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God, on When Life Begins and its Innate Value

When listening to politicians and thought-leaders discuss abortion, we hear a lot of differing opinions. Some of these opinions are educated and others are not, some might be based in scientific fact while others are strictly based in personal experience. It seems that no matter what, everyone has some insight to share. However, there is one important source of insight that we often don’t hear being discussed. God saw fit to create human life in the first place, yet His words on the matter are often brushed aside, even by some who claim to be His followers. There are those who will say that the book of God’s word, the Bible, the most prominent source of information on His will, doesn’t speak to the issue of abortion. I contend otherwise. The Bible speaks very plainly on two foundational aspects of the abortion debate, when a human life begins and the value of that human life.

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” – Jeremiah 1:5

“Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer, who formed you from the womb: ‘I am the Lord, who made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by myself,'” – Isaiah 44:24

The verses quoted above are only two of the many that mention God having created us in the womb and having known us even prior to that. This settles the debate around when life begins. This isn’t my opinion, it isn’t science based on man’s potentially unsound understanding, it is simply the truth. Our very Creator has declared that He knows us before He forms us in our mother’s womb, and that in the womb our physical formation is made complete. If He knows us, then are we not alive?

“Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.” – Psalm 127:3-5

“Grandchildren are the crown of the aged, and the glory of children is their fathers.” – Proverbs 17:6

“You shall not murder.” – Exodus 20:13

The Psalm above is one I constantly think of when I see my children and whenever my wife and I believe we may be expecting another addition to our family. I also think about our financial situation, the size of our home, and the adjustments we would need to make in order to accommodate a baby. However, I am never ungrateful because God has declared children to be a great blessing. I trust that He would not bless me with something I could not handle with His help. If a child brings a wonderful blessing upon the parents, then is not human life innately precious and valuable? Why would God command us not to murder if human life was not inherently valuable? These are questions that must be asked when considering the issue of abortion. Another question that must be asked is this, “what gives me the right to cast aside the will of the Lord, who created all that I see and enjoy?”

Yet another facet to consider is the punishment by God of those who devalue life and intentionally kill their children. This is written about more in-depth here.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:16

“He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.” – 1 John 2:2

“He entered once for all into the holy places, not by means of the blood of goats and calves but by means of his own blood, thus securing an eternal redemption.” – Hebrews 9-12

Finally, if human life has no innate value, then why are our sins washed away by the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, who was both a man and God?

I understand that not everyone believes in God, and even fewer do not believe Jesus Christ is the son of God. However, this is a post for those who are believers and for those who are still questioning. If nothing else, then perhaps this post will serve as insight into why we pro-life Christians believe the way we do, and why God’s will must be a part of the abortion debate.

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