ABORTION

Among the biggest questions concerning abortion from a Christian point of view are, "What does the Bible say about abortion?" "Is abortion truly a woman's right?" "Is abortion murder?" "Does life actually begin at conception?"

Thousands of unborn babies are destroyed each day through abortions in this country, and people justify it by saying it's a woman's right to choose to have an abortion, that she has control of her own body and is empowered in making such a decision.

People also justify abortion by saying that the developing fetus is not yet alive until the fertilized egg attaches itself to the uterine wall, or in some cases, until the first trimester (three months) has elapsed, although we're also hearing about "late term" abortions, where the baby is aborted while in the last three months of pregnancy.

Still others say "it's only tissue" and dismiss the aborted fetus as if it were merely a tumor to be rid of.

Let's take a closer look from a Biblical standpoint.

When does really life begin?

Some say that the fetus is not alive until at least the first trimester (three months) of the pregnancy. Apparently God needs to be informed of this, for He told the prophet Jeremiah;

JEREMIAH 1:5

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.

If God knows each person before He forms them, who are we to say that an fetus is not alive at conception? It is an undisputed fact that the sperm cells and egg cells are living organisms by the fact that when they are joined, they grow and reproduce. Neither does "tissue" form a human being.

And when the sperm and egg cells join together, they become one flesh, thus bearing witness of the union between man and woman and fulfilling Adam's prophecy of;

GENESIS 2:24

24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

As science has also proven beyond a doubt, when the egg is fertilized the cells immediately begin to multiply and start the birth process, thereby signifying that life begins at conception. And if life begins at conception, then each person who willfully has an abortion, or is party to an abortion is guilty of willful and premeditated murder of a child in the eyes of God.

Furthermore, no pregnancy can occur without God's permission and intent. This being the case, by what authority or justification do we terminate a life that God has determined should be created? And by destroying a life that God has determined should be created, we have deemed ourselves greater than God, for we have despised His wisdom and purpose, and have set ourselves to be a judge of His works, determining that what He created was worthless! Every time we abort our children, we become our own god!

The battle cry for many women is that they have the right to choose whether to have an abortion, that it is their body, and they have the right to choose what happens to it as far as pregnancy goes. Let's take a look at some of the questions and issues, and see how Scripture treats them.

It's my choice!!!!

Is it? Who gave you the right to determine whether a child should live or die, just because youhappen to be carrying it? Are you God? Are you the Author of life and death, that you can determine whether an infant should live or not? Can you say, as God;

DEUTERONOMY 32:39-40

39 See now that I, [even] I, [am] he, and [there is] no God with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither [is there any] that can deliver out of my hand.

40 For I lift up my hand to heaven, and say, I live for ever.

And if you really had the power of choice in the matter, you wouldn't have become pregnant in the first place, would you?

What about cases of rape, or incest?

Some say it's ok to abort a pregnancy if it results from rape, or incest. Sadly enough, crimes of rape and incest indeed happen, and the trauma to the victim is devastating. But why take vengeance on an innocent baby who had no choice in the matter? Why murder an innocent child for the crime of the father?

And by aborting the unborn child, you have again set yourself up as God, for you have taken your own revenge. God states clearly through the apostle Paul;

ROMANS 12:19-21

19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but [rather] give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance [is] mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.

20 Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head.

21 Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.

Doing good after being raped would be one of the hardest things to do, but remember this. God can punish the rapist far better than you can. And murdering the child brought about by the act will not leave you guiltless before the eyes of the Lord. But if you show kindness to the child, you will be greatly rewarded by God, and He will deal with the rapist, personally.

And aborting the fetus really doesn't hurt the rapist. It takes the life of an innocent child who had no part in the matter. If you cannot bear living with the child, carry it to term, and then give it up for adoption.

God also states that no child is to pay for the sins of the fathers, when He told both Jeremiah in Jerusalem, and Ezekiel in Babylon;

EZEKIEL 18:1-4

1 The word of the LORD came unto me again, saying,

2 What mean ye, that ye use this proverb concerning the land of Israel, saying, The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children's teeth are set on edge?

3 [As] I live, saith the Lord GOD, ye shall not have [occasion] any more to use this proverb in Israel.

4 Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

JEREMIAH 31:29-30

29 In those days they shall say no more, The fathers have eaten a sour grape, and the children's teeth are set on edge.

30 But every one shall die for his own iniquity: every man that eateth the sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge.

It's my body!!!!

Ok, let me ask you this. Who created the body you inhabit? Did you pick it out? Did you figure out what proportions to give it? Hair color? Eye color? Height? Weight? Complexion? Structure? Gender?

