There is no doubt that abortion is a hotly contested issue in our country. People from both sides of the aisle have gone to great lengths to support or oppose the practice from their point of view.
But the question of abortion, whether it’s right or wrong, shouldn’t be answered from the right side or left side of the aisle. Our answer should come from the Bible and nowhere else. In the scriptures we get God’s perspective on the value of human life and where it begins.
Six things the Bible says about unborn babies:
God created all life and made us in his own image.
On the sixth day of creation, “God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27) This means that every baby conceived, through evil or good intent, is in the image of God, our creator. This gives every human being a godly value from the moment of inception.
God is directly involved in forming every human in the womb.
The Bible says that God “made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed.” (Psalm 139:13-16)
Babies are never just a clump of cells. They are God’s workmanship from the moment of conception. From start to finish God gives each person his special attention and designs each of us by his mighty hand.
God calls us for his excellent purpose before the womb.
In the Bible, God says, “Before I formed you in the wombI knewyou, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5)
Before you ever had fingers or toes, God knew you and had a purpose for your life. You might not be a “prophet to the nations” but your God-given purpose is just as important, specifically designed for you before you were born.
God watches over children so that they are not despised.
Jesus said, “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.” (Matthew 18:10)
Children, both unborn and born, are precious in the sight of God. He watches over them, and the angels report on our actions toward them. Children, especially the unborn, often do not have a voice to be heard. Angels are their voices before the throne of God.
God commanded us and blessed us to be fruitful and multiply.
At two of the most significant points in human history, creation and the flood, God commanded us to have families. In the account of Adam and Eve, the Bible tells us that “God blessed them and said, ‘Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it.’” (Genesis 1:22)
In the account of Noah and his sons, the Bible says, “God blessed Noah and his sons, saying to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the earth.’” (Genesis 9:1)
If you notice, the command to have children always coincides with God’s blessing. This brings me to my next point.
God said that children are a blessing, not a burden.
The Bible says that “Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him. Children born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior’s hands. How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them!” (Psalm 127:3-5)
Sadly, we live in a time that says children are a burden and should be done away with. All under the guise that women should have the right to choose. That line of thinking stands in direct contrast to the word of God, the Bible.
Children are a gift from God and a reward from him. To think otherwise is to think differently than God.