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Isaiah 55:8-9

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

ABORTION: THE SHEDDING OF INNOCENT BLOOD

"There are six things which Jehovah hateth; Yea, seven which are an abomination unto him:  Haughty eyes, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood... "  
Proverbs 6:16-19



Some issues are nearly impossible to discuss without becoming emotional.  The silent scream of an unborn baby still in his mother's womb moves me from tears to rage. This has clearly been the most painful work I have done in a long time.  I don't know how anyone can dispassionately talk about cutting off arms or legs without anesthesia or crushing a baby skull so as to abort an unwanted child. Nevertheless, I have prepared a study as complete as I am able to make it. I hope it may help someone to understand a little better what is at stake in the current controversy.

Abortion and Planned Parenthood has been in the news continuously since a series of disgusting videos came out that show how abortion doctors bargain and dispute over the cost of infant body parts.  It makes us weep and then leaves us a little nauseated!  

Once again our nation appears to be divided.  Abortion is a controversial issue that is aggressively defended by humanistic law.  Those with a humanistic worldview strongly affirm that the sanctity of life is trumped by the sanctity of autonomy over life.  On the far side, we have those with a Christian worldview who know that life is precious.  Planned Parenthood has once again come to the forefront of the abortion debate.  

I would like for us to consider four aspects of this issue: 
  1. The facts about abortion.
  2. The Bible view of the unborn and abortion.
  3. The ethics of abortion and
  4. The conclusion that we must accept.

I.   FACTS ABOUT ABORTION

  • MEDICAL DEFINITIONS
“Induced abortion” (as opposed to a miscarriage) is the intentional termination of pregnancy before the fetus can live independently.  Such abortion is based on a woman's personal choice or to preserve the health or save the life of a pregnant woman.

“Fetus” is an unborn offspring in the embryo stage (the end of the eighth week after conception and when the major structures have been formed) until birth.

“Human embryo” is the developing organism from fertilization to the end of the eighth week.

  • ABORTION STATISTICS

Worldwide Abortion Statistics:

The rate of abortions performed worldwide by 1,000 women of childbearing age between the ages of 15-44 was 28 in 2008.  Nearly half of abortions performed worldwide are unsafe for the mother.   Of those dangerous abortions, almost 98%  occur in developing countries.  In 2008, six million abortions were performed in developed countries.  In Europe, 30% of pregnancies ended in abortion.

USA Abortion Statistics:

Today, in our nation, all 50 states have legalized abortion through all nine months of pregnancy.  Most of these abortions are performed for whatever reason.  The US statistics can be summarized as follows:
  • US abortion rates are higher than those of Europe but similar to those in Australia.
  • In 1990, abortion rates peaked and have been slowly decreasing (typically 21% of pregnancies).
  • Nearly 1 in 3 American women will have an abortion simply because they don’t want the child.
  • About 4 in 10 unintended pregnancies are terminated by abortion.
  • In 2011, some 1.06 million abortions were performed.
  • There have been around 53 million legal abortions between 1973 and 2011.

UK Abortion Statistics:

Under the UK Law (England, Scotland and Wales), an abortion is generally carried out during the first 24 weeks of pregnancy.  Their abortion statistics can be summarized as follows:
  • Between 1968 and 2002 6 million abortions were performed.
  • There are usually 190,0000 abortions each year.
  • The abortion rate up to 2011 rose steadily (21% of pregnancies).
  • The number of teenagers having abortions has decreased.
  • The majority of abortions (99%) are performed under Ground C (covering the mental health of the woman).
  • Only 1% of abortions are carried out under Ground E (risk of the child being handicapped).
  • Some 37% of all abortions performed in 2014 were repeat procedures (dozens of women have had at least nine abortions).
  • The government funds some 96% of abortions.
European Abortion Statistics:

Nearly all countries allow abortion to save a woman’s life and to preserve mental and physical health. European abortions statistics can be summarized as follows:
  • Some western European countries have the lowest abortion rates in the world.  Countries like Belgium only 12% and Switzerland 12%.
  • Other eastern European countries such as Bulgaria, Romania, and Ukraine have some of the highest abortion rates in the world.
Israel Abortion Statistics: 

Nearly 97% of abortions are approved which amount to over 10% of pregnancies.

African Abortion Statistics:

Abortion is legal in some countries such as Angola, Central African Republic, Congo and Somalia. While in other countries like Cape Verde, South Africa, and Tunisia there are no restrictions on abortion.  In 2008, the statistics in Africa can be summarized as follows:
  • Around 6.4 million induced abortions were performed, of which only 3% were carried out under safe conditions.
  • Eastern Africa has had the highest abortion rate.  South Africa has had the lowest abortion rate.
  • Some 13% of all pregnancies ended in abortion.

Abortion under Islam:

In many Muslim countries, abortion law is strict.  Abortion is usually illegal.  Countries such as Afghanistan, Libya, Sudan, Mali, and Iraq have very restrictive abortion laws.  But since 2013, some countries with Muslim majority had legalized abortion:  Bahrain, Kazakhstan, Tunisia and Turkey. Their statistics can be summarized as follows:
  1. In Tunisia, abortion is legal on demand (typically 8% of all pregnancies).
  2. The abortion rate in Turkey has steadily decreased (10% of all pregnancies) in 2008.
  3. In Egypt, abortion is illegal except in some extraordinary cases.
  4. Because of religious and social restrictions women are forbidden to terminate their unwanted pregnancies.
  5. Some claim there were over 2 million illegal abortions done in Egypt between 1995 and 2000.
  6. In Iran, abortion is illegal except under exceptional cases.
  7. Some 250,0000 illegal abortions still take place in Iran yearly.


  • ABORTION LAW

On January 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court, in a 7-2 decision, handed down two rulings legalizing abortion in America. Before these rulings, abortion was prohibited in most of the 50 states. It has been 43 years since the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court "legalized" abortion in this nation.   In our nation abortion was illegal in the early 20th century, except in exceptional cases to save the life of the mother.  Today, abortion is legal in all 50 states for any reason whatsoever during all nine months of pregnancy.

In Israel, there was a law in 1977 that ensured low-cost or free legal abortion to any woman who was: under 18 and had mental health problems.  Israel's abortion law is now among one of the most liberal worldwide.

In the UK abortion was a criminal act in the 19th century.  It was included in the Offenses Against the Person Act in 1861 which is still in force.  Later, in the 20th century, the legal exception concept was introduced under the umbrella to preserve the life of the mother to avoid detrimental effects on a woman's mental health.  Such concepts were entitled in the 1967 Abortion Act, which applied to England, Scotland and Wales.  Although such acts did not legalize abortion, it allowed the illegality of abortion for exceptions in their 1861 Act.  Today, an official abortion needs the approval of two doctors.  Unfortunately, this rule has been ignored.  Since 1967, the number of abortions legalized in UK has increased rapidly.


Abortion for "Social Reasons."

