Abortion: the Real Issue, by Dave Brown
A Closer Look at Abortion--Through God's Eyes, by Bryan Gibson
A Beating Heart that Did Not Stop, from the Susquehanna Sentinal, June 11, 1006
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ABORTION: THE REAL ISSUE
By Dave Brown
Abortion proponents attempt to hide the truth behind the slogan of "pro-choice." But the issue is not one of choice; the question is: is abortion murder?
No one can read passages such as Psalms 139: 13, Exodus 21: 22-24, and Luke 1: 15, 41 and not understand that the Word of God clearly recognizes the humanity of the child in the womb. Thus, the destruction of the child, whether before or after the event of birth, is the willful taking of human life.
The depression that even the most godless women feel after committing this act is the answer of the conscience for the natural affection which even animals feel for their young. Yet, the bible tells of a time when this natural affection to protect one's offspring will no longer exist (Romans 2: 31, 2 Timothy 3: 3).
To those who feel remorse, there is hope. For Jesus offers salvation to all who turn to him in obedience (Hebrews 5: 9). To the rest we can only feel sorrow. And to a nation that has slain over 30 million since abortion on demand became the law of the land, we can only wonder how long God will allow this to continue.
A Closer Look at Abortion—Through God’s Eyes
by Bryan Gibson
Please consider carefully the Bible’s case against abortion:
It is a very serious matter to take the life of another human (Genesis 9:6).
- While there are times even today when God sanctions the taking of human life (see Romans 13:1-4), we cannot do so without God’s authorization. The Lord “hates…hands that shed innocent blood” (Prov. 6:16-17).
- Pro-abortionists claim that a fetus is not a human life, but they can provide no evidence (scriptural or scientific) for this conclusion.
- So Boaz took Ruth and she became his wife; and when he went in to her, the Lord gave her conception, and she bore a son” (Ruth 4:13).
- “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is His reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has quiver full of them…” (Psalms 127:3-5).
- Read also Psalms 128; 1 Timothy 5:14; Titus 2:3-4.
- Those who favor abortion see children, not as a blessing, but as a curse.
- “For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them” (Psalms 139:13-16).
- "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5).
- Who, then, would dare to destroy that which the Lord has had a hand in forming?
- John the Baptist was called a “babe” while still in Elizabeth’s womb (Luke 1:41, 44). The same word is used to describe Jesus after He was born (Luke 2:12, 16).
- Jacob and Esau are referred to as “children,” while still in Rebekah’s womb (Gen. 25:21-22).
So don’t dare speak of abortion as nothing more than the “removal of tissue.” Let’s call it what is really is: the murder of a baby, a child, a precious son or daughter.
Let’s look now at two different arguments made in favor of abortion, and the Bible’s answer to those arguments.
“It’s my body and I should be able to do with it what I please.”
- According to the Scriptures, your body is not your own. For one, your body must be shared with your husband: “The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does…” (1 Cor. 7:4).
- An even weightier consideration is your “body…is made for the Lord, and the Lord for the body” (1 Cor. 6:13). So instead of doing what your please with your body, you should use it to glorify God (1 Cor. 6:20).
- So even if the unborn were nothing more than a part of the woman’s body, she still could not do as she pleased. But is that really the case? Actually, the unborn in the womb is a separate life. Those who say that the decision to abort is between a woman and her doctor have intentionally forgotten the rights of the unborn child.
- Consider the Lord’s reply to Moses in Exodus 4:11: “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the Lord?”
- God, the giver of life (Job 33:4; Acts 17:25; 1 Timothy 6:13), has not given us the right to arbitrarily take it away.
- Is it the baby’s quality of life, or ours, that we’re concerned about? This may be more of a selfish decision than some realize. Could it be that some just may not be willing to extend the constant care that this child may need?
- And what about those babies who defects were not detected during pregnancy? If “quality of life” is so critical, why not kill them at birth? Of course, we wouldn’t dream of doing such a thing. We realize now that these babies with special needs must be treated with special care. But if we realize that after they are born, why can’t we realize it while they’re still in the womb?
A BEATING HEART THAT DIDN’T STOP
Author Unknown; from Susquehanna Sentinel, June 11, 2006
“Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven” (Matthew 18:10).
Many of us have seen the bumper sticker that says, “Abortion stops a beating heart.” Is it not tragic that our national morals have declined to such a low point that abortion has become a means of ending unwanted pregnancies? In many, many cases it is the result of fornication and the associated desire to live as one pleases without the unwanted consequences. Selfishness is the cause of the problem, and the so-called remedy of terminating the life of another in abortion is the ultimate expression of selfishness. One life is stamped out for the sheer physical pleasure and enjoyment of another.
I recently read the account of a doctor’s delivery of a “breech baby.” In one case out of ten this kind dies during delivery. This doctor, who normally would not have ever thought of aborting a life, did give it some thought in this one instance. Once the birth had begun, he was able to see that one thigh of the baby was missing completely, so that the little foot, attached at the hip, would never have reached past the knee on the other leg. Upon seeing this defect, the doctor actually thought about sparing the parents the pain they would surely experience later. However, he just could not bring himself to commit the act. Under the circumstances death would have been somewhat expected, but he expected much more of himself. He delivered that baby, pitiful leg and all. There was one heart unstopped by the tragic act of abortion.
Some twenty years later the same doctor was present at a ceremony honoring some nurses. There a number of musicians entertained. There he saw her again--the one he chose not to abort. The harpist on the occasion was that very young woman. What talent she displayed as she beautifully performed for the people assembled! There was one harpist who would have never played if abortionists had had their way. There was one heart that abortion did not stop.
We are reaping the harvest of bitter fruit resulting from the sowing of the wrong kind of seed—humanism, evolution, atheism, and moral relativism. When people believe human beings are merely elevated animals, they soon begin to act like animals. Only a firm faith in God that treats human beings as the special creations of God that they are will solve this worldwide problem.
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