Abortion: What Does the Bible Say?
Many upcoming state elections will focus on issues related to abortion. What does the Bible say about this important topic?
The modern practice of abortion did not exist during the time in which the Bible was written. However, many principles are given regarding God’s view of life from conception and during the time the preborn child is in his or her mother’s womb.
First, God told the prophet Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart” (Jeremiah 1:5). God clearly had a purpose for Jeremiah before conception. God knows each life and loves each person from the earliest stage of development.
Second, King David wrote, “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” (Psalm 139:13-14). God creates each person within the womb.
Third, Rebekah was given specific information about God’s plan for the two twin sons in her womb, Jacob and Esau: “Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other,
and the older will serve the younger” (Genesis 25:23). God spoke about these two preborn boys with the same status as children who had already been born.
Fourth, the Bible makes no distinction between the value of the preborn child and the child already born. In Luke 1:40-44, we read, “When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.’”
The baby in Elizabeth’s womb (John the Baptist) was described using the same Greek word used for infants in Scripture. Written by Luke, known as medical doctor (Colossian 4:14), he clearly noted the equal status of the born and preborn child.
Finally, Genesis 1:27 notes all people are created in God’s image. We are called to speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves (Proverbs 31:8), including the lives of preborn children. As you have the opportunity, use your vote, your voice, and your life to rescue the lives of children who face abortion.
Articles on Abortion: https://www.jashow.org/articles/category/society-culture-politics-2/abortion/
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