The Biblical Teaching

There are many passages in the Bible that can be used as guidelines for making many decisions about various hard choices to do with medical science. If we look at Genesis 1 vs 28, it says “Let us make man in our image”. This means that God makes man, therefore life comes from God, and life is precious to Him.

If we are all made in “His” image then we must all be equal, and made to the highest specification. It also means that life comes from a higher source than just humans, so we have no right to interfere with the way that life comes and goes.This is relevant to both abortion and euthanasia. This also shows in the passage Job 1 vs 21, “The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away”. This means that when the Lord gives life in the womb of a woman, no one has the right to take that life until God feels it is time.

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The 3rd commandment says also the “You shall not kill” and having an abortion is the same as killing a person. This is relevant to euthanasia in the sense that no one can take their own life because God does that.There are many issues with the bible, one being that it was written many years ago and therefore may not be relevant to the problems faced by society today. The other main problems that society has found through today’s modern society are abortion and, IVF, contraception, genetic engineering and euthanasia. Should we support the mercy killing of another terminally ill individual, or should we let them die in their own time and in pain?For Christians, the bible verse Job 1 v 21- “The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away” will tell them that it is the Lords will when a person will die, and we shouldn’t intervene in when and how this happens. This verse can also be used for discussion of IVF for example. If the Lord wants a couple to have children, then he would make them able to, so if we interfere, we change His plans.

This will also bring in an impact that we have not thought of, it will increase the world population against what we think is best for us.When does life begin? Many people believe it is at fertilisation that life begins, so abortion is wrong, whereas others firmly believe it is not until you are born. This means that people can be against contraception such as the Pill or condom. Again, the bible can be used to give a guideline to Christians and others to certain decisions in their lives about life and death. Psalm 139 v 13 states that “You created me, you put me together in the womb”

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