What Does the Bible Say About Unborn Life?

The time in the womb is finished. Now a mother’s arms take over the task of holding, loving, and caring for the baby. The Bible gives us a primary scripture that deals with all of human life. Then God said “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness”…So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.  Genesis 1:26,27 This passage makes two powerful points:  first, that man is a created being, a special being, a unique being.  The second is that man is the very reflection of his glorious creator, and a being who by his very nature has worth, honor, importance, and dignity. The Unborn is a Human Being The truth of this statement is self evident, but nonetheless has been questioned by those who have a vested interest in the taking of unborn life.  The Bible is quite explicit: For you (God) created my inmost being, You knit me together in my mother’s womb…My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place.    -Psalm 139:13-15 The psalmist David, who wrote this psalm, refers to himself in the womb as “I” and “me,” making it clear that he himself was there, not something that turned into him at birth. The Unborn is a Person This point is critical, because the U.S. Constitution explicity protects “persons.”  To get around this, the U.S. Supreme Court stated in Roe vs. Wade that the unborn was “not fully a person.” There are many scriptures that establish the personhood of unborn children, but in a main one the Lord says: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart…” – Jeremiah 1:5 Another relevant scripture comes from the New Testament, in which Mary, who was pregnant with Jesus, greeted her cousin Elizabeth, who was pregnant with John the Baptist: When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.  In a loud voice she exclaimed…”As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy”            -Luke 1:41-44 Clearly the baby in her womb experienced transcendent joy at the voice of Mary, an experience that only a person can have. Unborn and Born Lives are Equal Before God It is extremely important that the Lord does not consider unborn children to be of less worth than born ones, as do abortion advocates.  A telling passage is: If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely, but there is no serious injury (to mother or child), the offender must be fined….But if there is serious injury you are to take life for life……..   -Exodus 21:22,23 A clear implication of this passage is that all human beings are created in God’s image, born and unborn alike.  All are precious, and all must be protected. Children are a Blessing God places a very high value on children and encourages us to bring them into our lives.  This is a Christian viewpoint greatly at variance with today’s anti-child, anti-life sentiments.   Behold, children are a blessing from the Lord.  The fruit of the womb is a reward.  Like armies in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth.    -Psalm 127:3 God’s Attitude Toward Abortion The matter of shedding innocent blood threads through the scriptures from Genesis to Revelation: The Lord…hates…hands that shed innocent blood.       -Proverbs 6:16 God’s beloved nation Israel was sent into exile for sacrificing its children to idols: They shed innocent blood, the blood of their sons and daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan, and the land was desecrated by their blood…Therefore the Lord was angry with his people…He handed them over to the nations, and their foes ruled over them. -Psalm 106:38-41 In a key passage innocent blood cries out: How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood?    -Revelation 6:10

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