Sunday, November 11, 2012

Is God Opposed to Abortion?

I struggled with the wording of the title of this article.  After several false starts, I distilled the issue down to the title I have chosen.  Can there be a more important question?  It is a starkly black and white issue.  It is not rightly a political question.  Yes obviously laws are on the books effecting whether abortions can be legally performed, but more fundamentally this is a moral issue, and as a practical matter, one which must be decided by each woman for herself.  Whether something is legal according to man’s law, has nothing to do with the correctness of it in the eyes of God.  Man’s law allows many things which must to be avoided by the Christian.

I am not interested in political correctness.  Many say, that as a man, I have no right to any opinion, but as a preacher of the Word of God, I have a responsibility to educate, and illuminate. . . to speak the Truth regardless of how popular or unpopular it may be.  If I do not warn you of an approaching certain disaster, then I bear the stain your blood upon my hands.

It is not important to me what any denominal organization believes.  It is not important to me what our political leadership says, or philosophers, or what contemporary theologians say. What is God’s standing on the matter?

I hear people who describe themselves as Christian, loudly argue that it is solely a woman’s right to choose life or death for the baby they carry in their wombs.  Really? Is this your opinion? Have you consulted God about this? What is your Biblical basis?  As a Christian have you researched the Word of God on this issue, or is this merely your pride and flesh speaking?

On the pages of my Bible, I can find no verses which support abortion.  I find several which clearly stand in opposition to it.

1. Thou shalt not kill:

Exodus 20:13
Thou shalt not kill.

This most basic of all commandments against abortion, is ignored and supposedly somehow neutralized by the fact that God has killed people Himself (in the flood, Sodom and Gomorrah, among other places) , and He also instructed the Hebrew people when entering the Promised Land, that they were to utterly wipe out all the people occupying the lands before them.  This is often used as evidence of God’s injustice, and further evidence that God was responsible for killing children Himself, but let us look at the Hebrew word translated in the 10 Commandments as ‘kill’.  From Strongs Hebrew dictionary we find the word in Exodus 20:13:

H7523
רצח
râtsach
raw-tsakh'
A primitive root; properly to dash in pieces, that is, kill (a human being), especially to murder: - put to death, kill, (man-) slay (-er), murder (-er).

This word is found 47 times in 40 verses on the pages of the Old Testament, and here is how it is translated:

slayer 16
murderer 14
kill 5
murder 3
slain 3
manslayer 2
killing 1
slayer + 0310 1
slayeth 1
death 1

Here is a passage in the book of Numbers where the same word in Exodus 20:13 is used and here it is translated ‘murderer’:


Numbers 35:16-19
And if he smite him with an instrument of iron, so that he die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death.  (17)  And if he smite him with throwing a stone, wherewith he may die, and he die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death.  (18)  Or if he smite him with an hand weapon of wood, wherewith he may die, and he die, he is a murderer: the murderer shall surely be put to death.  (19)  The revenger of blood himself shall slay the murderer: when he meeteth him, he shall slay him.


The same word translated as kill in, “Thou shalt not kill” is here translated as “murderer”, and in verse 19 the commandment is to kill the murderer.  God draws a distinct contrast between killing innocents (murder), and the justified judgment of the guilty.

It is quite clear from the above passage and the context of the other verses where this word is used, that the commandment translated in the KJV as: “Thou shalt not kill”, is referring to the unjustified killing of innocents. . . in other words ‘murder’.  God does not command people to break His commandments.  His commandment clearly is against the killing of innocent people.

God’s way is perfect.  There is no injustice in Him.  God gave the promised land to the Hebrew people, not because of their righteousness, or because they were a favorite people to Him, but rather he gave the land to the Hebrew people due to the evil of the people who lived there.


