Biblical Points About Abortion, By Neal Pollard

1) Though the Bible nowhere says “Thou shalt not abort a ‘fetus’,” we do know how God regarded the “fetus” Jeremiah. In Jeremiah 1:5, God tells the prophet Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; and before you came out of the womb, I sanctified you, and I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” This verse says, (a) Jeremiah was produced (fashioned and molded, usually a word describing a potter’s action, Theological Wordbook of the OT, 396) by God, indicating deliberate action and personal interest, (b) Jeremiah had personality (“I knew you”), (c) Jeremiah had purpose (though God made Jeremiah with free will, He actively desired him to serve Him). All of this points to something more than viable tissue growing inside of Jeremiah’s mother. How many potential preachers, teachers, elders, deacons, and Christians were cut down because their lives and potential work was overruled by the “choice” of man and woman?

     2) David writes, “My substance was not hidden from you, when I was made in secret, and intricately wrought in the lowest parts of the earth…” (Psalm 139:15). If his substance was not his “fetus,” what was it? If he was not MADE at conception (which is a secret and sacred right from God), when was he made? At birth? All scripture points to the identity of the unborn, but living, “fetus.”

     3) Solomon mentions as one of the abominable things hated by God “hands that shed innocent blood” (Proverbs 6:17). The writing style here seems to be a sort of double metonymy. Metonymy is “a figure of speech consisting of the use of the name of one thing for that of another of which it is an attribute or with which it is associated” (Mirriam-Webster online dictionary). In Proverbs 6:17, “hands” refers to the actions of a whole person whether or not the hands are used in “shedding innocent blood.” “Blood” refers to the slaughter of the whole person, the taking of life, since the “life of the flesh is in the blood” (Leviticus 17:11). If abortion is not a precise example of hands shedding innocent blood, who can demonstrate a better one? Given the human characteristics and composition of the unborn child, it is abominable to abort a baby as he or she is most innocent, has a circulatory system, and ceases to live (dies) as the result of abortion.

     4) Then, there’s heaven’s record about the “fruit of” Mary’s “womb” (Luke 1:42). She saw herself as the Lord’s “handmaid” (a servant who throughout Bible history was often employed for the purpose of having children). Suppose that Mary exercised the “power of choice.” According to those favoring the “right” of abortion, Mary could have aborted the Son of God. Or, could she?

     Please consider very carefully these biblical truths relative to abortion. Let us never allow ourselves to be talked into anything God so clearly opposes. Let us have the courage of our convictions, never cowering or backing away from the truth of God’s Word. It is the lamp and light to direct our decisions and convictions. Let us love the unborn!

Daily Bread, February 17, 2005; Cold Harbor Road Church of Christ

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