Life is important and special since the Lord God breathed life into Adam and into the lives of every human being since. Abortion is murder because the Lord breathes His life into every human whom He created in His image and likeness. Abortion is an issue of worldviews as people from across the political, religious, theological and philosophical spectrum have divergent opinions genuinely believe their position to be the right one. More important than opinion is the Truth from the mouth of the Creator who created, gave life, and sustains life.

The questions this blog post will address are: What is an abortion, biblical evidence for the pro-life position, and why is abortion wrong, statistics on abortion and why Christians must stand up on ethical issues and proclaim the Word of God. First, what is an abortion?  Abortion is the termination of a pregnancy by the removal from the uterus of a fetus/embryo, resulting in or causing its death.  Abortions include procedures of various kinds as well as RU-486 and the morning after pill. Other items that cause abortion are the intrauterine device (IUD). The result is an abortion, the killing of a conceived person. (Alcorn).[1]

Second, what is the Biblical evidence for pro-life position? The Jews believed that an abortion of a preborn child and exposure of a born child are both murderous sins. God created Life and breathed Life into Adam. Genesis 2:7, “Then the LORD God formed the man of( dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.” (ESV).    God created man and woman for the purpose of procreation- Genesis 2:24, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and they shall become one flesh.” (ESV).

The Bible makes it clear that murder of a person created in God’s image is murder. Exodus 20:13, “”You shall not murder.”  The word murder is the transliterated word Ratsach and according to Strong’s means, “To murder, slay, kill, premeditated, accidental, as avenger, slayer intentional, and to assassinate. [2] The Didache an ancient manual for church instruction said, “You shall not commit murder. You shall not procure abortion, nor commit infanticide.” [3] There is a difference between a child in a mother’s womb and one outside of  it yet and the early church saw both as equally living people and taking the life as murderous.

Charles H.H Scobie said, “Scripture uses the Greek word brephos for Elizabeth’s unborn child (Luke 1:41,44), unborn Jesus in Mary’s womb (Luke 2:12) and also for the children brought to Jesus (Luke 18:15).”[4]  God in His Word reveals that a child in the womb and a child singing and dancing around in worship are equally human beings, who bear the image of God. Abortion is wrong because it is the killing of an unborn child created in the image and likeness of God.

Third statistics on abortion. In the United States there are 1.37 million abortions every year, and approximately 3,700 everyday (The Alan Guttmacher Institute and Planned Parenthood’s Family Planning Perspectives.).[5] 1% of all abortions occur because of rape or incest; 6% of abortions occur because of potential health problems regarding either the mother or child, and 93% of all abortions occur for social reasons (i.e. the child is unwanted or inconvenient). (The Alan Guttmacher Institute and Planned Parenthood’s Family Planning Perspectives).  Whose having an abortion? Women identifying themselves as Protestants obtain 37.4% of all abortions in the U.S.; Catholic women account for 31.3%, Jewish women account for 1.3%, and women with no religious affiliation obtain 23.7% of all abortions. 18% of all abortions are performed on women who identify themselves as “Born-again/Evangelical”. (The Alan Guttmacher Institute and Planned Parenthood’s Family Planning Perspectives.).

My fourth point is that Christians must stand up on ethical issues and proclaim God’s Word. God’s Word reveals His will in regards to theological, moral and ethical issues like abortions. President Barack Obama in a speech on the 36th anniversary of Roe Vs. Wade said, “We are reminded that this decision not only protects women’s health and reproductive freedom, but stands for a broader principle: that government should not intrude on our most private family matters.” (Barack Obama).[6]

Jesus taught believers that they are to be “salt and light” Matthew 5:13.  The Lord created life when He breathed into Adam’s nostrils and breathes life into every human being since. Christians have a biblical, and moral obligation to speak out on social issues especially issues such as life. With all due respect to President Obama abortion is murder and God will intrude and deal with those who murder innocent children in the womb.

Finally my brothers and sisters in Christ, I urge you to open the Bible and read what the Creator has to say about life. The Lord created life when he breathed into Adam. The Creator is the One who gives Life Call your elected officials and tell them pro-choice is no choice. Know what your elected officials believe about social and ethical issues. Do not vote for elected officials who do not have a biblical worldview.

To prevent abortions it is necessary Christians stand upon God’s Word and fight for the unborn. I challenge you to remember today what an abortion is. I challenge you to apply what you have learned about the importance of a biblical worldview regarding life.  I challenge you to go out and make a difference for the cause of the unborn who are dying everyday. I challenge you to speak up often and with every chance you get regarding God’s plan to give life.



[1] Alcorn, Randy, Prolife Answers to ProChoice Arguments (Multnomah: Sisters, OR; 1994), 118.

[2] Strong, James, The New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, (Nashville: Thomas Nelson), 943.

[3] Didache 2.2.

[4] Charles H. H. Scobie, Ways of our God: An Approach to Biblical Theology (Grand Rapids: MI: Eerdmans, 2003), 834.

 

[5] “Fastfacts on Abortion.” The Alan Guttmacher Institute and Planned Parenthood’s Family Planning Perspective, accessed July 15, 2011. http://www.abortionno.org/Resources/fastfacts.html

[6] Obama, Barack, “Obama’s Statement on 35th Anniversary of Roe V. Wade”, Jan 22, 2008, accessed July 15th, 2011. http://www.barackobama.com/2008/01/22/obama_statement_on_35th_annive.php