There is no doctrine of “better off dead” in the Bible.
Some say abortion is a humane choice for children at risk of poverty, abuse, neglect, or life-long illness. But there is no list of conditions that are too much for God to handle. God does not need us to intervene on His behalf. A mother who is scared, in crisis, alone, may think that abortion is a way to escape a worsening situation. And there is a chorus of voices singing in harmony that abortion is the way out she is looking for. But God begs to differ. He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life for every living soul. No one is created to die. We are all created to live.
Life is the concern of the Creator.
God set an unbroken chain of life in motion as soon as Adam became a living soul. Jesus Christ is the “express image” of God (Heb. 1:2-3), and He was conceived in Mary’s womb. Conception is God’s creative plan for all human life. The Bible is clear that, while we are not formed from dirt in God’s hands the way Adam was, God is involved in the conception of each and every life:
“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.” (Jeremiah 1:5 KJV)
“Thus saith the Lord, thy redeemer, and he that formed thee from the womb, I am the Lord that maketh all things; that stretcheth forth the heavens alone; that spreadeth abroad the earth by myself;” (Isaiah 44:24 KJV)
Regardless of the circumstances in which a child may be conceived, the child himself or herself still meets God’s standard, brings God’s blessings, and is for God’s pleasure.
The biggest affront to God is that His plans will never be accomplished in those lost to abortion.
What is God’s will for every living person? He has a general will and a specific will for every person. God’s general will includes that every person be saved by His grace, by His plan, and for His purpose. Every soul is meant to receive the baptism of the Holy Ghost, to live by faith in obedience to the Bible, to live a holy life, and to live within a family and a community of believers. The specific will of God is different for everyone. The gifts, talents, and abilities of each person are laid out beforehand so we each can accomplish a work for God.
Not only is God ABLE and WILLING to provide for children no matter what, He is DETERMINED that each human life will carry out His plan and purpose. It is an offense for us to choose otherwise. Heaven is the ultimate goal, but the only path to heaven that God has set out takes every one of us through this life first. I don’t believe aborted babies are judged. I believe they receive the reward of the innocent. The problem is for the living- those who choose abortion, and those of us unwilling to do anything about it. Anyone that tries to go around God’s plan can’t do so without facing consequences.
Protecting life is the cause of the living. That means you and me.
We live in a society that makes it easy to disregard the life of a child purely for the sake of choice. For the sake of self. The biggest reason for abortions is cited as “not ready to have a child.” Gender selection and risk of genetic defect are not unheard of as reasons for abortion. We have to look at the reality of the choices people are making and listen to the volume of the voices rabidly rushing to justify taking human life. To be a true pro-abortion advocate, in my opinion, would require a hatred of self borne out of tremendous pain, a hatred that erodes the value of unborn life and of every living person.
We are in danger of being apathetic, lulled into allowing abortion to continue unchecked. Abortion is our problem, an issue of righteousness for the living. The question is will the Church allow abortion to go on without speaking up, without reaching out? In this article about not comparing other tragedies to abortion, the author states that the church need not divide her time and effort among all the social issues that are out there. Abortion is not merely another social issue, however. It is THE social and spiritual ill of our lifetime. The nation speeds toward disaster and the church toward judgment if we don’t pray, care, speak out, and do good to the extent possible. We must work to end abortion and care for those hurting due to abortion.
The Church must have 3 qualities in this post-modern world of acceptable abortion: we must be prophetic, prolific, and profound with our voice as we speak up for LIFE. I’ll talk more about that in a later post.
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What do you think is at stake for the Church in the world where abortion is so acceptable? Abortion has become so ubiquitous as to be considered easy and harmless as a procedure. The lies are massive. Let’s pray and work while we can.
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