Abortion and the Ancient Law

In today’s video I discuss how the conspicuous silence of the Bible on the topic of Abortion can be reasonably interpreted as an *acceptance or perhaps even tacit endorsement of the practice*.

I an fully aware that this idea might rub some people the wrong way, it is a Point of Contention after all, but I ask that you please set ideology aside for only a moment and earnestly consider the case being made on it’s own merits, and I look forward to hearing what you think.

 

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5 thoughts on “Abortion and the Ancient Law

  1. Excellent video.

    You say the bible has nothing to say about abortion, but this is actually wrong. It has a lot to say about it, and even contains an abortion ritual (Numbers 5:11-21) where a poison is mixed and given to a woman suspected of adultery.

    “If no other man has had sexual relations with you and you have not gone astray and become impure while married to your husband, may this bitter water that brings a curse not harm you. But if you have gone astray while married to your husband and you have made yourself impure by having sexual relations with a man other than your husband may the Lord cause you to become a curse among your people when he makes your womb miscarry and your abdomen swell.”

    As clear as day this is a definitive description of an induced abortion; an act where poison is forcibly given to ruin the foetus and rid a woman of another man’s child.

    There are also a number of passages where the god of the Pentateuch performs abortions on demands, like in In Hosea 9:11-16, where the son of Beeri prays for his god to intervene in earthly affairs and wreak havoc on the unborn of an entire population.

    “Give them, 0 Lord: what wilt thou give? Give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts… Ephraim is smitten, their root is dried up, they shall bear no fruit: yea though they bring forth, yet will I slay even the beloved fruit of their womb.”

    To paraphrase, Hosea pleads that the people of Ephraim can no longer have children, to which the Christian god dutifully obeys and makes all their unborn children miscarry. Now, terminating a pregnancy unnaturally is unmistakably what we today call an abortion.

    As an aside, the Talmud states that a foetus is not a ‘person’ until three-quarters of its head is out in birth.

      • My pleasure. I never shy away from an abortion debate with Christians. In total there are in fact twenty-six separate instances where this Middle Eastern god performs abortions on demand, conducts infanticide (the intentional killing of newborns), and murders toddlers en masse; acts recounted from 1 Samuel 15:3 to Isaiah 13:15-18 where this god not only smashes babies to death but also orders the rape of their mothers. In a word the Christian god is a heinous baby-killing, foetus-destroying monster, and as it turns out his son is also no friend of the unborn. In the Gospel of the Egyptians Jesus not only demands total abstinence but preaches for the outright separation of the sexes, stating that “sorrow” and what he repeatedly calls “error” will remain with man for just “As long as women bear children.” The statement is quite explicit: don’t ever get pregnant, and if you do then abortion is better than birth.

    • So, I am actually aware of these passages, and I don’t really know why I didn’t mention them, I guess it kind of slipped my mind, but there is a common apologetic for this. In all/any such case in the Bible, GOD is performing the abortion, God is inducing the miscarriage, which is within the natural order of things since the natural world is full of miscarriages and God causes, or at least plans for, them all. God allowing or causing a miscarriage to happen is why all miscarriages happen, and just like with Murder, God is allowed to make that call and do so if he deems fit, but you are not allowed to do it yourself with your fallible human judgment. At least that is if I put my christian hat on. But still, I really should have mentioned it in the video and didn’t so I glad it’s in the comments here.

      Additionally, the Misha, which Christians don’t consider to be authoritative, and it is a MUCH later text than the Old Testament, specifically permits abortion if the mother is likely to die due to a fouled pregnancy.

      • I get what you’re saying, and you’re right. As a cultural practice (as you said, regarding homemade brews to induce a miscarriage) it’s not mentioned. And that’s an important observation. Apologies for not noting that. One would imagine that if commanding people to not eat shellfish was considered so terribly vital to get a mention, then why not family planning? It’s a solid point.

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