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Brad Todd

Lets start with a few facts:
        -Around 1,370,000 abortions occur every year in the U.S. (Alan Guttmacher         Institute)
        -More than half of those choosing abortion are younger than 25 years old.         (52% to be exact)

         Why are these statistics important? Firstly, the fact that more than 3750 abortions occur each day should indicate to us that abortion is not just another simple problem, but an epidemic lack of morality with tendrils stretching in several directions: murder, fornication, inadequate teaching and discipline by parents, and lack of study just to begin with. However, this article will concentrate specifically on the simple fact that abortion is murder and condemned by God, and therefore punishable by eternity in Hell.
        Inevitably, the arguments for and against abortion revolve around one point: whether or not a child truly is a child upon conception, or whether the child only achieves its status as a person upon birth. As always, we as christians must receive all authority from God, so we go to the bible for our authority. Luke 1: 36, 41 states, “ Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.” Notice the wording in verse 36, "conceived a SON", and also in verse 41, "the BABE leaped in her womb". The Lord uses the word "babe" here to indicate John the Baptist while still in his mother's womb, just as the word "babe" describes Jesus in Luke 2:12,16, after his birth. So, un unborn child is called the exact same thing as what we would call an infant.
        Job 3:16 says, “Or why was I not hidden like a stillborn child, like infants who never saw the light?” Here, Job refers to those still in the womb as infants. Not fetus, not dead tissue, not soulless matter, but infants.         Notice Psalm 139: 13-16: “For You have formed my inward parts; You have covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes say my substance, being yet unformed. And in your book they were all written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.” Here we have once again terms describing those still in the womb to be people, children, those deserving of the rights of people. Also, another interesting question: David describes himself as "fearfully and wonderfully made." What kind of terrible hubris is needed to believe yourself justified in destroying something that David through the Holy Spirit describes in such a way?
        Exodus 21:22-23 states, “If men fight, and hurt a women with child, so that she gives birth prematurely, yet no lasting harm follows, he shall surely be punished accordingly as the woman's husband imposes on him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. But if any lasting harm follows, then you shall give life for life.” Here, we have actual laws in the old testament defining the proper procedure should an accidental abortion occur. The man who causes the abortion is to be put to death. Death! That is the punishment for one who kills a child in the womb. God not only defines unborn children to be just that, children, but also that they have the rights of people, and because should the child be killed, then the man should be killed as well, showing us clearly exactly how much God values the life of that child.
        Finally, Genesis 25:22 says, “But the children struggled together within her; and she said, "If all is well, why am I this way?" So she went to inquire of the Lord.” Yet another verse, describing unborn babies as children.
        We have looked at several verses now, each one describing in some way how God views those in the womb. Unborn babies are children, they are people, they have the rights of people, and to abort that child is murder, which we know is a sin. It can be no plainer than this, abortion is a sin, and we as christians must not only stand against this sin, but make our opinions known when others discuss it, so as not to be confused with those who agree with it.

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