Made in God’s Image: Part Five PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Rev. Dr. Mark D Atkinson   

Six Scriptural Themes Indicating Why We are Pro-Life


What does Scripture teach regarding the nature of human life and the unborn? When does this teaching apply? Fifth in a series of six Scriptural Themes that indicate why we are pro-life.

Scriptural teaching regarding the value of human life and our responsibility to protect and care for innocent human life applies in every case .

Then the Lord said to him, "Who has made man's mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? — Exodus 4:11; See also Isaiah. 45:9-11

I know that I have said some controversial things so far in this message. My goal is to be faithful to what scripture and evident reason teaches. We believe that life comes from God.

Humans are made in the image of God.

What I am about to say is probably the most controversial thing you will hear today: these teachings apply in every case. This means that the circumstances surrounding the pregnancy do not change the fact that the developing person is made by God, in his image, for his divine purpose.

You ask, "Pastor Mark, do you mean, even in the case of rape, or incest, or severe deformity that the baby is made in the image of God? Yes.

This world is not as it should be.

There is much wrong, evil and suffering in it. Some months back on Facebook I saw a posting of a young woman asking, "Do I not deserve to live?" It happened that she had been conceived through one of these problem cases, and yet her mother had chosen not to have an abortion. I remember being taught by my mother: two wrongs don't make a right. There is truth in that. The wrong of rape, or incest, has no bearing on the right to life of the child that has been conceived. If it did, then why not permit killing the child at one year? Or at five? The fact of their fertilization will never change.

Let me be clear:

I have no illusion that this will ever be achieved perfectly in our world. We do not live in a theocracy. We live in a democracy. I know that the best we can hope to achieve in the political world will have to have these exceptions built in. If I were a congressman or senator voting on legislation that included these exceptions, I would go along with it out of political necessity. Better to achieve a partial good, when a complete one is not within your grasp. We already do this in regards to divorce. We permit it due to the hardness of people's hearts. However, in these walls, I will tell you the truth, before God and standing upon his Word.

[Next, the finale of this series: God offers forgiveness and restoration.]

Fifth in a six-part series from a sermon preached by The Rev. Dr. Mark D. Atkinson, at Fairview Presbyterian Church (EPC) in Glenmoore, PA on Sanctity of Human Life Sunday, 2013.

Previously in the "Made in God's Image" series:

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

Part Four



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