Abortion & God

Posted Jan 11, 2017 by Brian Heckethorn in Everlasting Gospel

Do you believe in abortion? Most Christians would say "no". The next question is, why don't you believe in abortion? Again, most Christians would say it's because God says not to kill.

But don't you think it's hypocritical of God to tell us not to kill babies and yet the Bible shows us where He has ordered the killing of many babies? Some Christians would say that God has the right to destroy what He has created, including innocent little babies; and sure, perhaps He does. But a God that would actually follow through with that right is a very scary and heartless god.

Let's pretend you believe God kills babies. If you do believe this idea, then you stand with many Athiests everywhere who use the point that God kills babies when they defend their stance on pro-abortion against a Christian who believes in pro-life. Christians are called hypocrites because Christians follow a hypocritical god who says one thing and does another. Pro-abortionists point out the contradictions of God in the Bible regarding this subject; and when read plainly, it seems they are not afar off.

God says to Israel

Exodus 20:13 Thou shalt not kill.

This seems very simple and straight forward to understand. We are told that we are not allowed to kill or commit murder. It doesn't take a genius to figure this verse out.

Then He tells Saul

 1 Samuel 15:2-3 Thus saith the Lord of hosts, I remember that which Amalek did to Israel, how he laid wait for him in the way, when he came up from Egypt. Now go and smite Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have, and spare them not; but slay both man and woman, infant and suckling, ox and sheep, camel and ass.

"Slay both...infant and suckling" It doesn't take much to read this at face value to understand that the Lord of hosts just told Saul to "slay" (kill) both infant (young child) and suckling (the nursing mother).

So God ordered Saul to kill babies after He tells Israel not to murder, right? It seems clear when we read these (and other passages below) that...


No wonder Pro-Abortionists use this and other verses against Christians; and it's no wonder people see the Christian God as tyrannical and hypocritical, killing and murdering through His subjects, those who don't do what He demands.

"Men never commit evil so fully and joyfully as when they do it for religious convictions." - Blaise Pascal

There seems to be some confusion as to who God really is. Who would want to worship a God that orders the killing of innocent babies; whether they've been born or babies that are still within the womb? Oh, but you do. I mean, right now, just to pretend. Right?

Let's consider more passages in the Bible that seem to support the idea that God is okay with aborting unborn babies.

Here, too, are verses that seem to show God supporting infanticide:

What about the murdering of children? For those who believe there is a difference between murdering and killing, doesn't that seem a bit redundant when reflecting on these passages?

Let's expand on the concept of "God" one step further. Isn't Jesus the express image of God? Was it the Father who led Israel out of Egypt, or was it the Son? Was it Christ who handed the two tables of the Law to Moses, or was it the Father? Does it matter which one said "Thou shalt not kill" and then told Saul to kill the babies? Does God claim to be just, merciful and full of grace; or does He command the deaths of the many children, infants and unborn mentioned in the verses above?

If you're a Trinitarian or Arian or something in between, the results seem to be the same: God kills babies. Whether you believe that God is a three-in-one trinity god or if you believe He is the literal Father of Christ before the creation of the worlds, it still doesn't matter. God's example is to kill babies; according to how we just read scripture plainly, and then call it mercy.

[If you'd like to know more about the difference between the Trinity and Father-Son relationships, then I encourage you to read Theos or watch the series on YouTube Here.]

Jesus is the Son of God and the express image of His Father (Hebrews 1:3). The Bible doesn't say that Jesus killed anything while he was with us, and sister White points out to us that Christ never killed anyone (Ms62-1886.64). He's the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6), that in itself indicates that there is a King of Peace too. How is he the Prince of Peace if he was telling Saul to kill innocent babies? Not the kind of lullaby one should expect from God. So am I reading that while Jesus was acting on full authority of His Father in Heaven, he can direct people to kill babies on His and God's behalf? But when he was born the Son of Man, Emmanuel, God with us (Matthew 1:23), suddenly he is Prince Peaceful? Doesn't that seem a little hypocritical? I've heard from people that God does change and they claim it was one mission verses another, when I plainly read:

Malachi 3:6 For I am the Lord, I change not;...

Was Jesus' mission different while he was on earth as man from when he was directing the slaughtering of infants from heaven? No, he just said "I change not". Did we not just read that he is the express image of the Father?

God's mission is thus:

The church is God's appointed agency for the salvation of men. It was organized for service, and its mission is to carry the gospel to the world. From the beginning it has been God's plan that through His church shall be reflected to the world His fullness and His sufficiency. The members of the church, those whom He has called out of darkness into His marvelous light, are to show forth His glory. The church is the repository of the riches of the grace of Christ; and through the church will eventually be made manifest, even to “the principalities and powers in heavenly places,” the final and full display of the love of God.

Christ's mission is thus:

Few realize the full meaning of the words that Christ spoke when, in the synagogue at Nazareth, He announced Himself as the Anointed One. He declared His mission to comfort, bless, and save the sorrowing and the sinful; {AA 416.3}

But Christ's mission was not for judgment, but for salvation. “God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.” John 3:17. And before the Sanhedrin Jesus declared, “He that heareth My word, and believeth Him that sent Me, hath eternal life, and cometh not into judgment, but hath passed out of death into life.” John 5:24, R. V. DA 210.4

Where is the truth then? Either God changes and is a liar or we're not reading these passages about killing babies correctly; because right now, it sounds like God, through Jesus, kills babies. If He can do it, and tell us not to kill, then why can't we abort babies and simply just tell others that they shouldn't. And if He decides that it's okay for Him to kill innocent babies, then what keeps Him from changing His mind and mission to killing us? But we're still here, so sarcastically I say "primordial ooze it is" and I now have the right to kill unborn babies too! I'm referring to the fact that many believe we started out as a plop of mud and chemicals that miraculously and spontaneously turned into and ultra-complex yet single-celled organism. But I digress...

