In a world where moral dilemmas abound, few issues ignite passions and stir debate as intensely as the topic of abortion.
The decision to terminate a pregnancy raises profound questions about the sanctity of life, personal autonomy, and the nature of sin.
As we delve into the labyrinth of this contentious subject, it is vital to seek guidance from a higher authority—God.
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The ancient texts of the Bible are incredibly clear when it comes to the subject of abortion. In the book of Exodus, the Lord commands, “Thou shalt not kill.” This commandment is clear-cut: it forbids the termination of a life and it applies to unborn babies. In the Christian tradition, life begins at conception, as God creates each baby in His image and entrusts the parents to nurture and protect that life.
The Bible also speaks on the matter of forgiveness. Christ was merciful and loving, offering repentance to those who sin. Even in the case of abortions, the Lord is long-suffering and merciful. Christians are offered the opportunity to make things right. In the words of the Bible, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
However, even though Christ offers forgiveness and redemption, Biblical truth doesn’t necessarily condone abortion. It’s true the Bible doesn’t explicitly forbid abortion but it does place a higher value on life, particularly unborn life. Throughout the Bible, God treasures and guards life and that includes the life of an unborn child. Paul stated, “Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.”
Within the context of Christian forgiveness, it is important to remember it is not a get-out-of-jail-free card. While Jesus offers forgiveness to all, he expects restitution. This is especially true in the case of abortion. Those who have committed the sin of terminating a life cannot simply be absolved without making atonement. Repentance must be sincere and restitution should be made wherever possible.
It is also important to understand God’s perspective on abortion is both loving and composed of absolute truth. In other words, while Jesus offers redemption to those who have sinned, the truth is abortion is still a sin. Jesus commands, “I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish” and this includes murder, including the termination of innocent life.
At the end of the day, the Bible speaks very clearly on the subject of abortion. It warns against taking innocent life and it also offers redemption and forgiveness to those who have made such a grave mistake. It is up to each individual to decide how to reconcile these two powerful truths.
God’s View on Abortion
God deeply values human life, no matter how small or how vulnerable. This is evident throughout the Bible, particularly with regard to unborn life. The ancient texts make it clear over and over again that life, no matter how young or fragile, is precious. In Psalm 139 the Lord states, “You knit me together in my mother’s womb.” It is crystal clear God carefully crafts each baby in the womb.
Not only does the Lord create life but He also expects us to protect life. The Bible is unequivocal, God greatly values and cherishes life and He calls us to do the same. Whenever possible, it is preferable to avert a tragedy rather than remedying it retroactively. Therefore, when it comes to someone considering an abortion, it is best to seek to avoid this tragedy entirely.
It is impossible to live a sin-free life so God compassionately offers forgiveness to those who have taken innocent life. Hebrews 8:12 states, “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.” Christ’s promise of forgiveness can bring true hope and reconciliation to those who have made grave mistakes.
God’s view on abortion is two-fold. He values life and He gives the opportunity to receive forgiveness. He is compassionate and understanding yet He dispenses consequences for sin. However, while God sends warnings and chastisements, He always offers redemption.
The Effects of Abortion on Everyone Involved
Abortion is a traumatic experience for both the mother and the unborn child. Abortion carries significant physical and emotional risks for both individuals. The mother may experience physical pain and even infertility, whereas the emotional trauma can take years to overcome.
The effects of abortion go beyond the individual and can cascade outward to parents, partners, friends, family and even societies. Severe guilt, depression and anxiety can linger long after the ordeal. The pain and grief can be heightened if the mother or father feels unsupported or if the individual feels unable to offer an explanation or an apology. It may be difficult to move on without a sense of closure.
For the father, the feelings of betrayal and rage may be hard to overcome. To mitigate the pain, it is crucial for the father to process and heal from the experience. On top of the grief, the father may feel a deep sense of loss over not being able to nurture and protect his unborn child.
It is also important to remember an abortion can have far-reaching effects on entire societies over generations. When a life is taken via abortion, society suffers. The unborn baby is denied the opportunity to fill a unique role, whether it is inventing a game, becoming a parent or teaching a life-saving skill. Every person who is born has an impact on the future of all humanity.
Coping With Regret After an Abortion
Unfortunately, there is no one size fits all solution for dealing with the trauma and regret of an abortion. But, by understanding the process and utilizing available resources, healing can be attained.
The first step is for the mother to forgive herself. Self-forgiveness is crucial, as it offers the opportunity to heal and move forward. It is important to remember survivors of an abortion are not criminals or bad people; they are mere humans who have made an unfortunate mistake.
The next step is for both parents to seek counseling, if possible, with trained professionals. Loved ones and supportive friends can also be valuable resources for aid and comfort during this difficult time. Reach out to those who offer unconditional love and who will listen without judgement.
The third step is allowing God to help bring comfort. Throughout the Bible, it is clear God is patient and merciful towards sinners. He understands each of us and He never tires of lifting us up. We can take strength knowing whatever we have done, Christ will accept us with open arms.
Finally, survivors of an abortion should consider giving to charities, adopting children or helping others who are in similar situations. These acts, though small, can offer a sense of redemption and atonement. It can be enormously healing to turn a tragedy into a positive experience.
Hope After Abortion
Although it is a painful and traumatic experience, there is hope after abortion. There is no easy road to recovery and the process can be challenging. But, a positive outcome is possible. Through mercy and grace, redemption and solace can be found.
The ancient texts of the Bible make it clear, even in disastrous situations, God is willing to forgive and give mercy. He acknowledges our suffering and desires our healing. In Him, we can find true comfort in the midst of our pain.
Furthermore, it is essential to understand absolution does not mean abortion is no longer a sin. It simply means comfort and hope can be found even after a terrible mistake. Repentance is required if a person wishes to receive atonement. True forgiveness mixed with sincere repentance, can bring restoration and hope.
In the end, the Bible offers comfort and peace when it comes to the subject of abortion. Jesus is willing to forgive and offer mercy to those who have taken innocent life. While it is true abortion is still a sin, there is hope and restoration through the saving grace of Christ.
A husband of one wife, father of two beautiful girls, laborer of Lord, Jesus Christ, and a servant to God’s His saints. I hope to encourage you by God’s grace. Thank you for stopping by.