Most abortions are performed in developed countries for social-financial-career reasons.  Statistically, it seems that the mother's rights trump the rights of the child.  Take for instance:
"It would be entirely reasonable for a doctor to decide that a woman who presents for an abortion saying that she cannot afford to continue the pregnancy can lawfully be provided with the abortion, as to refuse her might have relatively negative consequences for her health."

In fact, many doctors view abortion as a "healthcare need."  In the past, such abortions would only be performed in "extreme cases."  There are other cases where the parents claim they are not capable of caring for their child since the child will have an inferior quality of life.  This is pure paganism!  To allow a woman and a physician to make the decision to control life, is a pagan belief. To believe that no sovereign and transcendental God governs man and the universe but that man is to take control of life and that everything is in the hands of man, man's agency and government, is pagan because man assumes the role of God.  It is clear that abortions are merely an attempt by man to play god. It is idolatry and humanism to make a god out of man or to make a man his own god.

  • CULTURAL ATTITUDES TOWARD KILLING BY ABORTION

One of the earliest battles that Christians had to face in the Roman Empire was the subject of abortion.  Although Greek and Roman laws had forbidden abortion at some time, they also permitted it.  The issue of abortion was regarded as a question of state policy by these pagan cultures:  if the state wanted births, abortion became a crime against the state.  If the state had no desire to birth certain children, abortion was then allowed or even required.  Since the state was to represent ultimate order, morality was whatever the state decreed was moral.  Therefore, to abort and not to abort was a question of politics, not of God's Law.  For example, Plato maintained that the state could force abortion where unapproved parents could proceed without the approval of the state. 

The early Christians, very early, condemned the pagans and accused them of murder, maintaining that abortion was a violation of God's Law, "Thou shalt not murder."  Moreover, it was a violation of the law given in Exodus 21:22-25, which declared that even accidental abortion was a criminal offense.  If during a struggle a child was accidentally aborted but without any harm, even then a fine was mandatory.  If the fetus died, then the death penalty was applied.

Since the Roman Empire's laws did not regard abortion as a crime, the early church imposed a life sentence as a substitute:  penance for life, indicating that it was a capital offense.  The Council of Ancrya, A.D. 314, limited the penance to ten years since they were practicing more and more this act of abortion.  Even though, there were often reversions to the earlier severity, abortion was still punishable by death.  The Greek and Roman governments weakened the Christian moral stand by raising the question of establishing when it was considered for a child or fetus to be a living soul. God's Law does not raise such an absurd question.  

Today, many still hold this position that questions whether the fetus is a "living soul."  Many believe that the choice belongs to the woman since the fetus is part of her that she can thus dispose of. However, Science especially Microbiology has established the contrary since the zygote is human and autonomous, an independent organism from the day of conception.  Once fertilized, the cell is no longer dormant life.  It has its unique and full human distribution of chromosomes.  It is uniquely human like no other living thing or part of a thing anywhere on the “evolutionary chain.”

The Didache, an early Christian document, called abortion murder and a love of death, while Christians were called to love God and life (Prov. 8:36).

Also, under the Sumerian code (one of the earliest legal documents of the ancient world), abortion was forbidden.  

Today, the modern attitude toward abortion has not declined but rather it has become increasingly permissive.  Some have gone so far as to say that the sole reason for abortion is poverty.  In other words, abortion is not a sin but rather a primitive remedy for economic distress and for reckless sexual behavior.

In our culture, there is significant support for legal abortion under all circumstances since it is the woman's choice.  Many believe that a woman should have the right to decide whether or not to have an abortion.  They identify themselves as "pro-choice."

Since Biblical Law authority has declined, abortions have not decreased.  There is plenty of evidence that married women obtain the majority of abortions.  One major study of abortion in "primitive" societies showed that the principal motives for abortions are:  
  • Revenge against the father.
  • A hatred of taking responsibility (they state, "children are a burden, and we get tired of them.  They destroy us.")
  • A desire to avoid shame.
  • An analogue to suicide.
  • A hatred of life, men, and castration of the father.  
Among us now, abortion is an escape from parenthood. Some of the motives of abortion are:  
  • A desire to preserve beauty.
  • The desire to continue enjoying freedom from responsibility.  
  • The essence of these motives is merely an escape from maturity.  
The most shocking thing is that some of these "primitive" societies are aware that abortion is murder.  Abortion is a return to pagan statism, placing life under the state rather than under God.  It places the control of life in the hands of man, man's agency and the state.

  • WHEN DOES LIFE BEGIN?

Before I start discussing the ethics of abortion, it is crucial to ask:  When does life begin?  Pro-Choice organizations base their view on that of the US Supreme Court, which states that "legal personhood begins with birth."  They maintain that the beginning of life is not at conception, that embryos are but a cluster of cells with the potential of developing into a human life thus asserting that the fetus is a potential person.  What does medical science state?

"It is scientifically correct to say that an individual human life begins at conception."  
"By all the criteria of modern molecular biology, life is present from the moment of conception."
"After fertilization has taken place a new human being has come into being."

Notice what a US Senate Judiciary Subcommittee concluded:

"Physicians, biologists and other scientists agree that conception marks the beginning of the life of a human being - a being that is alive and is a member of the human species.  There is overwhelming agreement on this point in countless medical, biological, and scientific writings."  (US Senate Bill 158, the "Human Life Bill," 1981).

Below is a picture of a human embryo 6 weeks after conception.  


The other question that remains is:

  • HOW DOES LIFE END?

Now, this is a delicate and touchy subject, and everyone must become aware of the painful facts. Why?
  1. Because 21-24 days after conception, there is a measurable heartbeat.
  2. Brain waves can be easily detected after 6 weeks of conception.
  3. The unborn baby reacts to touch after 8 weeks of conception.
  4. After 20 weeks of gestation, the body's pain network is established.
  5. "The neural pathways are present for pain to be experienced quite early by unborn babies."
  6. "An unborn baby at 20 weeks of gestation is fully capable of experiencing pain.  Without question, abortion is a dreadfully painful experience."

The truth of the matter is that all abortions terminate a precious little beating heart and brain waves and this evidently is a very painful experience for the unborn baby.  This is cold-blooded murder, the shedding of innocent blood and God hates those who commit such a crime!

In the words of President Ronald Reagan, 
"These children...will never laugh, never sing, never experience the joy of human love; nor will they strive to heal the sick, or feed the poor, or make peace among the nations.  Abortion has denied them the first and most basic of human rights, and we are infinitely poorer for their loss.  We are poorer not simply for the lives not led and for contributions not made, but for erosion of our sense of worth and dignity of every individual.  To diminish the value of one category of human life is to diminish us all."  (A powerful quote from President Ronald Reagan on abortion).


