The Abortion Guarantee | The Cripplegate


Posted by Lyndon Unger

I’ve written on a lot of issues and biblical passages on here over the last few years, but the one thing I haven’t tackled was the issue of abortion.  The reason I haven’t tackled it was because I didn’t have the time to explore the topic in the comprehensive manner that I normally lean towards (i.e. like this or this or this).  I still haven’t found the time, and the kind of post I’d like to write requires a lot of research.  I have started my research and wanted to share something that I’ve already learned:

The Abortion Guarantee.

It doesn’t take much reading of Scripture to learn that God has a heart for the widows, orphans, poor and oppressed.  In Scripture, God is abundantly clear in revealing his concern for those groups (Ex. 22:22-27Open in Logos Bible Software (if available), 23:1-3Open in Logos Bible Software (if available), 23:6-8Open in Logos Bible Software (if available), 23:10-11Open in Logos Bible Software (if available); Lev. 19:15Open in Logos Bible Software (if available), 23:22Open in Logos Bible Software (if available), 25:35-43Open in Logos Bible Software (if available); Deut 14:28-29Open in Logos Bible Software (if available), 15:7-15Open in Logos Bible Software (if available), 24:14-22Open in Logos Bible Software (if available); Ps. 9:9Open in Logos Bible Software (if available), 10:16-18Open in Logos Bible Software (if available), 34:4-7Open in Logos Bible Software (if available); 35:10Open in Logos Bible Software (if available), 41:1-3Open in Logos Bible Software (if available), 68:5Open in Logos Bible Software (if available), 103:6Open in Logos Bible Software (if available), 146:5-9Open in Logos Bible Software (if available); Is. 1:16-17Open in Logos Bible Software (if available), 10:1-4Open in Logos Bible Software (if available), 58:1-12Open in Logos Bible Software (if available); Jer. 7:5-7Open in Logos Bible Software (if available); Ez. 22:23-29Open in Logos Bible Software (if available); Zech. 7:9-10Open in Logos Bible Software (if available); Mal. 3:5Open in Logos Bible Software (if available); Mark 12:38-40Open in Logos Bible Software (if available); Rom. 15:25-27Open in Logos Bible Software (if available); Gal. 2:7-10Open in Logos Bible Software (if available); 1 Tim 5:3-8Open in Logos Bible Software (if available); James 1:27Open in Logos Bible Software (if available), 2:15-17Open in Logos Bible Software (if available), etc.).  The Lord hears their cries, comes to their aid, and is angry at those who mistreat them.

The Lord indeed comes to the aid of the widows, orphans, poor and oppressed, but there is a specific group of people that has a special place on his list of priorities, even above them:

Children.

God gets angry at the oppression and abuse of children.  God gets furious when they are killed.

Consider the following:

  1. The nations living in Canaan were expelled from the land because of child sacrifice.

They were expelled for more than child sacrifice, but that’s one of four horrid practices listed in Lev. 18:19-29Open in Logos Bible Software (if available):

a. Sexual immorality (Lev. 18:19-20Open in Logos Bible Software (if available))

b. The sacrificing of children (Lev. 18:21Open in Logos Bible Software (if available))

c. Homosexuality (Lev. 18:22Open in Logos Bible Software (if available))

d. Bestiality (Lev. 18:23Open in Logos Bible Software (if available))

The people of Canaan were expelled from their land for those four practices, and Canada and the US already have already legalized and normalized 3/4 of those (and when it comes to legalized infanticide, we’re likely on the way).  Lev. 18:29Open in Logos Bible Software (if available) also makes it fairly clear that the destruction of the various people-groups in Canaan was due to an underlying universal principle, and I recently discussed this passage in far more detail here.

  1. Israel was specifically warned against child sacrifice.

God explicitly warned Israel not to follow the example of the nations that came before them (Deut. 12:29-31Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)), specifically singling out the pinnacle of their moral rebellion as “they even burn their sons and their daughters in the fire to their gods” (Deut. 12:31Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)).  God restated a similar warning in Deut. 18:9-12Open in Logos Bible Software (if available), warning Israel to not “follow the abominable practices of those nations” (Deut. 18:9Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)) since “because of these abominations the Lord your God is driving them out before you” (Deut. 18:12Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)).

  1. Israel didn’t heed the Lord’s warning and suffered for child sacrifice.

Ps. 106:34-39Open in Logos Bible Software (if available) records how Israel “sacrificed their sons and their daughters to the demons” (Ps. 106:37Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)) and as a result, God sent nations to oppress them several times (Ps. 106:40-43Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)).  For example, King Ahaz went beyond the kings who came before him and “made offerings in the Valley of the Son of Hinnom and burned his sons as an offering, according to the abominations of the nations whom the Lord drove out before the people of Israel” (2 Chron. 28:3Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)).

