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"Yes, we're all individuals!" - A Strict, Simple Biblical Case Against Abortion

Before we begin, some reference scripture:

13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.


My daughter Laurel being silly with
her sister’s hat.

14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.

15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,

16 your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.

Psalm 139:13-16

And:

4 The word of the LORD came to me, saying,

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.”

Jeremiah 1:4-5

Two examples from a sea thereof, that God knows, loves and has anointed our lives for His work long before we are formed in the womb. In the Psalm, David is suffering from what amounts to an insecure moment, and over the course of the poem illuminates four very important insecurities and God’s answer for them. This excerpt is from the section of the Psalm where David tackles the issue of his individuality and worth. Lets tackle it bit by bit before we delve into the meaning of God’s words to Jeremiah.

David says, “you created my innermost being,” referring of course to our eternal souls, then goes on to say that God, “knit me together in my mother’s womb.” I believe the juxtaposition of these two statements is no accident, as it gives hint to the reason David used the word he does in the following verse: “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” Now, why fearfully? It is in our nature as humans to fear that which we don’t understand, and the core miracle of human birth is the attachment of the soul to this mass of flesh and bone. It is something science cannot explain and philosophers have never adequately understood, and thus it is to be feared (read: respected) as an act of God. The adjective “wonderfully” is explained in the next verse, when David notes, “your works are wonderful, I know that full well.”

Next we see David go on to illustrate the omnipotence of God, continuing a theme from earlier in the Psalm. Not only does God “see” the unborn child, but all the days of that child’s life are foreordained before a single breath is taken. Now, on to Jeremiah.

David’s statement that the days of his life were ordained before the first of them came to be is echoed by God himself as he speaks to Jeremiah, selecting him as His herald to His people. God says to Jeremiah, “before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah had been selected and appointed a prophet long before he drew breath, by God’s own words.

So, there is overwhelming evidence available in the bible to assert the humanity of the unborn, at any stage of development, from the moment of conception (and before, but we’re only concerned about the physical here). It is therefore impossible for me to comprehend how any Christian individual or organization could support either the act of abortion or those who advance the culture of death that is the “right to choose” worldwide. That some could reduce this premeditated act of murder to a form of birth control or family planning shows an astounding lack of honesty.