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The Abortion Issue

As Christians we believe that God is the giver of life (e.g. Acts 17:25) and that he entrusts to our care the lives of the weak and vulnerable (e.g. Psalm 82:3). This includes unborn children.  

The Biblical ten commandments (Exodus 20:1-17) are one of the great moral texts and provide a historical basis for our legal system. The sixth commandment forbids murder, the deliberate taking of innocent human life.  This is the foundation for the value of protection of life that we find in our criminal code.

We are convinced that just as our society is rightly concerned to protect vulnerable lives, such as premature babies, the same principles should lead us to an equal concern for unborn babies. 

In the Bible, conception is regarded as a precious gift from God, who is the giver of life.   Repeatedly, the Bible speaks of children as God’s generous gift.   It also refers to the wonder of life in the womb.  Most famously, King David writes: “For you created my inmost being; you knit  me  together  in  my  mother’s  womb.  I  praise  you  because I  am  fearfully  and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:13).

Adapted from “The Presbyterian Church of Australia in the State of NSW Submission to Inquiry into the Reproductive Health Care Reform Bill 2019”  read the full submission

Further resources

Here are links to a selection of articles or sites that present the anti-abortion argument.  There is some overlap but all are well worth the read.  Many more websites and articles can be found by a simple web search using the term “ant abortion”.

“The restoration of the pro-life plank of the Hippocratic oath to a remnant of physicians” in the USA is the vision of The Association of Pro-life Physicians (APP).  Their pro life articles are at: The Association of Pro-Life Physicians (APP)  

Ten non-religious reasons against abortion is an article that appeared in the Spectator – Australia by Mark Powell published 27 March 2018. It is a summary of arguments against abortion based on anatomy, physiology and logic rather than anything religious.  Ten non-religious reasons against abortion

Right to Life Australia Inc. is a non-denominational, non-party political incorporated association that works to uphold the right to life of all human beings from conception until natural death.  Right to Life Australia

Probe Ministries is a non-profit ministry whose mission is to assist the church in renewing the minds of believers with a Christian worldview and to equip the church to engage the world for Christ.  They have an excellent article in which Kerby Anderson helps us understand that concerns about abortion are more than just a fundamentalist backlash.  He reviews arguments from a Christian, biblical perspective and then introduces arguments from medical, legal and philosophical points of views as well.  He concludes, “The Bible and logic are on the side of the Christian who wants to stand for the sanctity of human life.”  https://probe.org/arguments-against-abortion/

Jesus said to those who would follow him:

“You have heard that it was said, Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.  But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,  so that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. For He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.  For if you love those who love you, what reward will you have? Don’t even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing out of the ordinary? Don’t even the Gentiles do the same? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

From Matthew 5  Click for more

Verse of the day:
The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.