Christianity and abortion

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Christianity and abortion

The Christian belief in the sanctity of life is based on the teachings

of famous Christians and on what they read in the bible, the teachings

of Jesus. A quote from the bible which seems to support the view that

abortion is wrong is from Psalm 139:13, verses 15-16,

ou created every part of me;

You put me together in my mother womb?When my bones were being formed,

Carefully put me together in my mother womb.

When I was growing there in secret,

You knew that I was there ?You saw me before I was born.

The days allotted to me

Had all been recorded in your book,

Before any of them ever began.?

This seems to be saying that god has already begun to have an influence

on the life of a person before they are even born. The life of a person

is already unique and god has already given them their own identity

before they are born.

If this is true, and the quote seems to be saying

that it is, then abortion would have to be seen as a crime on the same

level as murder. There are no good grounds for murder, one of the Ten

Commandments says,

o not commit murder.?

So, if we were to consider only this quote then we would have to see

abortion as fundamentally wrong, any justification for abortion would

become a justification for murder, and we can see no justification for

murder, the ultimate sin. Another quote from the bible would seem to

strengthen this view, Jeremiah 1:4-5

The Lord said to me, chose you before I gave you life, and before

you were born I selected you to be a prophet to the nations.?

This seems to suggest, as did the last quote, that...