“I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” (Psalm 139:14 (ESV)
The subject of abortion is controversial and emotional. Intensity exists on both sides of the debate. Often any discussion concerning it emits more heat than light or enlightenment. It is similar to the issues of American slavery in the 19th century and the American Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War in the 20th century.
Questions abound concerning abortion. What about women’s rights? Does any government have the right to allow or restrict personal decisions affecting one’s own body? What about the use of contraception’s? Is abortion permissible under the law in the instance of incest or rape? What about the rights of the unborn child?
Abortion is a complicated issue. It raises many questions and requires thoughtful answers. Slogans on a bumper sticker or shouted in protests are insufficient. Careful consideration must be given to science, natural law and the Scriptures.
A writer must know his limitations. It is wise to decide what corner of any subject must be addressed and to be content to examine it well and then stop. Abortion is a vast topic and this blog is limited.
Therefore, I am focusing on one aspect of the debate; the biblical truth that the unborn child is a living, human person created in the image of God. What does it mean to be a living, human and a person? What does it mean to be created in the image of God? When does an unborn child become a person? Is it at conception or is it at birth? Or is personhood obtained when the child begins to be a productive member of society? Is there a standard age when personhood and productivity occurs? Does the unborn child have intrinsic value?
As a pastor, theologian, seminary professor, and Biblicist, I unapologetically assert that the Bible is the Word of God and therefore is profitable for teaching, reproof, correction and instruction in righteous living (2 Tim. 3:16). The Scriptures are the ultimate authority for believers in Christ. All other authority must be examined in light of biblical revelation.
It is my prayer and hope that those who are non-Christians may be persuaded by what I teach from Scripture concerning the unborn child. I also hope and pray that Christians will affirm what I teach as biblical and thereby be strengthened in holding to a biblical world view concerning the value of all human life, including the unborn. Ultimately, it is the Holy Spirit who will accomplish this work. I am solely His instrument for noble purposes.
I appreciate your prayers. You have mine.
Soli deo Gloria!
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