“Choose Life, That You Might Live”

By Gus Bode

Abortion. The action of getting rid of something. Specifically the act of getting rid of an embryo or fetus from a mother’s womb. Many arguments have been made about whether to have an abortion or to choose life. This issue alone has been so debated that men and women everywhere battle everyday either for or against the cause.

I think before I state my opinion, I’d like to start off with some scripture. In Genesis25:21-22, Rebekah’s unborn twins, Jacob and Esau, are referred to as “children” (the Hebrew word used, banim, commonly refers to children after birth and often has a more specific meaning “sons.” The New Testament uses the usual Greek word for baby, brephos, to refer to the unborn John the Baptist, who “leaped in her [Elizabeth’s] womb” because of the presence of the unborn Christ. In Exodus 21:22-23 “when people who are fighting, injure a pregnant woman so that the fetus dies but the woman has no further injury, the one responsible shall be fined by the husband with as much as the judges determine. If any harm follows, then you shall give life for life.”

I’ve decided that even the unspoken subjects should be discussed because otherwise, even the good Christians will have a harder time understanding what is right and wrong. It is my belief that abortion is wrong and that a fetus is not just a bundle of forming tissue, but a human being in the making.

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Unborn babies are not disposable clumps of tissue, despite the claims of many pro-abortionists. And they are always human right from fertilization, because the entire DNA coding needed to build each individual’s physical features is there in the fertilized egg. Man was created distinct from the animals, made in God’s image.

We (human beings) are precious to God. Every one of us is unique and special; a separate creation. God makes sure that he is there from the very thought of your existence. “For it was you who formed my inward parts; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; that I know very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes beheld my unformed substance. In your book were written all the days that were formed for me, when none of them has yet existed.” – Psalm 139:13-16

Life begins at conception; therefore when concepted life is aborted, it can be considered murder. Life is a gift and should be treated as such. Since abortion is a type of murder, governments should prohibit it. So a nation that allows unborn babies to be killed is shaking its fist at God and cannot prosper in the long run. “What if the woman was raped?” “What if the child is deformed?” “What if she can’t afford to keep the child?” are completely irrelevant. We should also remember Ezekiel 18:20, which prohibits executing a child for the crime of his/her father – this means that even the tragic cases of pregnancies due to incest or rape are no justification for killing the innocent child conceived.

In these situations, the option to be looking at is adoption. So what am I saying? I’m saying flat out that as a Christian, I believe abortion is wrong. If your are faced with the situation in life of wrongful pregnancy, there are other options for you.

One more thing I would like to stress is that although I point out the grievous sin of abortion, we must also point out that no sin is unforgivable. Women who have had abortions, doctors who perform them and politicians who vote for abortion liberalization can all have forgiveness – if they come to Christ in repentance and faith.

I want to emphasize that I’ve started this column for both Christians and non-Christians and I feel it is important to publicly make known the Christian viewpoint to all people, especially at this University. I hope that all of you will really take to heart what I have to say and study it for yourself. May the Lord God bless all of you until next week.

Megan is a sophomore in Journalism. Her views do not necessarily reflect those of the Daily Egyptian.

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