Is Abortion Really Murder?
“But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God.”
On January 22, 1973, a landmark decision by the U.S. Supreme Court shook the very foundations of the United States of America. This ruling, a turning point, declared that a woman had the right to choose to have an abortion. Nearly fifty years later, and despite the overturn of Roe v. Wade in June 2022, this debate continues to pit families, cities, and entire states against each other. It has reshaped national politics and divided the United States into two groups—pro-life and pro-choice.
Pro-Life And Pro-Choice
The camp known as pro-life believes that life begins at conception, and the fetus is a living soul. The other side, known as pro-choice, believes that at the moment of conception, the fetus is not a person and, until the moment of birth or until it can live on its own, the fetus has no rights outside of its mother. They believe the woman carrying the fetus has the right to decide whether or not the child will be born.
As Christians, we must not look to man to define when life begins; we must examine what the Bible says about this topic.
We Are Made In The Image Of God
First, the Word of God is not silent regarding this hotly debated subject. According to the Bible, human beings are made in the image of God. Genesis 1:27-28 declares, “So God created man in His own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.”
If God created every person in His image, that should let us know that we are more than a random batch of cells thrown together with no rhyme or reason attached. We reflect or display God, who called us into being with a specific design and purpose.
Furthermore, Psalm 139:13-16 tells us: “For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.”
In Jeremiah 1:5, the Lord told the prophet, “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee … and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations,” which tells us that even before that child was born, God knew who Jeremiah was and what he would grow up to be. God took the time with every single one of us to form us in our mother’s womb, give us talents that could only come from Him, and show the world that something beautiful could come out of the fall—a human life.
Children Are A Blessing From The Lord
Second, all children are a blessing from God. Psalm 127:3 says, “Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.” We have the privilege of bringing life into the world, not taking life from the world.
I remember when all four of our daughters were born; it was the most exciting time of our lives. I remember the nurse putting each one of them in my arms, and I had the opportunity to hold them for the first time. As I looked down at each of them, the first thing that came over me was joy. Barring my salvation experience, never in my life had I experienced such excitement, joy, or euphoria. In the moments following their births, I began to understand what unconditional love was, and Jill and I made a vow before God to raise them in the way that they should be raised, with Jesus being the center of our home.
Life Is Sacred
Third, and most important, life is sacred to God. In the Old Testament, even before the law of Moses, we read in Genesis 9:6, “Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.”
In the Ten Commandments, God told Moses, “Thou shalt not kill” (Ex. 20:13). This means that if a person, adult, child, or fetus is killed, it is looked at by God as murder. Yes, every child that is aborted in this nation or around the world, God looks at it as murder.
Ecclesiastes 1:9 informs us that there is nothing new under the sun, which means, in this context, that as long as there have been pregnancies, there have also been abortions.
Exodus 21:22-25 tells us what would happen to an individual if an unborn child was either harmed or killed during an altercation. Abortion was a crime then, and throughout the early stages of America, abortion was wholly renounced and a crime under common law, which is recognized as the basis of law in most civilized nations.
Morality Cannot Change
Murder is a moral law, and moral laws cannot change. No matter how many laws or decisions pass through Congress, the Senate, or even the Supreme Court, you cannot change morality. To answer the question at the beginning of this article, “Is abortion really murder?” There is only one answer: yes.
My position, as should be the position of every child of God in the world today, is that according to the Word of God, which is the heartbeat of this nation, abortion is murder, and the blood of millions of babies aborted in this nation will be on the hands of politicians, presidents, doctors, and parents.
I understand why this article might make you uncomfortable and cause you to become angry. Still, I must take this stand according to the Word of God, that every life is special, and every life begins at the moment of conception. The Bible is the final authority on matters of life and death, and I choose to stand on the side of the Bible. I choose life!
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