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ABORTION AND THE RANSOM

 

Scripture references are to the NIV-UK

 

 

Q Does the doctrine of the Ransom have anything to say about abortion?

 

A A few thoughts. As the fundamental doctrine from which all other biblical teachings flow, such as soteriology, creation, the nature of God and Christ, and the relationships and responsibilities of humanity towards the Creator and its own species, one would naturally expect the Ransom to touch on vital issues, especially birth, with which it is intimately linked.

 

The following presentation is for purposes of Bible study, not intended to hector or accuse anyone. However, it may supply food for thought from a unique Christian perspective, based on our understanding of the Ransom.

 

Adam the Prototype

In 1 Cor. 15 we read:

 

45 So it is written: ‘The first man Adam became a living being’; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. 46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual.

 

Here the principle of the Ransom is evinced by the simple comparison between the nature of Adam and the nature of the man Jesus. Note that Adam – the human being – came first; Jesus, when He had paid the equivalent penalty for sin and raised from death (‘after that’), became ‘life-giving spirit’.

 

Genesis 2: 28

Based on the divine mandate that Adam and Eve were to ‘be fruitful and increase in number’, and assuming the perfect nature of both male and female, we may safely conjecture that the birth process was designed to be flawless – that stillbirth and miscarriage were not possible, nor abortion necessary.

 

Jesus comes into the equation insofar as He, the ‘second’ Adam, was born a perfect man. This parallel therefore implies sanctity of human life, based on the only biblical examples of perfection available to us.

 

Psalm 139

Under the metaphor of King David in the womb this chapter represents Jesus. Vs. 13-16 declare (emphases added) –

 

13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.
15 My frame [skeleton] was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth [in the nether parts].
16 
Your eyes saw my unformed body [embryo]; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

 

From this passage we conclude that any unborn child, far from being redundant tissue or like a tumour – as some claim – is of significance to God. The birthing process is an extension of the creative process which began in Eden.

 

As we read in John 1: 9, Christ will be the light of salvation to all who are born. Such, therefore, are putative converts, restitutionists of the coming Kingdom of Christ on earth, to whom the opportunity of eternal life is extended. Thus their lives are important.

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