What Does the Bible Say About Abortion? A Christian Study

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Are there Scriptures that say abortion is wrong?  If not, what Scriptures can tell us that the principle of abortion is wrong?  Is abortion the same thing as murder?  What does the Bible say about when life actually begins?

When Does Life Begin?

A baby (fetus) is ever growing and changing

Does life begin at birth or at conception (or fertilization)?  Let’s say that one year I planted a bunch of tomato seeds in starters.  Now I ate a tomato sandwich which had tomato seeds in it because there were seeds in the tomato I made for my sandwich and had for lunch – but these seeds were not tomato plants – they were seeds.  However, I took some tomato seeds and planted them.  The seeds were put into old egg cartons that could be easily put in the ground after they sprouted.  I had some that were sprouting but some where the seeds had just germinated.  When our neighbor’s dog came over on our back porch and trampled them, what did our neighbor say, and with apologies?  “Are your tomato plants okay?”  He did not say, “Are your sprouts or are your seeds that are germinating okay?”  No, he understood that his dog had destroyed our tomato plants, even though many had not yet sprouted and many had only germinated.  He understood that even at the germination stage or sprouting stage they were still tomato plants.  No matter what stage they were at in their development, they were still tomato plants.    The same principle applies to a human embryo. Isn’t an embryo, no matter how undeveloped, still living?  Isn’t is still alive?  Yes!  What used to be the safest places on earth for human life have now become the most deadly places for humans to come into the world…the mother’s womb.  Children are still developing too…into adults so what’s the difference between an embryo or fetus and a young child? They both are developing!

Even a cell is said to be alive by biologists because it can move, it can divide, it can metabolize, and it can respond to stimuli.  When someone catches a virus, isn’t even the tiniest virus alive?  Yes, it is alive enough to infect the species that it invades.   It is a virus even at its gestation period.  It can infect even at its own inception!  A fetus is ever growing and changing, for example:

  • It has a detectable heartbeat at 18 to 23 days.
  • At 28 days a respiratory system forms and so do eyes and ears.
  • Brain waves are recorded and the skeleton is completed at 42 days.
  • At 7 weeks, thumb sucking starts.
  • At 8 weeks, all of the body’s systems are now present.
  • At 9 weeks the fetus squints, swallows, moves their tongue, and can make a fist.
  • At 11 weeks all of the body’s systems are working, fingernails have formed, and spontaneous breathing movements occur.
  • At 16 weeks, the genital organs are clearly visible and they can swim, grasp with their hands, kick, turn and (ask mothers about this) even do somersaults.
  • Astoundingly at 18 weeks working vocal cords can cry indicating they can feel pain!.
  • Hair is formed at 20 weeks.
  • At 22 weeks, there is a chance for a viable outside-of-the-womb birth.  This is why late-term abortion is so tragic because there is a viable child that can be born, even if they don’t have a 100% chance of survival.

It is interesting that pro-abortionists call themselves pro-choice but what choice does the unborn child have?  None!  It is also worthy to note that when someone kills a mother who is pregnant, the person can be charged with murdering two individuals or when a pregnant mother is struck and she or her and her baby dies, then the charge of vehicular homicide applies to both the mother and child or just the child if only the unborn child is killed.  Criminal prosecutions make viable the taking of a human life inside the womb of a mother and so how can we not call it a human life before the child is born!?  Even unborn children are made in the image of God and life is sacred to the Author of Life (Genesis 9:6).   The late President Ronald Reagan once said “I notice that everyone that’s for abortion has already been born.”

When Does God Say Life Begins?

Let the Word of God, the Bible, speak for itself about when life actually begins from God’s standpoint in the following Scriptures.  Here is a hint.  It is not only after a child is born.

Job 31:15  Did not he who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same one form us both within our mothers?

Psalms 22:9-10 Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you, even at my mother’s breast. From birth I was cast on you; from my mother’s womb you have been my God.”

Psalms 139:13-16 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”

Isaiah 44:2a This is what the Lord says—he who made you, who formed you in the womb, and who will help you.”

Isaiah 44:24a This is what the Lord says— your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb.”

Jeremiah 1:5 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.”

Luke 1:15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even before he is born.”

Galatians 1:15 when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace, was pleased.”

I couldn’t care less what scientists or biologists say is the beginning of life because what God says trumps what human reasoning concludes; so let’s summarize what God says from the above Scriptures when God actually sees life beginning.  To God who sees into the future, He knew humans before they were even formed in the womb, while yet still unformed, before they were even born and before birth, while they were still being formed and unseen by human eyes (indicating at the microscopic level), He saw the unformed body (still at the cellular or even conception stage), during their being knit together, and at birth.  The Word of God disagrees with Roe vs. Wade and the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling for God overrules where mankind rules. His Word stands forever while man’s is passing away like the flower that blooms today but is gone tomorrow.

