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Nov052015

Abortion and the Bible

Liberal. Conservative. Pro-life. Pro-choice. Democrat. Republican. It doesn’t matter where you’re classified on the political spectrum, we’re all aware of the abortion debate. We’ve seen the social ramifications of it. We’ve heard the pro-life and pro-choice arguments. We’ve read the statistics that say “24% of all pregnancies end in abortion.”1 We know that pro-choice advocates maintain that abortion is about women’s health, but pro-life arguments say less than 1 percent of abortions are performed to save lives.2 We’ve heard both sides argue about whether life begins at birth or conception. But the discussion about abortion is not really a social issue—it’s a moral one.

Abortion is not about healthcare, the freedom of choice, or women’s rights. It’s not about religion, nor is it centered on who will win the pro-life/pro-choice debate. Ultimately, abortion is about the sanctity of life (which scientists define as a “living organism…as specifically distinguished by the capacity to grow, metabolize, respond (to stimuli), adapt, and reproduce”3).

Many people, even Christians, believe the Bible to be silent about this issue. And though you won’t find the word “abortion” in the Bible, God’s Word actually has a lot to say about the sanctity of life. In Exodus 20-21, God gave us His standard of morality and value on life (even the life of the unborn). He says,

You must not murder [deliberate, premeditated killing].

Exodus 20:13 (New Living Translation, brackets mine)

If people are fighting and hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman's husband demands and the court allows. [23] But if there is serious injury [i.e., the death of the baby or mother], you are to take life for life.

Exodus 21:22-23 (New International Version, brackets mine)

Do these scriptures mean those who participate in or condone abortion should be killed? Of course not. Jesus took the penalty of sin—all sin—at the cross (Rom. 3:24), but that doesn’t change the value God places on life. The biblical view of abortion doesn’t focus on death; it focuses on life. A lady who had undergone an abortion, said this about the matter:

“I knew God had forgiven me for the abortions, as I had. But there was nagging regret. What would their lives have been like? Then God showed me to focus on the lives they’ve actually had—no guilt, shame, sickness, pain. Imagine crawling into Jesus’ lap anytime and asking Him anything! My children were taught of the Lord, and great is the peace of my children (Isa. 54:13).”

God is intimately involved in the process of life. At the moment of our conception, God made a plan for us and began shaping us into His image (Ps. 139:14-16). We are unique and valuable to Him—from conception. Even science agrees that at conception, all forty-six human chromosomes (little DNA packages that are the building blocks of life) are found in a unique configuration that has never before existed!4

Life is precious and children are a gift from the Lord (Ps. 127:3) that we are called to defend (Isa. 1:17 and Ps. 82:3). We cannot stand idly by, merely listening to pro-life and pro-choice arguments, while millions of children are sacrificed to the idols of convenience and fear. “God is calling us together to stand and start making an impact. None of us can do everything we need to by ourselves; we have to stand as one body,” Andrew Wommack said at his annual Ministers’ Conference. “And I believe He has called me to marshal His people together…[through this] God-inspired idea, the Declaration of Dependence upon God and His Holy Bible.”

Years ago, in the face of similar social evils, German pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer said, “Silence in the face of evil is itself evil…. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” The time has come for the body of Christ to stand and speak up about the sanctity of life. Together our voices will be heard! Sign the Declaration today!

1 http://womensissues.about.com/od/reproductiverights/tp/Ten-Abortion-Facts.htm
2 http://www.abortionfacts.com/
3 http://www.biology-online.org/dictionary/Life
http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/genetics/vgec/highereducation/topics/dnageneschromosomes

Reader Comments (6)

I would like to post this on my blog ... but it shows reference numbers but doesn't have the information that goes with the resource number of the article. Is that information available?

November 5, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterDonna

Donna,
Thank you for your response. Please feel free to share this article on your blog. For copyright purposes, simply link back/mention where you originally got the information. The references you're requesting are at the end of the article as links and take you directly to the quoted or referenced information. If you need any further clarification, please let me know.

Roxanne

November 8, 2015 | Unregistered CommenterRoxanne Troup

Where in the Bible does God's Word say that it is OK to kill an unborn child in the event of "a direct threat to the life of the mother"? Please do not take this as argumentative, I simply use God's Word as my guide to life and I want all I say and do to glorify God. Thank you for your precious time.

April 12, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterDan

@ Dan
Thank you for contacting the ministry! Please email your doctrinal questions to questions@awmi.net. We will respond to you as soon as possible. God bless!

April 12, 2016 | Registered CommenterSite Admin

Thanks very much for this article. Infact I have an inside of what Gods word says about abortion. Thanks for helping me open the eyes of my understanding.

April 29, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterFon Jules

I don't normally watch your broadcast but I do watch others like Joyce Meyers & Bishop Jakes.. However today I woke up to the words "for those of you who have had an abortion even though its wrong, your children want you to know they forgive you" THANK YOU so much to your guest Connie W. & to you for your message today. I myself have had 2 abortions in 1996 & 2002 because I didn't want to have to raise another child as a single parent..
I have 1 child prior to these abortions and also a miscarriage in 1992. I too suffered with guilt, I still feel it has been my punishment because I have not experienced real love from a man. As of the present day. I am a single woman of God who is abstinent & will remain so. I have No interest in sex, I have been a fornicator for about 22 years and all it brought was pain, rejection, tears, 2 abortions, all in the name of searching for the love of a man. I would have reoccurring dreams of 2 babies, and dreams of a baby left behind that would be laying in a crib forgotten about and unkept. The dreams stopped after I wrote letters to GOD & my 2 aborted babies in a journal, asking for forgiveness some years back. It brought a little peace but didn't free me of guilt. It also caused me to resent the 2 men who knew I was carrying their child and they walked out on me which led me to have the abortions. I resent them because it seems I'm the only 1 suffering the consequences while they go on and live life like they had no part in my decision. I knew abortion was wrong and did it anyway for selfish reasons. Now, I wouldn't wish the pain and the emotional affects on anyone. I now know there is No other sin that so clearly affects the body as sexual sin... I know that sexual sin is sex outside of marriage between a Man & a Woman. Thank YOU,GOD for today's broadcast... Thank you Connie W. for the courage to share your story & Thank you Andrew for giving her the platform & judgement free zone to do so. GOD Bless you both!

January 16, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterTHarris

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