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Sanctity of life:

General:

  • All the worlds religions teach that life is special and should be protected and valued.
  • They also regard each life as unique an valuable beyond measure.

Christianity:

  • God is interested and involved in each humans life.
  • Life is sacred and a gift from God.
  • Only God should take life away.
  • Jesus showed in his teachings that all life should be valued.

Islam:

  • Every soul has been created by Allah.
  • Allah has a plan for each life.
  • No one has the right to take their own life or anyone Else's life.

Abortion:

General:

  • Most teach that all life is special and should be protected and valued.

Christianity:

  • Generally, Christians have concerns about abortion because of beliefs in:

-the sanctity of life

-people being in the image of God

-all life being precious

-references to the 10 commandments.

  • The Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches generally are against abortion in any circumstances.
  • Other denominations are against abortions for social reasons, but will accept it in certain situations such as the mother's life is at risk).
  • Many Evangelical Protestants are against abortion, but understand it my be acceptable in some situations.
  • Many Christian denominations leave the decision to the individuals.

Islam:

  • Only Allah can take away life.
  • Abortion for economic reasons is forbidden in the Quran.
  • 'Ensoulment' (receiving a soul) takes place…

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