THE BIBLE AND ABORTION- Introduction
Abortion (as a medical procedure) is never mentioned in the Bible. So that must mean that the Bible has nothing relevant to say on the subject, Right?
THE BIBLE AND ABORTION- What Does the Bible Say?
Abortion is one of the most critical issues of our generation. Christians need to consider carefully what the Bible has to say on the subject.
THE BIBLE AND ABORTION- The Bible Condemns Murder
First of all, the Bible clearly condemns murder, and by murder I don’t mean all killing. The Bible obviously allows animals to be killed, accidental killing of human beings is not condemned, and human beings may, in fact, be deliberately killed if they’ve committed a capital offense. You see the real issue is murder not killing, and murder is the intentional killing of an innocent human being.
THE BIBLE AND ABORTION- Is Abortion Murder?
So once again the question, is abortion murder? First of all, abortion certainly kills something: because obviously the fetus is a living organism, biologically distinct from the mother. The fetus also is certainly innocent — no one aborts a fetus because of something the fetus has supposedly done. And, with the exception of abortion to save the mother’s life, abortion is always done with the clear intent of killing the fetus. Therefore, the question of whether abortion is murder turns entirely on whether the fetus is or is not a human being.
THE BIBLE AND ABORTION- A Fetus Is a Human Being
Numerous philosophers and scientists have shown conclusively that the fetus is a human being from the moment of conception. In addition, the Bible, which ought to be our first authority, supports the very same conclusion. For example, in Psalm 51 David confesses that he was a sinner by nature from his very conception in the womb (Psa. 51:5).
THE BIBLE AND ABORTION- Conclusion
The conclusion is this: abortion is the intentional killing of an innocent human being, and therefore it has to be regarded as murder. The only exception, as I have already indicated, would be in cases where the child must be aborted or the mother will die.
THE BIBLE AND ABORTION- Abortion is Murder
In short, while the Bible does not mention abortion specifically, it is clear by implication that abortion is murder. And don’t forget that Psalm 139 tells us that God created our inmost being, He knit us together in our mother’s womb and that all the days ordained for us were written in his book before even one of them came to be.On the Bible and abortion, that’s the CRI Perspective. I’m Hank Hanegraaff.