Is Abortion Murder?

I realize that this is a very powerful and emotionally charged issue and I know it will probably bring a lot of comments and negative attacks but one evangelist once said that 99% of all murders that take place in America are abortions.  Is this true?  Is abortion the same thing as murder?  It depends on when life begins.  What does biology teach us about the beginning of life?  Is it at conception or at birth?  Better yet, what does the Bible say about when life actually begins?  From what the Bible describes, it clearly is the taking of a human life, regardless of the stage of the abortion.  I say that on the authority of the Scriptures mentioned in the above section of  When Does God Say Life Begins?  You may disagree with this but you are not disagreeing with me but with God Himself Who is the Author and Finisher of Life.  Only He has the authority to give life and only He has the authority to take it…human beings do not

Abortion Affects on the Mother

Little is ever mentioned by pro-abortionists about the high costs to the woman having an abortion.  The chances for breast cancer go up, the likelihood of uterine cancer increases, there is an increased chance for Chlamydia sterility and STD’s or even AIDS due to their sexual promiscuity, or even later in life, stillborn children.  Perhaps the greatest price is that of the emotional costs that the woman will face later in life.  The fact that these women face dramatic emotional crisis like depression, suicide, anorexia, and guilt are significantly higher than those women who give birth within the confines of marriage.

Conclusion

We can read from the Bible that God is pro-life.  In fact He is life.  If you have had an abortion, please understand that God will forgive you when you come to Him and confess it to Him (1 John 1:9).  There is no sin that is so great that God will not or can not forgive.  How can I say that?  Because, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you from the law of sin and death(Romans 8:1-2).  This is where you can not only have life and have it more abundantly, but you can have eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord (John 6:47, 1 John 5:13).

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Robert Miller December 8, 2012 at 8:03 am

Amen Jack! Abortion should be outlawed. My boss saw a video online that showed a fetus trying to escape from the abortion tool or whatever it is. I guess they sonogramed the procedure. In any event, it proves that the fetus clearly has a survival instinct, and suggests to me that fetuses (feti?) know fear. If the fetus has the instinct to try and preserve its own existence–the same thing a grown adult would do if.a murderer broke into the house–then how can we say it is not alive? I once advocated pro-choice, but the Lord has changed my heart, and thank Him that He did!

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Chevelle December 8, 2012 at 9:33 am

OH MY!! I bet that was a heartbreaking video to watch. I don’t understand people these days and the pro-choice/pro-death arguments. How is abortion a good thing? How is it the right thing? It’s as if people don’t understand that life is a very precious thing. I am so disappointed in men and especially women, who carry life in their inner most beings that think its okay to rid themselves of a baby because they don’t want it. I think its problem with not understanding what life is mixed autonomy issues. I don’t know why, but abortion evokes the tears out of me. Here I am concerned with how I am going to bring a new life into the world and be able to give it the truth, while there are some people insistent on destroying it. I JUST DON’T UNDERSTAND!

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Derek December 8, 2012 at 10:19 am

I praise God that He changed your heart Robert! Every life is sacred, yours, mine and the unborn. You are so right. If even a fetus has survival instincts, why is it still considered not alive. A very good point. God bless!

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Robert Miller December 8, 2012 at 11:09 am

I actually didn’t plan to include that when I first started typing my comment. It only occurred to me when I was pretty much finished typing everything before that (granted, that was a long process, since I was using my phone to post it). Perhaps that was God’s influence?

I think God also puts people in our lives to change our hearts. Case in point, my fiancee’s brother impregnated his girlfriend last year. Their baby was born at the beginning of this year, on January 26, I believe. Now, the brother and his girlfriend have issues. A LOT of issues. Without going into details, their baby essentially fell into the custody of my fiancee and her parents around June of this year. Now when the girlfriend was still pregnant, I was adamant that I was not going to be a part of this child’s life. My fiancee was getting all excited about it, and I was determined to keep my distance. After the baby was born, though (and it should be noted that the brother and his girlfriend were living at my fiancee’s parents’ house) that determination went out the window, and even more so after they gained temporary custody of her (the court battle is still on going). Now I spend a good chunk of my free time at my fiancee’s parents’ house (my fiancee still lives at home, as do I), and I interact quite a lot with the baby. My fiancee and I take her to church every Sunday. She’s a couple weeks shy of eleven months, and sometimes she’ll raise her hand in church when we’re singing, or when the pastor tells everyone to lift a hand to God. It’s adorable.

