But grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen.
2 Peter 3:18
THE SIXTH COMMANDMENT -- ABORTION AND SUICIDE
“Thou shalt not kill.” (Exodus 20:13)
“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....” (Exodus 21:22-23)
In the passage above, God places a protective legal hedge around a pregnant woman (woman with child). In a fight between men, a pregnant woman might be hurt so that her unborn child (her fruit) depart from her (in premature birth).
If a man caused a premature birth by fighting he was to be punished. At the very least he would have to pay a substantial fine, as the Judges determine. That is if the man's fight caused no death or wounds to mother and/or child.
But if any mischief (death or wounds) followed as a result of the fight, then it was punishable by the Judges -- life for life, eye for eye, hand for hand, foot for foot. The death of the mother or child was punishable by death.
In other words, even an accidental abortion was punishable by DEATH.
If accidental abortions deserved the death penalty, how much more the deliberate, premeditated murder of unborn (or partially born) children? Some may argue that this law was Old Testament, applied only to Israel, and does not apply to us now.
The best way to answer that argument is from the Bible. God doesn't change. If He hated abortion in the Old Testament, He hates it now too.
“For I am the LORD, I change not.... “ (Malachi 3:6)
“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.” (Hebrews 13:8)
“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.” (Matthew 5:17-18)
God asked the murderer Cain, “ ... What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground.” (Genesis 4:10) God cursed Cain for the murder of his brother Abel. Cain is in Hell for all eternity.
The blood of innocent Abel cried to God from the ground. Does not the blood of more than fifty million innocent, unborn and partially born American children cry to God today?
Our nation is guilty of allowing a bigger Holocaust than Hitler's murder of the Jews.
Today, the most dangerous place in the world to live is not New York, Los Angeles, Jerusalem or Tel Aviv. It is not Chechnya or Bosnia, Iraq, Syria or Yemen. Today, the most dangerous place in the world to live is in the mother's womb. You can be killed there, legally.
When a man was found slain in ancient Israel, an oath of innocence and blood sacrifice was required from the leaders (elders) before God would forgive the land (Deuteronomy 21:1-9). God will not forgive America for the blood of the unborn.
China requires abortion for mothers who exceed their government quota of children. God will not forgive the Communist Chinese for the blood of the unborn.
In Russia, abortions are free and legal. God will not forgive Russia for the blood of innocent babies. Israel provides free abortions for women soldiers. God will not forgive Israel for its Holocaust against Jewish unborn children.
WHAT ABOUT WHEN THE MOTHER'S LIFE IS AT RISK?
According to competent medical doctors, the question is an artificial one. A doctor works in a crisis to save life and does all that he can for both mother and child. A doctor is not in the position of God, to decide who should live and who should die.
The same holds true in cases of rape, incest, sick or deformed unborn babies. Would any reputable doctor kill children (after birth) because they are sick or deformed -- or because they were the result of rape or incest?
If it is OK to kill the unborn in certain cases, what about senile parents? What about blind people? What about the bed-ridden, or those confined to wheelchairs? Maybe we should kill those who use crutches, or those who wear glasses.
Why stop there? Why not kill those who are deaf, those who use hearing aids, and those who wear false teeth? Should we move on to those who are too fat or too thin? How about those who are too dark, too fair, too short, too stupid, too poor?
The reason we should not kill them is because we have neither command nor permission from God to do so. Thus to kill them is to commit murder.
Messiah commands us to “love thy neighbor as thyself”. Our neighbors include unborn children and those less blessed than we are.
Nowhere in the Holy Bible does God give us permission to take our own life. It is God who determines the time, place and manner of our death. For anyone to play God and take their own life is to violate both the First and Sixth Commandments.
To go out of this life as a murderer is to guarantee eternal punishment for the suicide. “... and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.” (1 John 3:15)
Repentance can only take place in this life. The sin of suicide (self-murder) cannot be repented of, since the person who committed suicide is no longer in this life.
The suicide may believe that he is ending his problems by ending his life. But the reality is, he (or she) is just trading his problems for much bigger, eternal problems in Hell.
George Theiss is a combat veteran of Vietnam who now follows the Lamb of God. He and his wife, Christy, have been married 42 years (in 2019). They have 8 grown children. You can contact George at firstname.lastname@example.org
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