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The Bible Vs Abortion

The Bible Vs Abortion

The creative hand of God was at work when you were formed in your mother’s womb. He was creating your inmost being as well as your body. Listen to the Psalmist:

    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. (Psalm 139:13-14).

This not only affirms the sanctity of human life; it also declares high praise for our Creator! And the pronouns are personal!

According to the Bible, God “hates” hands that shed innocent blood (Proverbs 6:17). Certainly, no human is more innocent than a baby in the womb. The equal value of pre-born life is affirmed in Exodus where the rule is set forth that if a fighting man hits a pregnant woman and the baby is harmed, “…you are to take life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.” (Exodus 21:22-24).

God actually knew us before our formation in the womb. Speaking for God, the prophet Jeremiah wrote; “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.” (Jeremiah 1:5). The gospel of Luke tells us that John the Baptist was “filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.” (Luke 1:15). God didn’t just “know” us, He “chose” us before creation itself. Listen to the apostle Paul: “For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. (Ephesians 1:4).

So God is “pro-choice” but not in the popular lethal sense. He is the chooser and the creator of human life and He made us “in His own image” (Genesis 1:27). This means we are not accidents of nature and we are more significant than amoebas.

Can I say that?

Reversing God’s choices is enormously popular in America. In 1973, the legalization of abortion on demand was enforced upon every single state in the USA. Instead of a crime, exterminating the unborn is a “right.” The death toll since then totals some 60 million babies, many of whom were aborted at taxpayer expense.

How uncreative!

Infanticide was also common in the ancient world. When Joshua led the Israelites across the Jordan into Canaan, the worship of an Ammonite god named Molech was common. Molech demanded human sacrifice. This practice persisted in Israel despite the strict law stipulating, “You shall not give any of your offspring to offer them to Molech, nor shall you profane the name of your God; I am the LORD.” (Leviticus 18:21).

The fatal exposure of newborns was also common in ancient Greece and Rome. Unwanted babies were simply left in a trash heap or an isolated place and it was not considered murder if the child died naturally. Slave traders and early Christians were known to rescue exposed babies, but for very different reasons.

Today, the Democrat Party platform aggressively and unequivocally promotes legal abortion at any time, including babies partially born or born alive. Adding insult to injury, it calls for the availability of abortion “regardless of ability to pay.” In other words, taxpayers should get the bill.

As a Christian, I oppose the Democrat platform. I refuse to conform to popular brutality. Extremely rare medical emergencies putting a mother’s life on the line may constitute an exception but the fact remains that the most vulnerable human beings—babies being knitted together by God in the mother’s womb—desperately need our protection.

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About the Author:

Joel graduated from Pepperdine University with a B.A., completing two majors: Art and Religion. He went on to earn the Master of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California. The views expressed on this blog are personal and belong to Joel Solliday unless otherwise stated. They are not, intended to characterize the views of the Lewiston Church of Christ or other organizations to which I may refer.

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