She has become such a huge part of my life, despite my original claims of keeping my distance. I think it is safe to say that I can’t imagine not being involved with this baby, and I can’t imagine someone choosing to miss out on this experience by having an abortion. I don’t think my fiancee’s brother was the type to consent to an abortion (though I realize his consent wouldn’t be needed if the girlfriend had decided she wanted one), but I think the point still stands. I pray that God will keep this baby with my fiancee and her parents, because the brother and his girlfriend are honestly not fit. They are drug users, the girlfriend at the very least practices Wicca from what I understand, my fiancee’s brother has seen fallen angels following him (now there’s something to make your skin crawl!), they are unemployed, have no reliable means of transportation… yeah, no environment for a child to be raised in. Now don’t get me wrong, I pray that they will change their ways and turn to God and ultimately improve their lives. I would like to see the family reconciled. I would like for my fiancee’s niece to know her biological parents. But right now? They would be a danger to that baby. My fiancee and I were just talking about the court situation in the car, and apparently the attorney who is representing my fiancee and her parents dropped the ball really bad this past Wednesday. I just had to remind my fiancee, though, that perhaps God is letting this woman mess up so bad so that He can still deliver this baby to them, and so that they will know that them having custody of the child is no result of human effort, but solely of God’s grace. I imagine the Israelites thought it absurd to march around the walls of Jericho, but they complied, and the walls came down. The same, I believe, holds true here.

Anyway, that was probably more detail than I should have gone into, and probably more detail than anyone cares to read.

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Derek December 8, 2012 at 11:22 am

Your story sounds a lot like my family that lives out of state from me. The grandparents are raising their grandchildren because the biological mother has many issues. Don’t fret the details Robert. Personally, I care about you and all who have things that they are dealing with. I’ll be praying for you and your family.

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Jack Wellman December 8, 2012 at 10:42 am

Wow Robert, that is a great point indeed. I know that while still in the womb, they hear sounds, they respond to foods, they are already having an intelligence and feel pain. Indeed, the Lord has changed many hearts and even a king’s heart is no match for God’s effectual work in it (Prov 21:1).

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Robert Miller December 8, 2012 at 11:12 am

Jack, I must say it amazes me how much God has worked on my life. I am not the same person today that I was at the beginning of this year, and as the Lord continues to work on me and sanctify me, I doubt I’ll be the same person I am now when this time next year rolls around.

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Patricia Schneider December 8, 2012 at 10:19 am

It took me years to understand that life begins at conception. Even reading Scriptures, somehow the Truth eluded me. But I understand now, thanks to the Holy Spirit. My angry words at a girlfriend, who had an abortion, cost me that friendship. I pray for her often, miss her so much! I also believe now we must be compassionate with those women who have abortions. (Something I wasn’t w/my friend, regrettably.) PRAYERS work miracles!

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Jack Wellman December 8, 2012 at 10:37 am

I am so with you Patricia. As I said in the conclusion, if you have had an abortion, please understand that God will forgive you when you come to Him and confess it to Him (1 John 1:9). There is no sin that is so great that God will not or can not forgive. None of us can cast the first stone unless it would be at ourselves. Prayers DO work miracles Patricia.

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Patricia Schneider December 11, 2012 at 4:01 pm

Jack, I just wish and pray that I could meet with my girlfriend and apologize for my arrogant, angry words.
She moved to Colorado (from Pittsburgh, Pa.) back in
the 1970’s, haven’t heard from her since, though I’ve
written several letters. I took her silence as an end to
our friendship. Please, pray for my dear friend, that
Jesus has drawn her into His loving, forgiving Heart. If
our friendship is not in accordance to God’s Will, so be
it. I only pray for her happiness and well-being with God and His Son, Jesus. Amen.

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Patricia Schneider December 11, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Forgot to click on ‘reply to email’ on this post. Please do. Thanks!

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Jack Wellman December 12, 2012 at 7:16 pm

Yes Patricia, you DO have that right because of what Jesus did (2 Cor 5:21). When we trust in Christ, we stand on solid-rock ground and not on sinking sand anymore. I agree that perhaps it was not the right time for the Holy Spirit to move in you but God’s timing is always divine and just perfect as He is.

Thank you also for your kind words about the article but truly, God deserves all glory for without Him, I’d probably be doing sports writing! LOL

Jack Wellman December 12, 2012 at 6:40 pm

I am responding by you privately by email which will never be shared or made public. I love your prayer request for your friend who you said you regretted your angry words some years ago and prayed that she know Jesus most of all. What a wonderful prayer request. I have so many regrets that I can not count them all. I am so with you on this. You said, “I only pray for her happiness and well-being with God and His Son, Jesus. Amen.” and wow, what a powerful prayer. I will join with you on this. God bless your tender heart for Christ. God forgives us of all of ours sins so please try to forgive yourself (1 John 1:9).

