The Bible clearly teaches that
abortion is wrong. This teaching comes across in
many ways and for many reasons. Some people point
out that the word "abortion" is not in the Bible,
and that is true. Nevertheless, the teaching about
abortion is there. This is the case with many
teachings. The word "Trinity" is not in the Bible,
but the teaching about the Trinity is there. In any
case, a person who wants to deny the teaching about
abortion would deny it even if the word were there.
Let’s look at some of the
Biblical reasons why abortion, the deliberate
destruction of a child in the womb, is very wrong.
1. The Bible teaches that
human life is different from other types of life,
because human beings are made in the very image of
The accounts of the creation
of man and woman in Genesis (Genesis 1:26-31;
2:4-25) tell us this: "God created man in His own
image, in the image of God He created him; male and
female He created them." (Genesis 1:27).
The word "create" is used
three times here, emphasizing a special crowning
moment in the whole process of God’s making the
world and everything in it. The man and woman are
given "dominion" over everything else in the visible
Not even the original sin
takes away the image of God in human beings. The
Apostle James refers to this image and says that
because of it we should not even speak ill of one
another. "With it we bless our Lord and
Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made
in the likeness of God; from the same mouth come
both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these
things ought not to be this way." (James 3:9-10).
The image of God! This is what
it means to be human! We are not just a bunch of
cells randomly thrown together by some impersonal
forces. Rather, we really reflect an eternal God who
knew us from before we were made, and purposely
called us into being.
At the heart of the abortion
tragedy is the question raised in the Psalms:
4 "What is man that You take thought of him,
And the son of man that You care for him?
5 Yet You have made him a little lower than God, And
You crown him with glory and majesty!
6 You make him to rule over the works of Your hands;
You have put all things under his feet,
7 All sheep and oxen, And also the beasts of the
field," (Psalm 8:5-7).
There is the key. Not only did
God make us, but He values us. The Bible tells us of
a God who is madly in love with us, so much so that
He became one of us and even died for us while we
were still offending Him (see Romans 5:6-8). In the
face of all this, can we say that human beings are
disposable, like a car that becomes more trouble
than it is worth? "God doesn’t make junk." If you
believe the Bible, you have to believe that human
life is sacred, more sacred than we have ever
2. The Bible teaches that
children are a blessing.
God commanded our first
parents to "Be fruitful and multiply" (Genesis
1:28). Why? God Himself is fertile. Love always
overflows into life. When the first mother brought
forth the first child, she exclaimed, "I have
brought forth a manchild with the help of the Lord"
(Genesis 4:1). The help of the Lord is
essential, for He has dominion over human life and
is its origin. Parents cooperate with God in
bringing forth life. Because this whole process is
under God’s dominion, it is sinful to interrupt it.
The prophet Amos condemns the Ammonites "Because
they ripped open the pregnant women" (Amos 1:13).
"Truly children are a gift
from the Lord; the fruit of the womb is His reward"
3. The Bible teaches that the
child in the womb is truly a human child, who even
has a relationship with the Lord.
The phrase "conceived and
bore" is used repeatedly (see Genesis 4:1,17) and
the individual has the same identity before as after
birth. "In sin my mother conceived me," the
repentant psalmist says in Psalm 51:7. The same word
is used for the child before and after birth (Brephos,
that is, "infant," is used in Luke 1:41 and Luke
God knows the preborn child –
For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my
14 I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and
wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my
soul knows it very well.
15 My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made
God also helps and calls the
preborn child –
"10 Upon You I was cast from birth; You have been my
God from my mother’s womb."
"But when God, who had set me
apart even from my mother’s womb and called
me through His grace, was pleased" (The Apostle Paul
to the Galatians 1:15).
4. Scripture repeatedly
condemns the killing of the innocent.
This flows from everything
that has been seen so far. God’s own finger writes
in stone the commandment "Thou shalt not kill"
(Exodus 20:13, Deuteronomy 5:17) and Christ
reaffirms it (Matthew 19:18 - notice that He
mentions this commandment first). The Book of
Revelation affirms that (unrepentant) murderers
cannot enter the kingdom of heaven (Revelation
The killing of children is
especially condemned by God through the prophets. In
the land God gave his people to occupy, foreign
nations had the custom of sacrificing some of their
children in fire. God told His people that they were
not to share in this sin. They did, however, as
Psalm 106 relates:
35 "But they mingled with the nations And
learned their practices,
37 They even sacrificed their sons and their
daughters to the demons,
38 And shed innocent blood, The blood of their sons
and their daughters, Whom they sacrificed to the
idols of Canaan; And the land was polluted with the
blood." (Psalm 106:35, 37-38).
