Abortion Series #3: False Premises
Christians are basing the anti-abortion war on two false premises. One is “The sanctity of life” and the other is “The right to life”. Both of those have no Scriptural support. Let’s examine these two premises.
The Sanctity of Life
When God was preparing to use Moses to deliver Israel from Egyptian bondage and lead them to their Promised Land of Canaan, he commanded them to utterly destroy the wicked inhabitants of the land, including women and children. Deuteronomy 7:1-2 and 20:16.
Joshua 6:21 describes Israel‘s obedience to God in this matter. “And they utterly destroyed all that was in the city, both man and woman, young and old, and oxen, and sheep, and ass, with the edge of the sword.” In I Samuel 15:3 God commanded King Saul to “go and smite the Amalekites and utterly destroy all they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant, and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.” Saul did not completely obey in this matter and as a result, God removed him from being king over Israel, replacing him with King David.
In the light of God’s command for Israel to slaughter people, including children and infants, let’s take a fresh Biblical look at this “Sanctity of Life” philosophy which is so popular among Christians. Were these Canaanites and Amalekites protected from being killed by Israel because of “sanctity of life” and did they have a “right to life” as far as God was concerned?
Liberal missionary, Dr. Albert Schweitzer, believed that all life is sacred, including flies and mosquitoes. He believed is was wrong to kill anything including the insects. He even had a problem with killing bacteria since bacteria is living. Liberals today are usually more concerned about the welfare of animals than they are the welfare of humans. They believe that all animals, birds, fish and insects are all sacred and should be preserved at all costs. This is the theological basis for the extremists in the environmental movement of our day.
The Hindus of India protect and worship cattle as deity. Paul describes the heathen philosophy in Romans 2:25 of worshipping the creature rather than the Creator.
The Bible does not teach that human life is sacred. It’s true that human life as well as all other life is created by God. Adam and Eve were created sinless. But when they sinned in the Garden of Eden, they passed a sinful nature on to the entire human race.
Only God is sacred and we as Christians are sacred only because of our identification with Christ. I Corinthians 6:19-20.
If human life was sacred, God would never allow people to be killed or harmed in “acts of God” such as floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, fires and earthquakes. Furthermore, if life was sacred, God would never allow people to be born deformed, nor would he allow famine and starvation, sickness and death. But God does allow suffering, sickness and death. We live in a world groaning under the curse of sin. Romans 8:22-23
Dear reader, God alone is sacred and His glory is more important than anything in this universe. It is more important than human life, good health or financial prosperity or our happiness and fulfillment.
The Right to Life
Another false premise Christians use in the fight against abortion is the premise of “The Right to Life.” My biggest problem with this premise is the word “right“. We have no rights but to die and go to hell.
Life, freedom, food, health, the opportunity and ability to work and earn a pay check, the ability to drive a car, smell a rose, eat a good meal, own a home, everything good that you can think of, including our salvation, is all by the grace of God. We have a right to nothing. Yes, we don’t even have a right to live. Jeremiah said in Lamentations 3:22-23 “It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning. Great is Thy faithfulness”
Thank God for His gracious gift of life and His even greater gift of salvation by His grace through faith in the shed blood of His Beloved Son, Jesus.
When one truly receives God’s Gift of salvation, he gladly surrenders all his rights to God.
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