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 the nations.”
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: marvellous 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.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.”
We hear a lot about it, but what is abortion? Abortion is the intentional murder of a human baby whilst it is in the womb. There are many reasons why some women choose to have an abortion – for some they feel that it isn’t the right time in their life for them to have a baby. For others, they may be underage and don’t want their parents to find out that they are pregnant. Some may be pressurised into having an abortion by the baby’s father or their own family, and some may have been raped.
Whatever the reason, there can be no justification for murder. In Exodus 20, where the Lord gave the Ten Commandments, he said very clearly ‘you shall not murder’. The Lord made no distinction between a human life inside or outside the womb. A match is still a match whether it is inside or outside the box – the same goes for a baby. It is still a baby and still just as much a human life whether it is inside or outside the womb.
One argument used is that if the mother is raped or her life is in danger, she should be entitled to an abortion. But, if the mother is raped, that is still not a justification for murder. Is it right to kill the child for the crime of its father? If the mother’s life is in danger, then this is not a case of abortion – it is a case of prioritising which life to save and the presumption must be to save the life of the mother.
One of the main arguments pro-abortion activists put forward is that a woman has the right to choose what to do with her body. They don’t see the baby as a human life, and they say that if a woman wants to remove it from her body, she has the right to do so. However, the Bible is clear that our bodies do not belong to us:
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 – “What? know ye not that your 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 are God’s.”
1 Corinthians 3:16-17 – “ Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.”
From reading these verses, it is clear that God does not give us our bodies for us to use and abuse them. They do not belong to us, they belong to him. But in any case, the baby’s body is separate from that of the mother, even though it is living inside her. The Lord does not grant us the gift of new life in the form of a baby just for us to murder it before it even has the chance to be born. The mother’s womb should be the safest place on earth for a baby to live. It is entirely wrong to turn this into an altar of sacrifice.
What can we do? What are the implications for society as a whole?
It is not enough for Christians to avoid abortion ourselves whilst letting others get on with it. We should actively oppose any law which allows abortion. We should stand together in support of unborn children. Did not God ask Cain where his brother was? Cain asked ‘Am I my brother’s keeper?’ But part of being human is to be involved with mankind. Every innocent death diminishes each one of us.
In the Second World War, Hitler declared the Jews sub-human. As a result of this, 6 million Jews were murdered in the Nazi concentration camps. In the same way, in our society we have tried to dehumanize the unborn baby. We call it a foetus, and say that it isn’t as much of a human as a baby outside of the womb. Because of this, well over 50 million babies have been murdered worldwide in the name of ‘choice’.
Christians cannot escape the principle that we are all culpable for the murder of the unborn in our nation. We are collectively bringing the judgement of God upon ourselves and giving more power to the enemy, Satan. The Bible, in a number of passages, specifically forbids child sacrifice. Abortion is our modern-day version of it. We have taken the punishment of the guilty by the state (death penalty) and banned it, whilst at the same time we now permit the punishment of the innocent by the family (abortion). This is the complete opposite of how the Bible tells us to operate as a nation. In Genesis 9:6 the Lord says, “Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.” and in Proverbs 6:17 the Lord says that he detests hands that shed innocent blood. As Jesus himself said in Luke 10:12 ‘But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city.’ – Unless we repent of the national wickedness that pervades every area of our society, including the act of abortion, this verse most certainly applies to us.
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