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Patricia Schneider December 12, 2012 at 7:02 pm

Thank you, Pastor Jack, that you will pray for my friend. Sometimes I miss the wonderful, fun times we had for over seven years…we could discuss everything, and we did! Unfortunately, I wasn’t in tune with the teachings of Scriptures at that time, ‘though we did discuss religion. Perhaps it wasn’t God’s Time for both of us to “grow” in the Holy Spirit. Do I have that right? Thanks to your insights and articles, I’ve learned where I stand regarding abortions. Like I told you before, it took me years to realize that life begins at conception.

PattyG August 1, 2015 at 5:09 am

I have learned we don’t grow the Holy Spirit. We got our full “shot” of the Holy Spirit when we declared and invited Jesus into our hearts. The Holy Spirit given at that time is fully God also. God need not grow. Our awareness of the Holy Spirit does. Our sanctification process grows.

Derek December 8, 2012 at 10:26 am

This is an excellent presentation on this subject Jack. You have a big heart and I can clearly see it in this article. Thank you for defending the unborn. I will never understand how we as humans got to this point of thinking that killing the unborn is ok, because it most certainly is NOT! I have always had a heart for the “underdog”, which is why I think I am so passionate about defending these precious little ones. Your arguments are concise and completely in line with the Word of God. Well done sir! I am always encouraged by what you write and I am thankful for you brother (and so are the unborn). God bless you brother!

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Jack Wellman December 8, 2012 at 10:40 am

Amen Derek. I pray this article will be read by any woman who is considering having one and for any man that dares to support such a thing. He should stand by and man-up to being part of this young life, as yet unborn, because life is a miracle and we should treat it as such. As I said in the conclusion, if you have had an abortion, please understand that God will forgive you when you come to Him and confess it to Him (1 John 1:9). There is no sin that is so great that God will not or can not forgive. If I were to cast stones, my target would be myself.

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Tony Reese December 8, 2012 at 11:11 am

First off, thank you Jack for this well written article. The sad truth today is that a lot of people only see the unplanned pregnancy as a unwanted side-effect to their sexual immorality, an inconvenience. They want to enjoy the fleshy fulfillment but don’t realize the first reason for sex is procreation. And it is a proven fact that no form of birth control is 100%! I should know, our second son was conceived while my wife was on the pill!

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Jack Wellman December 8, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Amen Tony. God is the Author of Life and His divine will stands, regardless of human attempts of birth control. I know of no one that has regretted having a child, unplanned or not but I know of many who have lived a lifetime of regret for having an abortion. Even so, God will forgive them upon confession (1 John 1:9).

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Nat December 8, 2012 at 11:38 am

I think that abortion should be illegal
I heard about this lady that she had twin girls but she already had a daughter so she had an abortion
I thought it was sooooo sad.

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Jack Wellman December 8, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Sad indeed Nat. It is so tragic and if there were a disease that was taking the lives of millions upon millions of human beings, we would be pouring all of our scientific research and resources into it.

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Robert December 11, 2012 at 2:11 pm

Great article Jack,
I couldn’t agree with you more and I echo the sentiments of the previous commenters. I think many who have abortions do so because they have not taken the time to think it through. Many react out of panic and only stop to really think about what they’ve done after they’ve done it. I wish anyone considering an abortion would all read your article. God bless you, brother.
Yours in Christ,
Robert

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Jack Wellman December 12, 2012 at 12:20 pm

Thank you my friend. I believe it could help those who have already had one to know that God will forgive them and for those who are considering one, to help them avoid such a tragic mistake. Thanks Robert.

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Mike Simpson December 12, 2012 at 3:54 am

Hi there all .

I agree with most of the comments , but really battle with the images of babies and small children dying in the thousands in countries in Africa from malnutrition.I would like to know Gods stand on mercy killing. Which is the worst of the 2 evils taking the life of a child that has no chance or (slim chance) and prevent the suffering .or is it a case of what the eyes dont see the heart wont feel .

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Jack Wellman December 12, 2012 at 7:19 pm

The worst of two evils is taking the life of an innocent human baby in it’s mother’s womb. Suffering is something that you can not blame God for because He is not making the choices for humanity is…we are. But God sent His only Son to suffer like no one in human history has so you wouldn’t have to suffer eternally (2 Cor 5:21). By the way, those babies & small children that die in this age, are promised life in the next and it will be nothing like this world.

