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YEHOVAH God's Word and Abortion
John the Baptist recognized the Messiah while both were still in the womb (Luke 1:35-36, 39-44)! Elizabeth was in her sixth month of pregnancy when Mary conceived the Messiah. Mary went to visit Elizabeth before John was born. Thus Elizabeth would have been in her last trimester, while Mary was in her first trimester. Yet John recognized the Messiah in those early months of Mary’s pregnancy! This is the strongest passage that a baby in the womb in the first trimester is a person created in YEHOVAH’s image. We are not free to take the life of such a child just because it is not convenient to have a baby!
by HOIM Staff
Forty-four years ago, on January 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court legalized abortion in the infamous Roe v. Wade decision. As Christians, we need to remember that what is legal is not necessarily moral in YEHOVAH God’s sight. Morality is not determined by popular or judicial opinion, but by what the Bible says. So I want us to look at what the Bible says about abortion. I could argue against abortion without reference to the Bible. It is a human atrocity. But since most of you accept the Bible as YEHOVAH’s inspired Word, I want to explain what it says on this important subject.
Some who call themselves “evangelicals” argue that since the New Testament does not directly address the matter, we should not be dogmatic about it. They say that it is a “difficult moral issue,” where we need to allow room to differ and not impose our personal views on others. Many evangelical pastors refrain from speaking on the subject because it is controversial and potentially divisive. And many pastors dodge it because they have drifted from the Bible as the source of absolute moral truth.
Christian pollster George Barna recently reported that only half of the country’s Protestant pastors have a biblical worldview, which he defined as believing that absolute moral truth exists, that it is based upon the Bible, and having a biblical view on six core beliefs (the accuracy of biblical teaching, the sinless nature of the Messiah, the literal existence of Satan, the omnipotence and omniscience of YEHOVAH God, salvation for those of Israel alone, and the personal responsibility to evangelize). Southern Baptist pastors ranked highest, with 71 percent holding to a biblical worldview. Among other Baptist pastors, it fell to only 57 percent. Other denominations ranked much lower.
I believe that the Bible gives us YEHOVAH God’s absolute moral standards that apply to every culture and every age. Furthermore, the Bible warns that YEHOVAH God will judge every person of Israel based on His righteous standards (Acts 17:31; Revelation 20:11-15). We cannot plead ignorance as an excuse for disobedience or apathy (Proverbs 24:11-12). YEHOVAH holds us accountable to the standards of His Word, whether we know those standards or not. We dare not be uninformed!
Also, our consciences need to be informed by Scripture, not by popular opinion or slogans. I have found professing Christians who have been influenced by the popular pro-abortion rhetoric. For example, the slogan, “Pro-family, Pro-child, Pro-choice” makes perfect sense to some, or it wouldn’t be plastered on bumper stickers. But stop and think, “What is the choice that they are advocating?” The answer is, the choice to kill your baby! So that bumper sticker is about as logical as saying, “I’m pro-women, pro-rape”! It is utter nonsense!
Another bumper sticker reads, “Against abortion? Don’t have one.” That assumes that abortion is a personal preference, not a moral issue. Imagine a bumper sticker, “Against rape? Don’t commit one”! That’s fine if rape is just a preference, but if it is a heinous crime, that’s ludicrous! Another slogan says, “Keep your laws off my body!” In other words, “We can’t legislate morality.” But we do have laws against rape, incest, child abuse, theft, and murder. Those are moral issues, all of which stem directly from the Bible! One of the main purposes for law is to protect the innocent and the weak. Laws about abortion relate directly to these matters.
Before we look at what the Bible says about abortion, let me briefly comment on what abortion is and on what the Supreme Court decision was all about. Abortion is the extraction or expulsion of the immature human fetus from the mother’s womb with the intent to end the life of that fetus prior to natural birth. Fetus is a perfectly good medical term, as long as you remember that it refers to a developing human baby. But you will never hear abortion advocates speak of it as a baby or child. Sometimes they even call it the “product of conception,” or a piece of tissue! Have you noticed how often the news refers to anti-abortion activists (not pro-life activists), and refers to those advocating baby-killing as pro-choice or defenders of abortion rights? How did we ever come to think that we have an inherent right to kill our children?
