C. “The values we hold dear today: the welcoming of the immigrant, the care for the impoverished, the condemnation of racism, the support for human rights…all of these things came because of the Bible and the Christian worldview. None of these things were a part of Roman Empire or any other religion, except for Judaism.” (Tom Holland, Dominion)
D. Since we are made in the image of God, at what point in our life do we possess God’s Image – before or after birth?
1. Psalm 139:13-18 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and (You) knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous – how well I know it. 15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. 16 You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. 17 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! 18 I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up (when I am born), you are still with me! (NLT)
2. The Bible makes no distinction of His creation, love and care and presence of a person before and after birth.
E. What the Bible says matches what science tells us about what happens from the moment of conception to birth.
F. “The vast majority of black churches hold biblical teaching, which is eternal, as authoritative for doctrine and practice. Abortion is the deliberate destruction of a human life in its most vulnerable state. Biblical principle and natural law, both of which prohibit the taking of innocent human life, compel our concern about the increasing moral complicity with abortion. For the same reasons that we as black Christian leaders oppose racism, unjust wars, capital punishment and euthanasia, we oppose the violent denial of life to the unborn through abortion. It is our view that human life is a gift of God that we are called upon to protect, nurture and sustain, because we are created in God’s image. Therefore, our opposition to abortion is a logical outgrowth of our view that there must be justice for all. Particularly relevant is the innocence of the unborn child.” (Letter by 25 black pastors, November 1, 2016)
2. THE BIGGEST ISSUE BETWEEN THE TWO SIDES OF THE ABORTION DEBATE IS PERSONHOOD.
A. The Naturalistic (Darwinian) Worldview says that a fetus is human but is not a person until birth.
1. “A person is a being who has a sense of self, has a notion of the future and the past, can hold values, make choices; in short, can adopt life-plans. At least, a person must be the kind of being who is in principle capable of all this, however damaged these capacities may be in practice.” Charles Taylor, “The Concept of a Person”, Philosophical Papers. Volume 1. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1985, 97.
2. “All the genetic characteristics of a human being are laid down determinatively at conception.”