II.   THE BIBLICAL VIEW OF THE UNBORN AND ABORTION

Before I proceed with what the Bible has to say about abortion, I would like to sum up abortion in America.  It is sad to say but our nation that prides itself on humanitarianism, is committed by law and practice to create a form of mass murder.  Our nation in its murderous cycle of violence makes the Nazi Holocaust, and the ISIS killings look mild by comparison.  This is atrocious!  Why?  Because nearly 2 million babies are aborted in our nation every year.  Do you know that one-third of babies conceived end up being murdered, aborted?  As I said earlier, among married women, abortions now exceed births.  It is shocking that more babies are killed than are born!  There is an abortion every 15 seconds in our nation.  

It 's hard for me to fathom that in our nation, some of the metropolitan hospitals in our major cities, abortions by far outnumbered live births.  Planned Parenthood has gone to the extreme when it says this is nothing since it is a way of preventing disease (where pregnancy is considered as a disease).  And if you think I am being illogical, let me remind you of what a doctor from the Planned Parenthood Physicians Association stated:  
"Abortion as treatment for unwanted pregnancy, the second sexually transmitted disease."   
Planned Parenthood views pregnancy as a sexually transmitted disease whose cure is by abortion.  

Our nation, as well as other nations in this world, are actually wiping out an entire generation of human beings in mass infanticide.  It is estimated that approximately 75 million babies will be aborted, murdered by the end of this year around the world.  I am being conservative with this figure. This is worse than all the deaths caused by wars in the history of humanity.

To me this kind of cold-blooded murder is shocking.  Why?  Because the whole process of abortion is wicked and bizarre.  In the first trimester the methods they use is dilation and suction called DNS or Dilation and Curettage called D & C.  This is basically, where they tear the baby in pieces as a way of vacuuming, sucking all the pieces out through a tube or a sharp instrument dismembering the fetus into sections.  Then they use forceps to crush the head, reducing its size.  What an atrocity!!!

This atrocity is what humanism has given us.  How in the world did such outrage ever start?  Who started this evil practice?  Well, this goes back to the beginning of mankind.  In the mind of Satan.  According to John 8:44, he has been a murderer.  In Cain's motive to kill Abel.  Cain was a murderer.  Both in the times of Moses and Jesus, Satan made a great effort to murder babies and he was successful.  Remember when Jesus was born?  Satan partook in the massacre of babies under the age of two in order to get rid of the Messiah.

In the times of Judaism, the pagans practiced abortion, but it was not known among godly Jews for obvious reasons.  The Jews knew that life was sacred because life was granted by God.  They supported this with the second great commandment, "Love your neighbor as yourself."  Since they were conscious that a baby that was conceived was a person and a soul, that baby evidently was their neighbor.  Therefore, to harm their neighbor would be a violation of the second commandment.

In the New Testament times, there were, of course, pagans who engaged in abortion.  Again, the Jews and the NT Christians did not participate in this violent act.  On the other hand, there were philosophers such as Plato and Aristotle who endorsed family growth limitation through abortion. Abortion in the NT era was practiced among the pagans to cover up or hide illicit sex.  

In Ancient cultures, abortion was a form of contraception.  The early church took a stand against this atrocity.  The Didache, a codification of early church teaching, stated, "Thou shalt not murder a child by abortion."  The early church rejected abortion.  The Didache viewed this way of death as cursing, murder, and adultery.  They called them "corrupters of God's creatures."  They said abortion brought the judgment of God.  The church stood firmly against it since they saw abortion as a violent act of murder and a lack of love toward the one God had created.

Today, more than ever we must take a stand since abortion has become a massive industry.  A pure reflection of our culture.  

Abortion started as a result of the sexual revolution, which mainly said, "we want to be free to express ourselves sexually."  If you go back to the early sixties, it seemed that everyone was engaged in "free love."  The generation of hippies gave rise to this abortion industry since it shamelessly declared "we have to be free to express ourselves sexually, and we don't really need to be dealing with the consequences."  What nerve!!!

That generation of women went to the absurd extreme of saying, 

"If we're going to be free, we women certainly can't be victimized by men.  Men can jump in and out of bed with anybody they want all day long, and walk away and there aren't any consequences to them.  But what happens to us is we get pregnant.  And so their freedom has no impingement.  Their freedom has no consequence.  Their freedom has no detrimental results.  But our freedom does. So in order for us to be really free, you've got to eliminate the consequences, the major consequences of free sex, free love, and that is you've got to be able to eliminate pregnancy.  Otherwise, we become victimized by men, and we don't want to be victimized by men."

So, as you can see, the sexual revolution along with its agenda of  "free love" truly set the stage for the atrocious massacre of millions of babies, who were nothing but an infringement of the fornication of a degenerate, wretched and adulterous society.  Along came the big thalidomide issue. Children were born without limbs!  Doctors who believed that such deformities were intolerable performed eugenic abortions.  Then came the feminist movement. Women began to say, 

"We not only want to be sexually free without consequence, but we want to be able to put on a blue suit and take our briefcase and go to work every day, too.  We want to compete in a man's world as equals, and if we have to have babies, we can't do that."

The feminist asserts that "women are not equal to men unless they are rid of child bearing responsibilities."  One of the major leaders of the feminist movement, Betty Friedan, stated, 

"Women must have abortion as a backup to contraceptive failure.  Contraception first, and if it doesn't work, then abortion because we can't be bothered with children.  We've got to work and make our way in a man's world."

The feminist argument is that if a woman is going to work in a man's world, being equal to him in every way, she cannot be worrying about taking care of kids at home.  So they say, "We've got to eliminate them from our lives."  No maternal instinct at all!!   To make matters worse, we have those who advocate population control who tell us that if we keep having babies, we are going to stand on each other's heads, crushing each other out of existence because of an overpopulated world.  This is what they were screaming in the 60's.  This was the building platform upon which the Roe versus Wade decision in the Supreme Court legalized abortion in 1973.  At this tragic point, the US Supreme Court excluded unborn children from the protection of the 14th amendment which states, "No person shall be deprived of life without due process of law."  They said, "Unborn children aren't persons."  But they were wrong. YES, they are persons!!!  They are humans beings made in the image of God their Creator.

The phrase "pro-choice" means "pro-sin," or "free to choose sin."  It would be less shocking if they just said "pro-abortion."  Why?  Because that would restrict it to a more specific moral problem.  But by turning it into what seem to be a euphemism, the pro-choice advocates have rung the final rhetorical death knell.

"The phrase 'pro-choice' means 'without conscience, or 'without inhibition,' or 'without restraint.'  It parades itself under the Jeffersonian banner of liberty of conscience and separation of church and state.  As a rhetorical gesture perfectly designed to function as a political banner, this phrase constitutes the last word, the official formulation of official apostate defiance against the God of Christianity."  (Dr. John Pilke).

I cannot help but agree with Dr. John Pilke since I honestly believe that abortion is the last official stand of official apostate defiance against a righteous God.  It is like blatantly telling Him, "God, You will not determine who lives or dies.  I will."

Sadly, here is where our culture is by law, the law of our government.  The US Supreme Court, willfully ignored the issue of when life begins.  Although, anyone who attacks a pregnant mother, killing the unborn child is prosecuted as a criminal, yet that child is considered a non-person when the mother makes the decision of killing him by abortion.

