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Progressive Christians use the Bible to promote abortion

This article from The Christian Left blog is an unfortunate portrayal of how progressive Christianity is using the Bible as a weapon to argue FOR the pro-abortion worldview.
I’ve reprinted it here and have reluctantly included the source link at the bottom, although it saddens me that traffic will flow to their site from ours:

The Bible Tells Us When A Fetus Becomes A Living Being

Many people think that a human being is created at the time of conception but this belief is not supported by the bible.   The fact that a living sperm penetrates a living ovum resulting in the formation of a living fetus does not mean that the fetus is a living human being.   According to the bible, a fetus is not a living person with a soul until after drawing its first breath.

After God formed man in Genesis 2:7,   He “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and it was then that the man became a living being”.   Although the man was fully formed by God in all respects, he was not a living being until after taking his first breath.

In Job 33:4, it states:   “The spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.”

Again, to quote Ezekiel 37:5&6,   “Thus says the Lord God to these bones:   Behold, I will cause breath to enter you, and you shall live.   And I will lay sinews upon you, and will cause flesh to come upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and you shall live;   and you shall know that I am the Lord.”

In Exodus 21:22 it states that if a man causes a woman to have a miscarriage, he shall be fined; however, if the woman dies then he will be put to death.   It should be apparent from this that the aborted fetus is not considered a living human being since the resulting punishment for the abortion is nothing more than a fine;   it is not classified by the bible as a capital offense.

According to the bible, destroying a living fetus does not equate to killing a living human being even though the fetus has the potential of becoming a human being.   One can not kill something that has not been born and taken a breath.   This means that a stillborn would not be considered a human being either.   Of course, every living sperm has the potential of becoming a human being although not one in a million will make it;   the rest are aborted.

God has decreed, for one reason or another, that at least one-third of all pregnancies shall be terminated by a spontaneous abortion during the first trimester of pregnancy and that a number will be terminated after the first trimester.   It would appear that God does not have any more regard for the loss of a fetus than he does for the loss of a placenta or a foreskin despite the fact that these were living tissue as the result of conception.

In a number of versions of the bible, one of the commandments in Exodus 20 that was spoken by God to Moses states: “You shall not kill”.   According to the Mosaic text, this should read “You shall not murder” since the bible has commandments stating that people shall be put to death for a number of different offenses.   Exodus 21:17 states:   “Whoever curses his father or mother shall be put to death.”   There are other capital offenses in Exodus 21.   Of course, the commandment “You shall not kill” is not present in the commandments written by God on the stone tablets.   For those who are not familiar with the commandments on the stone tablets that were placed in the Ark of the Covenant, they are enumerated in Exodus 34.   The popular ten commandments that are enumerated in Exodus 20 were spoken by God to Moses who then relayed them to his people;   they were never written.

There is nothing in the bible to indicate that a fetus is considered to be anything other than living tissue and, according to scripture, it does not become a living being until after it has taken a breath.

Source: “The bible tells us when a fetus becomes a living being,” by Dr. Joe Schwartz

Those who say, “If you’re a Christian, you have to be against abortion, and therefore you must vote republican,” are simply reciting talking points from false teachers.

“She heads for the clinic and she gets some static walkin’ through the doors;
They call her a killer, and they call her a sinner, and they call her a whore;
God forbid you ever had to walk a mile in her shoes;
‘Cause then you really might know what it’s like to have to choose.”

~ Erik Francis Schrody (Everlast), from the song, “What It’s Like.”

If you don’t like abortion, don’t have one. But don’t judge others who may be in terrible circumstances that you can’t possibly understand. Especially when your judgements are based on a politically motivated and questionable interpretation of the Bible (at best).

Additional Observations::

Many cite the scripture Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” God is omnipotent. He has known all of us since before creation. This scripture is irrelevant as it pertains to when a fetus becomes a living being. The same reasoning applies to Psalm 139:13-14.

Numbers 5 describes “the Lord” ordering an abortion. Many argue that this is a misinterpretation. It’s clearly stated in verse 22, “May this water that brings a curse enter your body so that your abdomen swells or your womb miscarries.”

Before false teachers turned the issue of reproductive choice into a political football, views on this matter were far less extreme.  In 1973, Wallie Amos ‘W. A.’ Criswell, President of the Southern Baptist Convention from 1968 to 1970, said this:
“I have always felt that it was only after a child was born and had a life separate from its mother that it became an individual person, and it has always, therefore, seemed to me that what is best for the mother and for the future should be allowed.”

In the end, if abortion was such a grievous sin Jesus would have mentioned it.  He said nothing.

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5 Responses to “Progressive Christians use the Bible to promote abortion”

  1. Douglas K. Adu-Boahe #

    WOW!

    November 14, 2012 at 4:23 AM Reply
  2. Deb #

    Once again, twisting scripture to support/excuse sin. In these days (the days of Noah) we should not be surprised. Just saddened.

    November 14, 2012 at 12:41 PM Reply
  3. Les #

    So I suppose the Bible doesn't consider a slave to be a living, breathing human being?

    “If a man strikes his male or female slave with a rod and he dies [q]at his hand, he shall [r]be punished. 21 If, however, he [s]survives a day or two, no vengeance shall be taken; for he is his [t]property." Exodus 21:20 (NASB)

    “If a man strikes the eye of his male or female slave, and destroys it, he shall let him go free on account of his eye. And if he [y]knocks out a tooth of his male or female slave, he shall let him go free on account of his tooth." Exodus 21:26-27 (NASB)

    Notice, the person killing the slave is not subject to the death penalty.

    November 14, 2012 at 12:50 PM Reply
  4. Rose Vosburgh #

    I would hate to be in the shoes of these so-called progressive 'christians' when they stand before God on judgment day to give an account of themselves …for how they twisted His word so horribly to justify the halocaust of millions of unborn babies.

    November 14, 2012 at 3:53 PM Reply
  5. Nellie #

    "And God gave them over…"

    3X mentioned at the end of Romans 1. Literally mean "abandoned," in essence, God turned around and walked away from them, letting them entertain themselves with any thing perverse or depraved. This, in no doubt of my mind, is included with women forgoing their natural use, which is childBEARING.
    And of course, homosexuality. Heard this before, if it was a major problem like today, there would be no doubt Jesus would have addressed. Yet, Paul did in his letter to the Romans. The KJV translated it "whoremongers," or male prostitutes.
    When people begn to abuse Scripture to benefit their lifestyle, it is a religious spirit at work. This one is work, it denies the power of godliness, but has the form…or so they think.

    November 16, 2012 at 11:11 AM Reply

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