Does The Bible Address Abortion

Today, abortion is among the most talked-about and controversial topics in many societies. Christianity has passed resolutions affirming its trust in the sanctity of life, and more specifically, the Bible. Abortion is no exception. We can dig deeper into the Bible to discover whether there’s any mention of abortion and the stance it takes.

The Bible does address abortion in several passages, yet there is no explicit statement of condemnation nor approval. Here are two main accounts found in Scripture.

The first is a passage from Exodus 21, which many believe to be talking about abortion: “If men struggle with each other and strike a woman with child so that she gives birth prematurely, yet there is no injury, he shall surely 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” (Exodus 21:22-23). The passage clearly states that if a premature birth occurs due to a struggle, then one is to be fined; however, if there is “any further injury” meaning if the woman dies, the other person involved is to face the death penalty. By applying this same principle today, we can draw the conclusion that abortion is not only wrong but is also illegal.

The second passage that is often used to discuss abortion is found in Psalm 139. Here the Psalmist praises God for His glorious creation of human beings since before the time of conception: “For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well.” (Psalm 139:13-14). This psalm sheds light on how a fetus is seen through the eyes of God and it speaks of the intended purpose for human life as well as the value given to it.

The Bible On Murder and Killing

The Bible speaks clearly against murder, as it prescribes the death penalty for violators. One key verse on this subject is found in Genesis 9:6 where God instructs: “Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed, for in the image of God He made man”. This passage stresses the severity of taking a life and highlights how intense God’s feelings are towards murder. Another passage that speaks of the same message is found in Exodus 20:13: “You shall not murder.” This commandment is clear, in that it prohibits the taking of life. This same commandment is stated again in the New Testament in Romans 13:9: “You shall not commit murder”.

Based on what these passages tell us, abortion could be viewed as a form of murder. There is a growing number of scholars and theologians who believe that the termination of a fetus can indeed be classified as murder, as the modern medical definition of a fetus describes it as a “living, developing human being”.

The Bible clearly states that the taking of life is severely punishable by death, so it would seem that the same attitude should be taken with abortion. Taken all together, these passages alone are not enough to conclude that the Bible gives a definite answer as to whether abortion is right or wrong.

The Bible And Personal Beliefs

The Bible does not give a clear opinion on whether abortion is right or wrong, but it certainly offers us some context and teachings when it comes to this sensitive subject. Ultimately, it is up to each individual person to decide what they believe the Bible says about abortion. In the end, it is important to remember that while the Bible may not give a definitive answer, it is a source of wisdom, knowledge and insight that can help guide our thoughts and beliefs on this issue.

For those who subscribe to a more literal interpretation of the Bible, it follows that abortion would be classified as wrong and could even be considered murder. This belief is backed up by the passages from the Book of Genesis and the Book of Exodus that speak on the severity of taking a life. Other scholars and theologians may argue that these are outdated teachings and that a more enlightened approach should be taken when it comes to this sensitive topic.

The Bible and Counselling Services For Abortions

The Bible does not address the issue of counselling for those considering an abortion; however, there is general counsel that can be taken from Scripture. For example, Proverbs 3:5-6 states “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths”. This is a reminder to trust in God and to seek His leading in every decision that we make, including that of abortion.

Seeking advice and counselling is encouraged, and Christian organizations can provide guidance and support to those who are considering or going through an abortion. These services also provide pre- and post-abortion counselling for those who may be struggling with the moral and spiritual consequences of this decision.

The Bible On Compassion and Forgiveness

The Bible also speaks of compassion and forgiveness, reminding us that everyone makes mistakes. In Luke 15:7, Jesus says, “I tell you that in the same way, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.” This passage is a reminder that everyone needs forgiveness and compassion, no matter what their sins may be.

No one should take a stance on abortion without first seeking out information and advice on the subject. There are many different ways to interpret Scripture and the Bible does not give a clear opinion on the issue. It is up to each individual to decide what they believe is right or wrong when it comes to abortion. It is important to remember that the Bible speaks to us about this issue with compassion and understanding as we all make mistakes. We must strive to offer love and forgiveness to those who are facing difficult decisions in life.

The Bible On Education, Advocacy and Contraception

We can look to the Bible for guidance on how to address the issue of abortion. The Bible does not condone abortion, however it does emphasize the importance of education, advocacy and contraception. Proverbs 29:18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” This verse is speaking of the importance of education, in that without it, people may not be aware of their choices or the consequences of their actions.

The Bible also speaks to us about the importance of advocacy, which is helping those less fortunate, especially women in need. Jeremiah 1:5 says “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” God’s love for His people is clear, and He calls us to help those in need. It is our responsibility to do what we can to address the underlying causes of poverty, abuse and desperation, which can lead to considering an abortion.

Contraception is another key topic addressed in the Bible. 1 Corinthians 7:3-5 states “The husband should fulfill his marital responsibility to his wife, and likewise the wife to her husband…Do not deprive each other except perhaps by mutual consent and for a time, so that you may devote yourselves to prayer. Then come together again so that Satan will not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.” This verse speaks of how a couple should be mindful and responsible when it comes to reproductive choices.

The Bible and Life After Abortion

The Bible offers both comfort and advice for those who have gone through an abortion. Psalm 73:25-26 says, “Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” This passage brings comfort to those who have gone through an abortion and needs assurance that God is with them and that His steadfast love is sure.

The Bible also provides advice for those whose lives have been impacted by abortion. Proverbs 3:4 says, “So you will find favor and good repute in the sight of God and man.” This verse speaks of how important it is to receive counseling and seek forgiveness both from God and from others. We can also turn to the Apostle Paul’s writings to find solace in times of distress, as in Romans 8:38-39: “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Marcos Reyna is a Christian author and speaker. He is dedicated to helping create disciples of Christ through spreading the power of the gospel to others. He has written several books and articles on a variety of theological topics, including matters of faith, worship, biblical studies, practical ethics, and social justice. A trained theologian and devotee of spiritual writing, Marcos has a mission to spread Christian love everywhere. He lives with his family in Nashville, TN where he spends his days encouraging others to seek Christ's grace in all things.

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