There is no nation on the face of the earth with the exception of China that has a more permissive abortion policy than the United States.  It is a product of our prurient, lascivious, immoral, perverted, and sexually revolutionized culture that has departed from the role of man and women that God has ordained.  It is also a product of our selfish, materialistic value system.  It is the product most of all of our atheistic ethic which is hostile to God.  God will judge the blood of these innocent murdered babies.

Medical science has clearly asserted that life begins at conception.  This is undoubtedly a medical fact.  At two months of age in the womb, the baby is less than one thumb-length from the head to the rump.  Although, the baby can fit at ease in a nutshell, he is well formed:  hands, feet, head, organs, brains.  He is conscious in the fourth week.  Everything is in place.

With the help of Satan, the US Supreme Court and all these people have orchestrated the killing of babies (who gets to be born or who dies) in order to be sexually free, and not have to deal with responsibilities. Women can do as they please in order to be fulfilled so they can live the kind of lifestyle that is materialistic and uncomplicated.  The truth is they have become mass murderers.

Now, all this being said about the ugly truth of abortion, I want to ask the most obvious and significant question.  What does the Bible have to say about all this?  Consider the Bible view of the unborn:

  • Conception is an Act of God
We have already discussed from a medical scientific point of view that conception yields a new person.  And that life begins at conception.  The Bible affirms that conception is an act of God.  "Lo, children are a heritage of Jehovah; And the fruit of the womb is his reward."  (Psalm 127:3).  The Word of God makes it very clear that God is the one who personally creates life.

Now let us look at conception from a negative point view.  
  1. In Genesis 20:18, we learn that "Jehovah had fast closed up all the wombs of the house of Abimelech, because of Sarah, Abraham's wife." They were not able to have babies since God did not allow it.  God closed the womb. 
  2. In Genesis 16:2, we read that, "Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, Jehovah hath restrained me from bearing; go in, I pray thee, unto my handmaid; it may be that I shall obtain children by her. And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai."  
  3. In I Samuel 1:5-6, we learn that "Jehovah had shut up her womb." We read this twice.  God is the one who closes the womb.  God is the only one who can say, "No child will be born in that womb."  He has control over that and no one else.

From a positive viewpoint, 
  1. God said to Abraham, "I will bless her, and moreover I will give thee a son of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations (God was going to open her womb); kings of peoples shall be of her."  (Genesis 17:6).  
  2. Genesis 21:2 says that "Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him."  God closed and opened the womb. 
  3. In Genesis 25:21-22, "And Isaac entreated Jehovah for his wife, because she was barren. And Jehovah was entreated of him, and Rebekah his wife conceived.  And the children struggled together within her. And she said, if it be so, wherefore do I live? And she went to inquire of Jehovah."  God enabled Rebekah to have a child.  Here we see two children (Hebrew word "ben") struggling in Rebekah's womb.  The Hebrew rooting meaning is two sons, i.e., two individuals.
  4. I Samuel 1:19-20 says concerning Hannah, "... and Jehovah remembered her."  God remembered her even though He had shut her womb.  "And it came to pass, when the time was come about, that Hannah conceived, and bare a son; and she called his name Samuel, saying, Because I have asked him of Jehovah." (Verse 20).  God opened her womb and gave her a son.
  5. In Ruth 4:13, "Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife; and he went in unto her, and Jehovah gave her conception, and she bare a son."  This is such a great statement ("Jehovah gave her conception").  It is impossible for conception to occur on the face of the earth without God's purpose.
  6. In Judges 13:3 we learn that Manoah's wife was barren and could not bear children and that "the angel of Jehovah appeared unto the woman, and said unto her, Behold now, thou art barren, and bearest not; but thou shalt conceive, and bear a son."  That son was Samson.  Again, God did not allow her to have a child but later did.
All these Scriptures have but one purpose, to point out for us that God has the power to barrenness and the power to conception.  So, for conception to occur, God has to make it happen.  Period!

On the other hand:
  1. In Job 3:3, "Let the day perish wherein I was born, And the night which said, There is a man-child conceived."  Job refers to himself as a "child" (person) at the point of conception.  
  2. Again in Job 3:16 we read that "Or as a hidden untimely birth I had not been, As infants that never saw light."  Job is referring to him as an infant (Hebrew word "olal") who is still-born. The Hebrew root meaning is a young child, delivered dead.  Note that parallel with abortion.
  3. In Job chapter 10, Job ponders over everything that has gone wrong in his life so he asks God why.  
  4. In verse 8 he says, "Thy hands have framed me and fashioned me together round about."  Job acknowledges that God made him.  He asks God, "yet thou dost destroy me."  Job could not understand what was happening to him.  The word "together" in the Hebrew language literally means "together all around," comprehensively in every sense, You made me.
  5. In verse 9, Job goes on to say, "that thou hast fashioned me as clay."  In other words, "You formed me just by picking up clay."  
  6. In verse 10, Job uses another illustration, "Hast thou not poured me out as milk, And curdled me like cheese?"  He is saying, "You just - You extracted me and You molded me and formed me."  
  7. In verse 11, "Thou hast clothed me with skin and flesh, And knit me together with bones and sinews."  He is saying, "You granted me life.  You made me."
  8. In Job 12:9, "Who knoweth not in all these, That the hand of Jehovah hath wrought this."  So in whose hands is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind?  In God alone. He is the source of all life.
  9. Notice what Job 31:15 declares, "Did not he that made me in the womb make him? And did not one fashion us in the womb?"  Whom do you think Job is talking about?  He is speaking of himself as well as us.  Didn't God make us all?  Didn't He fashion us in the womb?  So, it is undeniable that the process of life begins at conception.
  10. In Job 33:4, Job goes to say that "The Spirit of God hath made me, And the breath of the Almighty giveth me life."  Job understood that God had made him.
  11. In Psalm 22, David also acknowledges that God made him.  
  12. In Psalm 22:9 David says, " But thou art he that took me out of the womb; Thou didst make me trust when I was upon my mother's breasts."  In other words, David is saying, "From the time I was in the womb, You made me and You were my God."
  13. In Psalm 100:3, "Know ye that Jehovah, he is God: It is he that hath made us, and we are his; We are his people, and the sheep of his pasture."  God is the one who makes us and not ourselves.  God is the one who imparts a soul at the time of conception, when all the physical factors come together.  We know this because we read it in His Word, "Thou sendest forth thy Spirit, they are created; And thou renewest the face of the ground."  (Palm 104:30).
  14. In Jeremiah 1:5, God said to Jeremiah, "Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee, and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee; I have appointed thee a prophet unto the nations."  God told Jeremiah He had known him before he was born, before the point of conception.  
  15. In Galatians 1:15, Paul goes to say, "But when it was the good pleasure of God, who separated me, even from my mother's womb, and called me through his grace."  So, like Jeremiah and Paul, all Christians must know and understand that God's hand was on us at the time of conception.
  16. In the New Testament this thought is emphasized more majestically.  Take for instance Matthew 1:18-19 that speaks of the birth of Christ, the Messiah.  "Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: when His mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child by the Holy Spirit 19 And Joseph her husband, being a righteous man and not wanting to disgrace her, planned to send her away secretly. 20 But when he had considered this, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit."  

