Is There A Clear Biblical Mandate Against Abortion
by Tony Warren
As surprising as it may be to some Theologians, the unequivocal answer is, Absolutely! The Biblical mandate against abortion is as old as the law of God itself, and is not subject to man's abrogation, rationalizations, or willful redefining. Man may try and justify abortion in his own mind, but he cannot by smooth words of nullification make what is transgression, righteous. The law of God states simply and quite unambiguously,
- "Thou shalt not murder."
Of course I understand that some who call themselves Christians make the claim that since not all believe that abortion is murder, that then makes this law against murder an "unclear statement" as it relates to the act of abortion. But using that logic, we would have to also conclude that since not all who call themselves Christians think homosexuality is the sin described in scripture, that makes the law against men being with men with women, an unclear statement as it relates to Homosexuality. i.e., does it make the Biblical statements against something unclear because scripture doesn't use the exact wording which man has devised to cloak it? The answer is no, it means man rationalizes God's laws away for his own purposes. Again, not all who call themselves Christians think that the commands to not marry a divorced person is really applicable today. So does that then mean that the Biblical mandates against this practice is unclear because these people choose to think this? The answer of course is no! There is no question about the Biblical statements, and simply because many individuals choose not to receive them or to rationalize them away, doesn't mean that the statements are unclear. What it means is that man in his abstinent heart, can in his own mind justify anything that he wishes in order to do whatever is right in his own eyes. And man has been doing this since the beginning.
A cornerstone of Christian Theology is that Jesus is God, and it's clearly stated in scripture time and again. Yet there is a myriad of people "calling themselves Christian" who will tell you it's not true at all and there is nothing in scripture which illustrates that. As a rule, no amount of scripture that you give them supporting this truth will convince them otherwise. Does that then mean they are correct, and that the scriptures don't teach that Jesus is God?
What we need to understand is this. When you have a mind set not to believe something, you will inevitably believe what is right in your own eyes, despite the evidence at hand. And that's what is happening with Abortion. People, indoctrinated by society and influenced by it's media, have gotten it into their mind that abortion is a necessary evil that should be allowed (due in no small matter to the constant propaganda on TV), and so they begin to superimpose what has by indoctrination become their own thinking, and their own will, upon the Holy scriptures. They take what they think is right in their own eyes, and they look for ways to rationalize it in scripture. They take the clear, and they attempt by subtlety and smooth words to make it unclear. They take what is right, and they rationalize it as a bad thing. They take what is wrong, and the rationalize it as a good thing. but this is nothing more than taking God's Word and twisting it conform to their own thoughts. Taking what is hot and cold, they make it lukewarm that they may eat and drink of the forbidden without conscience.
One Theologian told me, "YOU define abortion as sin. But where does the Bible make such a definition of abortion?"
Of course his premise being, the word "abortion" is not in the scriptures, therefore we can't say it's murder. But that is a ridiculous claim, especially for a man of Theology. For if that was what is required, 90 percent of sins wouldn't be sins. But this word is not required to be in scripture because it's part modern man's humanistic philosophy of playing "word games". Years ago, no one even heard of the word abortion, much less have it written in scripture. Does that then make it not a sin? Just as there is no scripture which defines embezzlement as a sin, but does that mean that the Bible doesn't "clearly" speak to the issue? No! Because embezzlement is just a "10 cent word" used by modern man which means stealing. It's not required to be written in scripture. In this same way, Abortion is just a 10 cent word meaning Murder. The definition of Abortion is the taking of a human life before it can come out of it's mother's womb. It's called murder! And no attempt by man to hide the dastardly deed behind words like fetus changes the definition. These words may temporarily soothe the conscience of the murderer, but they never wash away the sin.
These word games are nothing new. Annulment is a 10 cent word meaning Divorce, Perjury is a 10 cent word meaning Lying, an affair is just a 10 cent word meaning fornication, Escargot is a 10 cent word meaning snails, and so on, and so forth. Christians better than anyone should understand that these words are designed to lesson the impact of the words which they replace. e.g., it's sounds much better to man to say, "we had an affair", than to say, "we went out and fornicated or committed adultery". Especially when the object is to distance ourselves from the word. So it's true, we're not going to find the word abortion in scripture, because it's murder. Murder is sin, Adultery is sin, Divorce is sin, Stealing is sin! These are the words God inspired to be used, not the 10 cent watered down variety, but words which show the severity of sin. Calling murder, abortion, doesn't free one from the judgment of God anymore than calling stealing, embezzlement, frees one from the law against stealing. Every word man dreams up to cloak sin doesn't have to be spelled out in scripture for the action to be a sin. There is no place deep enough to hide sin from God! For the Light will reveal it! If we confess our sins to God, He is merciful to forgive them. If we cloak them and use 10 cent words to pretend that they are no sin, then we shall be judged!
- "Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.
- And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
- For it is a shame even to speak of those things which are done of them in secret.
- But all things that are reproved are made manifest by the light: for whatsoever doth make manifest is light.
- Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light".
If the Spirit of God doesn't tell man these things, how can we presume to? God says the works of the flesh are self evident, or manifest. That's the unadulterated truth! It's just that man likes to deceive himself about them so he can live with himself without his conscience berating him. But there is no way that these words will hide him from God, who looks upon the heart and knows every nook and cranny filled with rationalizations. God knows the intents of the heart, no matter what the mouth says.
Unfortunately in some Theological circles, there is the opinion by some that there is "room for disagreement!" In other words, the "reason" that we might think abortion is murder, but we should allow for others to feel otherwise without saying they're wrong. But Frankly, that is like saying, I believe it's murder, but you go ahead because you don't believe it! I have never understood this (so called) logic. It's not acceptable to kill a baby while it's lying within the mother's womb, and it is not acceptable to kill a baby once it has been set free of that environment. And, No, there is no room for disagreement among Christians, for in Christianity it is never acceptable to murder the pre-born Child as long as it's in the womb! And they can find any nice way to say it that their heart desires, but simply because someone says it, doesn't make it so. If we believe it's truly murder, then there is obviously no room for compromise! That whole philosophy is warped!
Those who believe that taking a human life within the womb is not murder, do not by their humanistic reasoning preclude that action from the penalty of the law of God. It's still murder of a human life whether we call it abortion, a tennis game, or a box of crackers. You can call it what you want!
"A sewer by any other name, would smell as bad"
The transgression of abortion is self evident. man inherently knows what is right and wrong, and whether people want to admit it to themselves honestly or not, is insignificant to the truth of it.
- "now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness,
- idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
- envyings, murders, drunkenness, revilings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the Kingdom of God."
God says these things are not ambiguous or unclear, they are made manifest or made known to us that they are works of the flesh. In other words, they are self evident! And murder is included there. We can deceive ourselves and say that abortion as murder is not self evident, till the cows come home, but God who trieth the Hearts knows better.
I submit to all an example God uses to illustrate just this principle about the things of God being "clearly" seen, and "if" there can be any excuse to make the claim that it wasn't clearly seen, or evil wasn't clearly known to man, and thus he escape judgment.
...And He that hath ears to hear, let him hear!
- "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against ALL unGodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness.
- Because that which may be known of God is >made known in them; for God hath showed it unto them.
- For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal Power and Godhead; So that they are Without Excuse!"
Man instinctively knows the truth when he hears it, he knows that taking the life in a womb is murder, because God has showed it to them inherently. Will people be able to come before God and say, "Gee, it wasn't clearly shown that there was a God I should serve, or that we shouldn't lie, or that divorce was wrong, or I shouldn't abort babies, or practice fornicate, etc., etc. ..No! God says these things are Clearly Seen!" It doesn't matter if we in our rationalizations claim abortion isn't clearly seen as evil. Those who hold the truth in unrighteousness will be judged (except they repent), and God says they have "No Excuse!" For God who knows the heart, and can discern the difference between Soul and Spirit, can surely discern our rationalizations. Rationalizations may deceive us, but they do not deceive God!
The works of the flesh are made manifest to us all, and particularly to Christians, because we have the Spirit of Truth dwelling within us, and we know what is sinful because of our relationship with God.
Unfortunately, there is nothing any of us can say that will convince someone who has already made their mind up. But anyone who can look upon an aborted baby, and "honestly" claim that this was not Life, can likewise look upon a tree and claim that it isn't wood. That's how foolish it really is. And if it is Life, then abortion is the murder of that life! Which of course is the very reason why they claim it's not (or rationalize that even if it is, it's not murder). Though in this article I have used my own clumsy words, God's Word is replete with the pertinent scriptures about life in the womb.
[v22- Note that Esau and Jacob are called children when in the womb. Not a fetus and not non-living appendages.]
- "And the children struggled together within her;
- And the Lord said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, And two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels:
- And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb."
Note again, God makes it clear that there were twin individuals in the womb. Two individual babies in her womb, not two pieces of meat, nor two lifeless blobs. There were two human creations of God there. Just as in the book of Luke, John is defined as a person in the womb. Unlike man, God is clear on what is growing inside a woman.
- "and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb."
For Theologians to say that he was not yet a Child of God would be ludicrous! And if he was, then it cries out murderer to those who would give license for man to abort Children. And in verse 44 the child in Elizabeth's womb jumps for joy at at the mere salutation of mary - and God's promise is shown as fulfilled.
- "And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:
- And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
- And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
- For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy".
The baby leaped in her womb, not the piece of flesh not alive, and which can be righteously cut out if we so choose. A baby in the Womb! It was a baby, even before it came forth from the Womb. Not a fetus, an unborn baby.
Many theologians try and rationalize abortion by saying, "after 3 months or 4 months or more it's unacceptable to abort, but before that time it is. This is hypocrisy of the highest order, and nothing more than playing God to decide when life begins. e.g., tuesday it's 4 months and 29 days and not a baby, but wednesday, it is 5 months, and so it's now a baby? Who's to determine when it's a baby? The answer is, God! and He has...
