Biblical Passages Relevant to Life Issues

The following is found in Appendix 2 of Randy Alcorn's book Why ProLife? 

1.  Life begins in the womb.

“The babies [Jacob and Esau] jostled each other within her [Rebekah]” (Gen. 25:22).

Your hands shaped me and made me. Will you now turn and destroy me? Remember that you molded me like clay. Will you now turn me to dust again? Did you not pour me out like milk and curdle me like cheese, clothe me with skin and flesh and knit me together with bones and sinews? You gave me life and showed me kindness, and in your providence watched over my spirit. (Job 10:8–12)

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. . . . My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. (Ps. 139:13–16)

Surely I was sinful at birth; sinful from the time my mother conceived me. (Ps. 51:5) Note: Only a person can have a sin nature. David’s statement clearly shows that he was a person at the point of conception.

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations. (Jer. 1:5)

“His mother Mary . . . was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit . . . [the angel said] ‘what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit’ ” (Matt. 1:18–20).

“But the angel said to [Mary]. . . . ‘You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. . . . The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God’ ” (Luke 1:30–31, 35).

Summary of Luke 1:39–44: After the angel left, Mary “hurried” (v. 39) to get to Elizabeth. Unborn John the Baptist (in his sixth month after conception) responded to the presence of unborn Jesus inside Mary. Allowing for travel time, Jesus was no more than eight to ten days beyond conception when they arrived. Implantation doesn’t begin until six days after conception and isn’t complete until twelve. Most likely Jesus was not yet fully implanted in his mother’s womb when unborn John responded to his presence.

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1:14).

When did God’s Son leave heaven and come to earth? When and where did the Word become flesh? Ninety-nine percent of Christians will say “in Bethlehem,” but that is wrong. Christ became flesh when the Holy Spirit conceived a child in Mary—at Nazareth, nine months before she traveled to Bethlehem. It is basic Christian doctrine that Christ became flesh at the moment the Holy Spirit overshadowed Mary, at the moment of fertilization. He became human at the exact point all others become human, the point of conception.

2.  God is Creator and Owner of all people—they belong to Him, not others.

“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them” (Gen. 1:27).

Know that the LORD Himself is God:
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture. (Ps. 100:3 NASB)

“For every living soul belongs to me, the father as well as the son” (Ezek. 18:4).

“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body” (1 Cor. 6:19–20).

3.  God has exclusive prerogatives over human life and death.

See now that I myself am He! There is no god besides me.
I put to death and I bring to life,
I have wounded and I will heal,
and no one can deliver out of my hand. (Deut. 32:39)

“The LORD brings death and makes alive; he brings down to the grave and raises up” (1 Sam. 2:6).

“You shall not commit murder” (Exod. 20:13). Note: Murder is unjustified killing; in some cases God specifically delegates to men the right to kill (e.g., capital punishment, self-defense, just war).

“And for your lifeblood I will surely demand an accounting. . . . And from each man, too, I will demand an accounting for the life of his fellow man” (Gen. 9:5).

“If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman’s husband demands and the court allows. But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise” (Exod. 21:22–25).

“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of him to whom we must give account” (Heb. 4:13).

4.  God hates the shedding of innocent blood.

“Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molech, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the LORD” (Lev. 18:21).

“The LORD said . . . ‘Any Israelite or any alien living in Israel who gives any of his children [as a sacrifice] to Molech must be put to death. The people of the community are to stone him. . . . by giving his children to Molech, he has defiled my sanctuary and profaned my holy name. . . . If the people of the community close their eyes when that man gives one of his children to Molech . . . I will set my face against that man and his family and will cut off from their people both him and all who follow him’ ” (Lev. 20:1–5).

“Do this so that innocent blood will not be shed in your land, which the LORD your God is giving you as your inheritance, and so that you will not be guilty of bloodshed” (Deut. 19:10).

“Surely these things [destruction by invading armies] happened to Judah according to the LORD’s command, in order to remove them from his presence because of the sins of Manasseh and all he had done, including the shedding of innocent blood. For he filled Jerusalem with innocent blood, and the LORD was not willing to forgive” (2 Kings 24:3–4).

“The LORD said, ‘What have you done? Listen! Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground’” (Gen. 4:10).

For God will deliver the needy who cry out, the afflicted who have no one to help.
He will take pity on the weak and the needy and save the needy from death.
He will rescue them from oppression and violence, for precious is their blood in his sight. (Ps. 72:12–14)

There are six things the LORD hates, seven that are detestable to him:
haughty eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that shed innocent blood . . . (Prov. 6:16–17)

“Therefore as surely as I live, declares the Sovereign LORD, I will give you over to bloodshed and it will pursue you. Since you did not hate bloodshed, bloodshed will pursue you” (Ezek. 35:6).

5.  God has a special love for children.

“See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven” (Matt. 18:10).

“But Jesus called the children to him and said, ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these’ ” (Luke 18:16).

“Your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost” (Matt. 18:14).

Sons are a heritage from the LORD,
children a reward from him. (Ps. 127:3)


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Randy Alcorn (@randyalcorn) is the author of over sixty books and the founder and director of Eternal Perspective Ministries