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Is abortion really so bad? Shouldn’t a woman have the right to do with her body what she wants?  What if the girl who is pregnant is really young and cannot provide a good home for the baby?

Suggested Daily Reading: Psalm 139: 13-16

Abortion is pre-meditated murder.  It is deliberately planning and then killing a human baby.  A baby in the womb is not part of the mother’s body.  While the baby is developing inside his/her mother’s body, the child is not part of her body. This baby has his/her own unique genetic code, blood type, brain waves, and heartbeat; and as this child matures it develops all of his/her own body parts.  This baby also has his/her own soul in the womb (Psalm 51:5).  The fallen sinful nature, the iniquity that David had from conception, in his mother’s womb, is not possible without a soul.

Abortion then really is terrible.  It is child neglect, child abuse and pre-meditated murder of a child all in one.  It is killing a human being, a baby who possesses a human body and soul.

Our justice system is called to uphold the value and dignity of human life and punish those who murder, for man was created in the image of God.  Yet abortion also provides us with opportunities to show love, care and compassion for unwed mothers and “unwanted” babies through counseling, adopting and coming along side to help in different ways.  This is especially the case with very young mother who believes that she cannot provide a stable home for her child.  By adopting such children and/or supporting such mothers, we can show Jesus’ compassion for those who are in need.

Can you see how both of these actions uphold the value and dignity of human life, the government’s firm punishment for those who kill a human being, but also individual and personal acts of kindness, help and support?  Valuing and respecting people, as human beings set apart by God and created in His image, reflects respect for the God Himself.

Can you recognize parallel movements in our current culture between a decline for revering and respecting God and a similar diminishing of valuing and respecting of human life? How can you be a light in this world to demonstrate respect for, and valuing of human life?  How can this lead to others being drawn to honor God?


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