Hypocrisy of Christian Church teaching on abortion and euthanasia

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So the reason that abortion and euthanasia are illegal in most countries is due to the fact that they don't abide by the Christian Church teaching of the "sanctity of life". This teaching is the belief that God has a plan for all of us and he decides when we die and it isn't up to humans and that we shouldn't take this matter into our own hands. However, doesn't that mean that resuscitating someone after they have a heart attack is preserving life beyond its natural span? I mean if God plans for us to die then, why should we interfere?
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So the reason that abortion and euthanasia are illegal in most countries is due to the fact that they don't abide by the Christian Church teaching of the "sanctity of life". This teaching is the belief that God has a plan for all of us and he decides when we die and it isn't up to humans and that we shouldn't take this matter into our own hands. However, doesn't that mean that resuscitating someone after they have a heart attack is preserving life beyond its natural span? I mean if God plans for us to die then, why should we interfere?
Good point. Yet another reason why I'm an atheist. Religion just keeps contradicting itself.
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Your argument seems a little disingenuous, but I'd agree that arguing against abortion and voluntary euthanasia from 'the sanctity of life' doesn't really hold up either.
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So the reason that abortion and euthanasia are illegal in most countries is due to the fact that they don't abide by the Christian Church teaching of the "sanctity of life". This teaching is the belief that God has a plan for all of us and he decides when we die and it isn't up to humans and that we shouldn't take this matter into our own hands. However, doesn't that mean that resuscitating someone after they have a heart attack is preserving life beyond its natural span? I mean if God plans for us to die then, why should we interfere?
MI and other issues are recoverable, and don't remove the limit on how long a person is going to live.

As corny as it sounds, Christians try to live by the question 'what would Jesus do?' (which is where the silly wristbands/whatever come from), so if we apply that question there, what would he do? Would Jesus encourage us to let someone die when the knowledge and techniques are there to bring them to a complete recovery?

Also there is no single "Christian Church." There are many church organizations, all with different opinions. Some would encourage you to not undergo certain "invasive" procedures to extend their lives; some would say that it's always worth trying, but that ultimately if it's God's will that they don't survive, then they won't survive.
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The difference is that resuscitation is intended to preserve/prolong life whereas euthanasia and abortion will end it. The "sanctity of life" means that life is precious and valuable and should be protected.
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You are correct.
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(Original post by JAMAL 69)
So the reason that abortion and euthanasia are illegal in most countries is due to the fact that they don't abide by the Christian Church teaching of the "sanctity of life". This teaching is the belief that God has a plan for all of us and he decides when we die and it isn't up to humans and that we shouldn't take this matter into our own hands. However, doesn't that mean that resuscitating someone after they have a heart attack is preserving life beyond its natural span? I mean if God plans for us to die then, why should we interfere?
1. Post it in the correct forum.
2.Abortion isnt illegal in many countries as long as its legally done.
3. Infanticide and killing someone unlawfully were illegal bore Christianity and in nations that are either secular or non Christian.
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I agree that the idea of abortion and euthanasia not being permissible due to 'God's plan' doesn't hold up - How do humans know that God's plan isn't for someone to have an abortion, or to choose euthanasia? Why would an all-knowing God put a foetus he wanted to be born in a uterus where He knew it would be aborted?

The idea of the sanctity of life doesn't really work in abortion cases either, given that thousands of women die worldwide every year because they can't access abortion.

The condemnation of abortion and euthanasia by the Church doesn't truly have a basis in spirituality or anything to do with God - early Christians were against them because they wanted to increase the Christian population at a time when Christianity was a minority religion, while the modern Church is afraid of the 'precedents' which would ostensibly be created by allowing euthanasia, and dislikes abortion largely because of it's fear of female sexuality.
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