The Flawed Argument for Pro-choice Christianity, Part Two

The Flawed Argument for Pro-choice Christianity, Part Two

In part one we examined the claims of people who are pro-choice and also call themselves Christian. The conclusion was that while it is possible to become a Christian and adhere to pro-choice views, it was not possible to remain pro-choice and live consistently as a Christian.

Christian Life Is Inconsistent with a Pro-choice View

The name “Christian” was first applied to followers of Jesus in Antioch.

…For a whole year they met with the church and taught a great many people. And in Antioch the disciples were first called Christians. Acts 11:26 [ESV]

It was not used as a compliment. It meant little Christs. The pagans of Antioch used the name as an insult to these early believers. Notice that before they were called Christians, Jesus’ followers were known as “disciples.”

26705474987_c1e2461e42_mA Christian is one whose life has been radically changed to be drawn to following Jesus and growing in Him. A disciple is one who is living the change. Which means learning and living His teachings. Jesus’ teachings follow a consistent pro-life ethic taught throughout the written Word of God, the Bible.

Most within the Christian faith agree that the Bible is a very high authority for the teaching and guidance of the follower of Christ. Jesus recognizes Scripture is even more than that when He states,

But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’” Matthew 4:4  [ESV]

Christians are people who seek to live by the counsel of the LORD as presented in His Word. And God’s Word is thoroughly pro-life.

God’s Word Is Pro-Life Throughout

5311819858_2954e7cb17_mAny honest examination of Scripture can come to but one conclusion. God’s Word is pro-life throughout its pages. This is apparent from the very beginning of creation itself. This is elevated to the highest level by the Creator in the making of humanity, “in the image of God.”

The mantle of the ‘image of God,’ is given to humanity alone. A beautifully poetic description of this is given in the Psalms.

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. Psalm 139:13,14 [ESV]

God takes a personal and supremely loving interest in human life. That is expressed in a multitude of ways in the Bible. One prophet, Jeremiah, makes this statement about his calling to represent the LORD,

Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:4,5 [ESV]

The LORD values human life so much that he knows us before we are born even while we are yet in the womb. In fact, it is this Divine value that necessitated the creation of capital punishment by God.

Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.  Genesis 9:6 [ESV]

Christ’s Incarnation Shows the Incalculable Value of Human Life

6398397231_4e40e27afa_mThe testimony of the New Testament is also consistently pro-life. Jesus Himself was conceived in Mary’s womb through the agency of the Holy Spirit. A few days after Jesus was conceived, Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth who was six months along and carrying the future herald of Christ, John the Baptist.

Here is a fascinating exchange between Elizabeth and Mary upon Mary’s arrival.

and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.  Luke 1:42-44 [ESV]

The human personhood of both John and Jesus while in the womb is confirmed here. John’s personhood at six months would probably be recognized by most today, though not by Planned Parenthood.

Yet notice something in Elizabeth’s statement. She calls Mary “the mother of my Lord…” That is, she recognizes that Mary is not going to become a mother upon the child’s birth. Mary is already a mother even when Jesus is just ‘a clump of cells,’ to use a pro-choice saying.

Think of it this way. The Almighty Creator of the universe came to earth through the birth process, as a helpless child inside Mary. He didn’t have to come that way. And thankfully in God’s timing, abortion was not an option for this pregnant and unmarried teenage mother.

The Entire Creation Demonstrates Human Life Is Unique

One of the hottest commentators on the internet today is psychologist Dr. Jordan Peterson. He makes a keen observation when discussing humanity’s status in the world with Ben Shapiro. In a YouTube video, Peterson states that if you or I were a completely ignorant visitor to earth we would immediately notice two things.

16718207162_a512a75259_mOne would be that the earth is very much a living system. The second would be that there is a huge separation between human life and all other life. In point of fact, there is a large observable gulf between humanity and even our closest ‘relative’ the chimpanzee.

Perhaps the factor which most distinguishes humanity is that we are the only species that recognizes and worships something beyond themselves. Only humans have an awareness and appreciation of the transcendent. Humanity is uniquely equipped in that manner.

Consistent Christianity Is Consistently Pro-Life

A consistent and growing Christian will be or become pro-life eventually. The conclusions of the Scriptures, as has been shown in this small sample, are decidedly pro-life. Moreover, there is an abundance of other biblical evidence to support this claim.

As Christians, we can discern the will of God through Scripture better than we can live it. However, as a Christian grows in Jesus and knowledge through the Spirit, we understand that this path begins our journey of true life with Jesus. It would defy that path toward life to claim a pro-choice Christianity is legitimate. It is and will remain a fraudulent abuse of faith.

D.T. Osborn

Sources:
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, Crossway Bibles, 2001

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