WHY ARE CHRISTIANS AGAINST ABORTION?
1. Human life is unique.
We are made in ‘God’s image’ (Genesis 1:26). The animal rights movement wants to put animals and humans on the same level. Yet, in Genesis 9:3-4, mankind is told they may eat animals. In the New Testament, we learn that even those animals that were considered unclean in the Old Testament, can now be cleansed and be eaten. Mankind did not evolve through the animal world, and being unique, we must not take human life lightly.
2. The Bible forbids murder.
Exodus 20:13 ‘Ye shall not murder.” The words ‘innocent blood’ are used 20 times in the Bible, and the unborn child in a womb, is certainly innocent. Psalms 106:38 shows that the sacrifice of children, as done by the heathen in those times, was condemned. Women that were pregnant would go to the hillsides and offer the contents of their womb to ‘Asherah’ as a sacrifice for her favor. The abortions then were condemned, and that same kind of murder is condemned yet today, by the God Who has not changed His mind.
3. Prenatal human life is fully human.
God watches over life in the womb (Psalms 139:13-16, Job 10:8-12). Isaiah and Jeremiah speak of God ‘forming’ and preparing ones in the womb. It is not to be considered only a ‘blob’, but it is a human child.
4. The Bible says ‘a life for a life’ when an unborn child’s life is taken.
Exodus 21:22-25 has been often mistranslated by those eager to condone their acceptance of the prenatal holocaust. The word ‘further’ in that passage was added by the translators, and that error has allowed some think the passage means if it were only a miscarriage, it would be all right, and only a fine would be levied. But it truly says if a child is born due to the accident, it is all right, but if the child dies, then it is a ‘life for a life.’ That puts the unborn child’s life on the same status as a grown human’s life (Leviticus 24:20). The words ‘to depart’, ‘to come out’ in that passage refers to live birth in 11 Old Testament places. It is never used of an ‘abortion’. Therefore, the twisting of that passage by those seeking to condone murder of the unborn children is despicable.
5. Babies in the womb are distinctive individuals.
Jacob and Esau were distinctive before their birth (Genesis 25:23, Romans 9:11-17). Samson’s mother was forbidden to drink wine while Samson was yet in the womb, to allow his Nazarite vow to be fully kept. Jeremiah was formed by God in the womb, prepared for his great ministry while yet unborn. Paul claims likewise for himself (Galatians 1:1-15). John the Baptist recognized Jesus while both were still in the womb.