Of course many abortion advocates argue that it is not a human baby that they are killing, but science is against them. Before conception, there is not a new human life. But at the moment of conception, there is a new life, possessing 46 chromosomes, distinct from both the mother and the father. Genetically, the baby is not the mother’s body! By 21 days, the first heartbeats have begun. At 45 days, brain waves can be detected. By the ninth and tenth weeks, the thyroid and adrenal glands are functioning. By 12 or 13 weeks, he has fingernails, sucks his thumb, recoils from pain, and has his own unique fingerprints. The only things that developing life needs to become what we are, are time and nurture.
What was Roe v. Wade all about? By a vote of 7-2, the U.S. Supreme Court held that until a child in the womb is viable (capable of sustaining life outside the womb) or “capable of meaningful life” (the court reckoned this to be six or usually seven months), the mother’s desire for an abortion should take precedence over the baby’s right to life. For the last two or three months, the court said that the state may protect the unborn, but that it must allow an abortion if the life or health of the mother is threatened. The court defined her “life or health” to mean her physical, emotional, or psychological health, her age, her marital status, or the infant’s prospects of a distressful life and/or future. In other words, a woman can kill her child in the womb legally for any reason right up to the moment of birth!
According to former Surgeon General, Dr. C. Everett Koop, the most common reason for abortion is convenience. Only three to five percent of all abortions performed are for reasons of rape, incest, the possibility of a deformed child, or severe threat to the life of the mother. In the U.S., one out of every six women who have an abortion describes herself as an evangelical Christian (Newsweek [5/1/89], p. 31). In other countries, such as China and India, where male babies are favored over female babies, the abortion and infanticide of girls has led to a severe shortage of brides for young men.
Now let’s consider what the Bible says about abortion:
Since YEHOVAH God is the creator and sustainer of human life, we should value and protect the lives of all innocent humans.
By saying “innocent humans,” I am allowing for the authority of the state to exercise capital punishment and to wage war for national defense. Being pro-life does not require us to be against capital punishment or to be pacifists. For sake of time, I cannot deal with those topics in this message. I want to present five lines of biblical evidence for valuing and protecting unborn children.
1. Human life is unique in that YEHOVAH God created us in His image.
In Genesis 1:26, YEHOVAH God distinguished humans from the rest of the animal creation. Only of man did YEHOVAH say, “Let us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.” He appointed man to rule over the other creatures on earth. By the way, apparently before the Flood, man was vegetarian, but after the Flood, YEHOVAH God ordained the eating of meat (Genesis 9:3-4). The animal rights movement erroneously puts animal life on the same plane as human life. That concept stems from Hinduism, not from the Bible.
The Bible clearly affirms that human life is not the product of impersonal chance plus time. Man did not evolve from lower forms of life. YEHOVAH God directly created man in His image, which means that we have the capability of rational thought, personality, and moral responsibility. Someone may argue that this is simply a matter of faith. I would say that it is a matter of reasonable faith. The view that something as complex as human life is the product of pure chance is a matter of unreasonable faith, because there is simply no evidence or other example of such complexity arising from random chance.
Also, even the most ardent evolutionist behaviorally affirms that human life is distinct from animal life. Imagine Mr. Evolutionist driving along when he encounters a squirrel in the road, still writhing from being hit by a car. He slams on his brakes, jumps out of his car, and frantically dials 911 on his cell phone. “I’d like to report an injured squirrel! If the paramedics get here quickly, they may be able to save him!” But, alas, they are too late! The man sits by the squirrel corpse, sobbing, until the mortuary arrives. He will never forget this tragic scene.
Ludicrous? Yes, but change the squirrel to a human baby and that scene would be truly horrific. Why? Because we all recognize that people are distinct from animals. The reason, according to the Bible, is that people are created in YEHOVAH’s image; animals are not.