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Chris Martel December 20, 2012 at 11:04 am

Hello Jack,

It has been a while but this article piqued my interest. I have been in law enforcement for over thirty years, when a pregnant woman is murdered, even if she is only days pregnant, the perpetrator is charged with double homicide, no deals, no argument. I do not recall the exact book or verse but in the bible, the old testament, God tells us that “He knew us in the womb”, that tells me that once conception is made, that child now belongs to God, and by all rights especially in the USA should have all the protections of the law, you know, the right to LIFE, liberty, etc… As I’ve gotten older I have realized that what we are doing in the name of a “woman’s choice” is no different than what the Nazis did in Germany with the camps. What really worries me is that the Nazis knew what they were doing was wrong and they took great pains to hide it, pro abortion people in the US no longer even CARE that this is wrong, they occupy some of the highest offices in the land! To date in excess of 56 million people have been murdered since Roe V. Wade at the hands of abortionists, and many Americans don’t give it another thought. I have been accused of being inflexible, narrow minded, intolerant, and any number of other adjectives because of my stand on abortion, I don’t care, we have to stand up for those that cannot defend themselves.
I watched a movie called “The Encounter”, a story about a group of people stranded in a diner during a storm and the owner of the diner was Jesus. During one conversation the charcacter playing Jesus said about abortion, ” I do not condone violence or the destruction of property”, I turned it off, made my stomach turn. We, as a nation, have now so ingrained into our culture that murder is ok that we now have Jesus condemning the destruction of abortion mills. I ask this of you and your readers, if you had the chance to close the concentration camps, would you?
As I have said I have been in law enforcement for 30+ years and my instincts are to stand up for the little guy, to not abuse my authority and try as hard as possible to obey the laws of God. Do not let what others opinions are of you if you are pro life, compromise your love of life, stand up for our smallest and most precious of people, the unborn.
If a man will not stand for truth, he will fall for anything.

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Jack Wellman December 20, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Thank you Chris. Your comments are spot on and we are in complete agreement. I used the quote you mentioned, which is from Jeremiah 1:5, (my own emphasis) “BEFORE I formed you in the womb I knew you, BEFORE you were born I set you apart…”

Isaiah 44:2a “This is what the Lord says—he who made you, who formed you in the womb, and who will help you.”

Isaiah 44:24a “This is what the Lord says— your Redeemer, who formed you in the womb.”

I have had, as you acknowledged, many attacks over this issue but if we weren’t being attacked, then we must not be speaking the truth. The truth sets you free or it makes you really made. I stand on the Solid Rock of the Word of God for all else is sinking sand. Thanks for your stance for life.

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Anonymous May 26, 2013 at 5:45 pm

Oh Jack, this article brought back all the terrible feelings of guilt I carry over an abortion I had 20 years ago, at the age of 19. I was in college then, and didn’t really know Christ, even though I attended church regularly with my boyfriend and his parents.

I am no longer with that boyfriend, who was a caring and loving man. If I had had the child, my life would have been so different. At the time, I didn’t understand what abortion was about, from a biblical perspective.

We told my boyfriend’s aunt about it first, and she suggested we chat to her obgyn about a procedure to ‘terminate’ the pregnancy. Where I live, abortions were illegal at the time, unless it was confirmed by 2 psychologists that having a baby would be detrimental to the health of the mother, among other grounds. The doctor she referred us to was in contact with 2 psychologists who would assist with this.

Before we went to see the doctor, I prayed for God to change my boyfriend’s mind about the abortion (I was very vulnerable at that age, believing that other people’s opinions were more worthy than my own. But trust me, I am not making this an excuse for my terrible actions). Eventually, after a Sunday church service, he took me aside and said he had changed his mind and that we should keep the baby. I felt so relieved.

I can’t remember clearly what happened that made us change our minds again and go ahead with the abortion. It could have been that we discussed how our lives would change drastically if we had a child. We both wanted to complete our studies, I guess, and thought we couldn’t have managed with a baby. I think we may have just decided to see the doctor anyway and then make up our minds. We had only told my boyfriend’s aunt at that stage.

When we went to see the doctor, he told us that we had to obtain these letters of confirmation from the psychologists, and once that was done, he could perform the operation. He also said that I was very young, and had my whole life ahead of me, and that a child would put an end to any career dreams I had. He also advised that, at that stage, the pregnancy was ‘just a clump of cells’ that can easily be removed as any other medical condition of such a nature. I didn’t even see the ultrasound when he confirmed the pregnancy. I think the doctor positioned the computer in such a way that I wouldn’t see it.

I had no idea how far along I was when I had the abortion, but taking a more educated guess now, all the years later, I would say it must have been 9-12 weeks. Jack, look at your growth timeline above! My child was just about fully formed! I had no idea!

My heart grieves for that little child, even to this day. If I’d known then what I’d known now, or if I’d trusted in my own parents and confided in them (even now, they do not know), or if I’d trusted in the Lord, that beautiful gift would be alive.

I did consider adoption, but I couldn’t bear the thought of knowing I had a child out there and not knowing how it was being treated. Sounds absurd and extremely selfish, I know. But that’s how I was at that age. And even now, I don’t think I would have been a very good mother. I would have been short of patience, I expect, and the child would have borne the brunt of it.

