||Written by Bill Roderick
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The abortion issue is of great significance to all people, but
especially to the Christian. Is abortion right or wrong? The
Supreme Court has ruled that abortion is a woman's legal right.
But the Supreme Court is not the highest authority for the Christian.
The ultimate test for what is right or wrong is God, and what He says
in the scriptures.
- Acts 5:29 - Then Peter and the other apostles
answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men.
Notice it was not just Peter, but the other apostles also.
Those who believe in legalized abortion believe that a woman has the
right to do what she wants with her body. Such is not in harmony
with the Bible.
The prostitute, the heroin user, and the one contemplating suicide
could all say the same thing. "I have a right to do what I want
with my body." Yet is the person who thinks this way really only
We as human beings always have an effect on those around us.
Much of the crime in this country can be traced directly to the use of
drugs such as heroin and crack-cocaine. Drug users can say "It's
my life and my body. I'm hurting no one but myself." But
when that addicted body forces a person to rob or even kill to get money
to support that drug habit, it gives a lie to that selfish statement..
Now we see that those who do such things force the rest of us to pay in
higher taxes for more police, more prisons, more rehab, more sorrow,
more pain, and more anguish!
But you say "Wait preacher! Abortion is not the same thing as
drug use! People who have abortions don't cost us anything, they
pay for it themselves!" Look at Planned Parenthood--one of the
leading promoters of abortion--who got 272 million dollars of our tax
money in 2005 alone! It DOES affect us!
But some will say, "Wait preacher! What about the war?
Look at the money and life wasted there!" They do that to get us
off the subject at hand. We are not talking about war.
We are talking about abortion. One wrong does
NOT make anything else more wrong or less wrong.
Besides that, I'm convinced that if we can at least do away with
abortion, which sheds innocent blood, maybe God
will have mercy on us and deliver us from our other troubles.
- Deuteronomy 19:10 - That innocent blood not be shed in
thy land, which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an
inheritance, and so blood be upon thee.
- Deuteronomy 19:13 - Thine eye shall not pity him, but thou shalt
put away the guilt of innocent blood from
Israel, that it may go well with thee.
- Psalm 106:38 - And shed innocent blood, even the blood
of their sons and of their daughters, whom they
sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with
- Proverbs 6:17 - A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands
that shed innocent blood.
What was the sin of Judas? Let's look at it from his own mouth:
- Matthew 27:4 - Saying, "I have sinned in
that I have betrayed the innocent blood."
And they said, "What is that to us? See thou to that."
Until we learn that what each of us does truly
affects all of us in
some way, we will continue to pay a terrible price in lives lost.
I wonder which of those precious lives might have grown up and found a
cure for cancer, or heart disease, or stroke, or might even have
preached the gospel so that many souls might have been saved!
- Romans14:7 - For none of us liveth to himself, and no man dieth
The Christian knows this better than more. The Christian
belongs to God.
- I Corinthians 6:19-20 - What? Know ye not that your own
body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have
of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a
price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which
Many people think abortion in OK because "the fetus is not a human
being." Yet the Bible teaches otherwise!
- Luke 1:39-44 - And Mary arose in those days, and went into the
hill country with haste, into a city of Judah and entered into the
house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth. And it came to
pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the
babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled
with the Holy Ghost: and she spake out loud with a loud
voice, and said, Blessed are thou among women, and blessed is the
fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my
Lord should come to me? For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy
salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb
Let us look at a few things from this passage:
- Joy is an expression of great happiness, pleasure and delight.
- Before John the baptist was born, while still
in his mother's
womb, he expressed joy!
- This could not be attributed to a blob of biological material.
The Bible also teaches that the "fetus" has a soul.
When Job was in deep despair, he cursed the day of his birth.
- Job 3:1-3 - After this opened Job his mouth
and cursed his day. And Job spake and said, Let the day perish
wherein I was born, and the night in which it was said, There is a
man child conceived.
What was conceived? A fetus or a child?
As Job is in anguish, he says:
- Job 3:11 - Why died I not from the womb?
Why did I not give up the ghost when I came
out of the belly?
He says that if he had died at birth, he
would have been with kings and counselors, and included in the
list of those he would have been with were:
- Job 3:16 - Or as an hidden untimely
birth I had not been; as infants which never saw
It is obvious that Job considered
stillborn infants as having souls, since he classed them
with all the others in death. I addition, James tells
us the human body is dependant on the spirit for life.
James 2:26 - For as the body without the
spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
It cannot be successfully denied that the
unborn child is alive. To be alive, the spirit must be
present. So by inspiration, we can see that
both soul and spirit are in the unborn child.
