The other day someone actually tried to tell me that the Bible only mentions the killing of a child in the womb one time, so the Bible isn’t really against abortion. Good grief. Of course, this same person also tried to tell me that he knew all about Catholicism and the Catholic Church, even though he left that Church as a kid. Judging from our talk, he stopped believing in God and the Church at about the same time he stopped believing in Santa Claus. He came from a family where one parent was of one denomination and the other was Catholic. Unfortunately, his Catholic parent did not raise him in the Catholic religion, which is a serious sin of omission. (See Matrimonia Mixta, Apostolic Letter On Mixed Marriages.) Instead they sent him to one church one weekend and the other the next. No wonder he felt like a yo-yo and got out of there as soon as he was able. I don’t blame him, actually.
But here he was, trying to talk me out of being a Christian and particularly out of being Catholic, all because of his bad experience as a child. As for me, I’ve been studying this religion for 15 years. As an adult. An adult who has studied and practiced other religions, who has spent a lifetime searching for truth. One who is very much in love with Christ, Who is the Truth, and also in love with the Church He founded. One who is committed to that Truth and to becoming ever more faithful to Him. One who has always known that abortion is murder, long before I knew anything about Catholicism. One who is not going to exchange the Light of Christ for the darkness of that young man’s world.
The word “abortion” does not appear in the Bible. So what? The Bible does talk about “the shedding of innocent blood” over and over. Consider the following quotes:
These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: a proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, an heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, a false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren. (Proverbs 6:16-19, emphasis mine.)
Thus saith the Lord: Execute judgment and justice, and deliver him that is oppressed out of the hand of the oppressor: and afflict not the stranger, the fatherless, nor the widow, nor oppress them unjustly: and shed not innocent blood in this place. (Jeremiah 22:3, emphasis mine.)
The Bible does not use the word “abortion” but Biblical religion clearly considers the killing of the innocent to be murder. And who is more innocent than a child still in the womb? Who would want to kill that child? In the Bible the only people who wanted to kill unborn children were folks like Pharaoh and Herod. Their stories are recorded for us in the pages of the Good Book, but could anyone seriously think that the Bible gives us these ruthless baby-killing rulers as spiritual role models or that they weren’t recognized by God’s people as the cold-blooded murderers that they were?