King David knew the answer to that when he said;

PSALMS 139:14-17

14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully [and] wonderfully made: marvellous [are] thy works; and [that] my soul knoweth right well.

15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, [and] curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

16 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.

17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!

Remember what God said to the prophet Jeremiah?

JEREMIAH 1:5

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.

The author of Hebrews speaks of this when he quoted concerning Jesus;

HEBREWS 10:5-7

5 Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me:

6 In burnt offerings and [sacrifices] for sin thou hast had no pleasure.

7 Then said I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is written of me,) to do thy will, O God.

Jesus, the Creator of all living things said,

LUKE 12:25-26

25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit?

26 If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?

We are stewards, not masters of the body we inhabit!



Hard facts

We condemn child abusers and child molesters to prison, all the while shaking our heads and remarking how twisted and evil these people are while at the same time all across the nation, abortion clinics are performing the systematic destruction of thousands of unwanted children each day, and we allow it to happen claiming that it's "a woman's right to choose", or "It's just 'tissue'", as if the baby were nothing more than a tumor to be rid of.

We condemn people to prison who take another's life without their consent, calling it murder, and by force of law put to death or imprison those who willfully plan such murders (called first degree, or pre-meditated murder"). And yet we blithely commit the same deed every time a fetus is aborted, and think nothing of it.

The Israelites in the Old Testament were told by God in the sixth commandment of the Law;

Exodus 20:13

13 Thou shalt not kill.

The Hebrew root word being translated as "kill" is 'ratsach' which literally means "to dash in pieces, to murder." (Strong's Exhaustive Concordance). This word came from the practices of invading armies in ancient times, in which soldiers would take babies and young children by the feet and smash their heads against a tree, or wall, to kill them.

Jesus Himself reiterated this law when he was asked by a rich young ruler,

Matthew 19:16-19

16 And, behold, one came and said unto him, Good Master, what good thing shall I do, that I may have eternal life?

17 And he said unto him, Why callest thou me good? [there is] none good but one, [that is], God: but if thou wilt enter into life, keep the commandments.

18 He saith unto him, Which? Jesus said, Thou shalt do no murder, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness,

19 Honour thy father and [thy] mother: and, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Note, murder is the 7th commandment in the old Law, yet Jesus mentioned it first in the list of commandments to follow! (The primary commandments of worshiping God alone, and not creating idols were already deeply ingrained in their minds)

And how can we love our neighbor, when we put our own unborn children to death?

What did God say to Cain after he had murdered his brother?

Genesis 4:8-12

8 And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.

9 And the LORD said unto Cain, Where [is] Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: [Am] I my brother's keeper?

10 And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground.

11 And now [art] thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand;

12 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.

If the blood of Abel cried to God from the ground after his murder, how many screams of agony from unborn infants does He hear every day from this country in whose innocent blood has been shed? And yet women self-righteously claim, "It's our choice!" You may claim it's YOUR choice to have an abortion....... but it is not God's will for you to have an abortion!

At the Judgment, every woman who has had an abortion and every man who forced the issue or stood behind the woman's choice will have to face the child or children that they aborted, and will have to answer one question. "Why?"What will you say? Do you think that any excuse will be good enough? What will you tell God when He demands of you the reason why you thought something He created wasn't good enough for you?

Children have a special place in the heart of God, and apparently He thought the fact important enough that it is found in three of the four Gospels. The Gospel of Mark describes the incident best, I think.

MARK 10:13-16

13 And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and [his] disciples rebuked those that brought [them].

14 But when Jesus saw [it], he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.

15 Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein.

16 And he took them up in his arms, put [his] hands upon them, and blessed them.

Note that Scripture records that Jesus was "much displeased" that the disciples were forbidding children to come to Him. If He loves children this much, can you imagine the rage He must feel when we wilfully and selfishly murder the only remaining vestige of innocence we have left on this Earth? Do you think He will not take vengeance on those who have murdered His children that He has created?

King Solomon knew the value and blessing of children when he said;

Psalms 127:3-5

3 Lo, children [are] an heritage of the LORD: [and] the fruit of the womb [is his] reward.

4 As arrows [are] in the hand of a mighty man; so [are] children of the youth.

5 Happy [is] the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

Bottom Line

Let's label the abortion issue for what it really is. We sacrifice children each day on the altars of selfishness and convenience, and justify what we do by saying it is our choice, or "it's just tissue."

We shudder in horror at the ancient Canaanite practice of sacrificing babies to pagan gods by throwing them alive into fiery furnaces, and exclaim that God was just in having the Israelites destroy these unspeakable barbarians.

We call Judean king Herod the Great a monster for ordering the slaughter of infants two years old and under because he wanted to destroy Jesus whom he felt was a threat to his throne.

