What Does It Say About Abortion in the Bible?
The Bible teaches that God desires justice, and that it is wrong to take a life, whether a mother or a child. The Bible also teaches us to show mercy to our neighbors, and that we should love one another. Abortion violates these biblical teachings because it destroys helpless, innocent people.
Exodus 21:22-25 refers to harm to both mother and child
While killing a grown woman falls under other laws, killing a child in labor is an entirely different situation. According to the law, a woman may not harm an unborn child, even if the baby is not healthy. This law applies even if the mother is in labor but has a miscarriage or is ill.
The passage in Exodus 21:22-25 addresses the issue of harm to both mother and child. This text is often used to condemn abortion. However, scholars who support this interpretation make careful exegesis of the Hebrew text, not adding extra words. Ultimately, the passage supports the view that all human life is sacred.
The Torah clearly defines “harm” as the destruction of life in a pregnant woman’s womb. However, some Bible translations use the term miscarriage to refer to a dead child. Therefore, a fine is imposed on both the mother and the child.
While Exodus 21:22-25 does not call for killing the assailant, it does prohibit him from hurting the mother and child. This means that the assailant would have to pay money to the mother for the death of the child, and that he would have to replace the dead woman with a living female substitute.
The Hebrew word for miscarriage is shakal. It also means to bereaved of the fruit of the womb. Hebrew scholars disagree, however, as yatsa does not refer to untimely birth.
Genesis 21:22-23 teaches that a woman’s life is of no greater value than the life of her child. This is a clear warning against abortion and any type of miscarriage. The Bible also teaches that a man’s life is not worth more than the life of another human.
Many Christians believe that abortion is acceptable when the unborn child is threatening to the life of the mother. This interpretation is supported by most modern translations of the text, which translates verse 22 as referring to miscarriage. But this translation may not reflect the intent of the text.
God created humankind
After God created the heavens and earth, he made everything that moves. He created all kinds of birds and plants, and gave all creatures the ability to move, and breathe. He also created every kind of fruit and plant with seeds. After creating everything, he rested on the seventh day. On that day, he saw all of his creation and called it good.
While the fallen order was cursed and faced hardship, the created order still bears the image of God. This is evidenced by the fact that God created material needs in humankind, but there is no evidence that these needs led to sin. Scripture also shows that material needs did not result in a fall, as the fall did not change man’s original state. Nevertheless, material needs are a necessary part of creational design.
Genesis 1:26 states that God created humankind in His image. Though some commentators say this simply refers to the physical form of man, others take the text to mean that human beings share the same spiritual characteristics as God. According to Rabbi Abraham Heschel, this verse means that humans and G-d are interdependent. In other words, humans are the corporeal representation of God.
The image of God imprinted in human nature is a sacred image of God. Human hearts are created in his image and bear the sacred image of the Creator. However, when the first human couple disobeyed God, the human race became cursed with sin. The consequences of this act are still felt in the world today. Jesus came to redeem the human race, and he restored the image of God in those who accept his grace.
In this episode, Bill Moyers interviews several scholars and theologians about the Genesis creation story. He explores the implications of creation on the roles of men and women. The biblical account of creation shows that God created dry land, waters, and creatures. The moon and the sun were created by God. In addition to these, God created humankind, and God saw that it was good.
Sixth Commandment prohibits taking of innocent life
The Sixth Commandment prohibits taking of an innocent life, whether by slaying a person, torturing him, or destroying his property. The commandment was derived from the life of Jesus Christ, who made it clear that the sixth commandment was based on the principle of purity of heart and respect for other human beings. He spoke eloquently about the proper attitude toward others and condemned verbal abuse.
The sixth commandment, found in Exodus 20:13, prohibits taking an innocent life. The word “human” in the commandment is important, because a cat is not a human. However, the sixth commandment is intended to maintain the sanctity of human life, and to demonstrate how life is valuable. The sanctity of life is rooted in the belief that humans were created in God’s image. Thus, any form of aggression against another human is an attack on God.
The Decalogue is a precious gift from God, which presents foundational principles for preserving life. It also defines vertical and horizontal relationships and presupposes salvation. These principles are universal and apply to all human beings, including fellow believers. As such, it is the essence of God’s revelation and the foundation for the divine standards of all humanity.
Jewish teachings view the shedding of innocent blood as a serious sin. The commandment specifies that killing a person is a violation of the Torah and the Noahide laws. Although gentiles are not required to follow the Sixth Commandment, they are required to observe the seven Noahide laws, which include the prohibition of murder and the establishment of a justice system.
The Sixth Commandment is the most fundamental of the Ten Commandments. It prohibits killing without a legal basis, though certain instances may justify killing. For instance, killing for self-defense, or in the defense of others, or in punishment for taking the life of another person, are examples of such instances. Despite these exceptions, all forms of intentional killing are considered murder.
New Testament says nothing about abortion
Many Christians opposing abortion on demand point to the New Testament’s silence on the topic. Yet, this silence is not a reflection of early Christians’ apathy toward abortion. As New Testament professor Michael Gorman points out, the absence of explicit prohibitions in the New Testament does not mean that the early Christians had no position on the issue.
To convince the public that the Bible doesn’t support abortion, pro-life activists must show the Bible’s apparent prohibitions and show that the prohibitions are compatible with existing anti-abortion prohibitions in non-religious polities. For example, despite the absence of explicit prohibitions in the Bible, God holds Cain accountable for the murder of his brother Abel.
The only passage in the bible that explicitly acknowledges abortion is Isaiah 50:23. In this passage, a woman who makes herself impure will be cursed. This ancient method of abortion was known as “water that brings a curse.” But while this passage does not directly mention abortion, it does command it in certain circumstances.
While the Bible does not mention abortion specifically, ancient Greeks and Romans were well acquainted with the procedure. Writings in those ancient cultures discuss herbs that induce an abortion, physical activity to cause a miscarriage, and surgical methods. Soranus’ treatise on gynecology recognizes the existence of different schools of thought on the matter.
According to Jewish exegetes, abortion does not carry the punishment of murder. It is permitted only when it saves the life of the mother. To do this, the child must be severed while in the womb and brought out member by member. This shows that the life of the mother is more valuable than the life of the child. This is especially true considering the fact that most of the child’s body cannot be touched.
The New Testament does not specifically mention abortion. However, it does refer to miscarriage, which reinforces a pro-choice perspective. Although the Bible does not explicitly mention abortion, it does provide guidance for Christians regarding morality.