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Reverence for Life

Everyone is responsible to hold life sacred.

Exodus 21:22-25

“When men strive together and hit a pregnant woman, so that her children come out, but there is no harm, the one who hit her shall surely be fined, as the woman’s husband shall impose on him, and he shall pay as the judges determine. But if there is harm, then you shall pay life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.”

It is not difficult to see in this the ancient Hebrew reverence for life, even as it gestated in the womb. Of course, today’s “enlightened” social theorists would argue that it was simply this woman’s “choice” to bring her children to term. Another woman might exercise an equally valid “choice” by opting for an abortion.

I can’t help but wonder just what it is that qualifies a pregnant woman to decide whether or not that living thing in her womb is a person.

But the Scriptures know nothing of the aborting of life in the womb, except through violence or miscarriage. A child in the womb is presumed to be a person under the full protection of the Law of God. Any who in any way endanger or abort the child in the womb come under the judgment of God.

It is impossible to argue a Biblical case for abortion without ignoring or wresting texts like this. Children are presumed to be living persons as soon as they appear in the womb, at every stage of their existence, and therefore their lives are to be protected.

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In the Gates is a devotional series on the Law of God by Rev. T. M. Moore, editor of the Worldview Church. He serves as dean of the Centurions Program of the Wilberforce Forum and principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He is the author or editor of twenty books, and has contributed chapters to four others. His essays, reviews, articles, papers, and poetry have appeared in dozens of national and international journals, and on a wide range of websites. His most recent books are The Ailbe Psalter and The Ground for Christian Ethics (Waxed Tablet).

Scripture quotations in this article are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, (c) copyright 2001, 2007 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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