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Abortion: Explicit v. Exception

Is the bible Explicity about Abortion? (Is it stated clearly and in detail, leaving no room for confusion or doubt?)

Does the bible have Exceptions for Abortion? (Is it excluded from a certain situation?)

The answer to both questions is “No.”

You might be too quick to assume, so bare with me. There’s a clear-cut reason that God doesn’t expressly prohibit abortion or mandate life in the Old Testament. Old Testament scholar Meredith Kline identified that: “The most significant thing about abortion in Biblical law is that there is none. It was so unthinkable that an Israelite woman should desire an abortion that there was no need to mention this 2 offense in the criminal code.”

Israelites viewed the pre-born as children and their killing by abortion as murder. They took it for granted that the Sixth of the Ten Commandments prohibited it. So, God didn’t have to say it.

Does science say anything?

Not religiously – scientifically, when does life begin?

To answer that question, we have to define who is in charge of defining when life begins? Certainly, you can’t ask Christians, conservatives, and liberals – you would get different answers based on their own personal beliefs.

Who is the authoritative source to define when human life begins?

If you are religious, you would say Jesus/God/Bible is the source of truth. Taking that out of the equation – which should say? According to the study – academic biologists should be the deciding factor on when life begins.

Asking the question – at what moment does human life begin. Biologists agree and define it as “At Fertilization.” An overwhelming 95% agree.

So if 9.5 out of 10 biologists agree when life begins, and they define it as “at fertilization,” that would make human life determined at day 1, correct?

Another thought is this. No man is an island. Can man stand alone in life? I would 100% say no. Being alone at times is good for a man. But I firmly believe no man can serve God alone. He has to be tied to something. Does that mean when a fetus is connected to the mother? Even before it is fertilized, man is never alone, correct?

“No man is an Island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the Continent, a part of the main” is a phrase made famous by John Donne (1572-1631).

For none of us lives for ourselves alone, and none of us dies for ourselves alone. - Romans 14:7

Are seeds dead? 

We consider seeds to be alive. “A seed is alive while it waits.” – Hope Jahren, author and geobiologist at the University of Hawaii. “A coconut is a seed that’s as big as your head. It can float from the coast of Africa across the entire Atlantic Ocean and then take root and grow on a Caribbean island. In contrast, orchid seeds are tiny: one million of them put together add up to the weight of a single paper clip. Big or small, most of every seed is actually just food to sustain a waiting embryo. The embryo is a collection of only a few hundred cells, but it is a working blueprint for a real plant with root and shoot already formed.”

Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. - psalm 139:16

This powerful reminder reminds us that God values us, even as embryos, and that He plans our end from the very beginning.


“My fetus just moved!”

I’ve never heard a woman say, “my fetus just moved” or “I am with fetus” or after a miscarriage say, “I lost my fetus.” 

So if you are pregnant, you are not with fetus – you are with child. 


After defining when human life begins, you will bring in conditions: Rape, Incest, etc. Is my answer sin? Do you want evil to be a part of the conversation? The answer to when human life begins shouldn’t have to be tainted with the enemy. We as Christians should not have to even give him our time. What about the health of the mother? That is asking and answering a question with a two-sided eraser. I think that should be between the mother, father, and child – with a doctor.


As Americans, we can’t define what a man or woman is. We have pregnant man emojis on our phones now. Please understand that if you do not stand on any truth but emotions, your assumptions and decisions will be made with whimsical information that can lead you down narrow paths and darker times. If you can’t define what a man is. If you cannot express what a woman is. How can you determine what a baby is? We have to start the conversation from the beginning source. When does human life begin? 


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