Bioethics +Christianty

The main issues involved in bioethics are stem cell research, genetic engineering and abortion. These issues have created a lot of debate between Christians and it is the ethical teachings of Christianity that influence adherent’s beliefs and thoughts on such issues.

Abortion is the termination of a fetus’ life in the mother’s womb. There are many issues involved in the argument of abortion, such as sanctity of life which states that every life is sacred and given to us by God, and that no life should be taken. Christians believe that we are made in the image of God and therefore by aborting a child you are not respecting God and killing a part of him also. “So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created: male and female created he them” (Genesis 1:27). God also tells us to have many children and to reproduce, by aborting a child you are going against Gods wishes and orders. “And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply bring forth abundantly in the Earth, and multiply therein” (Genesis 9:7). Another Christian belief is that even before conception God has created a purpose for our lives “And now, saith the Lord, that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob to him, though Israel be not gathered, yet shall be glorious in the eyes of the Lord, and my God shall be my strength” (Isaiah 49:5). The main issue with abortion is that aborting a child is murder and therefore going against the 10 commandments set by God. “Thou shalt not kill” (Exodus 20:13).         Christians see unborn babies as people with human emotions and believe that life starts at conception “When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb” (Luke 1:41).