Monday, January 31, 2011

Where God Stands on Abortion

        "Where do you stand on abortion?" Each of us will fall into one of three categories in answer to that question. We will either support abortion, oppose abortion, or be neutral. The more important question, however, is this: "Where does God stand on abortion?" The answer to that question is easily determined by scripture.

        When Mary went to visit her relative Elizabeth, we read, "And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, 'Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy" (Luke 1:41-44). Notice that the word "baby" is used to describe the unborn child in Elizabeth's womb. That is the same word (brephos) used to describe a child after birth (Luke 2:12). Hence, God views those in the womb and those out of the womb the same -- both are babies!

        When Rebekah was pregnant with twins, we read, "The children struggled together within her, and she said, 'If it is thus, why is this happening to me?' So she went to inquire of the Lord" (Genesis 25:22). Notice that the word "children" is used to describe the unborn twins. That is the same word (ben) used to describe a child after birth (Genesis 21:7). Hence, God views those in the womb and those out of the womb the same -- both are children!

        Some argue that abortion is not murder because the fetus has not yet received the "breath of life" spoken of in Genesis 2:7. However, that passage speaks specifically about Adam, one who sprang into existence fully grown having been formed from the dust of the ground. That was a unique situation. The rest of us receive the "breath of life" long before we begin to breathe independently of our mothers. We breathe (i.e., receive oxygen) through our mothers from the moment of conception.

        In Exodus 21:22-25, the law addressed a situation in which a pregnant woman was accidentally struck during a fight. If neither the woman nor the child was harmed, a fine was levied against the man who struck her. However, if the woman or child died, the man was to be executed -- life for life! This passage clearly considers the unborn child to be a human being.

        It is interesting to note that in the above passage, the law was addressing a situation in which injury or death occurred accidentally. Abortion is a deliberate termination of the child's life. If God dealt that severely with the accidental death of an unborn child, how do you suppose He feels about the deliberate death of an unborn child?

        God has a special relationship with the unborn (Job 10:8-12; Psalm 139:13-16; Jeremiah 1:4-5). No conception ever occurs that is not the result of His creative purpose (Genesis 17:16; 21:2; Ruth 4:13). Obviously, God opposes abortion!

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1 comment:

  1. Aaron, great articles! This subject needs to be proclaimed to our societies in the hope that what is left of its conscience will be moved to abort abortions!

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