Friday, February 29, 2008

Is Abortion Wrong, Part 3

Last week, we left off talking about the issue of abortion and what the Bible says about it. Even though the courts in our land have made abortion legal, they can’t make it right. The Bible teaches that life begins in the womb. Here are just a few examples from the Bible to prove my point.

In Genesis 25:22-24 it speaks of the birth of two boys, Jacob and Esau, “And the children struggled together within her; and she said, If it be so, why am I thus? And she went to enquire of the LORD. And the LORD said unto her, Two nations are in thy womb, and two manner of people shall be separated from thy bowels; and the one people shall be stronger than the other people; and the elder shall serve the younger. And when her days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb.” Notice, the struggling was not the struggling of fetuses, but rather the struggling of "children." If their mother would have chosen the option of modern day abortion, she would have not only killed the "children," but she would have destroyed "two nations;” the Edomites and the Jews!! This point is reemphasized again when the Bible says in Hosea 12:3, “He took his brother by the heel in the womb, And in his strength he struggled with God.” God clearly reveals that while "in the womb," Jacob and Esau were "brothers" and that Jacob was able to take his brother by the heel. Those were people in there, not just tissue.

Another example is found in Job 3:11-14, Why died I not from the womb? why did I not give up the ghost when I came out of the belly? Why did the knees prevent me? or why the breasts that I should suck? For now should I have lain still and been quiet, I should have slept: then had I been at rest, with kings and counselors of the earth, which built desolate places for themselves.” Also, in Job 10:18-19, Wherefore then hast thou brought me forth out of the womb? Oh that I had given up the ghost, and no eye had seen me! I should have been as though I had not been; I should have been carried from the womb to the grave.” Job essentially begged God that he could have been still born or could have died at birth. He wanted to be “carried from the womb to the grave."

At the same time, he wanted to be "rest with kings and counselors of the earth." To be carried from the womb to the grave means that he would have had to have been born dead or still born. To be at rest with kings and counselors means he would have had to have been alive in the womb; thus a living soul!

Another example is found in Luke 1:15 when speaking of John the Baptist, For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother's womb.” John was recognized by God as a living person before his birth. As such, he was "filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb." Someone might argue that he could have been filled with the Spirit from the time that he departed "from" his mother’s womb. Not so, because later we are told in Luke 1:41 that “…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:” Also, it says in Luke 1:44, “For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.” It would have been impossible for him to experience joy if he were just fetal tissue.

Another example of how God views life as beginning at conception is found in Exodus 21:22-25 where says, If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her,…he shall be surely punished,…life for life…” God sees the unborn child as a living being. One day God will bring judgment on the murdering mothers, legislators, and doctors who do this horrible thing in our nation every day! How dare we as Christians put men into office who promote the abortion of our children (Romans 1:28-32).

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