Gospel Gazette, Bible Articles

Vol. 2, No. 1 Page 12 January 2000

Gospel Gazette, Bible Articles

Abortion

By Louis Rushmore

In the eyes of God there is no difference between abortion and the murder of children of any age. A concise and easily understood biblical principle that confirms this fact has to do with the New Testament usage of the Greek word "BREPHOS."  

"BREPHOS" is translated as "babe" twice in Luke 1:41, 44 and refers to an unborn child (here John the Baptist): "And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost . . . For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy."  

Elsewhere, "BREPHOS," again translated as "babe," denotes a new born child (here Jesus Christ): "And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger . . . And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger" (Luke 2:12, 16).  

[See also Acts 7:19 and 1 Peter 2:2 where a form of "BREPHOS" in the former verse is applied literally to newborn "children," and in the latter passage is used figuratively of new converts, fresh from the "new birth." A form of "BREPHOS" is also used in the New Testament to identify slightly older children: "And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them" (Luke 18:15); "And that from a child thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus" (2 Timothy 3:15)].  

The references to literal "babes" (one unborn, one newly born) within two chapters of the same Gospel record conclusively prove the initial proposition. God who through inspiration caused Luke to use "BREPHOS" to identify both the unborn as well as the newly born makes no distinction between the two. Therefore, if it is wrong and is even murder to willfully kill a newborn child (and assuredly it is), then it is equally wrong to willfully kill (i.e., murder) an unborn child. In the eyes of God there is no difference between abortion and the murder of children of any age.


Moral issues: Are they also
social and political issues?

By Louis Rushmore

Moral issues include such topics as abortion, homosexuality, gambling, drug abuse, suicide, prostitution, pornography, adultery, public nudity, pre-marital sex and the recreational use of alcohol. Other moral issues could be listed, but these are enough to show the range and type of conduct that is under consideration. Some of these topics (that is, abortion, homosexuality and gambling) recently have been the subjects of much controversy. 

These issues, and others, are moral topics because God, through the Bible, has said something about them. Through the Scriptures, God regulates human conduct. They are issues because mankind resists God's regulation of his behavior. Anyone who is even somewhat familiar with the Bible probably knows the difference between God's position and man's practices of these moral issues. 

These topics are social issues because they affect our society. What we practice regarding moral issues determines what kind of society we are now and what kind of society we will become. With a little thought, it is not difficult to see that there is a great difference between our society now and our society just a few generations ago. 

In part, this contrast is the result of a shift in moral values. This liberal shift in moral values is the result of a disregard for God and his Word (the Bible, in which he included his moral code for humanity). We, therefore, have changed. The moral nature of God, though, does not change (Hebrews 13:8). Further, God has not changed his instructions to mankind in about 2,000 years (Galatians 1:6-9; Jude 3). 

Abortion, homosexuality, gambling, etc. are also hotly contested political issues. These kinds of political issues are emotionally charged because of the emotional investment that opposing people have in moral and social issues. So, moral issues are social and political issues, too. Further, moral issues are still moral issues even though they may be social and political issues as well. 

Political and social issues are especially important when they are also moral issues. The survival of our nation, the well being of our society and the salvation of souls are at risk. 

"Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people" (Proverbs 14:34). 

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