According to the U.S. Census Bureau, as of January 1, 2006, the earth’s population will stand at 6,488,578,564 people. A far more significant statistic is that more than 1 billion babies have been aborted worldwide since 1973 when abortion was made legal in the United States. More than a sixth of the entire planet has been exterminated! May God forgive us for our wanton disregard for His precious gift of life.
During Sanctity of Human Life month [in January], it’s important that we consider the biblical case against abortion. Certainly, a number of political, social and economic reasons oppose this evil practice, and we must highlight those — particularly when engaging others who don’t share our faith. However, as pro-life Christians, we must always remember that our ultimate authority in defending the sanctity of life comes from God himself.
Although the term abortion isn’t mentioned in the Bible, many verses unmistakably proclaim the sanctity of life in the womb. The passage most commonly cited comes from Psalm 139:13-14, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”
On a recent “Focus on the Family” broadcast, Pastor Tommy Nelson of Denton Bible Church in Denton, Texas, shared a few other relevant passages. These include Psalm 119:73, “Your hands made me and formed me”; Job 10:10-11, “Did you not... clothe me with skin and flesh and knit me together with bones and sinews?”; and Exodus 21:22-25, in which God outlines penalties for injuries that are inflicted upon children in utero. Scriptures also tell us that Jeremiah (1:5), John the Baptist (Luke 1:44) and the apostle Paul (Galatians 1:15) were known by the Creator before they were born and ordained for a specific calling while in their mothers’ wombs.