(all scriptural references are from the N.K.J.V.)
I feel very much led of the Lord today to offer the Biblical case against abortion. This has nothing to do with me being political, sexist, racist, or anything else someone might accuse me of being. It’s all about me being called to teach the Bible, God’s written word.
Eight years ago I wrote a post entitled “What the Bible Teaches About Abortion.” I’ll use much of the material from that post in this one. My reason for doing this is simple. The Biblical case against abortion hasn’t changed any in the past eight years, just as it won’t change any if another eight, eighty, or eight-hundred more years pass.
Evidence #1: According to the Bible, a baby in the womb is a full-fledged life.
- Psalm 139:13-16: “For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb…My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret…Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed…”
- Psalm 22:10: “…From My mother’s womb You have been My God.”
- Isaiah 49:1: “…The Lord has called me from the womb. From the matrix (inward parts) of My mother He has made mention of my name.”
- Job 10:8-12: “Your hands have made me and fashioned me, an intricate unity; yet You would not destroy me. Remember, I pray, that You have made me like clay. And will You turn me into dust again? Did you not pour me out like milk, and curdle me like cheese, clothe me with skin and flesh, and knit me together with bones and sinews? You have granted me life and favor, and your care has preserved my spirit.”
- Jeremiah 1:4-5: “Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: ‘Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you…'”
- Luke 1:13-15: “But the angel said to him, ‘Do not be afraid, Zacharias, for your prayer is heard; and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth. For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.'”
- Galatians 1:15: “…it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb and called me through His grace…”
Evidence #2: According to the Bible, a mother’s life is NOT more important than the life of her baby. Furthermore, a mother’s love should compel her to be willing to literally give her life for her child if the situation calls for it.
- Genesis 35:16-20: Then they journeyed from Bethel. And when there was but a little distance to go to Ephrath, Rachel labored in childbirth, and she had hard labor. Now it came to pass, when she was in hard labor, that the midwife said to him, “Do not fear, you will have this son also.” And so it was, as her soul was in departing (for she died), that she called his name Ben-Oni: but his father called him Benjamin. So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem). And Jacob set a pillar on her grave, which is the pillar of Rachel’s grave to this day.
- John 15:13: Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.
- 1 John 3:16: By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
Evidence #3: According to the Bible, an unborn child has the same standing with God that an adult has. Even though we no longer live under the Old Testament law that God gave to Israel and are wrong to try to enforce its penalties, a basic principle from that law can still be applied to the abortion debate. That principle is described in Exodus 21:22-25.
- Exodus 21:22-25: If men fight, and hurt a woman with child, so that she gives birth prematurely, yet no harm follows, he shall surely be punished accordingly as the woman’s husband imposes on him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. But if any harm follows, then you shall give life for life eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.
In closing, I’ll offer a few more Biblical thoughts on this subject. These stand rightly alongside all the passages I’ve already cited. Hopefully, the previous passages resonated with you, but if they didn’t maybe these will.
- A man and a woman can have sex, but only God can create life. Thus, He is the only one who should have any say over how that life is ended. Psalm 8:4-5 says: “What is man that You are mindful of him, and the Son of man that You visit him? For You have made him a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor.”
- The argument that a deformed fetus can be aborted without repercussion because such a child doesn’t come with God’s full “stamp of approval” is not a valid one. In Exodus 4:11, God says to Moses, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the Lord?”
- In Job 3:11, Job asks, “Why did I not die at birth? Why did I not perish when I came from the womb?” Think about it, you have to be alive to begin with in order to die or perish at birth.
- In Genesis 25:23, God refers to Jacob and Esau as two nations even as they were still fetuses in Rebekah’s womb.
- A Christian woman has no right to say, “My body is my own, so I’ll do what I want to with it.” Why not? It’s because 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says to Christians: “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
- Psalm 106:34-43; Deuteronomy 12:31; 2 Kings 17:17; and Ezekiel 16:20-21 describe how the people of Israel learned the idolatrous ways of the people of Canaan and ended up sacrificing their sons and daughters to idols, which in reality was sacrificing them to demons. God called these sacrifices the shedding of innocent blood, and His wrath was kindled against Israel as He began to abhor His own people. Should we Americans not expect Him to respond to us the same way in the wake of the millions of innocent babies we have aborted? Keep in mind that Proverbs 6:16-19 says that God hates “hands that shed innocent blood.”
- Christians simply do not have the option of remaining silent on the issue of abortion. Proverbs 31:8-9 says: “Open your mouth for the speechless, in the cause of all who are appointed to die. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and plead the cause of the poor and needy.”