Did Jesus condemn abortion?

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By BibleAsk Team


Exploring whether Jesus explicitly condemned abortion in the New Testament involves examining various aspects of His teachings, principles, and actions, as recorded in the Gospels. While the Bible does not contain direct references to abortion as a specific topic, it provides foundational principles and values that can be applied to ethical questions, including the sanctity of human life and the dignity of every individual. Let’s delve into this complex and sensitive topic, exploring relevant passages from the Bible, and considering theological perspectives on Jesus’ teachings regarding the value of human life and the implications for abortion.

The Sanctity of Human Life in Scripture

The Bible consistently affirms the sanctity of human life as a foundational principle of moral and ethical conduct. Numerous passages emphasize the inherent value and dignity of every individual as created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). This theological understanding forms the basis for ethical considerations regarding issues such as abortion.

Genesis 1:27 (NKJV): “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.”

Psalm 139:13-16 (NKJV): “For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.”

Jesus’ Embrace of Children and Vulnerable Individuals

Throughout His ministry, Jesus demonstrated care and compassion for the most vulnerable members of society, including children, the sick, and the marginalized. His interactions with these individuals underscored the value of every human life and the importance of protecting those who are defenseless.

Matthew 19:14 (NKJV): “But Jesus said, ‘Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of heaven.'”

Matthew 25:40 (NKJV): “And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.'”

Jesus’ Teachings on Love and Compassion

Jesus’ teachings on love, compassion, and the value of every individual provide a framework for ethical decision-making in matters related to human life. His command to love one another as He loved us (John 13:34) emphasizes the importance of valuing and caring for each person, regardless of their circumstances or stage of development.

John 13:34-35 (NKJV): “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Matthew 22:37-40 (NKJV): “Jesus said to him, ‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

The Principle of the Imago Dei in Ethical Reflection

The concept of the imago Dei, or image of God, serves as a foundational principle in Christian ethics, highlighting the unique dignity and worth of every human being. This theological concept informs ethical reflection on issues such as abortion, challenging individuals to consider the implications of their actions for the sanctity of human life.

Genesis 9:6 (NKJV): “Whoever sheds man’s blood, By man his blood shall be shed; For in the image of God He made man.”

Forgiveness to the Repentant

Abortion to the Christian is not a matter of a woman’s right to choose but it is a matter of life or death of another totally independent human being made in God’s image (Genesis 1:26-27; 9:6). But for those that have been involved in abortion (directly or indirectly) and are seeking repentantly a new start, the Lord offers total forgiveness (John 3:16; Romans 8:1; Colossians 1:14).

The Lord promises, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). The Lord is sure to forgive if people will truly repent. For faithfulness is one of the Lord’s outstanding qualities (1 Corinthians 1:9; 10:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:24; 2 Timothy 2:13; Hebrews 10:23).

Conclusion

In conclusion, while the New Testament does not contain explicit references to abortion, its teachings on the sanctity of human life, love, and compassion provide foundational principles for ethical reflection on this complex issue. Christians are called to approach discussions on abortion with humility, compassion, and a commitment to upholding the dignity and worth of every individual, recognizing the importance of upholding God’s laws. Ultimately, the teachings of Jesus invite believers to value and protect human life at every stage, affirming the inherent dignity and worth of every person as created in the image of God.

For more on what the Bible says about this topic, check: https://bibleask.org/abortion-considered-murder/

In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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