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Theology: Evangelical Although abortion is not specifically mentioned in the Bible, the old testament has a number of references indicating reverence for life in the womb (Exod 23:22-23, Job 31:15, Ps. 139:13-16, Isa. 44:24, 49:1-6, Jer. 1:5) The verses below remind of us of how much God values children. Ps 127:3   “Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him.” Jer 32:35 “They built high places for Baal in the Valley of Ben Hinnom to sacrifice                   their sons and daughters to Molech, though I never commanded, nor did it                   enter my mind, that they should do such a detestable thing and so make Judah sin.” The Holy Bible, New International Version. Grand Rapids: The Zondervan Corporation,  1973, 1978, 1984.   Jewish The Jewish faith has struggled with this issue as well and what follows is some of their scholarly responses. Genesis 9:5 - 6                "Surely I will require your lifeblood; from every beast I will require it.                And from every man, from every man's brother I will require the life of man.                Whoever sheds man's blood, By man his blood shall be shed,                For in the image of God He made man.” The Talmud (Sanhedrin 57b) understands this verse to be talking about the killing of a fetus; that is a fetus is considered to be alive with regard to the prohibition against murderer and all are warned not to kill him/her. The fetus however, although being considered "alive" to the extent that his or her life is protected, is not considered to be fully alive to the extent that if it endangered the mothers life it takes precedence. Thus if a pregnancy risks the life of the mother the Rabbis rule that the mother's life takes precedence and that the child may be aborted so as to save the mother's life Exodus 21: 22 - 25               "If men struggle with each other and strike a woman with child so that she gives birth prematurely,                yet there is no injury, he shall surely be fined as the woman's husband may demand of him,                and he shall pay as the judges decide.                But if there is any further injury, then you shall appoint as a penalty life for life,                eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,                burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise” According to the Septuagint and to the ancient Jewish historians Josephus and Philo, the term "harm" refers exclusively to the child. https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Judaism/abortion.html Below are historical Jewish opinions about abortion. Josephus, a Jewish historian from the first century wrote that God  "forbids women to cause abortion of what is begotten, or to destroy it afterwards and if any woman appears to have done so,  she will be a murderer of her child” Against Apion book 2:25 Plus the Roman historian Tacitus recorded that the Jews "regard it as a crime to kill any late-born children." Tacitus (1931). The Histories. London: William Heinemann. Volume II, 183. Ancient civilizations Even some ancient societies had laws regarding damaging a baby in the womb: “According to the laws of the ancient East (Sumer, Assyria, the Hittites), punishment for inflicting an aborting blow was monetary and sometimes even flagellation, but not death (except for one provision in Assyrian law concerning wilful abortion, self-inflicted). In the Code of Hammurapi (no. 209, 210) there is a parallel to the construction of the two quoted passages: "If a man strikes a woman [with child] causing her fruit to depart, he shall pay ten shekalim for her loss of child. If the woman should die, he who struck the blow shall be put to death." https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Judaism/abortion.htm
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     As we act on what God speaks to us about, we change. As we change and those we pray for change, culture changes.                        Because WE ARE CULTURE.                  All rights reserved We R Culture 2016
Theology: Evangelical Although abortion is not specifically mentioned in the Bible, the old testament has a number of references indicating reverence for life in the womb (Exod 23:22-23, Job 31:15, Ps. 139:13-16, Isa. 44:24, 49:1-6, Jer. 1:5) The verses below remind of us of how much God values children. Ps 127:3   “Sons are a heritage from the LORD,                   children a reward from him.” Jer 32:35 “They built high places for Baal in the Valley of                   Ben Hinnom to sacrifice their sons and                   daughters to Molech, though I never                   commanded, nor did it enter my mind, that they                   should do such a detestable thing and so make                   Judah sin.” The Holy Bible, New International Version. Grand Rapids: The Zondervan Corporation,  1973, 1978, 1984.   Jewish The Jewish faith has struggled with this issue as well and what follows is some of their scholarly responses. Genesis 9:5 - 6                "Surely I will require your lifeblood; from every                beast I will require it. And from every man, from                every man's brother I will require the life of man.                Whoever sheds man's blood, By man his blood                shall be shed,                For in the image of God He made man.” The Talmud (Sanhedrin 57b) understands this verse to be talking about the killing of a fetus; that is a fetus is considered to be alive with regard to the prohibition against murderer and all are warned not to kill him. The fetus however, although being considered "alive" to the extent that his or her life is protected, is not considered to be fully alive to the extent that if it endangered the mothers life it takes precedence. Thus if a pregnancy risks the life of the mother the Rabbis rule that the mother's life takes precedence and that the child may be aborted so as to save the mother's life Exodus 21: 22 - 25               "If men struggle with each other and strike a                woman with child so that she gives birth                prematurely, yet there is no injury, he shall                surely be fined as the woman's husband may                demand of him, and he shall pay as the judges                decide. But if there is any further injury, then                you shall appoint as a penalty life for life,                eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand,                foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound,                bruise for bruise” According to the Septuagint and to the ancient Jewish historians Josephus and Philo, the term "harm" refers exclusively to the child. https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org Below are historical Jewish opinions about abortion. Josephus, a Jewish historian from the first century wrote that God  "forbids women to cause abortion of what is begotten, or to destroy it afterwards and if any woman appears to have done so, she will be a murderer of her child Against Apion book 2:25 Plus a “hostile source”, the Roman historian Tacitus recorded that the Jews "regard it as a crime to kill any late-born children." Tacitus (1931). The Histories. London: William Heinemann. Volume II, 183. Ancient civilizations Even some ancient societies had laws regarding damaging a baby in the womb: “According to the laws of the ancient East (Sumer, Assyria, the Hittites), punishment for inflicting an aborting blow was monetary and sometimes even flagellation, but not death (except for one provision in Assyrian law concerning wilful abortion, self-inflicted). In the Code of Hammurapi (no. 209, 210) there is a parallel to the construction of the two quoted passages: "If a man strikes a woman [with child] causing her fruit to depart, he shall pay ten shekalim for her loss of child. If the woman should die, he who struck the blow shall be put to death." https://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org
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