2. The Bible forbids us from shedding innocent blood.
The Bible clearly commands, “You shall not murder” (Exodus 20:13). As already mentioned, the Bible does not forbid all killing, such as in capital punishment by the government, national defense, or personal defense. But murder is forbidden. The Bible uses the phrase “innocent blood” about 20 times, and always condemns shedding innocent blood. YEHOVAH God chastised the Jews for shedding innocent blood when they sacrificed their children to the idols of Canaan (Psalm 106:38). As John Piper argues, “Surely the blood of the unborn is as innocent as any blood that flows in the world” (Brothers, We are Not Professionals [Broadman & Holman], p. 222).
3. Pre-natal human life is fully human and thus precious to YEHOVAH God.
Consider a few of the many biblical passages:
(a). YEHOVAH God Superintends Life in the Womb (Psalm 139:13-16)
David is affirming in poetic language that YEHOVAH God superintended his formation in the womb (also, Job 10:8-12). The Bible repeatedly affirms that YEHOVAH’s providence governs everything from the weather (Psalm 148:8; Job 37:6-13), to animals’ food and behavior (Psalm 104:27-29; Job 38:39-41; Jonah 1:17; 2:10), to seemingly random events, such as the rolling of dice (Proverbs 16:33). Surely if YEHOVAH God governs these relatively minor things, then He also governs the formation of people in the womb. The LORD tells Moses, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes him mute or deaf, or seeing or blind? Is it not I, the LORD?” (Exodus 4:11). So even birth defects, which science attributes to freak occurrences in nature, are under YEHOVAH God’s direct superintendence for His sovereign purposes!
There are so-called bio-ethicists that are consistent in applying their evolutionary bias to human life, but their conclusions are horrifying! For example, James Watson, one of the discoverers of the double helix structure of DNA, suggested in 1973, “If a child were not declared alive until three days after birth, then all parents could be allowed the choice only a few are given under the present system. The doctor could allow the child to die if the parents so choose and save a lot of misery and suffering. I believe this view is the only rational, compassionate attitude to have” (cited by Francis Schaeffer & C. Everett Koop, Whatever Happened to the Human Race [Revell], p. 73).
In 1978, Watson’s partner, Francis Crick, said, “…no newborn infant should be declared human until it has passed certain tests regarding its genetic endowment and that if it fails these tests it forfeits its right to live” (ibid.). Peter Singer, who incongruously is professor of bio-ethics at Princeton, argues that if a child is born with hemophilia, to allow the parents to kill him so that they could replace him with a normally healthy child may be morally right (cited by Piper, ibid., p. 217, note 3)!
(b). The Bible Ordains the Penalty of Life for Life When the Life of an Unborn Child is Taken (Exodus 21:22-25).
The earlier edition of the NASB had an unfortunate translation that slanted the reader toward one of two possible interpretations, but not to the best one. The updated edition has corrected the problem. The earlier edition read, “And if men struggle with each other and strike a woman with child so that she has a miscarriage, yet there is no further injury, he shall surely be fined as the woman’s husband may demand of him….” The translators added the word “further” and they interpreted the Hebrew, “her children come out,” as, “she has a miscarriage.” The implication would be that to kill the fetus is only punishable by a fine, nothing more.
The updated edition reads, “…so that she gives birth prematurely, yet there is no injury….” As the following verses (23-25) make clear, if there is an injury, then the offender must be penalized, life for life, eye for eye, etc. These are the same penalties as in offenses against adults (Leviticus 24:20). The Hebrew verb translated “to depart” or “come out” (Exodus 21:22) refers to a live birth in 11 separate Old Testament passages. It never refers to a miscarriage, although in one text (Numbers 12:12), it refers to a stillborn. There is another Hebrew verb that is used for miscarriage. So the most likely meaning of Exodus 21:22-25, based upon verb usage, as well as the Old Testament high regard for pre-natal life, is that the baby in the womb has as much value as an already-born person.