The point of emphasis that I want to make here is that God is always involved in the very act of conception.  Not only in the case of our Lord Jesus but of any life born in the womb.  God is involved!  We are the product of God's majestic and creative hand who breathes life into us, giving us a soul at the time of conception.  No one can deny that the Messiah came into the world at conception.  In Luke 1:41, 44 we read that “And it came to pass, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit... For behold, when the voice of thy salutation came into mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy..."  

We can see here the reaction of one person to the voice of another:  the babe (Greek "brephos") leaped in Elizabeth's womb when his mother heard Mary's voice.  The term "babe" is always used to represent an individual living person that has not been born as in Luke 2:12, 2:16, 18:15 and 1 Peter 2:2.  Notice that the Bible does not call it a fetus but a baby (born or not born).  So those who claim that life starts at birth are liars since life starts at conception.  The babe is the babe in the womb and out of the womb. There is no different terminology.  The babe is not a mere collection of cells.  It is a baby!!!

Therefore, conception is the act of God by which a person is created by God's sovereign will.  A soul is breathed into the living tissue by God.  Abortion then becomes a violent act against God.  It is not only an act of murder but an affront to the Creator.

Some dare to ask if God is the Creator of the disabled and deformed people.  In Exodus 4:11 God said,
"And Jehovah said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth? Or who maketh a man dumb, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, Jehovah?"  

To kill what God has given life is to play God and a serious affront against life itself and God who is the Creator.  To kill life that God has created is the ultimate proof of wretchedness and atheism in our culture.

  • The Person Created is Created in God' Image
  1. In James 3:9 we read, "Therewith bless we the Lord and Father; and therewith curse we men, who are made after the likeness of God."   At the moment of conception, God puts life into the person created, infuses personhood and gives an eternal soul.  It is not merely a collection of genetics, but something eternal in His likeness.  It is not an animal conceived, biological sequence, human tissue but a creation made by God in His image.  Everything that He has created is there for acting, thinking, feeling, knowing, trusting, hoping, for everything that is rational and moral.
  2. In Genesis 1:25-27 we are reminded that, "And God made the beasts of the earth after their kind, and the cattle after their kind, and everything that creepeth upon the ground after its kind: and God saw that it was good.  And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the heavens, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.  And God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them."   We are not just mortals, flesh and blood, but rather immortal. Our skin, bones and muscle comprise only a vessel or place in which something of God's image resides. 
  3. In Genesis 9:6-7, "Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: For in the image of God made he man.  And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; Bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein."  So if you kill someone, you die not because of an affront against human flesh but because of such an affront against God's image.
  4. In Psalm 139:13-16, we learn that the unborn is God’s unique and special work created in His own image.   “13 For thou didst form my inward parts: Thou didst cover me in my mother's womb.  14 I will give thanks unto thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: Wonderful are thy works; And that my soul knoweth right well.  15 My frame was not hidden from thee, When I was made in secret, And curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.  16 Thine eyes did see mine unformed substance; And in thy book they were all written, Even the days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was none of them.  17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them!”
  5. "13 For thou didst form my inward parts."  Literally means, "It is You who made my kidneys.  You made me in the deepest part of my being.  And You indeed weaved me in my mother’s womb."   What a beautiful picture of God’s majestic work!  The weaving together of all that is part of mankind.  The weaving of chromosomes in the DNA.  The weaving together of all the components that make up the human body.  All woven together with an eternal soul.
  6.  “14 I will give thanks unto thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”  Fearfully means “awesomely.” The Hebrew word "noraoth," is used of God’s great power that calls for reverential awe.
  7. “15 My frame was not hidden from thee.”  The King James says, “My substance,” meaning “my strength, my bones, my sinews and my muscles.  It was not hidden from You when I was made in secret.”  That secret place is the womb.
  8. “And curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.” Literally means “skillfully wrought” in the Hebrew.  It is translated “when I was interwoven of various colored threads.”  In other words, "when You embroidered me, You made the very fabric, You pulled together every tiny little piece and You wove it all to make me."  What a beautiful picture of our Creator’s elaborate and complicated texture of the human body which He did in the depths or parts of the earth, referring to the womb!!!
  9. “16 Thine eyes did see mine unformed substance,” meaning "my unshaped embryonic substance."  It literally means in the Hebrew, “something rolled together.”  It is like saying, “When I was just a little ball of life, when I was just a little ball of chromosomes.  And in Your book they were all written, all my days, all my years, all the events of my life, everything.”  
  10. 17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them!”  It Is like saying, “It is so incredible to think about You thinking about me before I was ever made.”  God’s creation is wonderful and awesome since it is a creation made in His image.  Therefore, life is a gift from God, created in His likeness.
It is amazing and marvelous to me to see how wonderfully our God has designed the womb of the mother to be a protector giving it warmth, health and safety.  And God wants to bring all these precious little souls to birth no matter what the circumstance might be that brought on their conception.  I am convinced that our God will bring His wrath on the murderers of His precious creatures who have not sought His forgiveness.  God is indeed the protector of the innocent.

Exodus 21:22 is one of those main passages about abortion.  Here God gives a number of laws regarding life and all of its countless circumstances.  In verse 22, “And if men strive together, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart, and yet no harm follow; he shall be surely fined, according as the woman's husband shall lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine.”

So What is this passage saying?  Well, the literal Hebrew translation simply says, “And if men struggle with each other and strike a woman with child…”  Here is the Hebrew, “… so that her children come out…”  In other words, it causes the child to come out, “… yet there’s no further injury, then he shall surely be fined as the husband, or the woman’s husband may demand on him, and be paid as whatever the judges or the courts allow."

Yeled, is the common Hebrew word for “child.”  The verb yatsa often refers to ordinary childbirth.  And so if the two men are fighting, one getting involved in the fight, and if a woman steps in, perhaps the wife, to stop the fight and gets struck in the attempt so that her children come out (plural sense).  That is, an ordinary childbirth takes place.

The term yatsa refers to childbirth that comes out of the mother’s womb in Genesis 15:4; Isaiah 39:7; Genesis 25-26; Jeremiah 1.

The Hebrew word for miscarriage shakol is used in Exodus 23:26; Hosea 9:14.

“But if there’s any further injury...” means the loss of life.  “Then you shall appoint as a penalty life for life.”  So what is the point here?  The point is that if you are responsible for killing an unborn child, you must pay with your own life.  Period!  It is murder!

