The “Christian” Left’s official position on abortion is far more extreme than the average person identifying as pro-choice and they make all sorts of fallacious arguments to “prove” that Jesus doesn’t care about abortion. They are loud and proud about justifying abortion for any reason up to the moment the child takes her first breath. In their own words:
It really gets old when conservatives show up on this page and say we can’t be Christians because we advocate “killing babies.” First of all, fetuses aren’t “babies.” As the Bible states in many places fetuses become people when they draw their first breath. Secondly, abortion is a made up issue that’s never mentioned in the Bible.
Consider how many people who identify as pro-choice agree with pro-life positions on specific topics, then consider how radical the “Christian” Left’s / Democrats’ platform is (unrestricted taxpayer-funded abortions at any time, including “partial-birth abortions”/infanticide).
Pro-choice views (Gallup, 2011)–Make abortion illegal in the 3rd trimester – 79%–Make abortion illegal in the 2nd trimester – 52%–Ban “partial-birth abortion” – 63%–Require parental consent for minors – 60%–Require 24 waiting period – 60%
Many people think that a human being is created at the time of conception but this belief is not supported by the bible. The fact that a living sperm penetrates a living ovum resulting in the formation of a living fetus does not mean that the fetus is a living human being.
In a more accurate sense, that’s exactly what it means. Human embryo ==> human fetus ==> human baby ==> human toddler ==> etc. Same human being at different stages of development.
According to the bible, a fetus is not a living person with a soul until after drawing its first breath.
After God formed man in Genesis 2:7, He “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and it was then that the man became a living being”. Although the man was fully formed by God in all respects, he was not a living being until after taking his first breath.
Note how this example, as bad as it is, doesn’t come close to proving their claim that the fetus becomes a living human being at the first breath. The text does not say that Adam was a fetus first! And it was God’s breath mentioned in the passage, not Adam’s. So even if they only become alive when God’s breath is in them, then that would be at fertilization (it is a scientific fact that they start human life then).
More importantly, we all know there was nothing unique about his creation, right? And they deny the implications of a literal Adam and Eve on all other issues, such as marriage, human sexuality, original sin and more. Oddly, they only pretend to believe that truth when justifying abortion and even infanticide (aka “partial-birth abortion”).
And they insist that the “Christian” view is that a child could be 90% delivered and killed for any reason and it would be completely moral. That’s ghoulish.
In Job 33:4, it states: “The spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.”
Again, note how text doesn’t even prove their point even if you took it in a hyper-literal fashion. It doesn’t say the human fetus was made alive at his first breath but that the breath of God gave him life.
And do they take the rest of Job literally?
Again, to quote Ezekiel 37:5&6, “Thus says the Lord God to these bones: Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live. And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live; and you shall know that I am the Lord.”
Do they take this passage literally? Of course not. And again, note how even their hyper-literal reading doesn’t prove their point. This doesn’t relate to human fetuses!
In Exodus 21:22 it states that if a man causes a woman to have a miscarriage, he shall be fined; however, if the woman dies then he will be put to death. It should be apparent from this that the aborted fetus is not considered a living human being since the resulting punishment for the abortion is nothing more than a fine; it is not classified by the bible as a capital offense.
According to the bible, destroying a living fetus does not equate to killing a living human being even though the fetus has the potential of becoming a human being. One can not kill something that has not been born and taken a breath. This means that a stillborn would not be considered a human being either. Of course, every living sperm has the potential of becoming a human being although not one in a million will make it; the rest are aborted.=
They should know how thoroughly debunked this pro-abortion view of Exodus 21 is. The short version is that the key word of the passage is sometimes not translated well and says “miscarriage” instead of “children come out.” And of course that’s their go-to translation! It you study the original Hebrew it becomes very clear that Moses did not mean that if the child is killed that the penalty is less severe. More here, with a listing of all the errors pro-aborts make with this passage.
God has decreed, for one reason or another, that at least one-third of all pregnancies shall be terminated by a spontaneous abortion during the first trimester of pregnancy and that a number will be terminated after the first trimester. It would appear that God does not have any more regard for the loss of a fetus than he does for the loss of a placenta or a foreskin despite the fact that these were living tissue as the result of conception.
Ah, as if the “Christian” Left knows the mind of God! I encourage those using the miscarriage argument to consider these distinctions:
A. Human being dies of natural causes (inside or outside the womb)
B. Human being is deliberately killed by a 3rd party (inside or outside the womb)
Miscarriages would be in category A and abortions are in category B. I think most people can see that they are significantly different.
Of course, the commandment “You shall not kill” is not present in the commandments written by God on the stone tablets. For those who are not familiar with the commandments on the stone tablets that were placed in the Ark of the Covenant, they are enumerated in Exodus 34. The popular ten commandments that are enumerated in Exodus 20 were spoken by God to Moses who then relayed them to his people; they were never written.
That’s a bizarre twist beyond the scope of this post, but for the record note that they seem to be saying that God never said not to kill.
There is nothing in the bible to indicate that a fetus is considered to be anything other than living tissue and, according to scripture, it does not become a living being until after it has taken a breath.
That is absurd. There are countless verses supporting the humanity of the unborn, including John the Baptist’s reaction to the presence of Jesus while John was still in the womb.
Many cite the scripture Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” God is omnipotent. He has known all of us since before creation. This scripture is irrelevant as it pertains to when a fetus becomes a living being.
That ignores that God formed him in the womb!
The same reasoning applies to Psalm 139:13-14.
I encourage people to read Psalm 139 themselves and see if they draw the same conclusion.
Numbers 5 describes “the Lord” ordering an abortion. Many argue that this is a misinterpretation. It is clearly stated in verse 22, “May this water that brings a curse enter your body so that your abdomen swells or your womb miscarries.”
