Yes, the Word of God clearly teaches that life begins at conception. It speaks of stillborn babies as “infants which never saw light” (Job 3:16). The Bible says that a baby can be slain in the womb and that its mother’s womb might even be its grave (Jeremiah 20:17). Something cannot die or have a grave until it is first alive.
God considered Jeremiah an individual before he was born: “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” (Jeremiah 1:5). The same was true for John the Baptist (Luke 1:15).
Consider Exodus 21:22-23: “If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow, he shall be surely punished, according as the woman's husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life.” A baby in the womb is alive. Abortion is murder, according to God. Other verses that teach life begins at conception include: Psalm 51:5; Psalm 139:14-16; Isaiah 44:24; Isaiah 49:1; Isaiah 49:5; Jeremiah 20:15-18; and Luke 1:44.
There are those who would argue that a baby is part of the woman’s body and that she can do what she wants with it until it is born. In response, I would remind you that that baby lived on its own, without being attached to mom, for seven to nine days after conception. During this time, it grew and made its way down a fallopian tube — alive, self-sustained and unattached to mom. Only then did the baby finally secure itself to its mother for further nourishment and protection (something that all life needs) in what ought to be the safest place in the world.
What about rape or incest? Abortion is murder, period. A second sin will not correct the first. God always stands behind the innocent, preborn child no matter how the child was conceived. Have you ever known someone conceived in rape or incest? I don’t know one who ever wished he or she hadn’t been born. Instead, almost without exception, their feelings line up closely to Julie Makimaa’s: “I was certainly sorry that my mother had suffered such a terrible experience, but I simply could not be anything but thankful to be alive, regardless of the circumstances of my conception.” Julie’s is a story that proves God can bring good things out of evil. All things may not be good, but all things work together for good (Romans 8:28).
Abortion is our pagan offering to the god of convenience. Like all sin, it is the result of a hardened heart (Romans 1:18-32). The good news is, however, that God died in order to forgive our sin, whether it be idolatry, lying, self-righteousness or abortion. So confess it and forsake it. Have a change of mind that leads to a change of behavior. You’ll get to Heaven (and see your baby someday) and God will be glorified.
Do you have a question? You can contact Pastor MacDonald by writing to this paper or New Testament Baptist Church, 2501 S. 1st Ave., Safford, AZ 85546; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.