(c). The Bible Affirms the Distinctiveness of Individuals in the Womb, Thus Showing That They Are Fully Human.
We won’t take the time to look up each reference, but consider the following examples:
*Jacob and Esau were distinct individuals in the womb (Genesis 25:23; Romans 9:11-12).
*Samson’s mother was not to drink wine, because her son was to be a Nazirite, who would abstain from alcohol (Judges 13:3-5).
*Jeremiah and Paul both acknowledged that YEHOVAH God formed them in the womb and knew them by name (Jeremiah 1:5; Galatians 1:15). Isaiah 49:1, 5 affirms the same thing about the Messiah.
*John the Baptist recognized the Messiah while both were still in the womb (Luke 1:35-36, 39-44)! This is an amazing text! Elizabeth was in her sixth month of pregnancy when Mary conceived the Messiah. Mary went to visit Elizabeth before John was born. Thus Elizabeth would have been in her last trimester, while Mary was in her first trimester. Yet John recognized the Messiah in those early months of Mary’s pregnancy! I think that this is the strongest passage that a baby in the womb in the first trimester is a person created in YEHOVAH’s image. We are not free to take the life of such a child just because it is not convenient to have a baby!
We have seen that human life is unique in that YEHOVAH God created us in His image. The Bible forbids us from shedding innocent blood. Pre-natal human life is fully human and thus precious to YEHOVAH God.
4. To view babies as inconvenient to the point of killing them is to violate the Messiah’s view of children.
As I mentioned, about 95 percent of all abortions are done for convenience. A girl gets pregnant through out-of-wedlock sex. Neither she nor her boyfriend are ready for the responsibility of being parents. It would be an economic hardship, or it may require interrupting her education. An abortion is a convenient way to dispose of the whole problem.
In Luke 18:15-17, people were bringing their babies to the Messiah so that he could touch them. The disciples rebuked the parents. Yeshua had better things to do than to bless babies! It was a great inconvenience! But the Messiah rebuked the disciples and welcomed the children. The Greek word for infant in Luke 18:15 is the same word Luke uses for the infant in Elizabeth’s womb (1:41, 44). YEHOVAH God shows His great love for us by calling us His children (1 John 3:1). Surely, we should have the same attitude as the Messiah towards our children from eight days after conception onwards!
But what about an “unwanted” child, whose birth would be an extreme hardship? What about a baby conceived by rape or incest? What about a deformed baby, who will suffer all his life and never be normal? Wouldn’t it be the lesser evil to abort these babies and spare them and the parents a life of hardship and pain?
5. To kill babies in the womb in an attempt to avoid suffering is to try to dodge YEHOVAH God’s purposes for suffering.
The Bible is clear that in this fallen world, YEHOVAH ordains suffering for His wise and good purposes (Romans 8:28). Sometimes we suffer as the consequences for our own sin (Hebrews 12:3-11), which can include the hardships associated with having a baby out of wedlock. (Sometimes it may be wise for an unwed mother to give up her baby for adoption, but even that is a painful consequence of sin.) Sometimes we suffer on account of other people’s sins (Genesis 50:20). This would include the hardship of having a baby conceived through rape or incest. Sometimes we don’t know the reason that YEHOVAH God permits suffering, except that He wants to display His grace and power through our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:7-10).
To abort because having a child would cause emotional or economic duress is always wrong. To argue that it is better to kill a deformed child in the womb than to allow him to live is an affront to the thousands of people born with severe handicaps, but who live meaningful and productive lives. It is an affront to the many families that love and care for such children. On rare occasions, there may be the difficult dilemma of performing an abortion to spare the mother’s life. But even then, the goal should be to preserve the lives of both the mother and the child, if possible.
