Summary: What does the Bible say about Life and what does that mean in regards to abortion.
Abortion - A Matter of Life or Death
God Gives Life…
… that Reflects His Image
Abortion ends a life that God gave
There is forgiveness for those who have been involved in an abortion
There is judgment for those who have closed their eyes to abortion
There is hope to overcome the culture of abortion
What can I do about abortion?
Speak for the unborn
Sacrifice for the unborn
Stand for the unborn
Life. Life is an amazing thing if you stop and think about it.
It is something that is hard for even doctors to know what that intrinsic quality is that makes all of the cells of our body a living thing.
Think about that for a moment.
Our bodies are made up of all kinds of cells that are all working together.
But someone who has just died has all the same cells in his body that they had when they were alive a minute before, and yet that thing we call life has left them.
What is it that starts those cells working together and then keeps them working?
When is it that Life begins?
Today we are continuing our series entitled “too Hot to handle” and we will be discussing Abortion
and what God thinks about this practice and
How we as Christians should respond.
First we want to see who it is who is the Giver of life.
In the Bible, we can read in the very first book Genesis about when God created the first man. It says in
That “the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”
Here we see that
God Gives Life
He gave life to the first man, Adam, by forming him out of the dust of the ground.
That doesn’t seem to be quite the way that God creates man anymore, because it appears that for Adam, He created a full grown man. It seems that subsequent life comes out as a baby.
When does life begin now and
is God still the giver of life or has he given that responsibility to man?
Turn with me to Psalm 139
This whole psalm is one of my favorites. We are going to be reading in verses 13-16 and see that God is still the One who gives life
13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
16 your eyes saw my unformed body.
Even before our bodies were formed, God saw us.
In fact God tells Jeremiah
Jeremiah 1:5 - "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you”
God is the one who creates us and knits us together in our mother’s womb and knows us as a person before we are even completely formed in the womb and gives us life there.
While man and woman are involved in the supplying the egg and the sperm that God has given them, it is God who knits them together and creates a life.
Human life is created
And not only is life created, but it is a human life.
Why is that significant?
Because when God gives humans life,
God Gives life…
…that Reflects His Image
26 Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground."
When God made mankind, he created us in His image with unique privileges and responsibilities.
We are to rule over the land and other animals.
We are to respect our role as image bearers.
Too often though we abuse our role along with our responsibilities.
We don’t rule over the land or the other animals in a way that honors our role as an image bearer of God.
Instead we seek to rule in our own way and make our own rules and laws and ultimately we seek to set ourselves up as god, sinning in the same way as Lucifer and our earthly parents Adam and Eve.
In our pride and desire to rule ourselves and everything in our own way, we have lost our regard as a society for the life that God has given to each of us in his own image.
And that loss of regard for the life He has given us has manifested itself in abortion, Because the simple fact is that