So Jack, how do I get past this? I have asked for forgiveness, but I am unable to forgive myself. What do I say to that child, if I meet him/her in heaven one day? I feel a longing to meet that child… to tell them how sorry I am that I never gave them a chance at life. What a stupid, selfish young teenager I was. I will one day tell my daughter, I think, as I wouldn’t want her repeating this heartache in her life.

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Jack Wellman May 26, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Hello Anonymous. Please know that there is no sin that God will not forgive. Even David was a murderer and adulterer but God cleansed him completely. You must think of it this way. Are your standards for forgiveness higher that God’s? If God says that when we confess our sins He is just and faithful to cleanse us from ALL unrighteousness and to purify us in His sight (1 John 1:9) and so you must believe God’ Word over your own feelings. Which is more certain? Our doubts or God’s Word? There is only ONE sin that God will not forgive and that is to reject Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. You obviously have not done that!

Please, please unload your guilt. Jesus paid it all for ALL sins and became sin for us so that God sees us as having Jesus’ righteousness (2 Cor 5:21). Psalm 103 says that He removes our sin as far as east is from west (which never meet!).

Ultimately it is God against whom we have sinned. If you are carrying guilt because of sin and you can’t seem to get rid of it, then you need to realize that there is no sin you have committed that cannot be cleansed by the loving sacrifice of Christ. It is not an issue of you forgiving yourself. The issue is whether or not God forgives you. So, if you have gone to the cross and you know that Jesus has already forgiven you, loves you, and will receive you to himself, the you must forgive yourself for you can not have a higher standard than God. Jesus said to come to Him “All who are weary and burdened and cast all your cares upon Him.” Trust Him. God can not lie. You are forgiven and so why should you not forgive yourself? You can’t have a higher standard than God, right?

Read all of Romans 8 and that should make you feel better.

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Ali September 18, 2013 at 8:58 pm

1st off I want to thank you for writing this article.

I too feel guilty. The guy I was with was very abusive in every way a person can be abused (sexually, mentally, socially, physically, and financially) and threatened me saying he’d kick me in the stomach till I miscarried and continued to threaten me till I showed him paperwork I had it done. It happened more then once too and the second time made his mom be my driver so he knew I had it done. I was in a situation where it was hard to leave him because he threatened my family and friends that if they would help me (let me move in to get away from him) he would come after them so I was left to suffer alone and felt I had no way out. I prayed for forgiveness I don’t even know how many times! The Anonymous person who made a comment on May 26, 2013 I can relate to her on the guilt. I try not to let it control my life but at times when I hear about this subject it makes me start thinking, then I start asking for forgiveness again.

At the time, DV help wasn’t around much or at least I couldn’t find the help I needed and when I did, they didn’t have room or the resources and was turned away or referred to another agency which they too couldn’t help. Several years later I had a dream that I saw them. My mom was holding 1 baby and my sister was holding the other (I was carrying twins the last pregnancy which ended.) One of the babies turned to me and physically said “Why did you kill us momma?” I woke up crying. I know babies that young can’t speak as in my dream they had to only be a few months old but I heard that baby loud and clear. It could have been my guilt that made me have that dream and that dream was well after I begged for forgiveness several times.

I know you responded to the Anonymous comment saying that there is no sin God can’t forgive except the sin to deny God. I never deny God and Jesus Christ and I know Jesus died for my sins. I was raised LDS but after becoming an adult and moved out on my own, I decided to attend a nondenominational christian church instead but regardless, I still have the guilt and haven’t forgiven myself. Maybe because praying for forgiveness isn’t some dragged out process or a huge procedure someone goes through, you just ask and to me its more then just asking its also making sure you don’t do it again… and I haven’t! And because I made that commitment of never going through that again, I now have 2 wonderful children (I already had 1 child before). And if I didn’t go through all of that, my 2 kids wouldn’t have been born either so was it God’s plan all along? You say God knows the future and knowing that it leaves me with mixed feelings.

And what about the women who finds themselves in a life or death medical situation? If they were to carry the unborn full term it would kill the mother and what about the women who find out the unborn has multiple serious issues during testing and is told if the unborn would be carried full term, it wouldn’t have a full, healthy life. Maybe the baby would have to have multiple surgeries, not be able to see, walk, speak, or live on machines cause the lungs didn’t develop correctly or had 1/2 a heart. The mom’s life would be dramatically altered, maybe they couldn’t afford all of the things the child would need in order to have a fighting chance. What about those situations?

