Sample structure plan - Abortion
What biblical teachings might be used in a discussion about abortion ?
- Introductory paragraph about why the bible is used by Christians
- For Christians the bible is a important text for teaching about their faith.
- It contains the words and teachings of Jesus
- you should include the following structure for each biblical quote you use. (use 5-10 quotes)
- biblical quote (written out in full)
- what does this mean ?
- does it support a pro or anti position ?
Some biblical texts
|Psalm 66:9||"He has preserved our lives and kept us from slipping"|
|Job 1:21||He said, "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return there; the LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.|
|Gen.1:26,27||Then God said, "Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth." So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.|
|Gen 2:7||Then the LORD God formed man from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the man became a living being.|
|Psalm 139:13||For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother's womb.|
|Psalm 36:9||For with you is the fountain of life; in your light we see light.|
|Ecc. 6:12||For who knows what is good for mortals while they live the few days of their vain life, which they pass like a shadow? For who can tell them what will be after them under the sun?|
|Job 12:10||In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of every human being.|
|Exodus 20:13||You shall not murder.|
|Lev 24:17||Anyone who kills a human being shall be put to death.|
|1Cor.3:16,17||Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy that person. For God's temple is holy, and you are that temple.|
How do Christians respond to the question of abortion ?
- quotes from "well known Christians" and explanations of these - look in the revision site for some ideas
- Different viewpoints from different Christian groups
- Roman Catholic Church
- Church of England
- Methodist Church
Is abortion ever justified ? (about 400 words) (25)
Give reasons to support your answer and show that you have thought about
different points of view.
- Introductory paragraph
- Argument for abortion including situations
- Arguments against
- summing up giving your opinion
Some Useful Quotes
"Life must be protected with the utmost
care from the moment of conception; abortion and infanticide are
the most abominable of crimes"
Statement from the Roman Catholic Church
"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"
Document on Procured Abortion (1974) [Roman Catholic Church]
"We affirm that every human life, created
in the divine image is unique ... and that this holds for each
of us, born or yet to be born. We therefore believe that abortion
is an evil ... and that abortion on demand would be a very great
evil. But we also believe that to withhold compassion is evil,
and in circumstances of extreme distress or need, a very great
evil ... Christians need to face frankly the fact that in an imperfect
world the 'right' choice is sometimes the acceptance of the lesser
of two evils"
General Synod of the Church of England
"If you do make a mistake don't destroy
the life ... because also to that child God says, "I have
called you by your name, I have carved you in the palm of my hand:
you are mine"
Mother Teresa (Roman Catholic Nun)
"Although the foetus is to be specially
respected and protected, nonetheless the life of the foetus is
not absolutely sacrosanct if it endangers the life of the mother"
Church of England - Board of Social Responsibility Report 1984
"To regard the life of the mother as less
valuable than that of the unborn child does not consider her 'right
to life' in terms of her wider roles of wife or mother (actual
or potential) of other children, as well in terms of her own person"
Abortion, an Ethical Discussion, Church information office 1965, p33
"Surely you know that you are God's temple
and that God's spirit dwells in you ?So if anyone destroys the
temple God will destroy them for God's temple is holy and you
are are that temple"
1 Corinthians 3:16-17
"To God belongs the domain of the heavens
and the earth. He creates what He wills (and plands)"
"Kill not your children for fear of want:
We shall provide sustance for them as well as for you. Verily
the killing of them is a great sin."
"A pregnant woman if sentenced to death for a crime cannot be executed until the baby is born"
"Do not kill your children in fear of
poverty. We shall provide for both them and you. Killing them
is a big sin."
"No one who severs the relationship of
the womb will enter paradise"
"Abortion is legal in one case only, and
that is when the retention of the foetus or embryo in the uterus
threatens the mother's life."
Sheikh Muhammed Mahdl Shamsuddin
"Allah fixes the time span for all things.
It is He who causes both laughther and grief: if is he who casues
male and female; it is he who will create us anew"