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The Bible on Abortion

Updated on July 29, 2011
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The Unborn in the Image of God

One of the most dangerous places to be in America today is in the womb. There are around 1.6 million abortions performed each year. Since the 1973 Roe Versus Wade decision there have been more than 50 million babies whose lives were ended. And of the women that had abortions, 93% gave "social reasons" and not the mother's health, or rape, or incest as the reason for "terminating the pregnancy." This means that abortion has now become an acceptable means of birth control for many women. What has happened to us when we can see an unborn child as merely a blob of tissue that can be removed as easily, and without any more thought than if a person were having an appendectomy?

We have bought into the lie that a baby isn't really a baby until it is out of its mother's womb. It is merely a "fetus". And if it is merely a "fetus" then it is not really a person. This hearkens back to the era of slavery in America, when it was determined that the slave was not really a human being. He was a sub human and therefore could be bought and sold as property.

I. Where Does Life Begin?

But what does the Bible teach about the unborn child? To begin this study we need to go back to the book of Genesis, in which the Scriptures teach that man was created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26). Man is a living symbol of God to represent His reign. There is no other creature on earth, or in heaven with this distinction. We reflect the majesty of the living God. And Genesis 9:6 places a prohibition on the shedding of man's blood because he is created in God's image.

Now the question is, does the Bible see the unborn child as already being a person, created in God's image? In other words, where does human life begin? There is all sorts of evidence in Scripture that life begins at conception. For instance, Job 31:15 states: "Did He who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same One fashion us in the womb?"

Another Scripture is Psalm 22: 9,10. Here the Psalmist says: "But You are He who took me out of the womb. You made me trust while on my mother's breasts. I was cast upon You from my mother's womb. You have been my God."

Of course Psalm 139 cannot be left out of a study like this. Verses 13-16 state: "For you formed my inward parts; Your covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise you for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them."

From a study of these verses alone we must conclude that the Bible teaches that life begins at conception. But we could go further and say that God had a purpose for our existence long before this. In Ephesians 1:4,5 Paul says that the Lord chose the believer before the foundation of the world and predestined us to be His sons. Scripture definitely sees human life as sacred. We were in the mind of God in eternity past, long before we ever came to be. If that is the case, then we must be special to the heart of God in the womb as well.

II. Men Called From the Womb

Scripture records certain men that it says were called from the womb. Samson, Jeremiah, John the Baptist and Paul are all said to be called in this way. The calling of Samson is seen in Judges 13. In verse 7 we read his mother telling the account of the Angel of the Lord speaking with her. She states: "And He said to me, Behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. Now drink no wine or similar drink, nor eat anything unclean, for the child shall be a Nazirite from the womb to the day of his death."

In Jeremiah 1:5, the prophet is told: "Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you. And before you were born, I consecrated you. I have appointed you a prophet to the nations." He was clearly considered a person in the womb, since God chose him even before conception.

Regarding John the Baptist Luke 1:15 says: "For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and he will drink no wine or liquor; and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, while yet in his mother's womb." Obviously if he is filled with the Holy Spirit while in the womb, he is a person there.

Finally, Paul the Apostle states this: "But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother's womb and called me through His grace, to reveal His Son in me...."

III. Exodus 21:22,23

We have an interesting passage in the book of Exodus that talks about what the law calls for if two men are fighting and hit a pregnant woman while doing this, causing her to have a premature birth. Some have interpreted Exodus 21:22,23 as the woman having a miscarriage because of the fight. However, the text literally reads: "so that her children go, (or come), out." The plural of child is used, making clear that a human being is in view. The plural is also generic to cover the possibility that there could be multiple births. There is another Hebrew word, (shakal), that would be used if this passage were talking about a miscarriage.

So what did the law call for? It said that if the woman had a premature birth, "yet there is no further injury, he (the man that hit her), shall be fined as the woman's husband may demand of him; and he shall pay as the judges decide. But if there is any further injury, then you shall appoint as a penalty life for life." Presumably, this further injury includes the death of the mother or the baby, since both are here seen as persons. So the fetus in the law code is a human being and feticide, or the killing of the fetus, is seen as murder.


Jesus once took a child on his lap and said: "See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you, that their angels, in heaven continually behold the face of my Father who is in heaven." (Matthew 18:10). Another time in Matthew 19:14 He said: "Let the little children come to me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven." Our Lord clearly loves the little children and does not want any harm to come to them. Yet fully one third of all human babies are aborted in this nation alone. And it is simply because they are an inconvenience. The blood of these children cries out to God.

If you have aborted a child already, I am not writing this to condemn you. Jesus Christ came that all of our sin, past, present and future, might be forgiven and we can become new creatures in Christ. You need to accept his death on the cross on your behalf and He can give you a new start. And do know that your baby is in heaven because of that same sacrifice of our Lord Jesus Christ.

My main concern is the mother's who are considering abortion. Don't be mislead by anyone into thinking that it is a harmless procedure that will solve your problem. Abortion kills babies and you need to stop and think what you are about to do. If for some reason you don't think that you're able to take care of a child, the God honoring thing is to put him or her up for adoption. There are thousands of loving mothers and fathers that are hoping and praying for a child to love. Give your baby the same chance that your parents gave you to live, love and grow. Abortion is not the answer. It is a devastating waste of human life.


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      Jeff Shirley 

      7 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

      Thanks for your comments Hyphenbird. And thanks for reading.

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      Brenda Barnes 

      7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      "And of the women that had abortions, 93% gave "social reasons" and not the mother's health, or rape, or incest as the reason for "terminating the pregnancy." This means that abortion has now become an acceptable means of birth control for many women." I read about a woman who has had 11 abortions. She certainly is reckless in all regards. You have done an excellent job putting this Hub together in a simple and loving manner that does not pile on guilt but offers compassion.

      I myself must state that abortion is wrong in every case incest and rape are not excepted. The perpetrator is guilty, not the innocent child that resulted from the attack. As painful as it is to carry the child to term, it should be done.

      I pray many find this article and it plants a seed in their minds and hearts. Joy in Jesus.

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      Jeff Shirley 

      7 years ago from Kentwood, Michigan

      Thanks Lifegate. You are right, there are many women who never really get over the abortion of their child. It follows them the rest of their lives. I am hoping, through this hub, to stop at least a few from making this bad decision before it is too late. God bless.

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      William Kovacic 

      7 years ago from Pleasant Gap, PA


      Good points--and good Scripture. One thing I'd like to add is that too many times the mother that had the abortion suffers too. Guilt and depression can and often does ruin her life as well. It simply isn't worth it from either side. Thanks for a clear and concise read on this important subject.


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