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The Bible’s take on abortion

 

Those who say the Bible is silent on abortion are wrong. The Bible says:

1. Humans are created in God’s image (Genesis 1:26).

“God is Spirit” (John 4:24, NKJV), and God’s image in mankind is spiritual. The body need not be formed for life to have this image: “The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life” (Job 33:4). Once there is life, no matter how small, the Spirit of God has been indelibly stamped upon that life.

Abortion takes a life made by God in His image.

2. From conception, this life is considered a baby.

The Greek brephos is used of babies and infants, including Jesus (Luke 2:12; 2 Timothy 3:15). This same word is used of the unborn child (Luke 1:41).

Many verses refer to God’s care of the child in the womb (Psalm 139:13; Job 31:15; Isaiah 44:2,24; Luke 2:5).

Abortion takes the life of a child.

3. Human life is sacred.

Murder is forbidden (Exodus 20:13); even a miscarriage caused by violence is condemned and judged (Exodus 21:22).

It is a violation of God’s law to abort a child.

4. There is no unqualified right to do what we want with our own bodies.

“Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? … Therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s” (1 Corinthians 6:19,20; see also 7:4).

How will God judge those who violate not only their own bodies, but those of children in their most sacred place of protection — the mother’s womb?

People are called to account for everything they do with their bodies.

5. But never forget — God offers forgiveness for past abortions to those who repent (1 John 1:9).

Ken Horn

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