Some say that a fetus isn't a human until
it takes its first breath, referring to
- Genesis 2:7 - And the LORD God
formed man of the dust of the ground and breathed into
his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living
They forget that everything that
God created was then propagated by seed after its kind.
The Bible does not say that God breathed the breath of
life into every child from Cain onward. We are on
dangerous ground when we wrest the scripture.
- II Peter 3:16 - As also in
all his epistles, speaking in them of these things;
in which are some things hard to be understood,
which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as
they do also the other scriptures, unto their own
One of the most common words
used in the New Testament for a baby is the Greek
word brephos. It is used in:
- Luke 1:41 - And it came
to pass that, when Elisabeth heard the
salutation of Mary, the babe [brephos] leaped in
her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy
- Luke 1:44 - For, lo, as
soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in
mine ears, the babe [brephos] leaped up in my
womb for joy.
- Luke 2:12 - And this
shall be a sign unto you; ye shall find the babe
[brephos] wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in
- Luke 2:16 - And they came
with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the
babe [brephos] lying in a manger.
- I Peter 2:2 - As newborn
babes [brephos], desire the sincere milk of the
word, that ye may grow thereby.
We can clearly see that
the scripture makes no distinction, no change of
word, whether the baby be in the womb or out of
Man makes mistakes from
time to time. I have heard unexpected
pregnancies referred to as "our little oops"
"Our little surprise" and so on. Man might
make a mistake, but God does not.
- Psalm 139:13-16 - For
thou hast possessed my reins: Thou hast
covered me in my mother's womb. I will
praise thee; for I am fearfully and
wonderfully made. Marvelous are thy
works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
My substance was not hid from thee, when I
was made in secret, and curiously wrought
in the lowest parts of the earth
[Note: This is a Hebrew expression to
describe the dark interior of the mother's
womb]. Thine eyes did see my
substance, yet being unperfect, and in thy
book all my members were written, which in
continuance were fashioned, when as yet
there was none of them.
The conclusion here is
clear. If the unborn child is not a life,
but rather part of the woman's body, then
why did David acknowledge his existing as a
being in the womb of his mother?
Some have used Exodus
21:22-24 as a proof text that abortion was
permitted in the Old Testament.
- Exodus 21:22-24 -
If men strive, and hurt a woman with
child, so that her fruit depart from
her, and yet no mischief follow: he
shall be surely punished, according as
the woman's husband will lay upon him;
and he shall pay as the judges
determine. And if any mischief
follow, then thou shalt give life for
life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand
for hand, foot for foot.
goes like this:
24:7 - "And he that killeth any man
shall surely be put to death."
Yet Exodus 21:22-24 does not impose
the death penalty, so the unborn
child can't be considered a soul.
The words "depart from her" are
interpreted to mean 'miscarriage' by
these people. Yet, the common
meaning of the word yatza
(to go out, to go forth, to come
forth) in this context means "and
her children come out."
- We can see
that this does not refer to a
miscarriage, but to a premature
- This word is
also often used to refer to the
ordinary birth of children either
coming forth from the loins of their
father (Gen 15:4, 46:26; I Kings
8:19; Isaiah 39:7) or as coming from
the womb of the mother (Genesis
25:25, 38:28-29; Job 1:21, 3:11;
Ecclesiastes 5:15; Jeremiah 1:5,
- In no case is
the word yatza
used to indicate a miscarriage.
- In Numbers
12:12, it is used to indicate a
stillborn child, but a stillbirth is
not a miscarriage.
reason that yatza
refers to a premature birth and
not a miscarriage is that there is a
Hebrew word, shachol,
that specifically refers to the
event of a miscarriage. So
Exodus 21:22-24 cannot be used to
prove abortion acceptable in the Old
So, what do we
- We ought
to obey God rather than men.
- We are
all adversely affected by
- We do not
have the right to do anything we
want with our own bodies.
sheds innocent blood.
is as the sin of Judas (betrayal
of innocent blood).
- The Bible
teaches that the unborn child is
a human being.
- The Bible
teaches that both soul and
spirit are in the unborn child.
- The Bible
uses the same word [brephos] to
describe a child whether in the
womb or out of it.
Jeremiah 1:5 - Before I
formed thee in the belly I
knew thee; and before thou
camest forth out of the womb
I sanctified thee, and I
ordained thee a prophet unto
formed Jeremiah, He also
forms every other child.
We can know this is true
because God is no respecter
Acts 10:34 - Then Peter
opened his mouth and
said, of a truth I
perceive that God is no
respecter of persons.
is my considered opinion
that the greatest sin of
our nation is abortion.
And if we don't turn
from it, in repentance,
God will deal with us as
he has with all the
other nations which
sinned against Him.
If we do turn from it
and turn back to God, He
will bless us and
deliver us from our
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For if someone supports
this great evil and we
give them our support
then we become partakers
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