The following is a summary of the Biblical and theological basis for life as opposed to abortion. It is intended as a brief summary and not a comprehensive dissertation.

God is the creator and giver of life and tells us to be fruitful and multiply:

Gen 1:1  In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Gen 1:27,28  And God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.  And God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it;…

God gives life, but Satan brought death into the world:

Gen 1:16,17 And the Lord god commanded the man, saying, “From any tree of the garden you may eat freely; but from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat from it you shall surely die.”

Gen 3:11, 4-6 Now the serpent was more crafty than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made.  And he said to the woman, “Indeed has God said, “You shall not eat from any tree of the garden?” ….and the serpent said to the woman, “You shall not die!  For the God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”  When the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was desirable to make one wise, she took from its fruit and ate; and she gave also to her husband with her, and he ate.”

The result of Adam (and Eve) giving into the temptation of the serpent (Satan) is that they died Spiritually and eventually died physically.

Rom 5:12 “Therefore, just as through one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned.”

So through the temptation and fall of Adam Satan brought death into the world and to all men.  Indeed John 10:10 contrasts the work of Satan and Jesus in the world:

John 10:10 (Jesus speaking) “The thief (Satan) comes only to steal, and kill, and destroy; I (Jesus) came that they might have life and might have it abundantly.” (Americans for Life theme verse)

Satan comes to steal all that is good in life; our joy, our peace, our hope, even our very lives.  He comes bringing death and destruction.  It is therefore postulated that the taking of innocent life before birth is not the work of the almighty creator God who gives life in abundance, but of Satan who brings death and destruction into the world.  Bible passages which specifically support the sanctity of life before birth are as follows:

Psalm 139:13-15 “For thou didst form my inward part; Thou didst weave me in my mother’s womb. I will give thanks to Thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; wonderful are Thy works, and my soul knows it very well.  My frame was not hidden from Thee when I was made in secret and skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth. Thine eyes have seen my unformed substance; and in Thy book they were all written, the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there was not one of them.”

This verse clearly speaks of the psalmist David prior to his birth when he was an unborn substance (early embryo) and weaved in his mother’s womb.  Clearly God rejoices in and values the life of the unborn and sees David as a person with value as an embryo.  The verse also implies the unborn have a soul.  The soul exists while the frame or body is being formed.

Isaiah 44:2a repeats this theme:  “Thus says the Lord who made you and formed you from the womb, who will help you.”

Gen 25:21-23 also speaks of the life of the unborn:  “And Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife, because she was barren; and the Lord answered him and Rebekah his wife conceived.  But the children struggled together within her; and she said, “If it is so, why then am I this way?” so she went to inquire of the Lord.  And the Lord said to her, “Two nations are in your womb; and two peoples shall be separated from your body; and one people shall be stronger than the other; and the older shall serve the younger.”

Here the unborn are referred to by God as children making no distinction between born and unborn people.  They are also referred to as peoples and nations.  If this is how God sees them how can we as believers see them as anything less than full persons with a soul?

When the angel of the Lord of the Lord appeard to Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist, he said the following about his son:

Luke 1:15 "For he will be great in the sight of the Lord, and he will drink no wine or liquor; and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit, while yet in his mother's womb."

From this passage it is not only clear that preborn babies have a soul, but they can also be filled with the Holy Spirit!

Then when Elizabeth was pregnant with John the Baptist and Mary pregnant with the Lord Jesus the following occurred when they met:

Luke 1:41 And it came about that when Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.

So the unborn John was aware of the presence of Mary and her son Jesus in the womb in that he leaped.  It sure seems like he is alive and has a soul to me!


From a Christian and theological view, the following is therefore clear from the Bible:

1.  God created life and loves life while Satat hates life and seeks to destroy it.

2.  God loves and values the life of pre-born people.

3.  Babies in the womb have a soul and can be filled with the Holy Spirit.

4.  Human life begins at conception.

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