© 1999 James A. Fowler

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I. There are no direct statements about physical abortion within the Bible.

   A. The "argument of silence" and Biblical interpretation.
   B. Developing a Biblical mind-set - Phil. 4:8

II. Scriptures to be considered for determining personal opinion:

   A. Scriptures about God's effecting conception:
        Gen. 29:31 - "the Lord opened her (Leah's) womb"
        Gen. 30:22 - "God opened her (Rachel's) womb"
        Judges 13:3-5 - "committed to God from the womb"
        Ruth 4:13 - "the Lord gave her conception"
        Luke 1:15 - "filled with Holy Spirit while yet in his mother's womb"
   B. Scriptures about God's involvement in forming unborn:
        Job 10:8-12 - "God knit me together with bones and sinews and granted me life"
        Psalm 127:3 - "the fruit of the womb is a reward"
        Psalm 139:13-16 - "God weaved me in my mother's womb"
        Eccl. 11:5 - "bones are formed in the womb of the pregnant woman?
        Isa. 49:1,5 - "the Lord called Me from the womb...formed Me from the womb"
        Jere. 1:5 - "before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I
             consecrated you"
        Luke 1:15 - "filled with Holy Spirit while yet in his mother's womb"
        Luke 1:39-44 - "the baby leaped in my womb for joy"
        Gal. 1:15 - "set me apart from my mother's womb, and called me through grace"
   C. Scriptures to consider about alleged "sacredness" or "sanctity" of human life:
        Gen. 1:26,27 - "God said, 'Let us make man in our image...'"
        Psalm 8:3-8 - "God made man a little lower than God"
   D. Scriptures about sacrifice of children:
        Lev. 20:1-5 - "if give offspring to Molech, shall be put to death"
        Deut. 18:10,12 - "there shall not make son or daughter pass through the fire"
        Psalm 106:37-40 - "sacrificed son and daughters to demons...anger of Lord was kindled"
        Ezek. 23:36-46 - "abominations...slaughtered children for their idols"
   E. Scriptures about miscarriage:
        Exod. 21:22-25 - "cause miscarriage...shall be fined; cause injury...life for life"
           (Some take as premature birth, and "injury" referring to mother or child.)
        Job 3:16 - "miscarriage which is discarded"
   F. Scriptures to consider if abortion is murder:
        Gen. 9:6 - "whoever shed's man's blood, by man shall his blood be shed"
        Exod. 20:13 - "you shall not murder"
        Exod. 23:7 - "do not kill the innocent or the righteous"
        Prov. 6:17 - "God hates hands that kill innocent blood"
        Amos 1:13,14 - "God punished those who ripped open the pregnant women of Gilead"
        I Peter 4:15 - "do not let any of you suffer as a murderer"
   G. Scriptures used to justify civil disobedience
        Psalm 82:2-4 - "rescue the weak and needy"
        Prov. 24:11,12 - "deliver those who are being taken away to death"
        Prov. 31:8,9 - "open your mouth for the dumb, for the rights of the unfortunate"
   H. Scriptures to consider about conflict and civil disobedience:
        Eph. 6:12 - "our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against rulers, powers..."
        II Tim. 2:23-26 - "refuse speculations that produce quarrels..."
        I Peter 2:12 - "keep your behavior excellent among the Gentiles"
        I Peter 3:8,9, - "let all be harmonious...not returning evil for evil
        I Peter 3:15 - "sanctify Christ as Lord..ready to make defense...with gentleness
             and reverence"

III. Some questions to consider:

   A. Is the action of abortion intrinsically right or wrong, good or bad?
   B. Is killing or murder intrinsically right or wrong, good or bad?
   C. Did God ever direct His people to kill and murder?
        Joshua 8:24,25 - "killed the inhabitants of Ai...12,000"
        Eccl. 3:3 - "time to kill"
   D. Is abortion murder?
   E. Is it possible to "abort" the expression of the life of Christ? In this case every Christian
         is guilty of abortion!
        Gal. 4:19 - "I am in labor until Christ is formed in you"