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What the Bible says about abortion

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Rochelle Manguino Student No. 993397891 RLG225H5 Mar. 31st 2005 The Bible and Christianity on Abortion There has been recent debate over the Christian ethics of abortion, and what the Bible's implications of the matter are. One must first acknowledge that the Bible does not directly say anything about abortion. Kerby Anderson is the president of Probe Ministries, a non-profit organization whose mission is to "reclaim the primacy of Christian thought and values in Western culture through media." (http://www.leaderu.com/orgs/probe/docs/arg-abor.html) He claims that the reason abortion is not mentioned in the Bible is because the act was so unthinkable - so absurd - to an Israelite woman at the time that there was no need to even mention it in the criminal code. Many Christians have, however, sought to seek the implications of the Bible's teachings on abortion. They believe God created each person superbly in his/her mother's womb, the destruction of this innocent being is an abomination, and severe punishments are given to those who decide to murder his/her baby. The Bible teaches that God created each person beautifully and worthy of existence. This is written in Psalm 139:13-16: Manguino 2 13For you created me in my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb. ...read more.


Manguino 3 [one of which is] hands that shed innocent blood...." (Proverbs 6:16-17) Nothing is more innocent than an unborn baby, so the abortion of which is an atrocious murder. The word in the Hebrew text for "murder," or "the killing of a human," is raw-tsakh'. The word literally means a "dashing [violent breaking]," which may describe the tearing apart of an unborn baby in the event of an abortion. God warns the readers of the Bible that He hates the guilty person who kills an innocent individual. The Bible states God's warning in Exodus 23:7: ""[The LORD said] ... do not put an innocent... person to death, for I will not acquit the guilty." According to Christians, abortion is the murdering of an innocent child. The Bible indicates this murder to be an abomination. God's law demanded a severe penalty for anyone who would kill an unborn baby. This penalty was exacted for an accidental death of an unborn baby. How much more serious is the intentional death of a baby, as through abortion? Exodus 21:22-25 claims: 22[The LORD said to Moses] If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman... ...read more.


who sins shall alone die for his sins. If the father sins, only he shall be punished for his sin; the son shall not be punished." (Ezekiel 18:20) Furthermore, the child may grow up to be pure and without shame, unlike his sinful father: "God can use for good that which is meant for evil." (Genesis 50:20) No matter what the case, the slaying of an innocent life is punishable by law and God's will. It is my intention to merely interpret and rationalize the views of Christianity on abortion. The opinions expressed are not necessarily my own Manguino 5 nor those which I agree with. In fact, I consider the arguments presented to be weak and do not justify the immorality of abortion which Christians seek to defend. I do believe abortion is a sin, yet for moral and personal objections which are beyond the scope of this essay. To summarize, Christian faith groups suggest that God created each human being wonderfully, so the destruction of this unborn baby is an abomination. God punishes those who intentionally take the life of his/her child, as through abortion. To decide upon the morality of abortion based on the teachings of the Bible, one must carefully analyze the merits to these arguments made by Christians, and their assessment on the Bible. ...read more.

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