This sin of child-sacrifice,
in fact, is mentioned as one of the major reasons
that the Kingdom of Israel was destroyed by the
Assyrians and the people taken into exile: "Then
they made their sons and their daughters pass
through the fire, and practiced divination and
enchantments, and sold themselves to do evil in the
sight of the Lord, provoking Him. So the Lord was
very angry with Israel and removed them from His
sight; none was left except the tribe of Judah." (2
Notice that this practice was
a religious ritual. Not even for "religious freedom"
can the killing of children be tolerated.
5. The Bible teaches that God
is a God of justice.
An act of justice is an
act of intervention for the helpless, an act of
defense for those who are too weak to defend
themselves. In foretelling the Messiah, Psalm 72
"In his days may the righteous
flourish, And abundance of peace till the moon is no
more.… For he will deliver the needy when he cries
for help, The afflicted also, and him who has no
helper." (Psalms 72:7,12).
Jesus Christ is our justice (1
Corinthians 1:30) because He rescued us from sin and
death when we had none to help us (see Romans 5:6,
If God does justice for His
people, He expects His people to do justice for one
another. "Be merciful as your heavenly Father is
merciful" (Luke 6:36). "Go and do likewise" (Luke
10:37). "Do unto others as you would have them do to
you" (Matthew 7:12). "Love one another" (John
Abortion is the opposite of
these teachings. It is a reversal of justice. It is
a destruction of the helpless rather than a rescue
of them. If God’s people do not intervene to save
those whose lives are attacked, then the people are
not pleasing or worshiping Him.
God says through Isaiah, "Who
requires of you this trampling of My courts?
13 "Bring your worthless offerings no longer… I hate
your new moon festivals and your appointed
feasts, They have become a burden to Me… So when you
spread out your hands in prayer, I will hide
My eyes from you; Yes, even though you multiply
prayers, I will not listen. Your hands are covered
with blood. Wash yourselves, make yourselves clean;
Remove the evil of your deeds from My sight. Cease
to do evil,
17 Learn to do good; Seek justice, Reprove the
ruthless, Defend the orphan, Plead for the widow."
Indeed, those who worship God
but support abortion are falling into the same
contradiction as God’s people of old, and need to
hear the same message.
6. Jesus Christ paid special
attention to the poor, the despised, and those whom
the rest of society considered insignificant.
He broke down the false
barriers that people set up among themselves, and
instead acknowledged the equal human dignity of
every individual, despite what common opinion might
say. Hence we see Him reach out to children despite
the efforts of the apostles to keep them away
(Matthew 19:13-15); to tax collectors and sinners
despite the objections of the Scribes (Mark 2:16);
to the blind despite the warnings of the crowd
(Matthew 20:29-34); to a foreign woman despite the
utter surprise of the disciples and of the woman
herself (John 4:9, 27); to Gentiles despite the
anger of the Jews (Matthew 21:41-46); and to the
lepers, despite their isolation from the rest of
society (Luke 17:11-19).
When it comes to human
dignity, Christ erases distinctions. The Apostle
Paul declares, "There is neither Jew nor Greek,
there is neither slave nor free man, there is
neither male nor female; for you are all one in
Christ Jesus" (Galatians 3:28).
We can likewise say, "There is
neither born nor unborn." Using this distinction as
a basis for the value of life or the protection one
deserves is meaningless and offensive to all that
Scripture teaches. The unborn are the segment of our
society, which is most neglected and discriminated
against. Christ Himself surely has a special love
7. Scripture teaches us to
The Apostle John says, "For
this is the message which you have heard from the
beginning, that we should love one another" (1 John
3:11-12). Love is directly contrasted with
slaughter. To take the life of another is to break
the command of love. To fail to help those in need
and danger is also to fail to love.
Christ teaches this clearly in
the parable of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37),
in the story of the rich man and Lazarus (Luke
16:19-31), and in many other places.
No group of people is in more
serious danger than the boys and girls in the womb.
"But whoever has the world’s goods, and sees his
brother in need and closes his heart against him,
how does the love of God abide in him?" (1 John
8. Life is victorious over
This is one of Scripture’s
most basic themes. The victory of life is foretold
in the promise that the head of the serpent, through
whom death entered the world, would be crushed (see
Isaiah promised, "He will
swallow up death for all time" (Isaiah 25:8). At the
scene of the first murder, the soil "opened its
mouth" to swallow Abel’s blood. At the scene of the
final victory of life,
56 "Death is swallowed up in
55 "O death, where is your victory? O death, where
is your sting?"
56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin
is the law;
57 but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ"
Abortion is death. Christ came
to conquer death, and therefore abortion. "The thief
comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came
that they may have life, and have it abundantly"
The final outcome of the
battle for life has already been decided by the
Resurrection of Christ. We are not just working
for victory; we are working from victory.
We joyfully take a victory that has already been
won, and proclaim, celebrate, and serve it until He
comes again to bring it to its fullness. "There
shall be no more death" (Revelation 21:4). "Amen.
Come, Lord Jesus!" (Revelation 22:20).