Abortion & the Gospel
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
/// Psalm 139:13-16 (NIV)
There is little doubt that abortion is one of the most divisive topics in our nation today. There are so many voices saying so many things to justify one stance or another. There are many people who disagree about what the Bible has to say about reproductive rights and abortion. That’s the desire tonight – not to take a stand on a political issue but to discover the truth of what the Bible says about the topic of abortion. As believers in Jesus, our desire should be to line up under the Word of God instead of a political banner. If you want to know what the Bible says about abortion, then let’s take a look.
To begin this discussion requires an understanding of life itself and the value that God places upon it. Life is the creation of God. While humanity can reproduce, humans cannot create or give life. It is wise to consider the responsibility that attends the handling of something that belongs to someone else or is a creation of someone else. God in His direction to humanity gave commands regarding life:
Now Cain said to his brother Abel, “Let’s go out to the field.” While they were in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him. Then the Lord said to Cain, “Where is your brother Abel?” “I don’t know,” he replied. “Am I my brother’s keeper?” The Lord said, “What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. Now you are under a curse and driven from the ground, which opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood from your hand.”
/// Genesis 4:8-11 (NIV)
The heart of God toward the sanctity of life became a part of the law of God which has become law in every civilized nation on earth to this day:
You shall not murder (kill). /// Exodus 20:13
Unless you are speaking of punishment for capital offense, there are no scriptures in the Bible that alter this command. Children were considered a part of family inheritance in biblical days.
Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him. /// Psalm 127:3 (NIV)
Atrocities against children are not new but the general view of children in biblical times was one of joy and desire. In the law of Moses, acts that caused the loss of an unborn child were punishable by death (Exodus 21:22-25). Notice that these are the same punishments for injury against a person who had been born. The killing of children was a high crime in biblical days. No distinction can be seen if the crimes were committed against those inside or outside of the womb. Let’s look at some other scripture that speaks of those in the womb:
This is what the Lord says—your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb… /// Isaiah 44:24
The word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” /// Jeremiah 1:5
Both of these verses describe the involvement of God in the creation of each person in the womb. The verse in Jeremiah tell us about purpose and destiny for each life. As far as a child in the womb being something less than human, Luke 1:41-44 has something else to say. The first person to rejoice at the coming of the Messiah was an unborn child!!! And both children – John and Jesus had their destiny spoken of! Some say that abortion should be legal in the case of a baby’s deformity or in cases of rape or incest. What does the Bible say? It address deformity in Exodus 4:11-12 & Isaiah 45:9-10. What about cases of rape or incest? That’s in Deuteronomy 24:16.
Book of Enoch quoted in the Bible: Tamiel was attributed as a teacher of astronomy (Enoch 8:7). He also taught "the children of men all of the wicked strikes of spirits, [the strikes of] demons, and the strikes of the embryo in the womb so that it may pass away (abortion).
- Psalm 139:13-16 (NIV)
- Psalm 100:3 (AMP)
- Genesis 4:8-11 (NIV)
- Exodus 20:13
- Psalm 127:3 (NIV)
- Exodus 21:22-25
- Isaiah 44:24
- Jeremiah 1:5
- Luke 1:41-44
- Exodus 4:11-12
- Isaiah 45:9-10
- Deuteronomy 24:16
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