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[PART 6 OF 6]

What are the implications of this concept of “the sanctity of human life”?

What about abortion?

First, let’s look at some statistics (Source: abort73.com).

In 2002:

1,082 American children died from violent assault.
2,347 died from car accidents.
32,867 died from disease.
1,310,000 died from legal abortions.

In America, abortion kills nearly 4,000 innocent human beings every single day.

That’s 25,000 each week.
109,000 every month.
1.3 million every year.

Day after day, week after week, year after year … the carnage continues. Innocent unborn children are quietly destroyed behind sterile clinic doors. Since 1973, 40 million American babies have been aborted.

It has already been established that life comes from the breath of God, and therefore life is holy. But when does that life begin? Consider the following information taken from the website, abort73.com:

As surprising as this may be to some people, there is no debate within the medical community as to when life begins. Life begins at conception. Therefore, every “successful” abortion ends the life of a living human being, and we’re not asking you to take our word for it. Consider the testimony below from an assortment of leading embryology textbooks.

“[The Zygote] results from the union of an oocyte and a sperm. A zygote is the beginning of a new human being. Human development begins at fertilization, the process during which a male gamete or sperm … unites with a female gamete or oocyte … to form a single cell called a zygote. This highly specialized, totipotent cell marks the beginning of each of us as a unique individual.” [The Developing Human: Clinically Oriented Embryology, 6th ed., Keith L. Moore, Ph.D. & T.V.N. Persaud, Md., (Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Company, 1998), 2-18.]

“The zygote thus formed represents the beginning of a new life.” [Biological Principles and Modern Practice of Obstetrics, J.P. Greenhill and E.A. Friedman, (Philadelphia: W.B. Sanders, 1974), 17.]

Numerous other quotes are given from other textbooks, as well as from doctors and professors, all pointing to the fact that human life begins at conception.

Life, therefore, is holy from the moment of conception. The sanctity of life is violated when an innocent unborn child is aborted.

Those who favor abortion claim that a woman has the right to choose what to do with her own body. If she becomes pregnant, she should be able to choose whether to have the baby or abort it. Remember that, even from a medical perspective, the baby that is in her womb is considered to have life from the time of conception. So, what’s the difference in aborting an unborn baby and shooting your 2-year-old son? Why shouldn’t a mother be able to “choose” to end the life of her child at any age?

Abortions are chosen because the mother doesn’t want to deal with the responsibilities that come with a baby. With that logic as a foundation, if my aging parents become a burden to me and I just don’t want the responsibility of continuing to care for them, shouldn’t I be able to just kill them? If not, why not? In both instances, a life is being taken simply at the whim of another person. If one is justified, why not the other?

What about God? He is the source of life and breath for every human being (Acts 17:25). So, at what point does the giver of life consider life to have begun?

God told the prophet Jeremiah, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5). Jeremiah was conceived in his mother’s womb like every other naturally-conceived person has ever been conceived — sperm from his father joined with an egg from his mother to form a “zygote”. But notice the language God uses to describe this natural process: “I formed you in the womb”. God also sanctified Jeremiah and ordained him as a prophet even before he was born (while he was still in his mother’s womb). It is obvious that God considered Jeremiah to be a “person” even before he was born.

In Luke chapter 1, the angel Gabriel appeared to Zacharias to tell him that he and his wife Elizabeth had been chosen by God to bear a son, who they were to name John. Gabriel told Zacharias that many people would rejoice at John’s birth, and that “he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God.” In verse 15, Gabriel said of John, “He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.” Can a blob of lifeless tissue be filled with the Holy Spirit? The only examples we have in the New Testament of “Holy-Spirit-filling” all happened to people. John was a living being “from his mother’s womb”. At least that’s the way God sees it!

Repeatedly, in both the Old and New Testaments, women who are pregnant are said to be “with child”. Mary was “with child through the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 1:18). Do you think God considered the fetus in Mary’s womb to be merely a blob of non-living tissue, or was that fetus actually JESUS living inside Mary’s womb? What if Mary had decided that it was just too complicated to go through with the pregnancy? What if she had decided to exercise her “choice” as a woman in control of her own body, and had aborted her pregnancy? Do you think God would have just overlooked it if Mary had aborted Jesus?!

Do you think God would have just overlooked it if Jeremiah’s mother had aborted Jeremiah, thereby thwarting the plans that God had for Jeremiah?

What about Abraham? Isaac? Moses? David? Solomon? Would it have been OK with God if their mothers had followed the advice of today’s abortion advocates and exercised their “right to choose”?

What about YOU? What if your mother had chosen to abort YOU?

There is no question, from Scripture, that God considers the zygote that is formed within a mother’s womb to be a child. From the moment of conception, the unborn child is full of life. God Himself is the One who gently and lovingly breathed that life into that tiny miracle. To willfully take that life is to slap the hand of God and spit in His face. It presumes that your plans and dreams and desires and motives are more important than God’s.

Oh, and by the way, it is also MURDER!

God knows the unborn child from the time that child is conceived. God has plans for that child, even before that child has been conceived!


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This is Part 6 in a 6-part series entitled “The Sanctity of Life”.
Part 1: “The Sanctity of Human Life
Part 2: “Is Human Life Holy?
Part 3: “What About Capital Punishment?
Part 4: “I Wanna Be a Policeman
Part 5: “Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines
Part 6: “Abortion”

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  1. There’s one more issue I wish you would have included in this series. Our morals drive us to something beyond taking a stand on this moral dilemma. Our morals drive us to help the mothers who chose to have their babies even when the option to abort is tempting. They compel us to help her pay for the doctor and hospital bills and to be by her side when others won’t. Our morals compel us to foster children in OUR homes and adopt children into OUR families. The problem that we as Christians too often chose to ignore is that our statement of morals cannot end with the statement itself or a vote in a voting booth or even a letter to a government official.

    As it stands, the foster care and children homes of this nation couldn’t handle the millions of children a year that would be placed in their care were abortion to be outlawed. It breaks my heart that Christians are too often unwilling to step up and impact the lives of the children who survive with abortion legalized. If we can’t do it now, why should the government reverse the ruling? If we cannot, by our actions towards these unwanted children of the world, convince others that a life is indeed precious, we should not be surprised when they do no acknowledge that it is precious.