What does the Bible say about abortion?

What does the Bible say about abortion?

A young pregnant woman is weeping. She hates the man who raped her. She is angry, she hates the new life in her womb, because the rapist will be the father of her child. The father has gone with the wind and the baby awaits a vulnerable one-parent family. This is not the romantic dream the crying Christian young lady had about marriage. Questions arise. Where were you God? Why me? Why didn’t You prevent it? Should I consider abortion? What does the Bible say?

Another pregnant believer might have a baby with Down syndrome. She considers abortion and the same questions arise. Tough questions force the new parents to look what the Scriptures ― God’s authority over man ― has to say.

Dear reader, if these examples more or less describe your situation and this article seems to be for you, choose to thank the Lord. The comfort of the Lord is always Himself while He dries your tears. Whatever your motives are to consider abortion, and how different your circumstances may be, it drives you to look at what God has to say about the matter. So stay in tune. He is going to speak to you, seven times, in a comprehensive sevenfold way, to address those who think about having abortion or even had an abortion.

1. “My way is the way of life.”

The first words the Lord whispers in your ear is: “My way is the way of life.

Abortion is not a pleasant subject. It is not a win-win situation for anyone. Not for the parents of the baby, not for the medical practitioners, and above all, not for the baby terminated in the womb. Abortion is always the way of death, while the Bible time after time urges mankind to choose life:

I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live” (Deuteronomy 30:15).

2. “All life is Mine.”

The Lord continues and says to you: “All life is Mine.” David, inspired by the Holy Spirit, wrote: “The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and ALL who live in it” (Psalm 24:1 NIV).

“Ok, Lord, I see, the baby’s life is NOT mine to take. This means, because I am Yours, that You have taken over the responsibility of the situation.”

The Lord nods: “Yes, your weeping is my weeping, because you are part of Me. My way is always the way of the cross. The cross has a death side and a life side. Weeping is part of the cross. Hannah wept (1 Samuel 1:12-15) and called her son Samuel (1 Samuel 1:20, 22) to be a mighty prophet of Israel. The cross means that those who sow in tears, shall reap with shouts of joy (Psalm 126:5). So, my child, weep till you can weep no more. Then trust in Me by faith. Don’t look at the appearances, but what I am about to do in response to your faith. Your situation is my situation. I suffer with You, but I will also glorify Myself in it. You and the baby were always in My hands. I love the baby and will enable you to love it too.

3. “Before conception I knew the baby.”

Then the Lord looks you straight in your wet eyes, and says: “I now have a deep one for you. I hate rape, but nevertheless I knew the baby before conception. The brothers of Joseph meant evil against him, but I meant it for good (Genesis 50:20). That is the cross. I plan good for the baby.

“Lord, I am speechless. Your words are not the words of this world. They are spirit and life. I am listening.”

Slowly the Lord impresses that life is sacred to God whether born or unborn. The life of the unborn in the womb is fully recognized by God.

David wrote: “My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there were none of them” (Psalm 139:15,16).

And God said to Jeremiah: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations” (Jeremiah 1:5).

God sees and knows, consecrates and appoints the unborn in the womb, just as He does with respect to the born; there is no difference. From the moment of conception, from the very unformed substance, the unborn is recognized by God as a person He made in secret. So, to end the life of the unborn is of the same severity as ending the life of anyone who has already been born. Human life has to be protected, the unborn, babies, children, adults, and the aged. So, in the light of Scripture abortion is a form of premeditated manslaughter. This takes away the “right” of a woman to abort the lives of unborn babies.

4. “You shall not murder.”

Now the Lord has your full attention, He says with forceful authority: “You know the commandment: You shall not murder” (Exodus 20:13). “Let Me put it clearly: abortion is murder, even if it is legalized abortion.

It begins to dawn on you that abortion is wrong in God’s eyes, and so are all sexual relations outside of marriage. If such a relationship leads to pregnancy, to abort the fetus will also be rejectable in the eyes of God. It was evil in God’s eyes that Joseph was sold by his brothers, but God planned good to come out of it. Later Joseph testified to his brothers: “It was not you who sent me here, but God” (Genesis 45:8). To be raped is evil, but nevertheless God uses the pregnancy for good.

5. “Commit your way to Me trust in Me, and I will act.”

Full of love the Lord looks you in the eyes, and sees the question which is still in your mind: “Lord, if my life is at risk, should I abort the fetus?”

The Lord smiles: “You want to have fixed rules and reason it all out, which cannot be done. Every situation is different and has its own challenges. My way is as the Spirit leads you. Walk in the Spirit and commit your way to Me, and I will act in due time. You live by faith. Who determines when your life is at risk? Your life is of equal value as the life of the fetus, yet every decision you make, is your step in faith. So, commit your way to trust in Me, and see what I will do.

To abort the fetus in favour of the life of the mother, is a difficult ethical question. There are doctors who say that abortion is never medically necessary to save the life of the mother. The truth is this situation seldom comes up. The overwhelming majority of the abortions are done with other motives, contradicting what the Bible says.

6. “My dear, remember those who have been adopted.”

There is another question in your mind: “Lord, I really cannot take care of the child. What about adoption?” The Lord lifts up His hands and exclaims: “My dear, Moses was adopted as a son of Pharaoh. Esther was adopted by her cousin after her parents’ death. She became a queen. She brought deliverance to the Jewish people. These examples show how I apply the cross, with its death side and life side, to adoption.

You now begin to see, though your eyes are still wet, that ‘adoption’ is a positive word throughout Scripture. However, adoption should not be a hasty step to take, because of the far-reaching consequences that cannot be undone. It’s wise to investigate the possibilities to keep and raise the child yourself with the help of others. Circumstances nevertheless may arise when adoption is inevitable. Even then God plans for good. Adoption needs to be a step in faith, trusting the Lord, standing firm on Romans 14:22: “The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves.

7. “I forgive your sins and cleanse you from all unrighteousness.”

Now the Lord speaks for the seventh time, now to those who already have had an abortion. “Seven times” is a sacred expression in Scripture. So the Lord ends by speaking his final word to all who raise the question: “I have had an abortion, so what now?”

The compassionate response of the Lord is, by the words of the apostle John: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

Abortion often leads to deep regret and guilt. Can God forgive me and can I forgive myself? We have to know that God always desires to forgive us when we deeply repent, and to have a new beginning.

When we repent, God forgives. God’s forgiveness of us doesn’t depend on whether we forgive ourselves. If He forgives, we can and have to forgive ourselves. If God forgives, the matter is settled, and by faith we should stand on that fact, whatever our feelings are. This may take time, but trusting Christ and his Word will always bring peace in our hearts.


God’s way is the way of the cross. Jesus “who appeared in glory and spoke of His decease which He was about to accomplish at Jerusalem” (Luke 9:31 NKJV). The cross is an exodus, a way out. Questions on abortion need answers, need a way out. The Lord provides them on basis of His finished work at Calvary and His present High Priest ministry in the heavens. Keep in mind that God is “the Father of mercies and God of ALL comfort” (2 Corinthians 1:3), and don’t forget: “The just shall live by faith!

The words of the LORD are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times” (Psalm 12:6).

How does this Bible teaching speak to you? Please share your thoughts below!

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Roel Velema

Roel Velema

Roel Velema, 1949, came to Christ at the age of 19 through the ministry of the Navigators. Though retired, Roel worked as an actuarial analyst with several insurance companies in the Netherlands. Roel is a close student of the Bible and hosts his weblog at Roel is a chatter with GlobalRize. In the local church he serves in a team to the elderly people and as a translator of English. He and his wife have four children and seven grandchildren

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