2 Kin. 17:7-8Open in Logos Bible Software (if available) comments on the situation that led to the captivity of the ten northern tribes.  The passage explains how Israel “walked in the customs of the nations whom the Lord drove out before the people of Israel” (2 Kin. 17:8-12Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)) and the Lord repeatedly sent prophets and seers to warn Israel to “turn from your evil ways and keep my commandments and my statutes” (2 Kin. 17:13Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)).  Those warnings not only fell on deaf ears (2 Kin. 17:14Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)), but aggressively rebellious ears.  Israel willfully abandoned God’s commands and built the two golden calves, followed by the idols of Asherah and Baal (2 Kin. 17:16Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)), and finally culminating in the burning of “their sons and their daughters as offerings” (2 Kin. 17:17Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)).  That, combined with their practice of divination, is what provoked the Lord to anger and why he “removed them out of his sight” (2 Kin. 17:17-18Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)).

4.  Judah also didn’t heed the Lord’s warning and suffered for child sacrifice.

Manasseh acted “according to the abominations of the nations whom the Lord drove out before the people of Israel” (2 Chron. 33:2Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)).  The Chronicler comments on how “he burned his son as an offering and used fortune-telling and omens and dealt with mediums and with necromancers.”  This is what provoked the Lord to anger (2 Chron. 33:6Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)).  Jeremiah spoke out, saying that the sin of Manasseh was responsible for the Lord sending multiple forms of destruction on Judah (Jer. 15:3-5Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)). What’s even more alarming is that the passage opens up with the Lord saying that the coming judgment is assured since “Though Moses and Samuel stood before me, yet my heart would not turn toward this people” (Jer. 15:1Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)).  That same sentiment is expressed by Ezekiel (Ez. 14:12-23Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)).

5.  How bad is the wickedness of child sacrifice?

God calls it unimaginable for him.

In Jer. 7:30-31Open in Logos Bible Software (if available), 15:3Open in Logos Bible Software (if available), 19:4-5Open in Logos Bible Software (if available) and Jer. 32:34-35Open in Logos Bible Software (if available) God speaks of the sacrifice of children as that “which I did not command, nor did it come into my mind.”

Now it’s not that God was somehow caught off guard by child sacrifice, but rather that God speaks of child sacrifice as “unimaginable” to show how wicked it is.  He makes the point four separate times when he speaks through his prophet Jeremiah.

6.  What is God’s response to child sacrifice?

I mentioned previously how Lev. 18:29Open in Logos Bible Software (if available) seems to suggest that child sacrifice is a horribly wicked sin; one at the level where any nation that commits it will face the wrath of God.  God warned Israel about the practice of child sacrifice, using the example of the Canaanite nations who came before them, repeatedly.

God is not just talk.

Yahweh Tsabot has some rather vivid words for those who offered their children as sacrifices to idols.  Speaking through Jeremiah, God states that the Valley of Ben Hinnom would be renamed the “Valley of Slaughter” because one day, it will be filled with the bodies of slain Israelites (Jer. 7:32-34Open in Logos Bible Software (if available) & 19:6-8Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)).  Also, God spoke through Jeremiah that the conquest of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar was a direct result of their idolatry, culminating with their infant sacrifice (Jer. 32:26-35Open in Logos Bible Software (if available)).

God spoke a similar sentiment through Ezekiel in Ez. 16:35-37Open in Logos Bible Software (if available) and Ez. 23:36-39Open in Logos Bible Software (if available).  Because Judah and Israel slaughtered their children, the Lord would bring other nations against them to conquer them.

So what is this “abortion guarantee”?

Well, I’d suggest that the numerous passages I’ve pointed to explicitly reveal, and exemplify, a universal principle:

God destroys nations that murder their children

That’s what happened to the various people of Canaan; they were punished unto the point of destruction.  If I had space, I’d make the case that the same thing has happened in a whole lot of other nations (i.e. Rome, for starters).

That’s what happened to Israel and Judah; their punishment lasted for generations; they were rebuilt only because of the promises of God to their forefathers.

Contrary to popular belief, the United States isn’t “the United States of Israel;” they don’t have a special relationship with God as Israel did.  Both Canada and the United States are Gentile nations.

When’s the last time you met a Hivite? How about an Amorite?

Unless God is gracious and grants repentance to Canada and the United States, the same thing that happened to the Hivites and Amorites must happen to Canada and the United States. Only Israel has lasted 3,000+ years.  Canada and the United States are just pushing past 300 (depending on where you mark the start of each) and I seriously wonder if either one will exist as a nation in another century.

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Published by Vincent S Artale Jr

Biblical studies, Health and Nutrition, Biology, Fitness, Hiking, Reading. Re-blogging doesn't equal agreement.

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