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Voting As a Christian: The Social Issues
Chapter 2-The Protection of Life: Abortion (part 1)
The abortion issue has plagued this nation for a very long time, Christians of this country as fought against this issue tirelessly hoping for the national outlaw of abortion rights. Wayne Grudem asks an important question, “Should governments make laws to protect the lives of preborn children?” As a Christian the answer should be yes, and so Grudem then asks if the preborn child should be called a “fetus”, “preborn child”, an “unborn child”, or “baby”? If one disagrees with the outlawing of abortion, should the government pay for the mothers abortion? There are many questions that arise from this topic, ultimately the question that we wind up with is “Should government policies promote or discourage abortions?” Through the scripture we learn that a preborn child should be treated as a person from conception.
There are at least several passages within the bible that implies a preborn is considered a person from conception. The first example comes from Luke 1:41-44, it is within this passage that we hear of a preborn John the Baptist jumping in the stomach of his mother Elizabeth when visited by Mary. In Luke verse 44 Elizabeth says, “Behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy”. Grudem writes: “Under the influence of the Holy Spirit, Elizabeth calls the preborn child in the sixth month of pregnancy a ‘baby’ (Greek brephos, ‘baby infant’).” The author points out how the same Greek word “brephos” was used to depict baby Jesus lying in a manger. Also, we must take note of how Elizabeth describes John Baptist as jumping for joy upon hearing the voice of Mary, which is a human activity.
Another example comes from the Old Testament when King David sinned by sleeping with a married Bathsheba. After committing adultery (and eventually murder) Nathan a prophet before the Lord rebuked David. In Psalm 51:1 David writes “Have mercy on me according to your steadfast love”, he then writes “Behold I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me (Psalm 51:5). In the later chapters of Psalms David writes “You formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13). While asking for forgiveness David alludes to the fact that even within his mother’s womb he was considered sinful. In Genesis 25:22-23 we see a similar case with Jacob and Esau, God tells Rebekah (Isaac’s wife) the plan he has for both men. The author writes “Before the point of birth they are thought of as distinct persons, and their future is being predicted.” There are even Mosaic laws set for the protection of pregnant women written in Exodus (refer to Ex. 21:22-25).
A preborn child is even seen as a person scientifically, Grudem writes how “upon fertilization, parts of human beings have actually been transformed into something very different from what they were before…the sperm and the oocyte cease to exist as such, and a new human being is produced.” Some individuals reject this idea because the preborn child is unable to interact or survive on its own without its mother. Though, this factor does not determine the criteria of a person’s life; case and point, if an individual was in a coma do they lose their rights to live? Another objection that is made in defense of abortion is birth defects; some believe that if a defect has been discovered in a preborn child, then abortion in justified. This should not be a consideration, in fact there are cases were the defect has very little affect on the persons quality of life. The Lord had said to Moses, “Who has made man’s mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? (Exodus 4:11). When the disciples came across a disabled man, they asked Christ “who sinned, this man or his parents that he was born blind?” Jesus responded by saying “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him” (John 9:2-3). This passage shows that God has a designed purpose for all.
There should be no exceptions for abortions, not even if a child is conceived out of rape, incest, or even if pregnancy threatens the life of the mother. Those who are for abortion rights seek any excuse to condone this terrible act. God’s purpose for life should not have interference from man, in part two we will continue this discussion and complete our understanding of abortion as Christians.
1) How does the scriptures prove that a preborn child should be considered a person from conception?
2) How does science prove that a preborn child should be considered a person from conception?
3) Are there any justifications for abortion?
4) In what ways is the issue of abortion downplayed in our society?
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