The Bible and Abortion

The Bible and Abortion

by Jose Viana

Most of us don’t have any problem with the idea of what murder truly is when we’re talking about someone being shot in cold blood or killed at the hands of an intruder. However when it comes to killing someone who can’t speak for themselves, the ethical view shifts entirely.A few months ago in a twitter conversation, a woman said she wouldn’t know what to do if she were pregnant with a Down syndrome child. In response to her tweet Richard Dawkins, an atheist, and evolutionary biologist said this, “Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world if you have the choice.” The Bible is very clear on abortion, let’s take a look.
“Woe to those who call evil good and good evil; who put darkness for light and light for darkness; who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter” (Isaiah 5:20)
We have a family member who suffers from Down syndrome. I can state for a fact that our lives would be different without that little guy. His mom and dad love him to death and they would miss him eternally! The idea to keep someone from entering this world is unrealistic regardless of the reason. There are countless people with a naturalistic worldview who see life just like he does! The Oxford professor believes in the survival of the fitness as the law of the universe. If we stop to think about that, it means the fetus only reached this point because of his “survival” skills! So who actually put him in charge of deciding who is fit and who isn’t? Everyone who is pro-abortion has already been born and I’m sure they would make a different argument if they were the child in the womb. Ironically, someone like famous atheist, theoretical physicist and cosmologist of Cambridge University, Stephen Hawking, who was diagnosed decades ago with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s Disease), is permanently in a wheelchair, must communicate through a computer system operated by his cheek, and must “have around-the-clock care” (Harmon, 2012), would have likely been killed off long before he became the famous naturalistic thinker and influencer that he is now. Truly, the fact that people with such conditions have proven themselves to be of benefit to society is a strong argument against abortion of the “unfit.” I have mentioned the conversation Dawkins had in this article because as each day passes we encounter more people with the same line of thought. It is said (Newport) that 1 in every 7 Americans whom we run into on the street is a naturalist. So we want to not only speak about what scripture says about abortion but tear down his argumentative root on the morality of the subject. In further commentary he said this:
            For what it’s worth, my own choice would be to abort the Down fetus and, assuming you want a baby at all, try again. Given a free choice of having an early abortion or deliberately bringing a Down child into the world, I think the moral and sensible choice would be to abort…. I personally would go further and say that, if your morality is based, as mine is, on a desire to increase the sum of happiness and reduce suffering, the decision to deliberately give birth to a Down baby, when you have the choice to abort it early in the pregnancy, might actually be immoral from the point of view of the child’s own welfare…. In any case, you would probably be condemning yourself as a mother (or yourselves as a couple) to a lifetime of caring for an adult with the needs of a child…. [W]hat I was saying simply follows logically from the ordinary pro-choice stance that most of us, I presume, espouse (Dawkins, 2014).
I find it interesting he says the objective is to “increase the sum of happiness” as if killing the fetus would do just that. Not even only the increase of happiness but the fact that his worldview lacks a moral law. How would the death of a fetus be a morally sound action to take?  The child even within the mother’s womb is already a living creature designed by God.
For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be. —Psalm 139:13, 16 Even before I was born, God had chosen me to be His. —Galatians 1:15
The prophet Jeremiah gives an amazing illustration of when a fetus is murdered;  the mother’s womb becomes a grave. As society argues that a fetus is not a developed baby and has no feelings or emotions, that it is simply a thing, scripture tells us that it can be murdered meaning it is alive!
In His hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of every human being —Job 12:10 He didn’t kill me in the womb, with my mother as my grave.  —Jeremiah 20:17
How about in the cases where the case was rape and/or incest? Scripture does not change because of the reason behind the conception. As horrible as it would be to become pregnant under such circumstances, two wrongs do not make a right (see Isaiah 5:20). The baby is completely innocent and should not be punished for the evil acts of its father. The child who is a result of rape/incest could be given in adoption to a loving family unable to have children on their own, or the child could be raised by the mother. Of course, this decision would have to go under a great deal of consideration and conversation with family or relatives. If you are going through something like this you are NOT alone! Go to your local church and speak with someone there, pray with them. God will help you through this. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28 There is also a very rare case when a life or death decision must be made between the mother and the child. Keeping in mind out of all the abortions this only accounts for about 4%. The majority do it for convenience. In this event, I would recommend a lot of conversation except not with people but with God. I don’t doubt for a second He always has a purpose in everything He does (Romans 8:28). Ask God for wisdom, He won’t put you in a situation that you can’t handle, and He won’t give you more than you can take. Lastly, if you have been through the process of having a child aborted, or wrongly advised someone to do then repent, and seek forgiveness. “He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy” – Proverbs 28:13. God is a loving Father. He is more than able to forgive you for your past mistakes. The blood of Jesus Christ covers all of our transgressions past, present, and future. It is never right to take a life no matter the stage of development, and regardless of the baby’s health or conditions of the household he/she will be brought into. We have a responsibility to give these fetuses a chance. It’s not okay, even if Richard Dawkins says so! If you need someone to talk to, have a prayer, would like to share a testimony or have any questions please reach out to us at diveinscripture@gmail.com.
Dawkins, Richard (2014), “Abortion & Down Syndrome: An Apology for Letting Slip the Dogs of Twitterwar,” Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason & Science, August 21, https://richarddawkins.net/2014/08/abortion-down-syndrome-an-apology-for-letting-slip-the-dogs-of-twitterwar/.



Jose Viana
Jose Viana

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Jose is the Founder of JesusCentric. He recently celebrated the birth of his first child. He's the Director of Marketing of an agency and an Entrepreneur at heart. Currently residing in South Florida, he attends The Assembly of God, where he was ordained a Deacon. Let's connect: Email: vianajose7@gmail.com Instagram: instagram.com/vianaj7 Twitter: twitter.com/vianaj7



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