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Jack Wellman September 18, 2013 at 9:09 pm

Thank you Ali. These “what if’s” are something that only the mother can answer and we know that God is the Author of Life. I know of two families who would not ever trade their special needs children for anything in the world. Jesus loves the little children…including down into the womb. I would venture to save a woman’s (the mothers) life over the unborn if given an either/or situation but for those who may face multiple surgeries or may not be able to walk, see or speak or live on machines, it is impossible to say what will happen….all of these “what if’s” but let me say that “what if” they thought the child would have serious health issues and decided to abort the baby but they would be wrong. I simply believe that since God is the author of life and only He can take a life, we should not try to guess “what if” with the risk of being wrong and having an innocent life snuffed out. Make sense Ali? I pray it does. God is pro-life…and so am I and I believe most Christians should fight for the preservation of the unborn, strive to save the innocent, and stand up for the sanctity of life.

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Anonymous January 24, 2014 at 9:41 pm

During the beginning of my pregnancy I contemplated abortion. I believed in God, knew Jesus. But I was young, in an abusive relationship, and didn’t want my child to suffer like I had. I loved my child the moment I knew of its existence and possibly even before. It was because of my love for my child I considered it. I knew adoption wasn’t an option. With a lot of thought and prayer and crying out to God I knew keeping the child was the only option. It hasn’t been an easy journey but God has shown me so much through my child and in my decision in keeping her. I am now single. And in a dedicated relationship with Jesus Christ. My life and my daughter’s life is His and His alone. And so thankful He saved my life and my daughter’s. May He continue to do so for the rest of our lives. In Jesus name. Amen.

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Jack Wellman January 24, 2014 at 9:57 pm

I thank God Anonymous because this must have been difficult but you chose life and I thank God for you. God is the author of life and I myself was born out of wedlock and what used to be the safest place on earth has now become the most dangerous and those who are pro-abortion should thank their mother that she was not, just like you were not. Praise God for your courage to do the right thing and Jesus will say “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord” (Matt 25:21).

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Anonymous January 26, 2014 at 4:26 pm

Thank you for your kind words of encouragement. I have been reading many of your articles and have had many questions answered that I’ve had for years. I also thank God for you and the gifts/talents He has given you.

May God continue to bless you.

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Gods child December 14, 2014 at 10:23 pm

im so grateful to have read this thank you for your analogies and how perfect this was put I just found out im pregnant an debated Abortion I am a strong young Christian woman and know whats right in the eyes of God but find it hard to stay on track with it when its made so easy to walk in and out of a clinic to fix a life long situation .. and I know the guilt and emotional damage this causes .. i wont tell anyone right now and so its hard to confide in anyone so when i was looking up verses and things from the bible to get me out of this slump i came across your page and it spoke to my heart i thank you for your perfectly chosen words <3 your a life SAVER 🙂

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Jack Wellman December 15, 2014 at 6:55 am

Hello my sister in Christ. I was overwhelmed with joy at reading your article. This is so encouraging and gives me hope that others might be saved and I am so happy and God is most pleased at your decision to choose life. May God be glorified in your child’s life and may God richly bless you for your courage at doing what is right in God’s eyes.

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PattyG August 1, 2015 at 6:19 am

BREAKING: New Undercover Video Reveals Planned Parenthood Willing to Sell Organs From Delivered Babies

Katie Pavlich | Jul 30, 2015

http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2015/07/30/fourth-undercover-video-reveals-planned-parenthood-sells-organs-from-babies-born-alive-n2032447

You should be able to contact Reps and Senators staffers at their offices by finding their phone numbers on their main page.

I have called and emailed all many times before on other important legislation and problem appeals especially when it involves Biblical subjects.

Jesus surely is watching what we do or not do.

This certainly qualifies!

I intend to call all three Monday.

Use your Representative’s last name.

Ex.

http://www.duncan.house.gov

http://www.(lastname).house.gov

for Senators

Ex.

http://www.corker.senate.gov

http://www.(lastname).senate.gov

I am asking my fellow Christians to stand and be the man or woman Christ Jesus would have us be.
Praying for all of you to search your hearts.

o Patty <

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PattyG August 1, 2015 at 10:00 am

Petitions and information to enable you to be a Christian Warrior saving lives.
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Christian Coalition of America Encourages our Members to Support Senate Bill S.1881 to Defund Planned Parenthood

http://cc.org/actionalert/christian_coalition_america_encourages_our_members_support_senate_bill_s1881_defund_plan

In part:
“…On Tuesday night, Senator Joni Ernst, along with several of her colleagues, including Sen. Roy Blunt, Sen. James Lankford, Sen. Ted Cruz, Sen. Rand Paul, and Sen. Tim Scott, filed the Senate Bill S.1881 defunding Planned Parenthood.

This legislation follows gruesome footage showcasing Planned Parenthood’s role in the harvesting of the organs of unborn babies.