“No further injury,” can mean there has been some kind of miscarriage.  “Further” does not appear in the Hebrew text.  It just says, “if there is no injury,” meaning "if the child is born and there is no injury, it is okay to settle whatever would be the medical costs if any."  But there is more than that, if there is injury to the unborn child, to the mother, then lex talionis, i.e., tit for tat takes place.  The penalty is the same if the child suffered in one area.  In the case of the child dying, then the sentence is life, lex talionis, the law of retaliation.

  • God Cares in a Special Way for Those Who Are Helpless
The helpless creation is the special object of God’s loving care.  This unique creation that He has conceived in the womb of a woman is the special object of His loving care.  God identifies with sinners, the needy, the poor, the widow, the orphan, the helpless and defenseless.  We read this in Psalm 82.  God cares and is concerned for the helpless, the weak and defenseless.  In other words, everything that our Creator has created in His image is of equal value and is to be treated with special care, consideration, and Christ-like compassion.

  • We Must Have Compassion for all of God’s Creation Made in His Own Image.  God demands it of us!
  1. In Matthew 22:39, “And a second like unto it is this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.” 
  2. Again in Romans 13:8 we read that love fulfills the whole law.  Therefore, the unborn child is your neighbor and is in need of protection and care, and we are to treat him with the same kind of compassion that is applied in all of God’s creation.
I cannot fathom how a mother might think of her baby as an enemy or intruder even if he was the product of rape or malformation.  God has given her the privilege of protecting that precious little soul, that life with all of its weaknesses.  Naturally, a woman who thinks this way is without natural instinct and must have been sold the idea by a decadent culture.

  • Condemnation of Murderers is the Will of God
  1. In Exodus 21, we have read that if a person strikes a woman allowing the baby to come out and die, it was life for life.  
  2. In Exodus 20:13, God said, “Thou shalt not kill.”  
  3. Again in Genesis 9:6, “Whoso sheddeth man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed: For in the image of God made he man.”   In other words, if you take a life, you are going to lose yours.  Some would argue that this is an Old Testament teaching and that Jesus changed all that.  NO, He did not!!!  Jesus was the leading advocate of capital punishment.
  4. In Matthew 26:51-52, “And behold, one of them that were with Jesus stretched out his hand (Peter), and drew his sword, and smote the servant of the high priest, and struck off his ear.  52 Then saith Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into its place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.”  Jesus is repeating a divine law, i.e., if you take a life, you give a life.  Jesus was articulating God’s Law.
  5. In Psalm 106:38 we find an indictment against the sinful.  Notice what verse 37-38 say, “Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto demons, 38 And shed innocent blood, Even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, Whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan; And the land was polluted with blood.”

Notice that it says, “And the land was polluted with blood.”  It is like God is saying, “You shed innocent blood, and that blood pollutes the land.”  Therefore, the blood of 2 million aborted babies in our land and 60 to 75 million everywhere else across the earth, stains and pollutes the earth with blood.  This innocent blood is crying out for retaliation, justice, God’s wrath on its murderers.  There will be a reckoning for the blood of these innocent, defenseless, and helpless precious souls that is crying out to God because it has been shed innocently.

Remember that the Bible declares, “And the blood of a certain person shall be on your head.”  In other words, you are responsible.

With a heavy heart, I believe that in our nation God is demanding the death penalty for the shedding of innocent blood that cries out to Him.  I believe that our land is stained and soiled with the blood of these innocent babies who have been massacred.  There is nothing that shows a more decadent society than the one who disregards God, His creative work made in His image, His care and His compassion.  It is shown in the mass murder of millions of babies.  A disdain for the "sanctity of human life" for the substation of what society calls "quality of life," causing others to be murderers of innocent children and also causing our land to cry out to God for justice.  

All the medical doctors engaged in this massacre of babies as well as their advocates of abortion, feminist and liberal women, including politicians who abet such a crime, God alone knows what He has in store for them.  The wrath of God awaits these people, if they do not repent and are forgiven. God will judge because the land is crying out.

I hope from the bottom of my heart that our God by grace will redeem all the participants of this tragedy and that that same grace will reach out to them if they are willing to receive it.  God is graciously forgiving those who repent of the killing of these precious babies.  Our Lord Jesus offers forgiveness for them if they from a sincere heart come to Him to be forgiven.  God in His infinite mercy is willing to forgive the penitent sinner (both the mother and the medical practitioner).


III.   THE ETHICS OF ABORTION

For centuries, the western world has managed and controlled what we call a "sanctity of life ethic." In other words, a person had a right to life merely because he was considered a human being since he was alive.  Unfortunately, there has been a tragic shift in recent years to a “quality of life ethic” instead of a "sanctity of life ethic."  On the whole, this new ethic claims that a person does not have a right to live solely because he is human.  This same ethic argues that a person exclusively has the right to live if he meets certain criteria and qualities.

This new modern point view also claims that a person has no right simply because he is alive (even if he is physically alive).  And that this same person must meet (according to them) some additional criteria in order to be fully human.  If he does not satisfy this criteria, he is not, or does not have the rights of a human, including the right to live.  To them the unborn must meet some kind of unclear or ambiguous standard of genetic respect or worthiness in order to have a life worth living, wanted by society and meet the mother's own criteria in order to be considered human.

Sadly, this way of thinking opens the door for Utopian ideologies.  Hitler and the Nazis walked through this door, allowing them to get rid of unwanted genetic elements in the population.  Those whom the Nazis exterminated were not regarded as human either.  Sadly, the Nazi mentality is parallel to what our modern culture is portraying.

Margaret Sanger, the founder of Planned Parenthood (one of the world's largest advocates of abortion) basically agreed with Hitler's approach of eliminating from the human race:  blacks, southern Europeans, Jews, and other "feeble-minded." This, of course, moves us from a sanctity of life to a quality of life to live.  This quality of life is then to be determined by genetic engineers, philosophers or whoever.

As shocking as this might sound, such eugenic ideas are no different in principle to the present practice of abortion for any reason whatsoever.  For instance, if a baby is found to have Down Syndrome or any other birth defect or perhaps it becomes an inconvenience, he is not worthy to be living.  Therefore, he is not human and we can dispose of him.  Any attempt to justify abortion, claiming that it stops suffering forsakes the sanctity of life ethic and ignores the facts.  Whoever contends that the handicapped does not have a life that is worth living argues that this is a valid reason to reject him as unwanted.  For this reason, he must be aborted since being unwanted his parents will abuse him.  Such reasoning is false.

To the contrary, there seems to be a connection between abortion and child abuse.  Did you know that when abortion was legalized in our nation, there were 167,000 cases of child abuse per year? So what is the connection?  The connection is that when society begins to be educated that a child is a non-person, not worth living and that they should not be an intrusion, this same society starts to treat them that way.

Abortion is often described as benefiting women.  Ironically, girls are aborted far more often than boys.  This is true in China where you are allowed to have one child, and if she is a girl, she is killed.  Others argue that abortion is necessary because of overpopulation.  They ignore the principles of production and distribution.  

