Over the course of this week, we will be publishing several articles on the topic of abortion. Why we chose this week is extremely important. Yesterday, January 22, was the anniversary of the day the Supreme Court released its decision on Roe v Wade. The decision made it so that the states could not ban or restrict abortions based on trimester. That is why yesterday was known as “Sanctity of Human Life Sunday”. Many prolife individuals dedicate this week to prayer and political action, the ultimate goal of which is to end the practice of abortion. The week will culminate with the March for Life on Friday.
This article is strictly on what the Bible says about the topic of abortion. For a legal and moral case, please see this article.
So what does the Bible say about abortion?
While the Bible does not outright mention the topic of abortion, there are several Biblical principles that should guide us in this issue.
1. There is Life Before Birth
The hand of God is present in the womb of the mother, both poetically and spiritually. Psalm 139:13-16 says, “For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.” Psalm 139 speaks of how God is in heaven. He is in the grave. He is in the sea. He is in the darkness. He is behind us. He is before us. And yes, he is even in the womb. He is there, from beginning to end.
God is not only there, but he also already has a plan for the unborn child’s life. This is mentioned in Psalm 139, but is also beautifully expressed in the book of Jeremiah. Jeremiah 1:5 says, “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” God knew Jeremiah before he was formed in the womb. Before he was born, he was sanctified and ordained as a prophet to the nations. So not only is God present in the womb, but He is sovereign in the womb as well.
“I was cast upon thee from the womb: thou art my God from my mother’s belly.”
If you are still not convinced, look at an occurrence in Luke chapter one. In verses 41-45 it says, “And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.” John the Baptist leaped for joy in his mother’s womb! If that does not scream, “Life!”, I don’t know what will!
2. Man is Made in the Image of God
How do we get from the concept of life in the womb to the concept of life worthy of protection in the womb? Well first off, what kind of life is in the womb of a human? Giraffe life? Cat life? Bird life? No! It might sound ridiculous, but this is an argument you’ll often hear. “There is no difference between an unborn dog and an unborn human!” they’ll say. That is simply not true. At conception, all the DNA is there to make a human. A zebra cannot be born from human DNA. There is human life in the womb.
Why is human life more valuable than that of the animals? Because we are made in the Image of God. We have eternal souls that are formed to bring Him glory, and that will, in the end, spend eternity either with or without their Creator. That life is worthy of protection. The Bible tells us not to murder and to help the weak. Does that exclude life in the womb? Most certainly not. Why would the weakest and most vulnerable be left out from the commands that have the potential to help them the most?
“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.”
3. Child Sacrifice has Long Been a Mark of a Morally Degenerating Society
In this article I conclude that idolatry is when we seek our happiness in anything outside of God and His plan. In the old days, several religions would sacrifice children. They would do it because that religion was were they found happiness. Sadly, the illusion of happiness has led many to seek abortion. The illusion of comfort has led to just as many. Abortions occur when one’s own happiness and comfort is sought above that of another. Ultimately, it is idolatry.
“Then he took his oldest son who was to reign in his place, and offered him as a burnt offering on the wall. And there came great wrath against Israel, and they departed from him and returned to their own land.” (2 Kings 3:27)
“They have built the high places of Topheth, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire, which I did not command, and it did not come into My mind.” (Jeremiah 7:31)
“You shall not behave thus toward the LORD your God, for every abominable act which the LORD hates they have done for their gods; for they even burn their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods.” (Deuteronomy 12:31)
“You slaughtered My children and offered them up to idols by causing them to pass through the fire.” (Ezekiel 16:21)
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