The Blood is the Key
The Bible clearly instruct us that YEHOVAH God considers us to be human before we are born, while we are still in the womb -- however, it doesn't answer the question of exactly WHEN in the womb we actually become so. But there is a way to know what YEHOVAH God considers the latest point in development at which we must consider a fetus to be a living human being. Even before YEHOVAH God gave Moses the law -- when He gave Noah and his family all the clean animals for food (in addition to the plants) -- He told them, "Only you shall NOT eat flesh with its life, that is, its BLOOD" (Genesis 9:4). At the same time, YEHOVAH gave the law and penalty for murder -- described as the shedding of "MAN'S BLOOD." Therefore, YEHOVAH God considers BLOOD to be the basis for life, and the shedding of human blood (which results in death) to be murder!
While most people today seem to indicate that the beginning of human life is closely associated with the ability of a new-born baby to actually breathe air as the breath of life, when we delved further into YEHOVAH's Word we found this seeming foregone conclusion to be CONTRADICTED by the many verses referring to YEHOVAH's prophets as being specially called individuals while still in the womb -- in utero and before birth!
So what do we do with this, how can we reconcile these two different concepts and explain the apparent idea of human life existing before birth -- and therefore before taking their first breath, the breath of life?
A cursory examination of the Bible will quickly acquaint us with the fact that YEHOVAH God places great importance on the BLOOD of a being -- whether human or animal. The Old Testament in particular places a special emphasis on the blood of an animal, and there are clear-cut warnings against eating or drinking blood. Notice Leviticus 17:10 --
"And anyone of the house of Israel, or of the strangers that reside among them, who eats any manner of BLOOD, I will set My face against that person who eats blood, and will cut him off from among his people" (The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible).
Also, in Deuteronomy 12:23:
"Be sure that you eat NOT the blood."
YEHOVAH's prohibition against the eating of blood can also be found in the New Testament -- in the early Christian church period. In Acts 15 we find the Jerusalem Council laying out certain requirements to be followed by Gentile converts to YEHOVAH's way of life -- notice!
"For it seemed good to the Ruach HaKodesh and to us not to lay any heavier burden on you than the following requirements: to abstain from what has been sacrificed to idols, from blood, from things strangled, and from fornication. If you keep yourselves from these, you will be doing the right thing" (Acts 15:28-29 -- Jewish New Testament).
One of these particular prohibitions centered around preventing one from eating blood -- animals that are strangled contain undrained blood. But WHY did YEHOVAH God have such strict warnings against drinking or eating anything with blood in it? And WHY was this such a central issue in the early New Testament Ecclesia of YEHOVAH God? The answer to this is found by reading the concluding verses from Leviticus and Deuteronomy -- notice!
Leviticus 17:11: "For the life [Hebrew: nephesh] of all flesh is in its blood, and I have given it to you to make atonement for yourselves on the altar; for it is the BLOOD that makes atonement by reason of the life" (The Dead Sea Scrolls Bible).
Deuteronomy 12:23: "Only be sure that you eat NOT the blood, for the BLOOD is the life (Hebrew: nephesh); and you may NOT eat the life with the meat."
YEHOVAH's Word makes it extremely clear that the reason YEHOVAH forbids the consuming of blood is because the life of the animal is in the blood! These warnings against eating blood are certainly NOT alone in the central role that blood plays in Hebrew and Christian worship, morality and theology. Following are some of the KEY themes involving blood that are found in both the Old and New Testaments --
The life of an animal came to an end
when it was sacrificed and its blood spilled.
The Temple sacrificial system was
based around the Old Testament blood rituals.
The Passover and the exodus of the
Israelites from Egypt.
The shedding of blood was necessary
for the personal and corporate atonement of the nation of Israel.
Yeshua the Messiah's blood atonement
is central to New Testament theology.
The Kiddush has associations with the significance of the Messiah's shed blood.
Even the Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon confirms that the term nephesh is clearly linked with both breath and blood. It says that, "nephesh with chai, is specifically: A living being whose life resides in the blood." Strong's Concordance says: "nephesh, neh'-fesh; from 5314; prop. a breathing creature..."
