Biblical Gender Identity

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DISCLAIMER: This is a mature topic only intended for people who've at least begun puberty. If you are less than 13 years old then I pray you don't have any reason to concern yourself with this yet, and you should ask a trustworthy adult before reading this.

Abortion, Birth Control, and Contraception

Abortion, birth control, and contraception are not "sexual immorality" in the strictest sense, but they are too often performed/​used directly because of it. Contraception is the prevention of pregnancy from happening in the first place, as opposed to birth control which is concerned with terminating a recent conception. Abortion is the termination of a more mature human life that birth control can't. God is very clear that we shouldn't kill the innocent and should protect the defenseless. The word "abortion" is not technically found in the Bible but clear instruction is given about life and death (rather, murder). If we read the 32 references to conceive, conceived, and conception, we see strong indications that human life (in this case let's define life as the assignment of a spiritual soul to a biological body) begins at conception, not birth nor some other arbitrary time before or after that. Here are some great verses that explain our Creator's perspective on this:
  • Exodus 20:13  hub
  • Exodus 21:22-25  hub
  • Isaiah 46:3  hub
  • Isaiah 49:1  hub
  • Isaiah 49:5  hub
  • Jeremiah 1:5  hub
  • Zechariah 12:1  hub
  • Luke 1:13-15  hub
  • Luke 1:39-44  hub
Clearly John the Baptiser was chosen by God before he was even born. And Isaiah and Jeremiah, two of the major prophets, were specifically chosen by God before they were born. And then there's the judge/​prophet Samuel, who was also chosen and conceived under unusual circumstances (1 Samuel 1:11).

God is pro-babies. Remember the first thing He's recorded as saying directly to us is "be fruitful" (Genesis 1:28). When the main reason people choose to abort their own children is because they wanted to have sex but didn't want any long term consequences, it's not a stretch to think abortion is pretty counterproductive to God's original intention for us. For some of us, our preferred lifestyle is more important than God's will. That makes it basically an idol. If our lifestyle is so important to us then a better choice than abortion would be abstinence. Besides the obvious second commandment against idols (Exodus 20:4-6), notice all these verses that severely frown on child sacrifice:
  • Exodus 1:15-21  hub
  • Leviticus 18:21  hub
  • Leviticus 20:1-5  hub
  • Deuteronomy 12:31  hub
  • Deuteronomy 18:10-12  hub
  • 2 Kings 17:17  hub
  • 2 Kings 21:6  hub
  • Psalm 106:37-38  hub
  • Jeremiah 32:35  hub
  • Ezekiel 16:20  hub
  • Micah 6:7-8  hub
Clearly abortion is wrong and the child, if unwanted, should instead be carried to term and given up for adoption. Since life begins at conception, abortion results in human death, we are commanded not to kill children (people) for our own convenience, and abortion is a choice, abortion must be a sin. The method/​style/​condition of impregnation is not a factor worthy of consideration. Raped girls who get pregnant from a jerk should not commit more sin against her own baby because of the father's sin. Whether the father was her husband, a consensual one night stand, or a rapist, it's the mothers baby just the same, and that person was given life by God at conception. The solution here is not abortion, it's ending/​avoiding rape. If you really want to do something about that, help stop rape, help prepare girls for awareness and self defense, and teach boys to protect girls rather than prey on them. Don't promote/​increase tolerance for murder. Rape brings pain and suffering no matter what. Don't add to it with death. And don't appeal to twisted logic that the baby would be better off dead than raised by a single mom. Give the baby up for adoption, there are plenty of couples who would love the kid. It's horrid to think a person is better off murdered by their biological family than given a chance at a good life being raised by an adoptive family. In the USA, the demand for adoptable babies is much higher than the supply. Consider these verses about the fatherless, and notice how common a theme it is for God throughout the entire Bible. Plus, abortion didn't exist until a couple thousand years after all this was written, so referencing the fatherless or orphan means about the same thing.
  • Exodus 22:22-24  hub
  • Psalm 82:3-4  hub
  • Isaiah 1:16-17  hub
  • Jeremiah 7:5-7  hub
  • Jeremiah 22:3  hub
  • Zechariah 7:8-10  hub
  • Malachi 3:5  hub
  • James 1:27  hub
As contrast, notice the language in Mark 10:13-16. Pay attention to what Jesus is quoted as saying explicitly, plus the body language and the emotion the biographer captured. This is God's attitude to our children. Why would our size, age, location, or level of dependency change that?

Also note that abortion is completely different from:
  • miscarriages
  • surgically extracting ectopic pregnancies
  • contraception
None of these 3 are sin. Miscarriages are essentially accidents and outside our control, unless induced by our choices, including controlled substance abuse. When an embryo implants in the fallopian tube rather than travelling all the way to the uterus, it's chances of survival are (for all practical purposes) zero. If the medical technology is available then there's no reason to allow the mother to suffer and die with the embryo. Contraception (for a married couple) is neither good nor bad, because it's preventative. An adult is fully human, so is a child, an infant, a baby, a fetus, an embryo, and a zygote. Unjoined sperm and eggs are only half human and don't deserve full respect. (Though I'm not saying they can be disrespected, I'm just saying there's a distinction between a sperm or egg and an adult that can't be made between a zygote and an adult.)

Birth control (including the morning after pill) deserves the same scorn as abortion. Some people believe married couples should have as many kids as possible because they think there is a "pool" of souls who get born arbitrarily to whoever gets pregnant first, but there is no scriptural basis for this, and Acts 17:26 may even contradict this. Contraception, birth control pills, or any other medication for any woman just for hormone control is not really a Biblically defined moral issue, so long as it's not used as an excuse for sex outside of marriage.

Note that abortion, like all sin, is about choice. As Abraham Lincoln said, "no one has the right to choose to do what is wrong." Accidents happen all the time, and that isn't the point here. It's when we exercise the choice to do what God has told us not to (Genesis 4:7). Especially when we set an example for others, teach others to copy us, and/​or are unrepentant. Some people want to believe that embryonic stem cells hold the key to medicine. Christopher Reeve (the actor who in 1978 played Superman then later was paralyzed) was arguably the most famous. The reason embryonic stem cells are wrong for us to use is where they come from. They come from embryos, and the only way to get them is to end a life. Choosing to use (disassemble) an embryo (a defenseless baby) for medical research is no less wrong than abortion for all the same reasons above. There's nothing wrong with using adult stem cells, they've got enough to spare.

This page is not to condemn or even criticize someone who's already made the choice to have an abortion or use birth control. This page is meant to make it clear for those who are in the process of deciding and those who may someday find themselves able to relate to this issue closer than they ever expected they'd have to, so you can know what God's Word says ahead of time, and your choice can be very clear. As is the case with all sin, if it has already been done then it cannot be undone. But we can repent (reverse our opinion) and encourage others of this truth so that they do not make the same mistake. (See related quote here for relationship to feminism.)

Last Modified: Monday, December 04, 2017