Can You Go to Hell for Having an Abortion?

February 8, 2012 1 Comment

abortion bible saysAbortion is one of the most controversial topics in public discourse. Nationwide abortion has and continues to be a hot topic for debate politically, theologically, and socially. Abortion constantly creates high levels of tension between the pro-lifers and the pro-choicers. In fact, many Christians are divided over the abortion issue because of religious & personal convictions.

But what does the Bible say about abortion?

God Values Human Life

From the days of Cain and Abel, God has never condoned taking someone else's life. And starting in the days of Moses, God gave the express commandment that "Thou shalt not murder." The contention point of the abortion argument hinges primarily on the question of when life begins and the notion that the value an unborn child's life is less valuable than that of child after birth.

God Protects Pregnant Women and their Unborn Children

Some would contend the God is silent about how He feels toward life before birth however in Exodus 21: 23-24 it says:

If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman's husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life, (Exo 21:22-23 KJV)

In these two verses, the law is showing particular care and protection toward pregnant women by punishing those that hurt them and their babies. Therefore, we can infer that if the law tells us that a man (or person) who induces miscarriage is to be punished, this is a clear indication that God values life before birth. In Hosea 9:14 it says "Give them, O LORD-- what wilt Thou give? Give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts," indicating the miscarriage or loss of child was seen as a punishment and not something to do intentionally. Thus the abortion would fall under this category.

Life Begins in the Womb

The Bible tells us God is involved in our creation beginning in the womb:

  • "Did not He who made me in the womb make him, And the same one fashion us in the womb? (Job 31:15)
  • Yet Thou art He who didst bring me forth from the womb; Thou didst make me trust when upon my mother's breasts. Upon Thee I was cast from birth; Thou hast been my God from my mother's womb. (Psalm 22:9-10)
  • For Thou didst form my inward parts; Thou didst weave me in my mother's womb. I will give thanks to Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Thy works, And my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from Thee, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth. Thine eyes have seen my unformed substance; And in Thy book they were all written, The days that were ordained for me, When as yet there was not one of them. (Psalm 139:13-16)
  • Thus says the LORD who made you And formed you from the womb, who will help you, `Do not fear, O Jacob My servant; And you Jeshurun whom I have chosen. (Isaiah 44:2)
  • Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, and the one who formed you from the womb, "I, the LORD, am the maker of all things, Stretching out the heavens by Myself, And spreading out the earth all alone, (Isaiah 44:24)

God Called Prophets from the Womb

In addition, there are a number of great men of God (and Jesus) who were called to be God's servants from the womb:

Samson

Then the woman came and told her husband, saying, "A man of God came to me and his appearance was like the appearance of the angel of God, very awesome. And I did not ask him where he came from, nor did he tell me his name. "But he said to me, `Behold, you shall conceive and give birth to a son, and now you shall not drink wine or strong drink nor eat any unclean thing, for the boy shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb to the day of his death.'" (Judges 13:6-7, see also Judges 16:17)

Jesus (prophecy)

  • Listen to Me, O islands, And pay attention, you peoples from afar. The LORD called Me from the womb; From the body of My mother He named Me. (Isaiah 49:1)
  • And now says the LORD, who formed Me from the womb to be His Servant, To bring Jacob back to Him, in order that Israel might be gathered to Him (For I am honored in the sight of the LORD, And My God is My strength), (Isaiah 49:5)
  • Yet Thou art He who didst bring me forth from the womb; Thou didst make me trust when upon my mother's breasts. Upon Thee I was cast from birth; Thou hast been my God from my mother's womb. (Psalm 22:9-10)

Jeremiah

  • "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations." (Jeremiah 1:5)

John the Baptist

  • "For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and he will drink no wine or liquor; and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, while yet in his mother's womb." (Luke 1:15)

Paul

  • But when He who had set me apart, even from my mother's womb, and called me through His grace, was pleased (Galatians 1:15)

In addition, the Bible tells us the wicked are estranged or enemies of God from the womb:

  • The wicked are estranged from the womb; These who speak lies go astray from birth. (Psalm 58:3)

God ultimately values life from its inception. He is the creator and giver of life and therefore is concerned with every soul born and unborn.

In Jesus Is Forgiveness, Hope and New Life after Abortion

This article was not written with the intent to condemn those who have had an abortion or participated in decisions to do so. Praise be to God that He has provided a way for all of us to escape the condemnation we all rightfully deserve.

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (Romans 8:1)

God loves everyone and no sin is unforgiveable.  Jesus Christ gave up his life as the ultimate sacrifice for all sins: past, present, and future. Forgiveness, grace, and salvation are yours if you only accept that fact that you, along with the entire human race, are a sinner; believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died for your sins; and confess that you now want Jesus to now be your Lord and Savior. Doing so washes you clean from your sin, and Jesus will come to live in your heart and give you eternal life with God, guaranteed.

If you or someone you know is struggling with either a past decision about abortion, or perhaps grappling with a current decision to be made, we pray that you will seek the guidance of your local church or a Christian counselor. You may also reach us on our contact page and send us a message directly. We pray you will be guided by the Holy Spirit and make a healthy decision for both you and your unborn child.

Below are some other sites to look at for guidance and support:

Please Note: New Beginnings Worship Center is not affiliated with any of these ministries and does not endorse nor confirm the validity of all the information provided at the above links.  Any opinions on abortion found at these links are solely the opinions of the owners of the specific website.

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