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Abortion…one of the most controversial topics in our
society today. Should you be pro-life or pro-choice? Should you consider the rights of the baby or the mother? Is it moral or immoral? Today, I will share about the
development of the baby in the womb and how God has formed that baby
for a purpose. Also, for those who have had an abortion and may be
dealing with guilt or shame from their decision, I will share how
they can find healing and forgiveness. I hope that after reading
this, you will understand how precious each child is to God and how
God loves and cares you.
Is the baby even alive in the womb? Many people believe the baby is not
alive until he/she is born. But in fact, scientifically and
biblically, it has been proven that the baby is alive and has been
created for a purpose.
According to the article “Fetal Development week by week” on Baby
Center, within 5
weeks of conception, the baby is already developing a circulatory
system and the heart is beating. Then at 6 weeks the nose, mouth,
ears, intestines, and brain begin to form. Incredibly, at just 11
weeks, the child is almost fully formed and can kick and stretch. At
27 weeks, the baby’s brain and lungs are functioning. The young
infant wakes and sleeps inside the womb. And at 35 weeks, the
kidneys and liver are developed. With these facts, it is simply
impossible to believe that a baby is not alive in the womb.
According to John Piper on Desiring
destruction of conceived human life…is an assault on the unique
person-forming work of God.” Why? Psalm 139:13 says, “For you
created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
God created them, loves them, and they are “fearfully and
wonderfully made…” as Psalm 139:14 exclaims. “The life of the
unborn is the knitting of God, and what he is knitting is a human
being in his own image, unlike any other creature in the universe.”
God creates them in his own image and taking the life of an unborn
child will destroy God’s plan for them and the difference they
could have made in this world.
Now since we know that babies are alive in the womb, then choosing to
get an abortion would be considered murder. Murder is “…Violent,
personal killing,” and that is what happens in an abortion. Thus,
getting an abortion is morally wrong. Also, shedding innocent blood
is criticized about 20 times in the Bible. According to John Piper
on Desiring God, “Jeremiah puts it in a context: ‘Thus says the Lord: Do justice
and righteousness, and deliver from the hand of the oppressor him
who has been robbed. And do no wrong or violence to the alien, the
fatherless, and the widow, nor shed innocent blood in this place.’
And surely the blood of the unborn is as innocent as any blood that
flows in the world.” Now, in certain circumstances, the life of the child and the mother may be in danger. There have been times that doctors recommend getting
an abortion but is this the right decision? What is the solution?
What are we supposed to do?
God has created that child in the womb and is aware of the danger to the
mother and the child. He knew this was going to happen and he can
heal both of them in an instant. But no matter the outcome, we
should choose to trust God and believe that He still has a plan and
as Isaiah 55: 8-9 says that God’s ways are higher than our ways.
Romans 8:28 says that God will always work “for the good of those
who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
Also, as John Piper on Desiring
God explains, “It is the right of God the Maker to give and to take human life. It is
not our individual right to make this choice.” In the book of Job,
all of Job’s children died. He could have cursed God and become
angry at God, but instead, he said in Job 1:21, “…the Lord gave,
and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” He
didn’t give up hope and in the case of a life-threatening
pregnancy, we should also choose to never forget who our God is and
hold on to the hope that He has a plan and a purpose. John Piper on
Desiring God says, “He is Giver and Taker in this awesome affair of life.” We
should recognize this and choose to trust Him in every aspect of our
Now, there may be some of you
reading this, who in fact, have had an abortion and feel guilty. You
could be questioning why you feel guilty or even if you could ever be
forgiven for the decision you made.
On Desiring God, there is a story of a young woman who chose to have an abortion
because she felt she could not “offer any quality of life to a
child at the time.” She said, “… I felt I was doing the child
better by preventing him or her from having to suffer in a broken
family or a foster home. I understand that way of thinking is
absurd. I just didn’t understand that at the time.” She used to
attend church but no longer goes because she doesn’t feel like she
belongs. After making this decision, she felt so much grief and
wondered if there was any hope left for her. She asks, “Does God
even want to forgive me for this? Does he want me and still have the
plans for me that he did before, or are those plans gone? I just hope
that there’s still hope for me…”
John Piper responds to this young woman’s pain. He explains to her
that it’s a good thing she realized getting an abortion was wrong.
She owned up to her guilt and to her sin and we should all do that.
When we know we did something wrong, we should recognize our sin,
change our lifestyle and habits, accept the consequences for what we
have done, and ask God for forgiveness. He desires to forgive us, as
it says in 1 John 1:9, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and
just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all
unrighteousness.” God not only forgives us but also, through
sending His son, Jesus Christ, God delivered us from sin and death.
We do not need to condemn ourselves but instead, “embrace the
gospel that Christ bore our sins in his body, on the cross. Now, in
him, God is for me, not against me.” That doesn’t take away the
fact that what we did was wrong and it doesn’t eliminate the
consequences. Instead, it removes the condemnation and the guilt for
our actions. Also, we should never forget that God has a plan for our
you come to him, he has plans for you. Your life will not be wasted
if you come to him.”
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares
the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future
and a hope.”
I hope that after reading this, you have come to value each child’s
life and realize that God has a plan and a purpose for them. If
instead, you still consider abortion to be morally right, then that
is fine. I have not written this to condemn those who approve of it.
“Fetal Development Week by Week.” Baby
Piper, John. “Ten Reasons Why It Is Wrong to Take the Life of Unborn
Children.” Desiring God, 7 April 1989,
Piper, John. “‘I Had an Abortion.’” Desiring God,
14 July 2017, www.desiringgod.org/interviews/i-had-an-abortion.
Accessed 8 Oct. 2018.
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