How much does God hate abortion?

We get a hint of God's feelings about abortion in the book of Jeremiah. Three times He says this about child sacrifice: “I never commanded – nor did it enter My mind – that they should do such a detestable thing.” (Jer. 7:31, 19:5, and 32:35)

In Leviticus 20:2-5, God forbade Israel from participating in child sacrifice. In 1 Kings 11:5-7 & 33 and Isaiah 57:3-5, He showed His disgust for those who do. Such a thing is far from God's intent for worship. He is adamantly, diametrically opposed to it. It’s not something that He wants to be associated with in the least. It is antithetical to worship of Him. He distances Himself from it completely. 180 degrees. There shouldn’t be any confusion about it.

Israel, however, had somehow gotten the idea it was an appropriate form of worship. They had added to and mingled with their worship of the True God many practices associated with devotion to pagan gods -- Baal and Molech and the Ashteroth. This was highly offensive to Him.

Earlier in Jer. 32, God indicted them for offerings of incense and drink to Baal on their rooftops and in their homes. Worship of God did include drink offerings and incense, but only at the Temple and only by the priests. They had to use a particular mixture of incense that was devoted solely to the Lord. Apparently they had become confused by similarities to religious practices across the region.

God wanted them to know there is NO comparison of offering animals in sacrifice to offering human beings. Child sacrifice was never a part of true worship, no matter who performed it. 

Why would God feel this way? We could probably come up with several reasons: Because God is holy. Because little children are made in His image – born and unborn. Because He abhors the shedding of innocent blood.

He certainly doesn't want human sacrifices to atone for anyone's sins. Only God in His Son Jesus could do that satisfactorily. In Micah 6:7b-8, God rejected the sacrifice of firstborn sons as sin offerings, but approved a sort of “living sacrifice” – doing justice, loving kindness, walking humbly with Him. 

For all these reasons, we’re confident God feels about abortion (or any atrocity perpetrated against weak and defenseless human beings) the same way He feels toward child sacrifice. Even though the word ‘abortion’ never comes up in Scripture, the principles apply.

Do you have an abortion on your conscience? 

As much as God hates this sin, the good news is there is forgiveness in Christ Jesus. In fact, God expresses His love for sinners in terms that are as extreme as His hatred for sin. Psalm 103:11-12 says, "For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us."

When we confess our sin to God, He is "faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9) In Christ you become "a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new." (2 Corinthians 5:17) Trust Christ today and He will save you!

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