The present toleration on abortion is deeply rooted in individualism and the personal rights movement.  Pro-abortionists argue that a woman has all the right to control her own body. Therefore she has the right to choose to abort anything that intrudes her body.  Yet society acknowledges that rights must be limited when they conflict with another's rights.  Certainly, the person in the mother's womb also has all the rights.

A Supreme Court Justice, Antonin Scalia said,

"Whether a woman's right over her body extends to abortion depends of whether the fetus is a human life."  

A baby is indeed a human life with an identity of his own and not a part of the mother's body.  He has his own unique set of genes, his own circulatory system, his own blood type, his own brain, and his own soul.  He is made in God's image.  The baby can live or die separately from the other or vice versa.  He is a separate life!

Today, we live in a culture where the self-serving philosophies are the most dominant.  Such philosophies have but one purpose, to remove any kind of intrusion that impedes man's freedom and liberties.

As I said earlier in my discussion, conception is an act of God.  God make us and forms us.  He breathes life into us.  He ordains who shall live.  He has all control to close and open the womb.  The Word of God testifies this. Clearly, the abortion debate is not just about a woman's right, medical science, law, and even situational ethics.  It is about absolute morality as found in the Word of God and our relationship with God.  

When our morals are coupled with immoral behavior in the face of others’ immoral actions, the result is definitely the decay and destruction of society and of those who pretend to be moral (hypocrites). Why?  
  • Because moral decline is the erosion of moral standards, godly law, and order.  
  • Because when people give lip service to God trying to re-interpret His Law to suit their tastes, moral decline is present.  
  • Because moral decline generates a world in which people want law and order (morality) without its responsibility.  
  • An example of this is those who are against abortion but with increasing qualifications.  Those who are against murder, but want to enforce capital punishment less and less, even though God demands it.  The truth is that we demand others to be responsible so that we will have fewer troubles ourselves.  This is all the product of rebellion against God (of moral relativism).

If one's morals are merely his own, then he has no right to impose them on someone else, nor can he logically do so. As a result we have moral paralysis.  Why?  Because even what he views as good for him is meaningless since it actually has no roots for him.  Faith without works is dead.  As Christians we must be willing to take public action against all evil so that society may be able to avoid God's wrath.  Notice the exhortation found in James 1:22-25.  We must act and not just hear.  Why? Because it is demanded by God that we take a public stand against evil and not just click our tongue in self-righteous disapproval on all issues of life.  Yes, it is not enough to simply recognize evil without taking concrete steps to eradicate it.  There is no righteousness in detecting evil but rather in doing good according to God's will.  

The goal of every Christian must be to eradicate all evil in every area of life.  The Lordship of Christ demands action in, through and under Him.  Likewise, moral action demands the lordship of Christ in the family and all society.  The Lord’s will must rule us in every area of science, art, industry, agriculture, culture, and life.  Therefore, it is our responsibility before our Creator to take action against all moral evil.  To do otherwise is to pretend that God does not care and does not want us to take risks for Him in history.  It is then that we can confidently face Him on judgment day by simply making this world He has entrusted to us as faithful stewards a better place than it would have been without Him and us.  

Abortion (the destruction of the human embryo or fetus) has been regarded as murder according to God's divine standards, laws.  The grounds for such judgment is found in the sixth commandment and Exodus 21:22-25.  Some claim that there was no such law in the Old Testament but Exodus 21:22-25 makes a clear statement.  According to God's Law, abortion is murder, despite its present definition in civil law.  God hates the shedding of innocent blood (abortion), (Proverbs 6:16-19). 

God hates those who commit murder as is the case of those who purposefully and unjustly take the life of another human being.  God hates murder whether it is committed against one in the womb, the young one or the elderly.  To demand that we should not call abortion murder is to avoid God's Law as the standard for all life and to offer as an alternative substitute, natural law, humanistic psychology and sociology, feminism, political correctness, "niceness," and worldly wisdom."

Notice that in Exodus 21:22-25, the text does not cite a case of deliberate abortion but rather a case of accidental abortion.  Imagine if the penalty for accidental abortion was so severe, it is undeniable that deliberately induced abortion was strongly forbidden.  The penalty for accidental abortion was death.  From the text, we can conclude that a man who intentionally bumped a pregnant woman while in the course of a fight, causing her to abort, was to suffer the death penalty.  So, how much more any person who intentionally induced an abortion?  And even if no injuries resulted to either the mother and the fetus, the man then was liable to a fine.  It is crystal clear that the law well protected the pregnant woman and her fetus.  In Deuteronomy 22:6-7, we cannot ignore that even a mother bird with eggs or young was covered by law and any tampering with the birth was a serious matter. Therefore, to destroy life is forbidden by God's laws.

Having a firm scientific and Biblical basis, we are now in a position to consider the ethics/morality of abortion.  Pro-choice organizations maintain that it is vital that one avoid adopting one religious view over another and so are in the realm of moral relativism with very few absolutes.  Whether abortion is right or wrong then depends upon one’s belief:

“Abortion is a moral choice made by a woman based on her moral beliefs and that every woman must be free to choose.”

The Pro-choice argument centers upon a woman’s right when there is moral relativism and little absolute moral belief.  But the truth is that there are moral absolutes set by God that no one can remove.

Let us consider the scientific and biblical view of abortion and stop talking about embryos and fetuses.  We must talk about human beings, personhood, from the time of conception.  The person in the womb is simply in the early stages of human development the same way a child grows up into adulthood.  So we are faced with the question:  When, if ever, is it right to take the life of a human being in the womb?

As I have said earlier in my study, the Word of God is very specific about this, “You shall not murder.”  (Exodus 20:13).  This draws the line for all believers.  We know that induced abortion is not an option.  But as I discussed earlier, many cultures, including some who profess to be Christians, accept that abortion may be justified in the case of the mother’s life being in danger.  There is also the question of fetal abnormality or child handicap.  Should induced abortions in such cases be legal?

So, in the event of these rare exceptions, and taking the scientific and biblical viewpoint, we should ask:

  1. Are most induced abortion (i.e., over 95% of abortions) ethical?  
  2. Are they morally wrong (sinful) in the sight of the one true God?  
  3. Is it alright to murder a human soul simply for “social” reasons like 'the pregnancy was intended,’ I don’t wish to be a single parent.’ ‘it is unaffordable’ or ‘it is inconvenient?’"

Of course, the biblical and moral response must be a resounding “NO.”  Induced abortion is immoral and wrong (sinful) in the sight of God.  Period!  So any person who is contemplating abortion must consider their relationship to God, his Creator.

The Christian worldview must be incompatible with abortion.  Why?  Because if one believes that life is a gift of God it is impossible to treat life with anything less than reverence.  Sadly, the more humanistic our culture gets, the more degraded is the value of human life.  Planned Parenthood is but a tragic symptom of our world that places no value at all on human life.  As Christians we must fight tooth and nail to resist such degradation.  Although we are subject to our earthly government, we owe God alone our faithfulness, loyalty and obedience.  We owe the same things to His innocent image bearers.


