Abortion could be a tricky issue - as a matter of fact, it is. It's been around since the Classical Ages. It's been talked about and discussed since perhaps the beginning of religion. But even so, people can't seem to reach a consensus on the subject. Some wanted it abolished. A few wanted it back again. Some believe it is the answer to overpopulation, and that it's the mother's choice whether she wants to keep her child or not and hers alone. Some are convinced that abortion is a mortal sin, any way you look at it. They believe, abortion is murder, period.
People have different views on abortion, depending on who you ask. But most people would consult the Bible verses. Everyone knows the Bible is against abortion. The Church even opposes it. But let me tell you something most people don't know. Did you know abortion is never mentioned in the Holy Bible?
Surprised? Well, at least, not directly. Abortion was heavily practiced throughout human history. It was practiced before, during and after the events of the Bible. But God chose not to address the topic directly in His Bible verses. A few Bible verses, however, cannot be denied their intentions to show God's stance on the matter of abortion. Analyze the following Bible verses about abortion.
Now the word of the LORD came to me saying, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations." (NAS, Jeremiah 1:4-5)
"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute." Proverbs 31:8 (NIV)
I will say to God: ... "Your hands shaped me and made me. Will you now turn and destroy me? Remember that you molded me like clay. Will you now turn me to dust again? (NIV, Job 10:2, 8-9)
"Thou shalt not kill." Exodus 20:13 (KJV)
Clearly the Bible verses have something to say about abortion. From the moment the fetus was conceived in the womb, the woman becomes a mother, and the fetus becomes a human being, consecrated by God, even before birth, as "a prophet to the nations". God calls us to speak up for those who cannot speak. The Bible verses are obviously trying to say something - that Lord God does not favor abortion. "Thou shalt not kill," He tells us.
Today activists like to throw arguments among themselves when it comes to the issue of abortion. There are pro-life activists and there are pro-choice activists. Some search for answers within their own conscience, while others look to the Bible verses for guidance. But in any case, the Lord God's stance is clear. Christians should not tolerate abortion under any circumstance. The Bible verses state that much.