What the Bible Has to Say About Abortion

“For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy” (Luke 1:44)

 

Is Abortion a Sin?

Sin in Hebrew is hhatah and literally means “to miss the mark”. In short, sin is to be on the incorrect path; you are missing the mark of where you should be.

Is it a Life?

Read our blog post “When does Life Begin” for more information on this. In short, life begins at conception. Some Bible versions change the meanings of Exodus 21:22-23, so as to cause confusion about the issue of abortion (one of the reasons I suggest the King James Bible). In Exodus 21, it is clear that if a pregnant woman suffers a miscarriage because someone hit her, he is to be put to death. It is a life for a life.

 

Judgment

I have read several different blogs that say that God approves abortion because the Bible has so much of it. In all instances that killing unborn children are mentioned (2 Kings 8:12, 2 Kings 15:16, Isaiah 13:18, Jeremiah 44:7-8, Hosea 13:16) it is spoken of as a curse, punishment, or judgment. It is never a positive.

God didn’t take pleasure in having pregnant women die or their babies dying at birth. He still doesn’t! He used that as punishment for sin. Sin is awful. We don’t really understand just how terrible it is. God is Holy and in Him there is no darkness; there is no sin. Sin always has negative repercussions; consequence is a spiritual law. Sin separated people from God. It opens the door for demons to have free reign over you. The devil came to steal, kill and destroy; he killed unborn babies (see child sacrifices to Molech in the OT), destroyed families, and he does the same today.

When Moses gave the children of Israel the law he then told them the consequences of obeying or disobeying (Deuteronomy 28). The consequence of obedience amounted to blessings in every area of their life. The consequence of disobedience amounted to curses in every area, including reproduction.

 

What About Rape?

God cares for His creation; He wants the best for us. Rape, just like babies dying in the womb, is always spoken of negatively. Rape can produce lifelong trauma that can lead to depression and even suicide. It is a violent crime and was treated as such in the Bible.

But if a man find a betrothed damsel in the field, and the man force her, and lie with her: then the man only that lay with her shall die. But unto the damsel thou shalt do nothing; there is in the damsel no sin worthy of death: for as when a man riseth against his neighbour, and slayeth him, even so is this matter: For he found her in the field, and the betrothed damsel cried, and there was none to save her.” (Deuteronomy 22:25-28 )

The scripture above gives as example of a woman alone in a field that was raped. She screamed for help, but no one could save her. The man that raped her is worthy of death. Why is it, in cases of pregnancy resulting from a rape, popular culture spares the father from death but puts the charge of the sin upon the child?

 

Incest

Leviticus chapter 18 lists everyone near of kin and says you shouldn’t even see them naked. God strictly prohibited it: he called it an abomination. At the end of the chapter he says that everyone that partakes in the abominations should be killed. I am not saying we should go off killing everyone that rapes or has committed incest. The point is that those that partook of the act were the ones held responsible. If we allow abortions in the cases of incest, what is to stop the couple from getting pregnant again? If anything, it makes it easier for them to continue.

 

Is It the Same as a Miscarriage?

There are several strong arguments for the case that the sixth commandment should be translated as “Thou shalt not murder.” First, the verb used in the Torah commandment is “ratsah,” which generally is translated as murder and refers only to criminal acts of killing a human being. The word “kill” generally refers to the taking of life for all classes of victims and for all reasons. This generalization is expressed through a different Hebrew verb “harag.” Ratsah is to kill premeditated or with malice. The end is the same: a death, but the intent is completely different.

Abortion is never done accidentally such as in self defense. It is always premeditated and with malice. The desired result is to end the life of the child. A miscarriage is a woman losing her baby without her causing the expulsion of the child.

 

Turning Back to God

Have you found yourself where you don’t want to be? Has sin taken you on a path you shouldn’t be on? God gives his directions for the journey that his people are to be on. There is time for you to return to the correct path. As long as you remain on that journey, you are tsadiq (usually translated as “righteous,” but literally means “on the correct path”), even if you left the path but returned.

You have read this entire article because God is tugging at your heart. Therefore, come back unto the path by confessing your sins and trusting in Jesus to lead you. For anyone who has had an abortion, please know there is forgiveness, healing and restoration in Jesus Christ. He died for all of our sin as a result He alone can take away the condemnation and replace it with His love. Be encouraged to share this post with others in need of the truth.

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