CONCLUSION

Today, Christians cannot afford to fail to act courageously against lawlessness.  Surely we along with our non-Christian neighbors would come under God’s visible judgment.  I believe this judgment on us, especially Christians has already begun since many of us have failed to recognize that our apathy in the face of abortion, murder is itself a judgment of God.  Our blindness is called judicial blindness. 

I believe God deliberately closes people’s eyes to the Truth so that they will not believe His Word. Jesus explained to His disciples why He spoke to them in parables, citing from Isaiah:

“Therefore speak I to them in parables; because seeing they see not, and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.  And unto them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall in no wise understand; And seeing ye shall see, and shall in no wise perceive:  For this people's heart is waxed gross, And their ears are dull of hearing, And their eyes they have closed; Lest haply they should perceive with their eyes, And hear with their ears, And understand with their heart, And should turn again, And I should heal them.  But blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, for they hear.”  (Matthew 13:13-16).

As faithful stewards, we must fight this “holocaust” of abortion today in ways that are more aggressive than the earlier generation did back in 1971, before the Supreme Court's attack had been introduced.  Failing to act with courage will surely bring us to God's wrath.  Sadly, many Christians fail because of their own apathy in the face of this legalization of murder and are not aware that they are risking judgment from God.  Such blindness is but judicial blindness.  What many don't want to acknowledge is that God deliberately blinds people’s eyes to the Truth so that they will not believe in His Word.  (Matt. 13:13-16; Isa. 6:8-13).

“And I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then I said, Here am I; send me.  And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.  Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they sea with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and turn again, and be healed.  Then said I, Lord, how long? And he answered, Until cities be waste without inhabitant, and houses without man, and the land become utterly waste, and Jehovah have removed men far away, and the forsaken places be many in the midst of the land.  And if there be yet a tenth in it, it also shall in turn be eaten up: as a terebinth, and as an oak, whose stock remaineth, when they are felled; so the holy seed is the stock thereof.”  (Isa. 6:8-13).

In the days of Jesus, the Jews were judicially blinded as a preliminary aspect of God's increasing judgment.  We see God's increasing judgment toward the Jews a generation later with the destruction of Jerusalem, the Temple and the slaughter of a devastating number of Jews.  It can happen to us again if we see but refuse to see.  

Today our people, even Christians, are very much blinded by sin and are not able to recognize abortion as murder.  It is regarded as "terminating the pregnancy," when in fact it is seen as “ending the baby’s life.”  “Seeing they will not see.”  I prefer not to think about what is the next step in God’s escalating judgment.  We must speak openly of this evil if we don’t want His wrath on us.

Today man plays God and seeks to have control of all life, granting or taking life on his own terms rather than God’s.  It is precisely this power that the humanists want to grasp by law, to take or to spare life in terms of his own decree.  My question is:  Does God demand capital punishment for such offenses?  The humanists will deny the validity of capital punishment for such crimes (abortion).  Does the Bible deny the right to abortion?  The humanist will establish a “right” to abortion on his terms, executing capital punishment on the fetus.  

It is not surprising to see such an increase in killing and murder.  When men turn to their own will and their own plan, setting aside God’s Law (which is His declared plan), they start seeking to control life apart from God.  Man then becomes an arbiter and god of life, choosing and deciding (concerning his own logic and reasoning) who shall live or not.

So if man arbitrarily decides who shall live or whom shall be killed, unwanted children then are aborted, the aged is put to sleep, all faithful Christians are killed or persecuted, all hated racial groups are wiped out.  So what is at stake is either God’s Law will prevail or man’s law.  If man’s law is accepted, everything will be an open question.  When man attempts to play god, he then becomes the victim himself.

Under God’s Law, the doctor is a minister of life and healing.  His profession has a long and needed connection with that of the priestly calling.  The Hippocratic Oath that doctors traditionally take prohibits their participation in taking the life of an unborn child.  Unfortunately, under humanism and abortion, the doctor ceases to be a healer and protector of life and thus becomes a murderer. 

Moreover, under the influence of humanism, most doctors have made a radical change in the medical profession.  Instead of being a man who regards life as sacred and wholly governed by God, the doctor is playing God in most cases.  But because he is not God, he becomes a murderer.  Who can respect an abortionist?  Even those pagan cultures that practiced abortion despised the abortionist.  Man, created in God’s image reflects to some degree the judgment and Law of God.  The medical profession has rapidly declined in prestige and doctors are being hated and despised as murderers.

It is evident that abortion represents a hatred of life as well as a hatred of God, the Creator.  The love of death and the hatred of life manifests itself in an increasing abortion rate.  To some women it has become a kind of status symbol of “liberation” to have a secured abortion.  They have proven their freedom from God.  It is the mark of a dying culture, a hatred of life and a desire to play god.  Indeed, all who hate God, love death.  And death shall be their destiny, but we Christians are called to life.

Those who justify abortion out of a fear of overpopulation must be reminded that there are no circumstances that justify the means (crime).  To allow or permit abortion to control the population is acknowledging that human beings may be killed at any age or in massive numbers if there seem to be too many of us around.  This is the way of thinking of the socialist regimens which affirm there are too many people, very few jobs, only so much food, so much land and so on.

The claim that a woman has absolute right over her own body is invalid since the body of the baby she is carrying is no more hers than it will be when the baby is outside the womb.  Under God’s divine Law, even the right to destroy her own body is not allowable.  Suicide and murder is punishable by God as are other forms of self-mutilation.

The claim that man makes law so he can change it denies the very existence of God’s Law, thus allowing for paganism and lawlessness to be the rule.  Paganism is the pretense of one being able to do as one pleases.

The battles that marked the early church are still present with us today.  The first battle that the early church had to fight was the Lordship of Christ, the second was over the issue of abortion.  Abortion under the Roman empire was entirely legal as it is today but the early church from the beginning opposed and condemned the practice of abortion.  Take note that the abortionist of those days was not known to be as brutal and cold as some abortionists of our day.

My fervent prayer to God is that we may continue to work toward the day when our civil laws on abortion are in accordance with the Law of God.  This will include an action plan to work together so that we can reach that goal.  It will demand a call to all pro-choice activists to change their policies and programs and that they should all come to repentance.  May God give them a clear conviction on this issue of abortion.

May the Lord help us His children to not tolerate abortion or anything that usurps His divine throne whether it be violence or mass murder.  May He also help us to take a stand against all lawlessness. May we grant to those who have fallen into this sin mercy and kindness by teaching them the glorious gospel of His Son.  May He call all men to come back to a righteous standard with Him. May our leaders move us in the direction that pleases God.  May God cause this our nation and the other nations of the world to be drawn to His Son and Savior, coming to the feet of His cross and surrender to Him.  May we all cherish human life as precious and valuable, just as God cherishes it, by protecting it the best we can.


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