Is Abortion a Sin?

One has to wonder whether the most dangerous place to be today is not in the inner city amongst the gangs or in prisons with law-breakers. It could be the most dangerous place to be today is in the womb of a woman. A study on the number of deaths each year will never include the number of abortions, because of the debate surrounding whether that fetus is an actual human being and whether life even begins at conception.

AbortionDo we have the right to judge whether abortion should even be legal or not? Why is it that those who believe in a woman’s right to choose have already been born? Isn’t there a certain level of hypocrisy there? Are there are answers from the Bible on this issue. Yes!


Biblical Principle #1 – God decides who will conceive. It is ultimately not up to man. In Genesis 29, Jacob’s wife Leah was had not conceived any children but Moses records, “When the Lord saw that Leah was unloved, He opened her womb; …” (Gen 29:31). It was God’s work. He did that. God has the power to bring about conception, because God is omnipotent.

He has the right or authority to choose who will be barren and who will conceive.

Biblical Principle #2 – God creates actual life in that womb. When conception has occurred, God sees it not as matter, but as actual life. David writes,

13 For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. 15 My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them” (Ps 139:13-16).

It is ultimately God’s work to create life and thus it becomes his right to take it away.

Biblical Principle #3God sees that life of unborn as a person and in His own image. Moses reminds us, “So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Gen 1:27). Every fetus is made in God’s image and by His omnipotent power.

God told Jeremiah during his time of calling, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; …” (Jer 1:5). Every fetus that dwells within the womb is a person created in God’s image. It is nothing less.

Biblical Principle #4 – God will judge anyone who kills the innocent – like the fetus in the womb. Since we have already established that the fetus in the womb is a person created in the image of God, anyone who then kills – or aborts – that person will not go unpunished. God would say, “Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed; For in the image of God He made man” (Gen 9:6).

If you murder, your life will be forfeited by God. God promises to judge those who usurp His authority to both give and take life. To abort a fetus is to both steal life from the Giver and to bring about death which is God’s right alone.

Biblical Principle #5 – We are to show compassion to those who are not yet born. In other words, the fetus in the womb is to be an object of our concern. Isaiah wrote,

Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, yet I will not forget you” (Isa 49:15).

To fail to show compassion to those who are still in the womb is to live contrary to the example set by our compassionate God who does not forget us. We are not to forget the child in the womb.

Biblical Principle #6 – Children are a gift from God. God loves children. To be faithful to give birth to those in the womb delights God – “Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is a reward” (Ps 127:3).

In a study asking the question, why do women get abortions. Roughly 75% say it is because children would interfere with their lives. God does not give gifts that interfere with our lives. He only graciously gives those things meant to sanctify us.


Is God favorable towards abortion? Absolutely not! Will God judge those who participate in abortion, allow their fetus to be aborted, financially support abortion, etc.?

Will God forgive those who have transgressed Him? Always!

One of the great promises in the Scripture is that there is no sin – no matter how grotesque – that is outside of Jesus’ forgiving work on the cross. His death on the cross was a payment for all sins.

Any transgression against God can be forgiven by God if one comes to Jesus humbly in repentance confessing their own sin and surrendering to Jesus’ Lordship. Paul wrote, “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved” (Rom 10:9).


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