In addition to defunding Planned Parenthood, this legislation ensures the preservation of Federal funding for women’s health services including relevant diagnostic laboratory and radiology services, well-child care, prenatal and postpartum care, immunization, family planning services including contraception, sexually transmitted disease testing, cervical and breast cancer screenings, and referrals. Funds no longer available to Planned Parenthood will continue to be offered to other eligible entities to provide such women’s health care services.

This legislation is expected to come before the Senate floor for a vote within a matter of days, as Senate Leader Mitch McConnell has stated that the Senate will vote on this bill before departing for an extended state work period and August recess.

Cosponsors of the bill include Senators John Barrasso (WY), Roy Blunt (MO), John Boozman (AR), Richard Burr (NC) Dan Coats (IN), Tom Cotton (AR) John Cornyn (TX), Ted Cruz (TX), Steve Daines (MT), Mike Enzi (WY), Deb Fischer (NE), James Inhofe (OK), Johnny Isakson (GA), Ron Johnson (WI), James Lankford (OK), John McCain (AZ) Mitch McConnell (KY), Jerry Moran (KS), Rand Paul (KY), David Perdue (GA), Pat Roberts (KS), Ben Sasse (NE), Tim Scott (SC), and John Thune (SD).

Senate Bill S.1881:
•Prohibits federal funding of Planned Parenthood Federation of America or any of its affiliate organizations.
•Protects federal funding for health services for women, including diagnostic laboratory and radiology services, well-child care, prenatal and postnatal care, immunizations, cervical and breast cancer screenings and more.
•Ensures there is no reduction in overall federal funding available to support women’s health.

Christian Coalition of America supports passage of this bill and will be scoring this vote on our Congressional Scorecards.

We ask all of our members and supporters to contact their Senators and encourage them to pledge their support for passage of the Defund Planned Parenthood Act (S.1881) by calling the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 to speak with your Senators’ office or by corresponding with them via their Senate contact information which can be found here.
http://www.cc.org/contact_your_elected_officials
…”

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PattyG August 1, 2015 at 10:28 am

Second way to make your Christian might and light through Jesus Christ alone be shown.
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American Center for Law and Justice
“…
“It’s a baby,” “another boy!” should be words of heartfelt joy for a new life.
Yet the latest video shows Planned Parenthood officials visibly gleeful at “how much we can get out of it” financially.
The inhumanity is horrific. Yet you fund Planned Parenthood – to the tune of over $500 million tax dollars a year.

On Monday, the Senate will vote on a bill to defund the abortion giant. Do you want to give them another dime of your money?
Read Jay Sekulow’s Emergency Letter for Life to the U.S. Senate.
http://aclj.org/pro-life/sending-the-senate-an-urgent-message-defund-planned-parenthood

Sign Our Urgent Petition: Defund Planned Parenthood Now.
http://aclj.org/pro-life/stop-planned-parenthood-from-harvesting-and-selling-babies-organs

The American people now see firsthand how Planned Parenthood murders babies and sells them for parts to pad its bottom line.
Read Our Analysis: Planned Parenthood’s Evil Business Model.
http://aclj.org/pro-life/the-latest-video-reveals-planned-parenthoods-evil-business-model

Read Our Victory Report: Winning for Faith and Freedom…”
http://aclj.org/constitution/winning-victories-for-faith-and-freedom

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PattyG August 3, 2015 at 4:44 am

More information from a Christian Pastor
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http://www.wnd.com/2015/08/de-fang-the-planned-parenthood-monster/

MATTERS OF LIFE & DEATH

De-fang the Planned Parenthood monster

Exclusive: Jesse Lee Peterson reveals roots of group started by ‘racist eugenics promoter’

“…
Meanwhile, Planned Parenthood continues to target “unfit” minorities. In 2012, Protecting Black Life found that 79 percent of 165 Planned Parenthood abortion clinics they reviewed were within walking distance of either black or Hispanic neighborhoods. But don’t expect Black Lives Matter or most black preachers to object.

Planned Parenthood reportedly received $540.6 million in taxpayer money in 2014, which is 45 percent of its budget. The American people must demand that our representatives stop allowing our dollars to fund this soulless killing machine.

A vote on Senate Bill 1881 to totally defund Planned Parenthood is scheduled to take place Monday. Obama has indicated he will veto the bill if it passes. But let the blood be on his hands. Call your senator at the Capitol Switchboard, (202) 224-3121 and urge them to support defunding Planned Parenthood.

We must also demand that Planned Parenthood be fully investigated….

It’s time to defang this monster…”

See Jesse Lee Peterson’s video, “Lion’s Life Worth More than Dentist’s; Americans Ignore Dismembered Babies.”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdufdXVk-FU

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