The Bible implores us to love others, to treat others as we would want to be treated; to put ourselves in another’s shoes. That same love is what we need to when addressing the divisive issues of rape and abortion. Rape is a heinous crime that inflicts pain, suffering and trauma on its victim’s and their families, while abortion has been a source of separation between families for generations. Both of these issues have remained unconstitutional, as they go against the natural order of life. But what does the Bible actually say on these two controversial topics?
What does the Bible say about Abortion and Rape?
The bible views abortion as a violation of God’s command “Thou shalt not kill” (Exodus 20:13)and breaks the sixth commandment, “You shall not commit adultery” (Exodus 20:14). It does not explicitly state that abortion is wrong, but it implies it by ordering us not to commit harm. It has been said in the bible that the fetus is a person and in Psalm 139:13-16, it wrote“For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well” which shows that God is with every growing life.
Although the Bible speaks often of the sanctity of life, it is important to recognize that abortion is a very complicated issue that requires compassionate consideration. Consideration should be given to each and every unique situation. For instance, if a woman has been raped and becomes pregnant,her baby is still innocent and should be cared for and cherished. Of course, this comes down to the individual and their beliefs or convictions.
In cases of rape, the bible states “You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself” (Leviticus 19:18). This statement would suggest that abortion should be considered as an option for rape victims, as it could be seen as a form of self-defense. Though it must be said that the Bible does not explicitly condone nor condemn abortion in these cases.
Rape is a heinous crime and the Bible does talk about it, though not specifically. In Deuteronomy 22:23-24, it states: “If a young woman who is a virgin is betrothed to a husband, and a man find her in the city and lie with her, then you shall bring them both out to the gate of that city, and you shall stone them to death with stones, the young woman because she did not cry out in the city, and the man because he humbled his neighbor’s wife; so you shall put away the evil from among you.”
Here the Bible is speaking out against violence against women and reinforcing the idea that a man should never take advantage of a woman or hurt her emotionally or physically. It is also clear that it does not condone, nor condemn, abortion in cases of rape, as it does not mention it specifically. This seems to suggest that it is up to the individuals own judgement as to whether or not they believe abortion is the right decision in cases of rape.
What about Unwanted Pregnancies?
In cases of unwanted pregnancies, the Bible does address the subject. In Galatians 6:7 it states: “Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.” This suggests that any action taken has consequences, and that whatever is done should be thought through carefully.
This verse does not specifically say anything about abortion, but it does surely emphasize the importance of considering the decision carefully. Matters of unwanted pregnancies can be a difficult issue to address, and abortion should not be taken lightly. Prayers should be offered to God for those in these difficult situations, and we should allow him to lead the way.
In Deuteronomy 22:25-27 states that “If a man find a betrothed damsel in the field, and the man force her, and lie with her: then the man only that lay with her shall die. But unto the damsel thou shalt do nothing; there is in the damsel no sin worthy of death: for as when a man riseth against his neighbor, and slayeth him, even so is this matter”. This suggests that children born of rape are still innocent and should be cared for.
Has the Bible Changed its perspective on abortion and rape?
It would be fair to say that the Bible has not changed its views on abortion and rape; it has always been clear on its stance that both are wrong. It does not condone either under any circumstance, but does offer compassion and understanding towards those affected. It is important to remember that the bible also stresses that judgement should be left with God outside of any legal judgement.
The Bible gives us a command to love and care for each other, and this goes for all areas, including abortion and rape. We should show empathy and compassion to those who have been affected by rape and abortion, as no one can fully understand what another is going through and how they feel about it.
The bible also instructs us to always give people the benefit of the doubt, and to love those who have made mistakes, whether those mistakes be intentional or unintentional. This can often be difficult, but it is necessary in order to create and maintain relationships with others. So ultimately, the bible shows us that it is important to be understanding and to love one another, regardless of the situation.
The Bible’s perspective on abortion and rape remains unchanging. It urges us to love and care for one another, no matter what, and both issues are taken extremely seriously by the Bible. As it states throughout its pages, judgment should ultimately be left with God, but as humans we strive to take a compassionate approach towards both.
What Does the Bible Tell Us about Rape and Abortion?
It is clear from the Bible’s teachings and commandments that both rape and abortion are seen as serious offenses in the eyes of scripture. The bible calls upon us to love and show compassion to all, and to offer understanding to those affected by each of these topics. It encourages us to make our own decisions on the matter, in consideration of our own values and beliefs, and to ultimately leave judgment with God.
Although the Bible does not condone or condemn abortion in cases of rape, it does suggest that consideration should be given to each situation and to the individual’s beliefs. It also reiterates the importance of understanding and loving our neighbor, no matter their situation. Ultimately, the Bible instructs us to show mercy, grace, and love.
What Should We Do if We Hear of Rape and Abortion?
When it comes to hearing news of rape or abortion, the Bible instructs us to show empathy and compassion. Although it can be difficult to remain non-judgmental, it is important that we offer understanding and support to those in need. It is also important to honor God’s will by respecting our own values, and by loving and caring for one another unconditionally.
We should never forget that the Bible emphasizes the importance of protecting life, no matter what the circumstances. We should seek to protect and care for those affected by rape and abortion, and to support them in whatever ways we can. By doing so, we will be honoring the command of the Bible.
What Can We Do to Bring Healing to Those Affected by Rape and Abortion?
For those affected by these issues, prayer and seeking the Lord is always the best way to bring healing. We can also offer our emotional support, understanding, and help in whatever ways we can. We can also raise awareness for these issues, and do our best to prevent them from occurring in the first place.
The Bible calls for us to show love and compassion to all of God’s children, regardless of the circumstances. We should also strive to treat each other with respect and kindness, and ensure that we continue to show an unconditional love to those affected by rape and abortion.
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.