- "Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not One fashion us in the womb?
Our Lord takes full responsibility for making one in the womb. Who made John in Elizabeth's womb? Zechariah or God? It was God who made him in the womb, that is the miracle of life. Isaiah 44:24
- "Thus saith the Lord, thy Redeemer, and he that formed thee from the Womb I am the Lord, that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by Myself;
- "And thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones grow in the womb of her that is with child, even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all.
How well God has said it. It's not a woman with lifeless flesh in the womb, or with fetus which she can destroy at will, it's a mother with Child which God has formed in the womb. ..that is to say, "according to God it is!" Sad that in our day man thinks that he is in charge, he sits in the Holy temple to rule and makes everything. He understands not that ultimately God is in charge, He is on the throne, and it is He who hath created the Child in the womb. It is wanton rebellion against God to murder it. But man wants to play God and rule, but though he may use every rationalization known to him, God is not mocked. For He knows man from the inside out. He knows his heart is full of murders. And He knows man wants to serve and worship a god in his own image, (a idol) not the God of the Holy Bible. Man is kidding himself! God is in control even while man knows it not.
- "For thou hast possessed my reins; thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.
- "I was cast upon thee from the womb; thou art my God from my mother's belly.
Other Verses to consider are: Ruth 1:11; Judges 13:5,7; Job 1:21, 3:11, 10:11, 24:20, 31:18, Psalms 22:9, 58:3, 71:6, Isaiah 13:18, 43:7, 44:2, 46:3, 48:8, 49:1, 5, 15, 66:9
And one of my favorites,
- "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."
God takes full responsibility for both forming the baby in the womb and in sanctifying it in the womb. These Christian people would dare to murder what God has before both formed and sanctified in a mother's belly? What a terrible thought. God's laws are that man must not shed man's blood in killing. And if it's wrong for us to shed men's blood in killing, then it's also wrong to shed a baby's blood in killing him. And If it is wrong to kill an child anytime after they break forth, it is also wrong to kill him anytime before he breaks forth. It's the only Biblical, logical and rational view for Christians. Because "understand" birth only changes the baby's living conditions and its manner of eating and collecting oxygen. To shed his blood before birth is just as much a sin against God as shedding it after birth.
- "for it is the Life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof: therefore I said unto the children of Israel, ye shall eat the blood of no manner of flesh: for the life of all flesh is the blood thereof: whoso eateth it shall be cut off."
A baby in its' mothers womb has the blood of Life. It is a living human being. When an abortion is performed, that life blood is shed, and that baby dies. What a vain and self absorbed mind set one must have to do such a horrific thing.
The rationalization of abortion by those calling themselves Christians is absolutely astounding to me given all the obvious facts! Where is their Spirit of truth that is supposed to be dwelling within every believer? This is a very good question! Their may be reason to fear because of that question.
We have learned to expect this sort of behaviour from Atheists and agnostics, but Christians should know better of the Spirit! But again, these are the times in which we live, where anything and everything is rationalized by much of the church. Murder, Reprisals, Divorce, Remarriage, Homosexuality, fornication, Women Pastors, Wresting or ignoring the scriptures, Reviling the faithful, Changing Times and Laws, etc. The Love for God and His Holy Word has grown cold. Signs of the Times! We shouldn't expect to be complimented on a stand against abortion. On the contrary, we should expect to be vilified, even by some of the Church. Expect to be reviled, frowned upon, called a dinosaur, unloving, uncaring, ignorant and uneducated. But we must stand fast in the faith. For God is not mocked by unrighteousness "masquerading "as compassion. The bible is clear on the subject of abortion. ..It is the murder of a baby in the womb. It is the Killing of a child within it's mother.
Here's a question to ask anyone who is rationalizing abortion. Because it tends to throw their rationalization all out of kilter, and brings it right home where we live! The question is,"if there could be the abortion of John the baptist, elijah, the 12 apostles, any of the prophets of old, would their mothers be in terrible sin for aborting these Children in their womb, or did they have the right in freedom of choice, to do this thing without sin?"
If it is acceptable for Christians today, it was acceptable for them to do then if they so chose. Read again Ecclesiastes 11:5. Would these Mothers be guiltless if they aborted (murdered) these Children before they were delivered from the womb? Will these people be consistent and tell you it was these mothers "right" to choose and decide to abort John the Baptist, Peter, Paul, even Jesus Himself, or choose not to abort these Children in their Wombs? Frankly, It's another self evident Abominable (as well as Ludicrous) idea! They had no right to choose to abort these babies. Man need to consider wisely exactly the implications of his thoughts.... And if it is not their "right to choose," then likewise, no one can righteously do this today! And if they do, the Judgment will be the same as if Elizabeth had murdered John the baptist in the womb! For there is no difference.
"Abortion: The Heathen sacrifice ofPeace,
a Child, to the god of convenience"
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