One of the most blatant evils of our culture is abortion. According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, there were a total of 97,764 reported abortions across Canada. That means tens of thousands of unborn babies who never saw the light of day. Instead, their lives were cruelly snuffed out. As Christians, we need to stand up for what is right. According to the Bible, abortion is clearly wrong. Let’s take a closer look at why.
“For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.”
If you read the whole chapter of Psalm 139, you’ll see that God considers the unborn child to be a human being. He carefully forms each part according to its DNA. And He looks on the child in her mother’s womb with love and compassion. At the local church’s prison ministries, we’re grateful for God’s love for each person…no matter how small.
“For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.”
When Mary visited her pregnant cousin, the infant in Elizabeth’s womb leaped for joy. He recognized the presence of baby Jesus in Mary’s womb, and he was overjoyed. This couldn’t have been a response to his mother’s emotions because Mary had not even shared the news yet. If he did not have the capacity for thought, will, and emotions, baby John could not do this. Evidently, babies have a unique personality even before birth.
“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,”
Exodus 21:22, 23
In this passage from the Mosaic law, God prescribed the death penalty for anyone who would accidentally hurt a pregnant woman or her unborn baby. With the phrase “life for life,” we understand that the baby’s life is equal to the attacker’s life. Both babies and adults have equal rights in God’s eyes.
“The fathers shall not be put to death for the children, neither shall the children be put to death for the fathers: every man shall be put to death for his own sin.”
One common pro-choice argument is the following, “This baby was conceived out of rape or other sexual sin. Therefore, the mother should not have to suffer through this pregnancy.” In this situation, abortion would mean carrying out the death penalty on the baby—who hadn’t even committed a crime! According to this verse from God’s Word, children should not be killed for their parents’ sin….no matter how serious.
“Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.”
Often, advocates of abortion portray babies as an inconvenient nuisance. They discourage women from carrying their children to term. Instead of calling the baby “a baby,” they use derogatory names to diminish the baby’s personhood.
But, the Bible tells us that each child is precious in God’s sight. They are a special blessing from Him. Even if they were conceived in less than ideal circumstances, God has a wonderful plan for each one.
At the local church’s prison ministries, we believe that Christians have a responsibility to stand up for life. We need to, “defend the poor and fatherless: do justice to the afflicted and needy.” (Psalm 82:3) How could God use you to share the truth about abortion with others? Pray for opportunities, and ask for His wisdom to guide you.
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