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Is Abortion Ever Justifiable?

Reading Vol. 8, No. 2 of Answers Magazine, I was disappointed to see Dr. Tommy Mitchell’s answer to the question of “Is Abortion Ever Justifiable?”  The answer was clearly, yes, willful murder of an innocent life by the specific action of man can sometimes be the proper course of action. 

The articles statement “the physician has the choice of losing either one life or two” does not convey the entirety of the dilemma.  The real choice a doctor has is whether to trust man or God and whether to follow Biblical principles or set them aside.  A physician who trusts God and chooses not to take life may find a way to treat the problem he might not otherwise have seen.  Even if he doesn’t, he is giving back to God the ultimate consequence of healing or death.

For a Christian, physical death is not an event to be avoided at all costs and certainly not at the cost of willfully taking another’s life.  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego could have easily avoided what seemed like certain death by violating a command of God listed in the same ten with “Thou shalt not kill”.  They chose to obey God rather than man realizing that “If it be [so], our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver [us] out of thine hand, O king.” 

Even for a consequence of death, God’s commands and God’s glory are more important than our temporary life here on earth.  Philippians 1:22 describes departing this life to be with Christ as far better.  That doesn’t mean we take our own lives, nor does it mean we should take the life of another, but it does mean that death for a believer is not something to be in fear of or avoid at the cost of righteousness.

The article also states that “Sometimes these horrible ‘no-win’ scenarios do arise.”  With God, “no-win” scenarios do not exist.  You can always to right!  We do live in a sin cursed world, and there are horrible scenarios and difficult ones, but His grace is sufficient.

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