I will NOT be a hypocrite here. I have far too many faults, flaws and sins to judge anyone else. I am just presenting a short historical background and some verses from the Bible. YOU can make ALL of the judgments yourself.
Many people think that the Bible is against birth control. They quote the "Be fruitful and multiply" verse. However; birth control is mentioned in the Bible and people are even encouraged to use it in the Bible.
Genesis chapter 38 references withdrawal as a method of contraception when Onan spills his semen on the ground; to not father a child with Tamar.
But God killed Onan for masturbating....
Onan took his brother's widow into his bedchamber to give his dead brother an heir (child). That was the law during that time. Onan took the woman and had sex but refused to obey the law and allow her to have a child. He wanted to inherit his brothers land.
Onan was killed because he broke a law concerning inheritance and he tricked the widow.
The Talmud (The central book of Judaism) states that "there are three women that may cohabit with a sponge: a minor, a pregnant woman and one that nurses her child". The "sponge" was an absorbent material, such as cotton or wool, intended to block sperm.
A 4000 year old papyrus mentions several methods of birth control that kill sperm inside the womb. These include acacia gum (still used in contraceptive jellies), gummy substances to cover the "mouth of the womb", a mixture of honey and sodium carbonate applied inside of the vagina, and a pessary made from crocodile dung.
So why did some churches prevent the use of birth control?
At one time it was believed the male sperm was the only factor in human reproduction and the sperm was miniature people.
Since Roe V Wade there have been over 55 Million abortions in America. World wide there are 42 Million abortions every year.
So how many total abortions were there?
Nobody knows because we don't know when abortions started.
According to Chinese folklore, the Emperor Shennong prescribed the use of mercury to induce abortions 5000 years ago.
In his Theaetetus, Plato mentions a midwife's ability to induce abortion in the early stages of pregnancy.
Hippocrates writings describe instruments fashioned to dilate the cervix and curette inside of the uterus. A procedure that we still use today.
A paper published in 1870 on the abortion services in Syracuse, New York, stated that the method most often practiced was to flush inside of the uterus with injected water.
Throughout history abortions have had legal penalties assigned to them. Different cultures have different penalties. They ranged from fines, to a few years in prison, up to the death penalty. Nobody could agree on if it was wrong or how wrong it might be.
Even then people argued about WHEN life began.
Every group can defend their starting point for when life begins. There is NOT a universally accepted time.
There are Drs that say it is life after it comes through the birth canal and the Dr slaps its butt. This is true that it is clearly life then but it doesn't make any statement about before.
Many Drs say that it is life after 6 months because it can live on life support in the hospital.
Some Drs say that when it starts moving at 5 months it is alive.
Some Drs say that when the blood system develops at 1 month it is alive.
Some Drs say that when it starts to grow (which is a physical action) then it is alive. That is minutes after the sperm and egg combine.
The Bible always uses the same word for a child in the womb as for a child walking by his mother.
God often said things like: Jeremiah 1:5 Before I formed you in the womb I knew and approved of you, and before you were born I separated and set you apart, consecrating you; and I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.
Exodus 21:22-25 (New International Version)
22 “If people are fighting and hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely, but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman’s husband demands and the court allows.
23 But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life,
24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,
25 burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.
The Hebrew word used here was yasa or to come out of. If they fight and the child comes out of the woman.
The Hebrew language has a term (shachol) that denotes an abortion, or miscarriage (see 2 Kgs. 2:21; Hos. 9:14), yet that word is not employed in this context. This passage deals with a premature birth, not an aborted fetus.
The Hebrew word used here is yasa, meaning “to come out.” Though the word has a wide variety of uses in the Old Testament, it is frequently employed of an ordinary birth. God told Jeremiah, " . . .before you came forth out of (yasa) the womb I sanctified you . . ." (Jer. 1:5). In Exodus 21:22 the verb is used “of untimely birth” (Brown, Driver, & Briggs, Hebrew Lexicon, p. 423), or of “premature birth” (cf. NIV; NKJV).
Money and fear.
If a church told women they can't get an abortion, the women wanting abortions would leave that church. Their families would leave, their friends would leave. Churches often do things and allow things so that they don't lose members. They survive only if people attend and tithe (donate money).
It comes down to if the unborn child is alive or not. We already know it is human. (A woman isn't giving birth to a cat or dog). The Bible says it is alive, with a soul and the only passage that deals with this imposes the death penalty if the unborn dies. It seems simple to me and I hope I shed some light on the subject.
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