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Abortion Debate: Refuting the Biblical Authority

The first stubborn fact is the word abortion does not reside in the sacrosanct tome of the bible: The sublime spiritual regal trinity, God the Father, Son, aka Jesus and the Holy Spirit are mute on the topic. One would assume that the collective omniscient/s, the purported creator/s of the universe, could muster up enough etymological omnipotence to conger The Word, abortion. The term has been mud-mired and stained in the swamp of legalese and religiosity creating a perceived odious monster, evoking recoiling gestures of eyes averting, nose pinching loathing and subsequent mind numbing, faith embracing, and ignorance of its implicit opprobrium. It’s indispensable that terms of a subject debate be clearly defined to preclude nebulous semantics and tortuous exaggerated interpretations: There are two types of abortions to be delineated. Spontaneous Abortions/miscarriage: a termination of pregnancy before viability that occurs naturally without medical intervention.
Therapeutic abortion: a termination of pregnancy via the intervention of a physician through surgery or the use of RU-486 or some other medication.

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The first stubborn fact is the word abortion does not reside in the sacrosanct tome of the bible: The sublime spiritual regal trinity, God the Father, Son, aka Jesus and the Holy Spirit are mute on the topic. One would assume that the collective omniscient/s, the purported creator/s of the universe, could muster up enough etymological omnipotence to conger The Word, abortion.

The term has been mud-mired and stained in the swamp of legalese and religiosity creating a perceived odious monster, evoking recoiling gestures of eyes averting, nose pinching loathing and subsequent mind numbing, faith embracing, and ignorance of its implicit opprobrium.

It’s indispensable that terms of a subject debate be clearly defined to preclude nebulous semantics and tortuous exaggerated interpretations: There are two types of abortions to be delineated.

  • Spontaneous Abortions/miscarriage: a termination of pregnancy before viability that occurs naturally without medical intervention.
  • Therapeutic abortion: a termination of pregnancy via the intervention of a physician through surgery or the use of RU-486 or some other medication.

I hope to convince the reader by referencing notable scriptures that the evangelicals’ has plied countless times before as passionate testimony of self-righteousness certitude fomenting that the Bible, God’s dictation, sanctimonious prose forbids abortion— does not exist, at least, not in my King James Version of the Bible. My critique of the scriptures I site will challenge the assertion that abortion is immoral and breaks a commandment; a conjecture that teeters on the moral fulcrum that God unambiguously stipulates in the Holy writ of the Bible not to perform abortions, and implicitly connotes the “sanctity of life” by the 6th commandment, if your Catholic, the 5th: Thy shalt not kill/murder.

Let me be abundantly clear; the scripture elucidates and exemplifies a continuum of gynecological stages in the format of antediluvian speak on conception, pregnancy, miscarriage, birth; and, scripted demonstrable terms on what constitutes murder.  Yet, the omniscient failed to take the home court advantage by instructing the Bible scribers to unequivocally condemn abortion as a sin, forbid it, or label it murder. One can brainstorm why God, who was prolix on countless topics, refuses to séance a clear counsel on this 21 century controversy.

 

  • Questions:
  1. What scripture/s indubitably states, in simple categorical declarative terms; commandment-like, thou shalt not commit an abortion?
  2. Why is it, if life is truly precious; you know, we have all heard the shrill mantra, “the sanctity of life”, advocated by the pro-life, pious, proselytizing evangelicals; which incidentally, contradicts their omnibenevolent Almighty, who with  impunity, commits and condones murders and genocide?

I will start off with a challenge to the reader to actually read and research the weighty tome of the bible and spy the elusive term abortion or, a succinct authoritative directive that abortion is wrong, where God or senile hoary, bearded patriarchs dogmatically dictates, “don’t do it!” Let us start scrolling through the scriptures…and, right out of the box is a passage the frenetic fanatics conveniently turn a blind eye to:

Numbers 5: 12-28: This scripture stipulates, if a man suspects his wife of a clandestine sexual liaison indiscretion and consequently heavy with fetus, he could promptly take her to a priest, aka the medicine man/shaman, where from his armamentarium of roots and eyes of newts prescribe to her “bitter water”, an abortifacient produced by combining pennyroyal with black cohosh, which would terminate the pregnancy. This is part of the LAW OF MOSES, general prescription of practice for God’s “Chosen People”. Sounds like a sanction abortion to me.

Exodus 21:22: If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follows: he shall be surely punished according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine.

The first visceral response is, this is pure unadulterated anachronistic chauvinistic clap trap; but, aside from my 21st century tendentiousness, the weighted emphasis is on the women not the fetus, and yes, it was a miscarriage*, but none the less, the passage clearly promotes an accentuated preeminent priority “the woman”, trumping a competitive fetal consideration.