The Missing Link:
From lucid and compelling Biblical evidence we will note that human life first appears to begin with the breath of life -- presumably at the first breath of air. But when we review verses that lead us to clearly see that life actually exists earlier in the womb -- BEFORE birth -- we will also note that life comes to an end when the breath of life no longer exists -- when the shedding of blood ends life.
So now we have a problem -- the two time-points, as written in the Bible, do not meet. There appears to be a gap in our understanding of when life begins. How do we UNITE the common elements at these points to produce a unifying theme? This, of course, has led to numerous proposals of the various time-points in human embryonic development "such as the presence of a heartbeat, or a nervous system, or the form and movement of an individual person" (When Does Human Life Begin?, p. 63).
Taking into account ALL the evidence above, including the biological science and the Biblical definition of life, we must come to the conclusion that it is the presence of blood that is common in all of these descriptions. "BLOOD -- carrying the breath -- is what defines WHEN life is beginning, and when it is ending. Life's first breath is NOT the presence of air in the lungs, but the presence of a mother's blood to provide the vital element (or in reality, the OXYGEN from the air) for life (Hebrew: nephesh chaya) to begin" (ibid., p. 64).
The most commonly held view today among the traditional, non-modernist "Christian" community (in other words, those that believe in the pagan concept of the immortal soul) is that human life begins a conception. However, as we have seen, this presents an inconsistency with the NECESSITY of blood being a VITAL element of life since, at conception, there is no breath of life provided by the blood.
The Case for Implantation
We will now show how the Bible and biology do indeed agree on how life begins immediately after the implantation of the embryo into the mother's uterus eight days after conception. At that point, a mother's blood begins to supply the breath of life by means of the life-giving and life-supporting OXYGEN found in that blood. This creates a nephesh chai -- a living soul with the breath of life in it!
We can now see that human life begins at IMPLANTATION -- not at the various time-points that have been proposed such as at birth, at conception, and certainly not at "viability" nor at forty days. This perspective, while not even unknown or even new, is so straight-forward, so simple and so logical. Not only that, but this understanding offers a solution that is founded upon a solid, scientific knowledge of human reproduction, genetics and embryology that is also consistent with the Bible.
The bottom-line is that abortion is MURDER, plain and simple -- it is the unwarranted destruction of life (nephesh chaya) and an abomination to YEHOVAH God! However -- life is NOT destroyed until after IMPLANTATION, which is the time contact is made with the mother's life-giving blood that carries essential nourishment (including the breath of life) to the embryo and giving it life(nephesh chaya) on the 8TH DAY after conception. The union of a human egg and human sperm CANNOT become a living soul (nephesh chaya) without IMPLANTATION into the mother's uterus -- which then provides nourishment from the mother's blood which carries the breath of life (oxygen).
It is a shame that the Roe vs. Wade decision of 1973 didn't include a clear-cut understanding of WHEN human life really begins. Instead of earnestly tackling this issue, Justice Blackmun and his Court skirted around it and rested their decision on traditions, guesses and political compromises. This has resulted in even more radical polarization, confusion and ever-increasing conflicts. In the course of time this confusion caught up with and influenced issues of contraception and then stem cell research that did not even exist in 1973. The Supreme Court's inability to find a scientific, historical and Biblical answer to when life begins CANNOT, however, now be sustained in view of the evidence presented in this article.
The overwhelming conclusion is that the union between a human egg and human sperm CANNOT become a nephesh chaya -- a living soul -- without IMPLANTATION into the uterus, which then supplies nourishment from the mother's blood which carries the breath of life.
Writes Merritt and Merritt, "even an in vitro artificially fertilized egg, zygote, or morula can NEVER become a human life -- without first becoming a blastocyst and then being implanted into a uterus. It is emphasized that for in vitro fertilized and cloned embryos, as well as for naturally conceived zygotes, that IMPLANTATION is the seminal event -- and the best point to mark the BEGINNING of human life" (When Does Human Life Begin?, p. 67).
