Baby-killing and Abortion: The unspoken Bible

Baby Killing

Anti-abortionists commonly call a fetus a baby, and then condemn abortion as “baby killing.” From that leap they quote out of the Bible as if the Bible unanimously condemns baby killing. This sampling shows that the Bible has at times encouraged baby killing.

17Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known man by lying with him. (Num. 31:17)

34And we captured all his cities at that time and utterly destroyed every city, men, women, and children; we left none remaining; (Deut. 2:34)

53And you shall eat the offspring of your own body, the flesh of your sons and daughters, whom the LORD your God has given you, in the siege and in the distress with which your enemies shall distress you.(Deut. 28:53)

3Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have; do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.’” (1 Sam. 15:3)

12And Hazael said, “Why does my lord weep?” He answered, “Because I know the evil that you will do to the people of Israel; you will set on fire their fortresses, and you will slay their young men with the sword, and dash in pieces their little ones, and rip up their women with child. (2 Kings 8:12)

16At that time Menahem sacked Tappuah and all who were in it and its territory from Tirzah on; because they did not open it to him, therefore he sacked it, and he ripped up all the women in it who were with child. (2 Kings 15:16)

16Their infants will be dashed in pieces before their eyes; their houses will be plundered and their wives ravished. (Isaiah 13:16)

5Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me. (Psalm 51:5)

8May his days few; may another seize his goods!
9May his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow!
10May his children wander about and beg; may they be driven out of the ruins they inhabit!
11May the creditor seize all that he has; may strangers plunder the fruits of his toil!
12Let there be none to extend kindness to him, nor any to pity his fatherless children! (Psalm 108:8-12)

9Happy shall he be who takes your little ones and dashes them against the rock! (Psalm 137:9)

18Their bows will slaughter the young men; they will have no mercy on the fruit of the womb; their eyes will not pity children. (Isaiah 13:18)

20Look, O LORD, and see! With whom hast thou dealt thus? Should women eat their offspring, the children of their tender care? Should priest and prophet be slain in the sanctuary of the Lord? (Lam. 2:20)

6slay old men outright, young men and maidens, little children and women, but touch no one upon whomis the mark. And begin at my sanctuary.” So they began with the elders who were before the house.(Ezek. 9:6)

14Give them, O LORD— what wilt thou give? Give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts. (Hosea 9:14)

16Samaria shall bear her guilt, because she has rebelled against her God; they shall fall by the sword, their little ones shall be dashed in pieces, and their pregnant women ripped open. (Hosea 13:16)

29For behold, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never gave suck!’ (Luke 23:29)

For Abortion

These passages show no moral concern for bring a fetus to full term. Some make the case that the quality of life is as important, if not more important, than being born.

Built into the Christian definition of original sin is when God cursed women to multiply their pain. If this was true, it doesn’t supply much incentive to bring a fetus to full term. Though it empowers the husband to dictate whether or not the mother may be allowed to abort her fetus no matter what her wishes and the danger to her life, it doesn’t apply to unwed fathers.

16To the woman he said, “I will greatly multiply your pain in childbearing; in pain you shall bring forth children, yet your desire shall be for your husband, and he shall rule over you.” (Gen. 3:16)

Sarai’s lament could be interpreted to mean that either God has prevented her from conceiving a baby or from carrying to full term.

2and Sarai said to Abram, “Behold now, the LORD has prevented me from bearing children; go in to my maid; it may be that I shall obtain children by her.” And Abram hearkened to the voice of Sarai. (Gen. 16:2)

If two men are fighting and hurt a pregnant woman so to cause a miscarriage, the only concern is for retribution according to whatever harm is brought to the mother.

22“When men strive together, and hurt a woman with child, so that there is a miscarriage, and yet no harm follows, the one who hurt her shall be fined, according as the woman’s husband shall lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine.
23If any harm follows, then you shall give life for life,
24eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,
25burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe. (Ex. 21:22-25)

To see the misery of the oppressed makes one think that it is better to be dead. Better yet, it is better to not be born.

1Again I saw all the oppressions that are practiced under the sun. And behold, the tears of the oppressed, and they had no one to comfort them! On the side of their oppressors there was power, and there was no one to comfort them.
2And I thought the dead who are already dead more fortunate than the living who are still alive;
3but better than both is he who has not yet been, and has not seen the evil deeds that are done under the sun. (Ecc. 4:1-3)

If a man cannot enjoy life’s good things, he is better off having not been born.

3If a man begets a hundred children, and lives many years, so that the days of his years are many, but he does not enjoy life’s good things, and also has no burial, I say that an untimely birth is better off than he.
4For it comes into vanity and goes into darkness, and in darkness its name is covered;
5moreover it has not seen the sun or known anything; yet it finds rest rather than he. (Ecc. 6:3-5)


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