For Those Being Being Crushed book written byThis book For Those Being Being Crushed is intended to encourage, equip and persuade Christians to confront what may be our biggest ‘social justice’ blind spot – abortion.
For Those Being Crushed breaks down the pro-life position in a way that is accessible to the ordinary Christian. It emphasises the need to repent of our silence, to make this issue priority within our congregations and communities, and to look towards what is only possible with God -making abortion unthinkable.
Abortion in the bible
The topic of abortion is not directly addressed in the Bible in the way it is discussed in contemporary debates. However, there are certain passages and principles in the Bible that are often referenced in discussions about abortion. It’s important to note that interpretations of these passages can vary among different religious traditions and individuals.
Psalm 139:13-16: This passage emphasizes God’s knowledge of and involvement in human development in the womb: “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.”
Exodus 21:22-25: This passage refers to a situation in which two men are fighting and accidentally injure a pregnant woman. If there is harm to the woman or child, a penalty is imposed. The interpretation of this passage varies, as some see it as evidence of valuing fetal life, while others interpret it as a property law.
Jeremiah 1:5: In this verse, Jeremiah is told by God, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” This is used by some to emphasize the sanctity of life in the womb.
Luke 1:41-44: This passage describes the encounter between Mary (pregnant with Jesus) and Elizabeth (pregnant with John the Baptist). John is said to leap in Elizabeth’s womb when Mary greets her. This is seen by some as a recognition of the sanctity of unborn life.
The Sixth Commandment (Exodus 20:13): “You shall not murder.” This commandment is often cited in discussions about the sanctity of life, though interpretations can vary on when life begins.
It’s important to recognize that different Christian denominations and theological perspectives may have varying views on abortion. Some hold a strict pro-life stance, considering abortion morally wrong in all circumstances, while others may consider certain circumstances, such as threats to the mother’s life or severe fetal abnormalities, as exceptions.
The absence of direct and clear references to abortion in the Bible has led to ongoing debates among Christians about how to apply biblical principles to contemporary issues related to reproductive ethics. As a result, individual interpretations and theological teachings can differ.