion as a means of birth control. However, they support the right of a woman to obtain an abortion, if she deems that is the best choice in her circumstances, and they favor keeping abortion legal. Other churches, including Roman Catholic and Southern Baptist, oppose all abortions and favor making abortion illegal. Here is a sampling of official church positions from the three largest denominations in the U.S.:
Roman Catholic:
2270. Human life must be respected and protected absolutely from the moment of conception. From the first moment of his existence, a human being must be recognized as having the rights of a person - among which is the inviolable right of every innocent being to life.
2271. Since the first century the Church has affirmed the moral evil of every procured abortion. This teaching has not changed and remains unchangeable. Direct abortion, that is to say, abortion willed either as an end or a means, is gravely contrary to the moral law.

Southern Baptist:
Procreation is a gift from God, a precious trust reserved for marriage. At the moment of conception, a new being enters the universe, a human being, a being created in God's image. This human being deserves our protection, whatever the circumstances of conception.

United Methodist:
The beginning of life and the ending of life are the God-given boundaries of human existence. While individuals have always had some degree of control over when they would die, they now have the awesome power to determine when and even whether new individuals will be born. Our belief in the sanctity of unborn human life makes us reluctant to approve abortion. But we are equally bound to respect the sacredness of the life and well-being of the mother, for whom devastating damage may result from an unacceptable pregnancy. In continuity with past Christian teaching, we recognize tragic conflicts of life with...

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