Deuteronomy 9:1-5

Hear, O Israel: Thou art to pass over Jordan this day, to go in to possess nations greater and mightier than thyself, cities great and fenced up to heaven,  (2)  A people great and tall, the children of the Anakims, whom thou knowest, and of whom thou hast heard say, Who can stand before the children of Anak!  (3)  Understand therefore this day, that the LORD thy God is he which goeth over before thee; as a consuming fire he shall destroy them, and he shall bring them down before thy face: so shalt thou drive them out, and destroy them quickly, as the LORD hath said unto thee.  (4)  Speak not thou in thine heart, after that the LORD thy God hath cast them out from before thee, saying, For my righteousness the LORD hath brought me in to possess this land: but for the wickedness of these nations the LORD doth drive them out from before thee.  (5)  Not for thy righteousness, or for the uprightness of thine heart, dost thou go to possess their land: but for the wickedness of these nations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee, and that he may perform the word which the LORD sware unto thy fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

One of the many dark evils practiced by the people of the land, was the sacrifice of their own children to the god Molech:


Leviticus 18:21
And thou shalt not let any of thy seed pass through the fire to Molech, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the LORD.

Leviticus 20:1-5
And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,  (2)  Again, thou shalt say to the children of Israel, Whosoever he be of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn in Israel, that giveth any of his seed unto Molech; he shall surely be put to death: the people of the land shall stone him with stones.  (3)  And I will set my face against that man, and will cut him off from among his people; because he hath given of his seed unto Molech, to defile my sanctuary, and to profane my holy name.  (4)  And if the people of the land do any ways hide their eyes from the man, when he giveth of his seed unto Molech, and kill him not:  (5)  Then I will set my face against that man, and against his family, and will cut him off, and all that go a whoring after him, to commit whoredom with Molech, from among their people.


The giving of ‘seed unto Molech’. . . the sacrifice of children to Molech.  

The fact that God instructed the Hebrew people to utterly wipe out all the people occupying the lands before them, is often used as evidence of God’s injustice, and further evidence that God was responsible for killing children Himself, but these people among other immoral acts and atrocities, were killing their own children as part of their worship of the god Molech.  God took the lands of these people, and destroyed them to stop this practice.

Therefore, rather being than being an illustration of God’s injustice and an excuse allowing abortion today, the wiping out of the worshippers of Molech and the giving of their land to the Hebrews, vividly shows God’s determination to remove injustice from the world and His hatred for those who abuse their children.  

2. Love thy neighbor as thyself:

Mark 12:28-31
And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all?  (29)  And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:  (30)  And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.  (31)  And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.

Jesus said, “. . .Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.”  Can anyone possibly argue that a baby in the womb of the mother, is not the mother’s neighbor?  The very definition of a mother is one of a nurturer, and protectress.  What closer neighbor can there be, than another being, living inside of the shelter of your very own body?  Can one argue that showing godly love to your neighbor is to kill them?  We are to love our fellow man, and that certainly includes babies in the womb.

3. It is about holiness.  It is not about convenience:

Matthew 5:29-30
And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.  (30)  And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

Jesus demands holiness at any cost.  Virtually never are holiness, and righteousness the easiest, and most convenient paths in our lives.  Jesus is clear that holiness must take absolute priority.  An unexpected pregnancy will disrupt and require changes in life, but that is no justification of abortion.

To be a Christian, is not defined as those included on a church’s membership rolls, or those who sit on pews on Sundays, but rather to be a Christian is defined as those who strive to be Christ-like.  Reading Scripture, it is impossible for me to envision Jesus as being in favor of abortion.  He who knows first hand the price of sacrifice for a great purpose, would not be an advocate of sacrifice for convenience. . . In the act of abortion, the baby is sacrificed like Christ, but for vain. . . to no righteous effect. . . the baby’s shed blood pays no debt, but rather creates debt. . .

If  thousands of years ago, God so abhorred the sacrifice of children to Molech that He took their land from them, and commanded the Hebrew people to utterly destroy them, do you think He will somehow accept the unholy sacrifice of our children today?  What retribution awaits us as a society for the killing some approximately 55,000,000 children since abortion was legalized in this country in 1973?

I pray that one woman is reached by this. . .
I pray that one baby is saved from death. . .

I love you my God. . .
I am so sorry for what are doing as a nation. . .
Please forgive us Lord. . .
Please have mercy upon us. . .






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