Jeremiah’s Thoughts on Abortion

If it seems more horrible to kill a man in his own house, than in a field,…it ought surely to be deemed more atrocious to destroy a fetus in the womb before it has come to light.”
So wrote the famous reformer, John Calvin, roughly 500 years ago.
Yet, the atrocities continue to this very day.  According to this video, 1.4 million children are aborted murdered each year in the United States alone.   And, according to this site, nearly 1.5 BILLION have been murdered worldwide since 1980.

While discovering these sad statistics, I’ve been reflecting upon this passage in Jeremiah:

Because he did not kill me before birth,
So that my mother would have been my grave,
And her womb ever pregnant.” – Jeremiah 20:17

Jeremiah was writing a very grave message, detailing how, at that time, he would have preferred never to have been born.  In doing so, he gives us two interesting points to consider on the topic:  First, he essentially says “If I died during my mother’s pregnancy, my mother’s womb would have become my tomb”.  A child that dies in the womb is a loss of life.
Secondly, notice that Jeremiah identifies himself as a person while still in the womb – not just a clump of cells or a “fetus”.  Before birth, he was a person.

If this does not cause you to think that God is “pro-life”; consider the start of Jeremiah:

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations. – Jeremiah 1:5

Here, God is speaking directly to Jeremiah; to a person.  He is not speaking to a “fetus” that is less than human.  We see this by the usage of the word “knew”Adam4d helpfully illustrates the point being made here:  “This is the same word used in Scripture to describe the intimate relationship between a husband and a wife.  God is telling us that He intimately knew Jeremiah, before he was born or even conceived.”

God believed an unborn child to be a person, and He still believes the same today.
The question in light of all of this is, do you?  


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