Whew! What a relief; now we're not accountable for killing babies, right?

This is a sarcastic example of pro-abortionist thinking. Reasoning this topic out this way shows that God is unstable and ruthless to kill innocent babies, and we're just waiting for Him to have a big temper tantrum, Himself, and kill the rest of the world for not doing what He commands (ironically, like a selfish toddler with super powers). But if we do away with God, we're all good! In fact, if we believe god does not exist while we kill unborn babies, wouldn't that make us morally better than a god that kills babies after birth? Because we're at least doing it before they are born and breathing. God does it after they've been born. Or worse still, by ripping them from their mothers womb thus killing the mother as well... Am I more righteous than that god? Heavens no!

Bear with me now, because writing all of that has chills running up and down my spine; and not in a good way. Let me share with you why God does not kill babies and why we shouldn't either.

1 John 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.

Matthew 5:43-44 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

God does not kill babies. He doesn't direct His angels to destroy the lives of babies. He, Himself, doesn't destroy babies. He makes things quicken; our Lord brings life! He doesn't destroy life. He is the life giver! God may not like the sin (in fact he abhors it), but he loves the sinner. Sin is the enemy of God, not the person sinning. He loves His enemies but He doesn't love their sin.

"Thus every attribute of God is simply the attribute of love. And love includes the all in all of our Father. His laws are simply the laws of a kind Father, intended to promote the happiness of his children. They are not arbitrary. It is not that God, sitting up on some high throne, said to mankind, You do thus and so, and I will let you live; but you do otherwise, and I will kill you. God does not killHe is the Fountain of life. His laws are not so simply because he said so, but even so because they were so. In infinite wisdom he foreknew the underlying principles of happiness and life, and in infinite love he foretold these principles, saying, This way, my child; here is the joy and peace and life forevermore. Don’t go that way. That way is misery and death. Every precept of the decalogue, which is the epitome of his law, directly speaks from this principle. He sought to lift man into the worship of one God and Father, that he might unite him into one loving family of brothers and sisters." GCDB February 19, 1897, p. 90.1

"Sickness, suffering, and death are work of an antagonistic power. Satan is the destroyer; God is the restorer." {MH 113.1}

Read the booklet "Serpent Revealed" to gain a better understanding of a loving God and what Satan has done to misrepresent the God of the Bible to the world.

From Satan's beginnings,after he was Lucifer,  it has been his purpose to clothe God with the evil attributes manifested within himself, so that the world would reject God. We see the work of Satan in slaughtering women and children in these uncomfortable verses in the Bible.

If God is Love, full of mercy and goodness, how could a loving God kill any of His creatures? He tells us He remembers every sparrow! (Luke 12:6) He doesn't direct the animals to kill one another; this came as a result of sin!

Because God's law "Thou shalt not kill" is a reflection of His Character, there is no justification for the murdering of an unborn baby. Where is the justice in killing a child? How can it be considered merciful? One can then argue that abortion is not in ANY case Just and the Bible backs this stance up when these verses are read in proper context to the perfect agapë of God. Abortion can only be accepted through the dogma and lies of Satan that God kills babies.

Okay, so where does the confusion come in? Why is it that when I read the Old Testiment I see verse after verse of God telling this person and that to kill innocent babies?

Well, it all starts with an understanding of what glasses you're using to read your Bible.

There are two sets of glasses:

  1. God is Love
  2. God is Fearful

Which glasses do you wear when reading your Bible?

Read 1 Samuel 15 again and then study out the history of the Amalakites so you understand that even though it is said they are to be utterly destroyed time and time again, the Lord permits them to live (as a people) for nearly a thousand years after Esau.

  1. If you read your bible with the first set of glasses that say "God is Love", you will see the mercy God gives to groups of people like the Amalakites, who after hundreds of years of war with Israel where God has shown them mercy by protecting them from utter immediate destruction they eventually end up killing themselves off. Like a branch cut off from the vine, the life that's left eventually runs out and the branch is found desolate.
  2. If you read with the second set of glasses where God is Fearful, then you read where God commands the utter destruction of the Amalakites and don't see anything beyond that. You believe that by killing them and their babies, God is somehow being merciful to them and/or Israel; because God only wants people who worship Him, the God of tyranny.

God says:

Ezekiel 18:23 Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord God: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?

God gives mercy to the Amalakites time and time again to protect them from immediate utter destruction. But He knows their ways, He knows they will always be against His people by whom the blessing is to be given to the world.

Exodus 17:14-16 And the Lord said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovahnissi: For he said, Because the Lord hath sworn that the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.

Come to find out, it's not God who initiates war with the descendent of Amalek, but is is ALWAYS the Amalakites who are at war with Israel.

Check out this study on the history of the Amalakites. [

Regardless of the Amalakites, the Lord does not slay people with a sword but by the Word that proceeds forth from the mouth of God...

Hosea 6:5-7 Therefore have I hewed them by the prophets; I have slain them by the words of my mouth: and thy judgments are as the light that goeth forth. For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings. But they like men have transgressed the covenant: there have they dealt treacherously against me

Lastly, from the lips of Christ, himself, it is said

Luke 6:32-36 For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. 

Christ tells us exactly what mercy from the Father is. Mercy is not putting a baby to death. Mercy is long suffering, mercy is kind unto the unthankfuk and to the evil.

Our God has been identified as having the character of Satan; who would see the unborn ripped from their mothers womb. But our Father in Heaven does not consider this merciful and neither just.

God does not kill babies.