To underscore what Merritt and Merritt just said -- in order to become a human life, ALL future embryos must reach the blastocyst stage and then be IMPLANTED into the uterus where it receives the breath of life through the oxygen present in the mother's blood!
Carefully note the following --
1). A human embryo cannot grow -- via a placenta -- outside of the uterus.
2). There is no such thing as a test-tube baby -- no human being can be grown in a test-tube or a biotic chamber.
3). NO cloning products -- or even in vitro fertilization -- can become a human life without IMPLANTATION.
4). Cloned beings are not births from a test-tube -- they all must proceed through the IMPLANTATION stage of the blastocyst to be born only from a uterus.
And now a further note about stem cell research: cells that are harvested from the central cell mass of the blastocyst BEFORE implantation are good candidates for stem cell research and do not contradict YEHOVAH God's laws regarding abortion and murder. These particular cells -- which have NEVER come in contact with the mother's blood with its oxygen-producing "breath of life -- can be grown in tissue cultures to produce individual nerve, muscle or bone tissues -- or whatever the scientists desire. These amazing cells, however, cannot become a new individual human life (nephesh chaya) without implantation into the uterus.
Human life begins within hours of the IMPLANTATION of a blastocyst into the uterine mucosa EIGHT DAYS AFTER CONCEPTION! At this time,
there is a MASSIVE burst of biochemical and cellular events
most imprinting -- methylation has peaked
the inner cell mass of the blastocyst starts to receive oxygen from the mother's blood -- along with essential nutrients
the mother's blood can clear away toxic metabolic waste products
the blastocyst has truly become an embryo -- in the classical sense
the new embryo is receiving the Breath of Life from the mother's blood
It is at this time -- when a NEW life (a nephesh chaya) -- begins!
Tertullian, writing in his Apology (A.D. 197), got it right when he said --
"But for us, to whom homicide has been once for all forbidden, it is not permitted to break up even what has been conceived in the womb, while blood is still being drawn from the mother's body to make a new creature. Prevention of birth is premature murder, and it makes no difference whether it is a life already born that one snatches away or a life that is coming to birth that one destroys."
Much more could be said if we had time. There are other biblical arguments against abortion. There is mounting evidence that many women who choose abortion suffer severe long-term emotional and physical problems.
I want to conclude by suggesting some action points. Some of these are things that every Christian can and should do. Others are things that only some will be called to do. But at some level, all of us need to come to the defense of unborn children.
(1) We can pray about the situation. It is ultimately a spiritual battle (Ephesians 6:10-12). Pray for pro-life judges to receive Senate confirmation, especially to the Supreme Court. Pray for the horrors of abortion to become obvious to our self-centered culture. Pray for Christians to get involved in the pro-life cause.
(2) We can write our legislators and the newspaper to support the pro-life cause. Hold them accountable!
(3) We can support the pro-life cause with our money and time. Godly women are needed to counsel young women with problem pregnancies, so that they choose life for their babies. Godly families that are able should consider taking in such young women and helping them carry their babies to term. There are many ways to get involved.
(4) Our church should discipline any members who advocate abortion, perform abortions, or obtain abortions in disobedience to being counseled about YEHOVAH’s truth on the matter. It is a national tragedy that two of our former Presidents, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, both claimed to be Southern Baptists, but were pro-abortion. Their churches should have disciplined them publicly.
In conclusion, I want to speak to any who may already have had an abortion or who may have urged someone else to have an abortion. Perhaps you did it in ignorance, but now you realize that you committed a serious sin in YEHOVAH’s sight. The great news of YEHOVAH’s Word is that “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners” (1 Timothy 1:15). The apostle Paul, who persecuted the church and was responsible for the deaths of many innocent people, wrote that, and then claimed, “among whom I am foremost of all.” Paul found YEHOVAH’s forgiveness and mercy at the tree. No matter how great your guilt, if you will turn from your sin and trust Yeshua the Messiah as the one who bore your sin on the tree, YEHOVAH God will pardon all of your sin and credit the righteousness of the Messiah to your account (Romans 4:4-5).
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