Saturday, April 2, 2016

A word about abortion and the Bible

We occasionally receive questions about abortion, with people asking things like, “How does God feel about abortion” or “Where can abortion be found in Scripture?” or “Do you think life begins at conception – or not?”  Well, let’s allow Scripture to speak for itself: 

Exodus 21: 22 "If people are fighting with each other and happen to hurt a pregnant woman so badly that her unborn child dies, then, even if no other harm follows, he must be fined. He must pay the amount set by the woman's husband and confirmed by judges.

And Psalm 127 tells us:  3 Children too are a gift from ADONAI; the fruit of the womb is a reward. 4 The children born when one is young. are like arrows in the hand of a warrior. 5 How blessed is the man who has filled his quiver with them; he will not have to be embarrassed when contending with foes at the city gate.

Matthew 18 has a dire warning:  1. At that moment, the disciples drew near to Y’shua and said, “Who indeed is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven?  2. And Y’shua called a child and made him stand in their midst.  3. And said, Truly I say to you, that unless you change  and become like children, you will not enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.  4. He therefore who humbles himself like this child, he will be great in the Kingdom of Heaven.  5. And he who receives one like this child in my name receives me.  6. And anyone who harms one of these little ones who believe in me, it would be better for him that the millstone of a donkey would be hung on his neck and he be sunk into the depths of the sea. 


Matthew 18: 10. See to it that you do not despise one of these little ones.  I say to you, for their Messengers in heaven  at all times see the face of my Father who is in heaven.

Mark 10: 13. And children were approaching him so that he might touch them, but his disciples were rebuking those who were bringing them.  14. And Y’shua saw it and was offended and he said to them, Allow the children to come to me and do not hinder them. For because of those who are as these, the Kingdom of Elohim exists.  15. Truly I say to you, that anyone who does not receive the Kingdom of Elohim like a child, will not enter it.  16. And he took them into his arms and placed his hand upon them and he blessed them.

“Life” clearly begins the moment the sperm and egg meet and the fetus begins to grow.  (Dead things don’t grow!) Even science has some surprising insights about tiny fetuses: http://therefinersfire.org/brain_cortex.htm

Be that as it may, many pro-abortionists (which also includes some Believers) insist that abortion is not mentioned in the Bible, and therefore, God left it up to us. The fact is, abortion is not mentioned in the Bible because it is a relatively new and modern term; it was something unheard of two- to five-thousand years ago; let alone, practiced. In those days, nobody thought of invading their own bodies to get rid of an unwanted pregnancy.

Except for prostitutes and those who had no choice because they were somehow taken as slaves, women normally didn't have sex outside of marriage! If they did they were considered "damaged goods" and often ostracized – or even stoned to death (Deuteronomy 22:20-22 and tons of other passages).  Children were considered "gifts from God" and most wouldn't have dared to kill them inside the womb, or out!

(Remember, promiscuity is a relatively modern thing – especially since the advent of the birth control pill in 1960. Suddenly, women didn’t have to worry about getting pregnant anymore. Freedom! Regardless, “the pill” has been known to fail…)

It’s sad that millions of babies every year are aborted because they are an “inconvenience.”  Some women have multiple abortions, and think nothing of it as it is their “birth control” method.  The problem is, in today’s world, things seem to be “upside-down.”  Everything YHWH considers "bad" is now considered "good" and vice-versa! We are an entitled, “me-oriented” society where “getting rid of the fetus” is as easy as making an appointment at your local abortion clinic.  It all falls under “family planning.”

I wonder what God calls it?

(NOTE: This little article wasn’t meant to condemn anyone, because we’ve ALL done things we regret – we were ALL sinners … that has been the human condition since the Garden of Eden. As Believers today, we know we are blessed to have been forgiven once we “saw the light” and repented and gave our lives to YHWH/Y’shua. We must never forget to thank Him for His grace and mercy - for Y’shua who died to give us eternal life. His death served to forgive ALL our past sins, and now, we are expected to lead a set-apart, Torah observant life. It’s the least we could for Him in return.)

2 comments:

  1. My son passed a comment when he was 12, school was doing 'education' on various things and this was one of the topics. He wanted me to answer a question "why is it the medical profession determines someone is dead by them not haveing a pulse, but they dont determine something to be a live by having a pulse ?". I asked a doctor that question and he couldnt answer it (in regards the context of this article).

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    1. That's our world today, Greg. We're all upside-down today....

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