Psalm 139:13, Is Abortion a Sin? part I of II

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

//Every now and then, I can’t resist weighing in on one of the more controversial issues among Christians, though it’s usually my habit to wimp out without taking a stance. I’m happier presenting the arguments and leaving you to decide. Today we talk about abortion.

Today’s verse indicates that it is God Himself who creates life in the womb. Thus, opponents of abortion point out that we are destroying what God has created. We are destroying the sacred. But is it alive?

Perhaps Jeremiah indicates so in verse 1:5. This is what God said to Jeremiah:

“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.”

Still not really clear, since it speaks only of God’s plan for the fetus, but pro-life advocates do note the personal word “you”. Pro-choice advocates read the bible differently, as in Genesis 2:7:

The LORD God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

Is this verse saying that life begins at the first breath? So far, all the references are a bit slippery. The argument continues with the critical verse of the Bible tomorrow.

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