But is what we are doing any different? Actually, it's worse, because while the Canaanites sacrificed their babies to appease their demon gods, we sacrifice our babies to appease our consciences!!!!

We issue condoms to teens in school, telling them, 'If you want to have sex, use protection'. And if the protection doesn't work, they know there's always the abortion clinic down the street! What ever happened to abstinence?

People today want all of the pleasures of sex, without the 'hassles' of pregnancy. Remember the old adage, 'If you dance to the music, you have to pay the piper?' Plainly stated, 'If you engage in sex, you take a chance of getting pregnant, with all of the ramifications involved'. And using the excuses of 'It just happened!', 'I didn't think!', or 'I couldn't help myself!' won't hold any water before the Throne of God. You knew exactly what you were doing, and you also understood the consequences.

Thousands of teens and women get abortions each year, because they don't want others to know what they have been doing. How many women have been selfishly asked by their boyfriends to have an abortion, so 'nobody will know.'? Or how many women have had an abortion because it was "inconvenient" or would affect their career?

For those of you who have already had an abortion, you cannot change that fact. And while God will indeed forgive you of the abortion if you repent and ask Him, you and your sexual partner are still going to stand before His Throne and face the child or children you aborted. For the Bible plainly states;

Galatians 6:7

7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

MEN

Remember the above Scripture the next time you feel the urge to "sow your wild oats". You will indeed reap what you have sown, in one form or another!

And men, don't think that if a woman gets an abortion without your consent or knowledge that you are free of responsibility! If you have sex with a woman, in the eyes of God you have married her! As Adam said;

Genesis 2:23-24

23 And Adam said, This [is] now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.

24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.

Also,

EXODUS 22:16

16 And if a man entice a maid that is not betrothed, and lie with her, he shall surely endow her to be his wife.

You will tell me, "But I didn't want her to get an abortion! She got it without my permission or consent!" Really? Did you think of that before you had sex with her? If she hadn't become pregnant by you, she wouldn't have wanted to have an abortion, would she?

However, if you are legally married to her, and she has an abortion without your consent, or foreknowledge, then she alone will bear the responsibility before God for what she did. The husband is free in this case.

However, wives who submit to their husband's authority as the head of the house and have an abortion because he forced the issue will be free of the murder. He alone shall bear the responsibility before God for his actions.

The apostle Paul says that every fact shall be confirmed by two or three witnesses.

2 Corinthians 13:1

1 This [is] the third [time] I am coming to you. In the mouth of two or three witnesses shall every word be established.

So, if you have consenting sex, then in the eyes of God you are married. The two of you are witnesses to the fact, and God is also witness as He sees what you do. And remember men, that while Eve sinned in falling for the serpent's lie, God held Adam responsible for his wife's actions!

Genesis 3:17-19

17 And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed [is] the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat [of] it all the days of thy life;

18 Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;

19 In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou [art], and unto dust shalt thou return.

So, if a man has sex with a woman, she gets pregnant by him, and she has an abortion with his prior knowledge of the fact, both shall be guilty of premeditated murder before the Throne of God. God, and the aborted child or children will be witnesses against you at the Judgment. And while God will indeed forgive you if you repent, and ask Him, that the child or children whom you have aborted deserve, and will have, an accounting from you for your actions.

Think about this

Do we sow seeds in our garden, and think "It 's just vegetable tissue."? We expect them to grow, and believe that these seeds have life in them and believe that they will grow into the type of plant that they came from. And yet we sow "seeds" of our own, then kill the resulting growth and say "It's only tissue."

We shudder in horror at the news articles of babies being thrown into dumpsters to die, and curse the mother as a monster. Is what we do any different when we abort our children before they're born?

Bombing abortion clinics are not the answer, nor is killing abortion doctors, chaining ourselves to the doors of the clinics, or screaming threats the women who are coming to the clinics. All we do is harden public attitudes toward the issue when we do, and women will merely find another clinic to go to.

Abortions are stopped in the heart.

If we preach against abortions from the pulpits, and speak these things to our neighbors, and diligently teach them to our children, then we will have followed God's heart in the matter. Our children can in turn teach these things to their classmates and friends, thereby ingraining this in their hearts before they reach the age where they can bear children.

But it is up to us to do these things. We cannot merely sit and wait for God to deal with these people. If you know a woman is going to get an abortion, and do or say nothing, you will be guilty before the Lord for your inaction. As the apostle James says;

JAMES 4:17

17 Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth [it] not, to him it is sin.

And remember God's words to Ezekiel, and through him, to us;

EZEKIEL 33:8-9

8 When I say unto the wicked, O wicked [man], thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked [man] shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand.

9 Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.



May the Lord open our eyes to the truth, and give us the will to act upon it!

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