From the old law to the new law the scriptures tell us: “You shall not murder!” In Romans 13:9, the apostle Paul refers to the commandment from Exodus 20:13. There he writes, “For the commandments, ‘You shall not commit adultery,’ ‘You shall not murder,’ ‘You shall not steal,’ ‘You shall not bear false witness,’ ‘You shall not covet,’ and if there is any other commandment, are all summed up in this saying, namely, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’”
Abortion is defined as “a miscarriage produced artificially.” Why is abortion wrong? Abortion is wrong because life is a gift from God. Genesis 1:27 points out that God made man in His image and He placed the spirit of man in him at conception, not at birth. Therefore, to take that life deliberately, premeditated, is murder. How do we know life begins at conception? The Bible tells us so.
In Luke 1:15, John was said to be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. “And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit” (Luke 1:41). Here was the meeting of Mary and Elisabeth. The angel had appeared to Mary and told her that she would conceive, “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus” (Luke 1:31). Then in Luke 1:36-37 we read: “Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible.” Then Luke 1:39-40: “Now Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Judah, and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth.” These are the verses leading up to Luke 1:41 previously quoted which says that the babe “leaped in her womb.” Yes, life begins at conception and not at birth.
Is the unborn child alive or dead? There is no question about the fact that it is alive. Is it animal or human? It is human. Is it endowed with a spirit from God? Yes, the unborn child possesses an eternal, immortal spirit. “Let us make man in our image,” the Bible says. Man is made in the spiritual image of God, with an immortal spirit. That spirit certainly is within that child before he is born.
An Old Testament passage which reinforces the fact that abortion is a form of murder is Exodus 21:22-25. This is legislation pertaining to a situation in which an unborn child might be harmed. “If men fight, and hurt a woman with child, so that she gives birth prematurely, yet no harm follows, he shall surely be punished accordingly as the woman’s husband imposes on him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. But if any harm follows, then you shall give ‘life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.”
“If she gives birth prematurely, when this struggle occurs, yet no harm follows,” means the woman had a miscarriage, but there was no loss of life. In that case, the one causing the miscarriage paid a fine according to what the husband determined. But the text says, “if any harm follows,” meaning the mother or child died, then, it was “life for life.” The one who caused the death of the mother or the unborn child paid with his life. How could there be a clearer passage revealing how God views the unborn child? He is a child created in the image of God, while yet in the womb. To take that life by abortion in order to end an unwanted pregnancy is murder! Murder is sin!
Murder is a crime under the laws of civilized countries which is punishable to time in prison or the death penalty. Murder steals the time remaining of human life. Abortion steals all of a human’s life. If mankind seriously wants to end abortion or drastically decrease the number of abortions, then it is high time the penalty is equated with the severity of the crime. Abortion is cold blooded murder, and it should be a crime punishable by the laws of man. The one’s punished for the crime of abortion should be the mother, the doctor, or any friend or family who have assisted in this crime. Even if mankind refuses to punish those who have abortions or perform abortions, let it be known that God will, come the day of judgment.