Summary: The Importance of Human Life.
The Seriousness and Sadness of Abortion
Psalm 139: 13-16
How serious is the abortion issue in human society? When we understand the teachings of scripture we must conclude that abortion is a sin against God making it extremely serious and extremely sad that we could ever make this practice legal. In this country, since the 1973 Supreme Court decision made in Roe vs Wade to make abortion legal at any stage of pregnancy, 50 million lives have been sacrificed for the sake of pleasure and convenience. It is amazing how intelligent people can rationalize and justify such a horrible, inhumane practice as abortion. We, as a nation, will fight for the protection of animals, but at the same time fight for the right to kill our babies as though life in the womb is not human. The depraved nature of man is clearly displayed in the acceptance of abortion as the right of a mother to kill her baby.
I think Dr. R.C. Sproul Jr. is right when he states in an article I read recently that, “In a hundred years, the Christian church will not hang its head in shame that it did so little to pass a Constitutional Amendment against the burning of the flag. In a hundred years, no elderly Christian will be looked at with suspicion by the younger generation because they didn’t do more to lower the tax rate. In a hundred years, if God should be so gracious, we will be looked upon as that godless generation of the church that watched tens of millions of babies go to their deaths. Indeed, we’ll be remembered as those “Christians” who elected men to office who believed that the state ought to protect the rights of some mothers to murder their babies.
Abortion is serious and sad because:
I. Human Life is a Perpetual Creation of God (vs. 13-14).
A. God is the author of human life in all ages.
1. He created Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden (Gen. 1: 27-28). God formed man from the dust of the ground and so created the man and his wife with the ability to pro-create or reproduce. Therefore every human being is considered in Scripture to be a creative work of God made in the image of God giving every human being a unique quality above the rest of creation.
2. The Psalmist points to the truth of God’s creative work in his own life. In Reference to his own existence he uses words like formed, made, and fashioned as he thinks upon how God brought him into being in his mother’s womb. We must understand that there is no evolutionary process in the existence of man, but a work of God’s perpetual creative power. This is how the Psalmist understood his formation in the womb.
3. Also indicated here in verse 13 is the alluding to the creation of the soul in the womb. As the child is fashioned physically he is also given a soul by the creative power of God. This is called “creationism” meaning that God creates a new soul for every person and unites that soul with the person’s body at the time of conception. This view seems to fit with other passages which refer to God as creating the souls of each person while in the womb. For example in Zech 12: 1 God is mentioned as the one “who forms the spirit of man within him.” Therefore, God not only creates human beings to be physical creatures but also to be spiritual creatures. This fact accounts for the intangible aspect of human life. A doctor may examine your brain, but he cannot see your mind. A psychologist may speak to you about how you feel, but cannot see the soul from which your emotions flow. We then must conclude that God has created the physical and the spiritual makeup of every human being in His own image. This gives the human being great intrinsic value which should be respected at all times whether in the womb or the nursing home. Jesus teaches us the worth of the human soul when He says, “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?” (Matt. 16: 26). How can intelligent men and women even consider the legality of abortion when we consider the value of human life? We must never forget that it is “righteousness that exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people (Prov. 13: 34).
II. Human Life is a Perpetual Awesome and Wonderful Creative act of God. (v. 14).
A. The psalmist understood something of the wonderful design of the human makeup and the sovereignty of God in His creative genius.