What Does The Bible Say about Abortion?

“I was made in the secret place…when I was woven together in the depths of the earth…” Abortion means destroying God’s mysterious work of human creation.

According to the Bible, God took the dark and formless nothingness and made all things, including man. From dust, God created the first man. “Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being” (Genesis 2:7).  From nothing, Jehovah gave humanity life.

It is commonsense t an object cannot move without applying power. Life cannot happen without the power of God, breathing it into existence. “This is what God the Lord says — the Creator of the heavens, who stretches them out, who spreads out the earth with all that springs from it, who gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it” (Isaiah 42:5).

If a heart starts to beat at 19 days as science says, some may say life begins at 19 days.

Job said: “The Spirit of God has made me, And the breath of the Almighty gives me life” (Job 33:4). Our life and the breath that sustains us is from God, our Creator, the giver of life, and He is the only one who can take it away. To end a life given by God is to play the role of Jehovah.

Another being who takes life is satan, so when we take life in the name of abortion, we may also be playing the role of Satan.

Is The Unborn Fully Human?
One of the most critical debates is about when life begins. Is the unborn child fully human or tissue?

First, we must agree that it cannot be both. Then when does human existence begin?
Science says human existence begins at 19 days. That is when the heart starts to beat, and at forty days, the heart’s output is almost twenty percent of an adult’s.

But in God’s eyes, an unborn child is entirely a human being from the first day of conception. the Bible also confirms that life begins before birth and refers to the unborn and born interchangeably. One is as fully human as the other. For example, God reassures Jeremiah, the prophet, of his importance by showing him he was known before he was born. God knew him as fully human before his birth”. Jehovah told Jeremiah “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you before you were born, I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” – (Jeremiah 1:5).

Jeremiah was set apart as a prophet before he was born. God recognized him as a person and a prophet before he was born.

“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; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.  Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book
 before one of them came to be.” (Psalm 139:13, 16).

“You created my innermost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb…” Abortion means destroying what God created and knitted together.

“I was made in the secret place…when I was woven together in the depths of the earth…” Abortion means destroying God’s mysterious work of human creation.

“You saw my unformed body…”. Abortion means a careless and carefree attitude toward a human’s unformed body that God oversees.

When Luke writes about Elizabeth and Mary greeting each other, he speaks of the unborn John the Baptist as a baby. “When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit” (Luke 1:41). This means the fetus was active in the womb. It is much more saddening to realize that John began his ministry in the womb. His ministry was to point to Jesus and he pointed to the Messiah even when he was in the womb.

To end life through abortion divides life into the unborn and born. With God, born and unborn are equal.

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All Life is Precious
On the sixth day of Creation, God’s last act was to create humankind. He made man in His image and not to resemble any creature created before him. Humankind was made to reflect the image of his Creator. “So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God, he created them; male and female he created them” (Genesis 1:27).

Biblical scholars translate the phrase “created in his own image” as “created as his image.” In other words, we are a “copy” of our Creator made to resemble Him in every way; not in appearance because God has no form but in our heart and spirit. As all people are God’s creation and a representation of Him, all humanity is valuable to the Creator. To end the life of the unborn signifies that life is not precious and important, and to do so is in direct opposition to God’s value of His creation. All humanity is precious to God.

All Children Are Planned by God
In Scripture from Genesis through the birth of Christ, God has planned the births of the men and women necessary to fulfill His plan. This may be hard to receive by those who use the phrase “unwanted pregnancy”. It is God that causes the pregnancy to form. There are those crying for pregnancy and are yet to be pregnant. If we don’t want pregnancy, we must abstain gird our loins, and abstain from sex.

Abraham and Sarah were beyond childbearing age, but three visiting angels (in human form) pronounced the birth of Isaac and it happened as they had decreed. (Genesis 18:1-2).

The prophet Elisha foretold the birth of a son to the woman who cared for him sacrificially. “ ‘About this time next year,’ Elisha said, ‘you will hold a son in your arms.’ … But the woman became pregnant, and the next year about that same time she gave birth to a son, just as Elisha had told her” (2 Kings 4:16, 17). These are clear indications that God is the creator of all humans and He determines when they should be born.

Zechariah and his wife Elizabeth were too old to have children, until a day when an angel arrived to tell Zechariah he would have a son. “But the angel said to him: ‘Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to call him John’ ” (Luke 1:13). Zechariah’s son became John the Baptist who obediently baptized Jesus.

Amid an unplanned pregnancy, parents sometimes see only the present circumstances, but God knows the future only He can see, and He has plans for every child. Jeremiah 29:11 says, “I know the plans I have for you says the Lord, not to harm you, but to give hope and a future.” He has a purpose for each of us. He knows the plans for every child, and that hope and future are thwarted when parents choose abortion. 

Through scripture, we see that God is the giver of life, all life is precious, the born and unborn are equally human, and God has plans for all children. It is clear that God values every life, and to go against His will, or to sin, there will be consequences.

To know the mind of God about abortion, check the law of Moses. “If people are fighting and hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely, the offender must be fined … But if there is a serious injury, you are to take life for life” (Exodus 21:22, 23). God prescribed death even when the cause of the death of the unborn is unintentional. We need to allow the fear of God to be our priority.

It is a fact that abortion is murder. Abortion is a sin. God does not like abortion. Abortion does not only aborts a baby, it aborts the plan of God for the baby and for a generation. Abortion is standing in the way of God. We must do all things to avoid it.

Another consequence of abortion is the cry of the blood of the unborn child. If the blood of Abel could speak (vengeance), the blood of the unborn also speaks against its killer.

After an abortion, most people suffer painful consequences such as regret and depression, and often men and women turn to addiction to cope. But there is hope in God through Jesus Christ. Ask God to forgive you and genuinely repent of your sins. He’s a loving Father. He will forgive you.

A handful of researchers say many women experience ‘post-abortion trauma syndrome’ – mental health disorders caused by having an abortion. 

God Offers Forgiveness and Restoration from Abortion
After an abortion, you may suffer shame and regret. But don’t be too hard on yourself. The only way to see clearly is forgiveness. Forgive yourself after you have asked God to forgive you.

God promises to forgive if we confess. “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). This passage says “all unrighteousness.” Every sin. All of them. But first, we must confess.

If you have experienced an abortion or know someone who has, there is forgiveness and restoration in Gif through faith in Jesus.

God forgives our sins and remembers them no more. Once we receive forgiveness of sins, they are gone. “As far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12). The sacrifice of Jesus makes such marvelous grace possible.

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