That’s an epic double-fail. First, the “Christian” Left insists that the Bible makes no mention of abortion, then they insist that it does. Then, they use a bad translation (see the theme?) to support it. That passage doesn’t even say the woman was pregnant, yet pro-aborts use it to rationalize abortion! It shows how desperate they are — as if they actually cared about what the Book of Numbers said. They are welcome to show me in the Book of Numbers where it says the woman is pregnant (not there). Then they could show where she has an abortion (not there). Then they could show where God taking a life means that we can also take lives in the another fashion for any reason, including those of our own children (not there). More here.
Before extremists turned the issue of reproductive choice into a political football, views on this matter were weren’t nearly so drastic. For some history. . .
That not only ignores the Hippocratic Oath (written by non-believers hundreds of years before Jesus and still followed until the mid-20th century when the “Christian” Left helped it be eliminated) and the early church, which was emphatically against abortion. And it ignores the Catholic religion, led by the “Christian” Left’s new BFF, Pope Francis, that unequivocally condemns abortion. It even ignores that as late as 1964 Planned Parenthood was anti-abortion! Please tell me more about history, “Christian” Left.
If you don’t like abortion, don’t have one.
Ugh. What horrible logic. If you don’t like slavery, don’t have slaves. And so on.
When women don’t have personal choice over their own reproductive decisions they end up butchered in back alley abortions or thrown in jail for having a miscarriage.
Thrown in jail for miscarriages? Yeah, that happened all the time pre-Roe v Wade /sarcasm. Scare tactics much?
And “reproductive freedom/choice/justice/rights/health/etc.” are false, Orwellian, anti-scientific terms. They apply to birth control, not abortion, because abortion destroys a human being who has already been reproduced. That is a scientific fact confirmed by any mainstream embryology textbook and basic logic. It is a deadly and evil phrase. Yes, they have a right to reproduce, but no, they shouldn’t have the right to kill human beings who have already been reproduced. Never let pro-aborts get away with using that phrase.
Certain types of birth control are outlawed when a fertilized egg is classified as a “person” as well.
Yes! Because they kill human beings!
In the end, if abortion was such a grievous sin Jesus would have mentioned it. He said nothing.
And of course, the fallacious argument from silence. The argument that Jesus never said anything about abortion (or homosexual behavior, etc.) fails on many levels. If a church leader uses it you can be confident that he or she is ignorant and/or malicious. Short version: Yes, He did say something about it, but the theological Left ignores or distorts it as they do with many things about Jesus and his teachings.
Arguing from silence is a logical fallacy. Jesus is God and part of the Trinity that inspired all scripture. Note how Jesus defeats Darwinian evolution, oxymoronic “same-sex marriage” and same-sex parenting arguments in one simple passage. No true follower of him should disagree on any of those topics. Matthew 19:4–5 He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’?” He supported the Old Testament law to the last letter. The “red letters” weren’t silent on these topics in the sense that they reiterated what marriage and murder were. He emphasized many other important issues that these Leftist theologians completely ignore (Hell, his divinity, his exclusivity, etc.). He was equally “silent” on issues that these folks treat as having the utmost importance (capital punishment, war, welfare, universal health care, taxpayer-funded abortions, etc.). He didn’t specifically mention rape, child abuse, pedophilia, bestiality and other obvious sins though that wouldn’t justify them. Abortion and homosexual behavior simply weren’t hot topics for 1st century Jews. They actually thought children were a blessing and they had laws against homosexual behavior. And the Gospels never claimed to include everything He said. John specifically notes that the whole world couldn’t hold it all! (John 21:25). And Jesus never said anything about the “sin” of criticizing abortion or homosexual behavior, so it must be OK!
So other than that, the argument from silence is really good.
“She heads for the clinic and she gets some static walkin’ through the doors;
They call her a killer, and they call her a sinner, and they call her a whore;
God forbid you ever had to walk a mile in her shoes;
‘Cause then you really might know what it’s like to have to choose.”
~ Erik Francis Schrody (Everlast), from the song, “What It’s Like.”
Ah, but to choose what? Oh, to kill an unwanted human being. Some choices should not be legal options — especially for those claiming the name of Christ.
So their claim that the Bible says that human beings aren’t really alive until the first breath fails on every count. It shows their desperation and hypocrisy to pretend that they believe the Bible is the precise word of God when they think it supports their pro-abortion claims and then to mock and discredit that same word when they don’t like what it says.
And in case that all wasn’t clear enough, here’s a more recent quote from them:
Fetuses aren’t people until they’re born, mmmkay? Women ARE, mmmkay? Get OVER IT, mmmkay?
Again, that’s killing children right up to their first breath. And they posted it the day after Christmas. They think that Jesus was OK with killing Jesus up to his first breath!
Those ghouls worship abortion.
To see an example of the pro-abortion extremism of a typical “Christian” Left denomination, here is the “Reproductive Justice” (a deadly misnomer itself, as abortion kills human beings who have already been reproduced) page for the UCC (United Church of Christ, aka Unitarians Considering Christ).
*Though perhaps people use “babies” because that is what Planned Parenthood sometimes calls them. “An abortion kills the life of a baby after it has begun. It is dangerous to your life and health. It may make you sterile so that when you want a child you cannot have it.”
At least that was their view in this 1964 advertisement. Did they learn anything about science in the few years after that when they changed their minds? Of course not. Science couldn’t be more clear: A new human being is reproduced at conception. What PP learned is how profitable abortions are. Rich, mostly white, mostly male abortionists tricked women into thinking they needed the right to kill their children to be “equal” with men.
And here’s a more recent example where they say it is a baby and “it’s another boy” as they chop him up to sell for profit.
Also note that “children” is an accurate description of the human beings killed by abortion.