Editor’s note: While Live Action is not a religious organization we feature articles sometimes that address the issues of human life and abortion from a faith perspective. We hope these sort of articles help us all gain a broader understanding and in this case comprehend the arguments from Christian theology that add support for respecting human life.
The short answer is that Christians should not get abortions for the same reason as non-Christians: because abortion kills innocent human beings and killing innocent human beings is unjust. The moral obligation to respect every human life belongs to everyone regardless of faith, but there are some compelling differences for Christians.
Christians have additional evidence that the unborn are human beings, valuable and loved by God
In addition to the biological characteristics that identify the unborn as humans from the moment of fertilization (DNA, 46 chromosomes, metabolism, growth, reaction to stimuli, and cell reproduction), the Christian has Biblical evidence that the unborn are humans God loves. Luke 1 tells of Mary’s visit to Elizabeth while both of them were pregnant. When Mary approached Elizabeth, her baby “leaped for joy inside her” and “Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.” Under that influence, she said, “when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped for joy inside me.” This passage tells us three things:
a.Elizabeth referred to her unborn as a baby, a term for a human being and nothing less. She characterizes him as a living person, not a pregnancy, product, tissue, fetus, or any other dehumanizing term.
b.The unborn can experience emotion in the womb! The baby leaped for joy. Ultrasounds reveal pictures of unborn babies making expressions of different emotions. The Bible reveals this even before ultrasounds.
c.Most extraordinarily of all, preborn humans can feel and experience the presence of God! The baby leaped for joy at being so close to Jesus, God incarnate. He was filled with joy because he experienced the very presence of his Creator, even in his mother’s womb.
Christians have greater convictions to obey God’s commandments
God will hold every person accountable for everything they’ve done, starting with the Christian. He says in His word, “If you love me, obey my commands.” He has not only prohibited abortions, “thou shalt not murder;” He has commanded us to stand up for the unborn: “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me,” and “Open your mouth for the speechless, in the cause of all who are appointed to die.”
He has also warned us that “without faith, it is impossible to please Him.” Abortion can never be an act of faith; instead, it is an act of fear and selfishness. It is a demonstration of a lack of trust for God’s sovereignty in our lives.
God’s Word says that, “Greater love has no man than this: that he lay down his life for his friends.” The Christian should have no place in a culture of “my body, my choice,” when Christ commanded and led by example to lay down one’s body and life for others.
The advantages of the Christian in a situation of an unexpected pregnancy are great and trustworthy
Christians should remember that, “in all things, God works for the good of those who love Him.” If you are a child of God, there is nothing that can happen to you without His command or consent. He has got your whole world in His hands. He cares about your life and He knows the plans He has for you, plans to give you a future and a hope. He “will never leave you nor forsake you.” If Christians fear interrupting their school or their career goals, this is a challenge and opportunity to trust God with what really matters to them. This is the walk of every true believer, and our test of whether we truly love and believe God as we claim.
God is a Christian’s provider. If the issue is money, He will take care of every need. Jesus said, “Don’t worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food or enough clothes. For life is more than these. Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store, yet God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds… Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you… Don’t worry about such things. These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.”
If the issue is shame, a Christian can be encouraged that “there is now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus,” and that God is “ready to forgive, gracious and merciful, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.”
Every reliable, mainstream biology textbook describes that we are human beings from the moment of fertilization. Even first trimester abortions stop a beating heart. Abortion really does kill innocent human beings. If you are a Christian considering an abortion, find more information about it, and ask God to give you the faith and strength to do the right thing. If you’ve already had one, ask God for repentance and forgiveness, knowing that He is “faithful and just to forgive our sins,” even the sin of abortion.
What are your thoughts? Do you agree, or disagree? What do you think about the statement, “abortions are done out of fear and selfishness?”
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