Refocus Message Series

 

REFOCUS:
Viewing Morality Through God’s Eyes

Part 5 – Abortion
(Psalm 139:13-18)

June 12, 2022
Dr. Mark S. Hartman, Lead Pastor

 

 

INTRODUCTION

Twenty-five percent of women in America are expected to have had at least one abortion in their lifetime.

https://givingcompass.org/article/the-demographic-breakdown-of-women-who-are-getting-abortions


1. WHAT DOES THE BIBLE TEACH ABOUT BEING HUMAN?

A. God created mankind in His own image.

1. Genesis 1:26 Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like ourselves.” (NLT2)

God made humanity unique among all His other creatures in that He gave us both a physical body and a spirit.

2. God created us different than any other creature. He created us to have a relationship with Him and to be guided by a moral compass that we call a conscience.

B. The unique understanding of mankind being made in the image of God caused the development of human rights and the dignity of each human life regardless of class, race, gender, or disability.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image_of_God

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.

https://www.webmd.com/baby/interactive-pregnancy-tool-fetal-development?week=1 (Parental Guidance Recommended)

https://www.webmd.com/baby/ss/slideshow-fetal-development

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hNziRpiMUsc

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)

https://sugarcreek.net/docs/pastor/Black-Pastors-on-Moral-Issues.pdf


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.”

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beginning_of_human_personhood#Fertilization

B. The Biblical Worldview says that a human being, made in the image of God, begins at conception.

1. The Wikipedia definition of personhood, in its section related to abortion, acknowledges that personhood at conception is a Christian worldview. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Personhood

2. In the National Library of Medicine, a paper published in 2013 related to the medical discussion of personhood acknowledges that a Christian worldview teaches that personhood begins at conception.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6081772/


3. WE MUST SHOW
GRACE IN THIS ISSUE.

A. We must help women who are choosing to keep their children.

B. Encourage a woman who has not yet decided to have an abortion to first see an ultrasound. 78% of the women who see an ultrasound of their child, choose not to get an abortion.

https://www.lifenews.com/2013/02/07/78-of-pregnant-women-seeing-an-ultrasound-reject-abortions/

C. I encourage Christ followers to be more involved in adopting children.

D. Condemnation and violence never “wins the day.” Loving others, even when we might disagree with them, changes hearts.