*The miscarriage, “the natural abortion” statistically occurring in 20% of all pregnancies and, with an addition of 20-30% more, jacking-up the total miscarriages closer to 50% (a veritable coin toss percentage) of women who are not cognizant of their pregnancy and assume the miscarriage is nothing more than a heavy menstrual period. Now, stick with me here, I am going to attempt to connect some dots of reasoning: If you are of the mindset that God is responsible for all that exist and a soul is awarded to a zygote at conception, miscarriage might be a conceptual conundrum. For if God has created all, to include, women’s anatomy and physiology; implicit is the engineering of the process of miscarriages, “natural abortion”, this would allegedly confer, not only does God nod with approbation, but liberally employ abortion. Ensouling a zygote is a muddled conversation, at best, but it does implore the obvious query of where does all the ensouled miscarriages go? We should probably direct that question to the Almighty. I will leave that to you, my direct line to the omnipotent has been disconnected.

Continuing with the scripture…

Psalm 139: 13-16: [13] For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb. [14] I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. [15] My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. [16] Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them. 

This is David “rocking with the Lord”; lyrics to music praising God—yet, it’s simply an ancient appreciation for the embryo during gestational development, and stills falls short of marrying up the uterine hitchhiker with a soul: a missed opportunity. Why?

Jeremiah 1:5: Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

The intransigent dogmatic are straining rationale in the context of abortion to imply anything before conception; are they referring to the sperm, egg, or the twinkle in the parents eyes. Actually, this is Jeremiah tooting his own horn that God knew of his calling as a prophet before he was born.

Psalm 127:3: Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

Hells bells, yes, undeniably children are precious, but they are the product of planned and wanted pregnancies. The social worker’s docket is full of the domestic tragedies of unwanted children that are abused.

Isaiah 49:15: Can a woman forget her sucking child, that she should not have compassion on the son of her womb? Yea, they may forget, yet will I not forget thee.

Again, another metaphor, that plays on the symbolic relationship between God and the people of Israel.

Luke 1: 30-41:  And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God [31] And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus…[41] And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost.

These passages are about an angel fluttering down, I assume, and saying, “psssst, yo Mary, you are pregnant with God”, and according to the paternity test, the Holy Ghost is the father—really, virgin birth and spirit sex? This has questionable applicability to the abortion issue?? I got nothing.

Genesis 9:6-7: Whoso sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man. [7] And you, be ye fruitful, and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth, and multiply therein. 

The “rabbit” contract to go forth and multiply, a dictum to Noah has been honored and fulfilled; currently, the population is 7 billion, by 2050, it will be 9 billion. It is time to invoke the Genesis 2:15 clause, which under the present circumstances supersedes the rabbit contract: And the Lord God took man, and put him into the Garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it; thus, we become the implied sapient stewards of the earth. One has to respectfully query the Almighty’s acumen when He/She lays at Noah’s, who is 500 young, door stoop the overwhelming responsibility to build a zoo-boat in preparation for the flood, too house two of every kind of animals, to exclude bacteria and viruses; apparently, God wasn’t privy to microorganisms or the microscope at this time; then, flood the planet to cleansed it of the unsavory, irreverent miscreants; to include, pregnant women and children. Forty days later, after the tides ebb, Noah, the hoary bearded patriarch and clan our tasked with setting the animals free and repopulating the planet. Noah lived to be 950 years young; God, obviously, must have had a different man model back then. God’s sacrosanct platitude of “sanctity of life” loses credibility in the flood that drowned the human race, save Noah, family and some critters. Genocide is genocide, regardless of the perpetrator.

Exodus 20:13: The Commandment, Thou shalt not kill

As one pages through the bible; more specifically, Old Testament, the blanket statement of the 6th commandment, thou shalt not kill/murder has many caveats. The Bible is abundantly clear on what are justifiable and criminal killings with appropriate metered penalties. Below are some cursory samples of justifiable (?) executions/killings/murders/genocides: Stoning was very popular; Deuteronomy 21, disobedient sons; 22, non-virgins and adultery. Once, the whole human race pissed God off and He/She drowned, saved Noah and family, them/us: Genesis 9. If a select nation, Canaan, for an example exhibited malfeasance to the fealty of God’s commandments, He/She would command the Israelites to decimate the offending agents: Deuteronomy 7: 1-5. If per chance, you find late term abortion a touch offensive; then— Hosea 13:16, Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up —might give you pause.

Intriguing is the fact, abortion was never addressed as a God offensive infraction regardless of all the Moses’ madness, minutia

photo of KING JAMES BIBLE
My King James Bible: closing the chapter on the abortion issue

mandates; and consequently did not warrant recognition by name with a punitive sentence.

I feel the two questions asked at the beginning of the essay have been unequivocally answered with a resolute NO; God of the Bible did not denounce abortion and the inferred, “life is sacrosanct” is true only when God capriciously wants it to be, for in the arsenal of an angry God are inundation and decimation: horrific genocide by any reasonable interpretation.

The political fight of abortion is a farce a falsehood; there is indubitable no supporting scripture condemning abortion. It has been a political ploy by the anachronistic evangelicals to sequester women’s rights to choose. This inane insanity needs to cease!

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