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The Burgeoning Business of Death

By Dillon T. Thornton |

Life, all life, always matters very much to God. We must understand this truth from the very beginning.

2. The Bible teaches us that God condemns murder because murder is the willful destruction of life (Exodus 20:13). According to the Ten Commandments, murder is clearly a sin. It is a sin to murder because God is the Creator of life and therefore He does not allow us to destroy life. When a person commits murder, then he is really doing two things. First, he is destroying a life God has created and values. Second, he is playing God; he is, in essence, saying: "I can take life and death into my own hands. I control life. I am God."

3. The Bible does not use the term abortion; however, the Bible specifically condemns the murder of babies, a practice which the early church stood against (Ezekiel 16:20-21). Ezekiel 16:20-21 is a reference to the unfaithfulness and cruelty of God's people. They had sacrificed their children to a false god and the one true God judged them for it. The murder of children always has brought joy to Satan and judgment from God.

Likewise, we see that the murder of children was a serious issue in the days of the early church. Children often were exposed; they were left on trash heaps or in remote locations either to die or to be found and raised by slave traders. This was a common practice in the days of the early church, so some of the earliest members wrote responses to this horrid habit. Justin Martyr (A.D. 100-165), in his First Apology, wrote: "But as for us, we have been taught that to expose newly-born children is the part of wicked men." Additionally, The Didache, an early manual of instruction written perhaps before A.D. 150, contains the following admonitions: "You shall not commit murder…you shall not procure abortion, nor commit infanticide." Here we see that abortion, though not mentioned specifically in Scripture, is mentioned in an early church document of instruction. The general idea in Scripture and in the early church was that the murder of children was a wicked practice, and those who murdered children would receive judgment from God.

4. The Bible clearly teaches us that life begins at the moment of conception and that an unborn fetus in the womb is, in fact, a live baby (Exodus 21:22-25; Psalms 139:13-16; Jeremiah 1:5; Luke 1:39-45). As we look at passages such as Psalm 139:13-16 and Jeremiah 1:5, it is easy to see God is the One who forms a baby in the womb. Texts such as Luke 1:39-45 and Exodus 21:22-25 are more pertinent for this discussion. Notice in Luke 1, twice the gospel writer refers to "the baby in the womb" (vv. 41, 44). The word translated "baby" here is the same word used in Luke 18 for the "children" who came to visit Jesus. The point is we are talking about a life!

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