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A DIVISION OF LOXAFAMOSITY The Bible and Childbearing

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Overview: Even though the Bible has nothing directly to say about abortion, it has plenty to say about pregnancy and childbearing. One way to address the issue of abortion is to compare the place of childbearing in the Bible to the place of childbearing in a worldview that accepts abortion. Thus, an appropriate question to ask is: does the practice of abortion, the deliberate termination of a pregnancy, fit well with or sharply conflict with childbearing in the Biblical worldview? (1) Childbearing in Creation The significance of childbearing in the Biblical story becomes apparent starting in the first chapter of Genesis. Genesis 1:26-28
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[7] Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end, on the throne of David and over his kingdom, to establish it and to uphold it with justice and righteousness from this time forth and forevermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. Jesus the Messiah (Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38; 2:1-14): Jesus is born in fulfillment of OT promises and messianic predictions. Overcoming Barrenness (Genesis 11:29-30; 25:21; Matt 1:18-25; Luke 1:7, 26-38): In connection with his plan to use childbirth to deal with evil, God overcomes the “would-be” obstacle of barrenness in significant Biblical characters. Beyond this, not even virginity is an obstacle for God to bring about the birth of a child. 1 Timothy 2:15: This verse connects childbearing and salvation in reference to Eve and women – “she will be saved through childbirth.” Whatever the verse actually means, it at least puts childbearing in a very positive light. Main point: If God has utilized the process of childbearing to bring about salvation for the entire world, childbearing itself must be good and valuable. Abortion, on the other hand, treats “not being pregnant” as more important than the life of a child in the womb. (3) Childbearing in Biblical Poetry On a few occasions the Psalms speak about God, the womb, and children. Select texts: • Psalm 22:9-10; 71:7 – God cares for us from before birth. • Psalm 113:1-9 – God is able to reverse the condition of barrenness. • Psalm 127:3-5 –

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