The Bible Is Not Pro Life

June 11, 2016


I don’t understand why the pro-life camp invokes the Bible. The Bible teaches about a god who advocated aborting babies. The Bible also describes a god who commanded the killing of living babies.

The Bible is in no way pro life, whether it speaks of pre-born babies or already-born babies. Examples:

Not Pro Life:
God commands a ritual that uses cursed “bitter water” to abort fetuses conceived through infidelity. (Numbers 5:11-21)

Not Pro Life:
God orders Moses to kill every Midianite woman who was no longer a virgin. Many of these women would obviously have been pregnant. (Numbers 31:15-18)

Not Pro Life:
God promises to destroy the infants of Samaria and let foreign nations rip open the stomachs of pregnant women. (Can you imagine that?)

“The people of Samaria must bear their guilt, because they have rebelled against their God. They will fall by the sword; their little ones will be dashed to the ground, their pregnant women ripped open.” (Hosea 13:16)

Not Pro Life:
In 2 Kings 15:16, we see the bellies of the pregnant women of Tappuah being ripped open by Menahem. Although he’s one of those evil kings in the Bible, he’s not considered evil because of his murdering women and babies. (After all, the children of god were commanded to do all that stuff, too.) 

2 Kings 15:16 seems to be kind of an incidental event in the retelling of a story. The way you or I would say something like, “And then he went to the store and bought some groceries.” You know… Just kind of a passing parenthetical statement. Only this passing statement happens to be,

“At that time Menahem, starting out from Tirzah, attacked Tiphsah and everyone in the city and its vicinity, because they refused to open their gates. He sacked Tiphsah and ripped open all the pregnant women.” (2 Kings 15:16)

As you can see, the nonchalant, parenthetical nature of this verse is most definitely not pro life. It seems quite the opposite, in fact. As if the ripping open of pregnant women was just typical (albeit messy) wartime behavior. You know,… “Boys will be boys.”

Not Pro Life:
This is an example of god’s commanding the killing of already-born infants and nursing babies, as well as babies still in the wombs of women.

1 Samuel 15 — Samuel said to Saul, “I am the one the Lord sent to anoint you king over his people Israel; so listen now to the message from the Lord. 2 This is what the Lord Almighty says: ‘I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt. 3 Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.’”

Not Pro Life:
Again, an example of the killing of already-born infants and nursing babies, as well as babies still in the wombs of women.

Ezekiel 9:5-6 — As I listened, he said to the others, “Follow him through the city and kill, without showing pity or compassion. 6 Slaughter the old men, the young men and women, the mothers and children, but do not touch anyone who has the mark. Begin at my sanctuary.” So they began with the old men who were in front of the temple.

Not Pro Life:
An example of god’s brutally killing already-born children simply for innocently teasing a grown up.

2 Kings 2:24 — “Then he went up from there to Bethel; and as he was going up by the way, young lads came out from the city and mocked him and said to him, “Go up, you baldhead; go up, you baldhead!” 24 When he looked behind him and saw them, he cursed them in the name of the Lord. Then two female bears came out of the woods and tore up forty-two lads of their number. 25 He went from there to Mount Carmel, and from there he returned to Samaria.…”

Not Pro Life:
God joyfully blesses those who repays enemies by destroying their babies.

Psalm 137:9 — O daughter of Babylon, you devastated one, how blessed will be the one who repays you with the recompense with which you have repaid us. How blessed will be the one who seizes and dashes your little ones against the rock.

The Bible is filled with killing.
Modern pro-life believers frequently proclaim that “all life is precious,” that “all life is sacred” and, “all lives matter.”

Is that really what the Bible teaches?