What the Bible Says About Abortion

May 6, 2022

Ooops. I did it again. I got caught up in a stupid argument on NextDoor.com. But my response was so good that I just had to share it here. Some guy posted about how “God said” something about some issue or another, quoting some scripture passage that he felt made a case against abortion (it didn’t). I couldn’t help it. I had to write back. This is what I said:

 

“God” didn’t say that. Numerous men, each of whom had his own social, political and literary agenda, wrote the gospels over a period of 90 years after Jesus died.
THEY said that.
And then, for the next 200 years as the church was being formed (based on what Paul said, not what Jesus said), more men hammered out the doctrine that Chrisitans know today. God had nothing to do with it.
Please get a viable education in religious history before you make foolish claims about “what God said.”
If you knew anything about how, when and by whom the bible was written and disseminated, you would probably question your faith, which is why believers like you don’t bother to actually learn anything about it.
It’s a shame really, because if you learned, it might even strengthen your faith, with a foundation of rational discourse and an understanding of how religions are created and the relationship between myth and meaning.
And by the way, nowhere in scripture does it say anything against abortion. In fact, Jewish law (which Jesus followed) actually supports it. Here are two excellent information sources:
A religious scholarship perspective: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/12178933/

Terri Daniel

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