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Jettisoning Genesis and the silent genocide1

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Published: 13 July 2020 (GMT+10)
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Each life is a precious gift from God.

In Britain since the 1967 Abortion Act was passed, there have been nearly nine million abortions performed—that’s an average of 4,000 per week.2 This is a truly shocking, sobering, and gut-wrenching statistic. It is nothing short of a silent genocide that has continued unabated in the half century since, and has been accepted by society and culture as a ‘normal’ part of ‘health care’ and ‘reproductive rights’ for all. Of course, taking Europe as a whole we can multiply such figures even further—and the worldwide death toll from abortion is mind-boggling.

Of course, the world is in the middle of the Covid-19 pandemic and the death toll has been tragic—at the time of writing, almost 550,000. However, annual abortion deaths are two orders of magnitude higher than those who have died from this coronavirus, which people are trying their utmost to prevent. Abortions are intentional deaths (murder) and the average annual death toll of unborn babies, astonishingly, exceeds 56 million.3 In addition, bodies such as the World Health Organisation and the Guttmacher Institute report that, every year, over 22,800 women tragically die from complications due to botched abortions, while a further 2–7 million women who survive unsafe abortions go on to suffer chronic complications (injury, sepsis and disease).4

As Bible-believing Christians, these statistics should make us hang our heads in shame and disbelief, stirring us to cry out in prayer and repentance to the Father of life.

The reason why abortion is so wrong is that it destroys a person made in the image of God and is an affront to the divine command to be fruitful and multiply. This is based upon the clear biblical doctrine of Creation, as revealed in Genesis 1:27–28, “God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. And God blessed them. And God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth … ’.” The doctrine of the sanctity of life, from the moment of conception, is derived directly from Scripture.5

Eroding foundations

Britain was once considered a Christian nation by many people, one founded upon biblical principles. Of course, the same could have been said for many other countries. But our Judeo-Christian foundations have been incessantly eroded since the acceptance of evolutionary belief, which was working its insidious influence even before Charles Darwin published his Origin of Species in 1859.6 His writings replaced, in the minds of those who accepted his ideas, the fundamental and unique concept of divine creation as revealed in Genesis. Creation as outlined in Scripture was exchanged for ideas of undirected processes of evolution, involving death of the unfit through millions of years of struggle and violence—the very antithesis of the “very good” origins revealed in Scripture.7 Evolution prepared the seedbed for the fruit that was to eventually grow within culture—including liberalisation of abortion laws, over a hundred years later, along with the wholesale abandonment of biblically based principles. We now live in a post-Christian culture.

Sadly, my own country, the UK has recently imposed abortion on the province of Northern Ireland, which previously had the strictest abortion laws in Europe.8 This followed an earlier vote by MPs in London, both to liberalise abortion and to extend same-sex marriage to Northern Ireland.9 And more recently, politicians attempted (but thankfully failed) in their attempt to hijack the UK domestic abuse bill to introduce abortion on demand.10 In the face of the godless agenda and bullying tactics of certain of our politicians, Christians must earnestly and prayerfully engage.

Pressuring the vulnerable

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Unborn babies with Downs syndrome are targets for abortion.

According to The Christian Institute (UK) there is a dramatic rise in instances of health care professionals pressuring patients to have abortions. However, there have been many cases of misdiagnoses, whereby terminations were offered based on faulty information. For instance, a Scottish mother was pressured every week into having an abortion, after her baby was identified as having problems at 13 weeks of pregnancy. She refused, and has since given birth to a healthy boy. Another case centred around a misdiagnosis of spina bifida, where the patient was offered abortion ten times. The mother resisted, and her child was born healthy, only requiring a post-natal operation.11 In June 2019 an expectant mother of 22 weeks, with learning difficulties, was pressured into abortion despite her protests and the wishes of her parents to adopt. Thankfully, after a massive online petition, the judge’s decision was overturned.12 According to the Society for the Protection of the Unborn (SPUC), coercion to have abortions is commonplace, with patients regularly being misinformed as to what abortion involves.13 Without doubt, such worrying reports could be multiplied across other nations of the world.

Even more shocking in the UK is the dramatic rise in litigation against the National Health Service (NHS) for ‘wrongful birth’, whereby parents have sued the NHS for not aborting their babies whom they considered undesirable; an eye-watering £114 million (143 million US dollars) has been paid out since 1995. Two cases of children born with Down’s syndrome made recent headlines, with resulting litigation against the NHS eventually running to £10.5 million.14 More macabre still was the scandal of some UK hospitals being heated by medical waste including aborted babies. We live in desperately tragic times.

Restoring Creation’s foundations

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Genesis forms the foundation upon which all correct theology is built.

All this makes for grim and sad reading and we might be tempted to close our eyes in despair. Maybe some readers have even experienced the pain and guilt associated with abortion. There is forgiveness and healing available from our ever-merciful Creator, demonstrated through the cross of Christ. It is only through our Creator/Saviour Jesus that the image of God in us, marred by the Fall of our forefather Adam, can be renewed through Jesus Christ, the Last Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45). Only through Him can hearts and minds be changed regarding the abortion issue. When eyes are opened to the bankruptcy of the evolutionary philosophy that undergirds such moral issues, by the grace of God, world-views can be radically realigned to godly standards.

Accepting Genesis Creation as history provides a solid foundation for the hope of the new creation in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). When it comes to the question of who can be saved, Jesus said, “What is impossible with man is possible with God” (Luke 18:27). As a ministry, CMI exists to see people returned to a knowledge of Christ as Creator, Lord and Saviour.

References and notes

  1. Slightly modified from its first appearance in CMI-UK/Europe’s CreationExtra, September 2019. Return to text.
  2. Independently verified data based on UK government statistics: fullfact.org/law/factchecking-campaigning-leaflets-abortion. Return to text.
  3. For a real-time abortions timer see: worldometers.info/abortions, accessed 7 July 2020. Return to text.
  4. Guttmacher Institute, Induced abortion worldwide, guttmacher.org; accessed 8 July 2020. This factsheet gives the full academic source references for the data it reports. Return to text.
  5. Other Scriptures include Leviticus 18:21; Psalm 106:38; 127:3–4; 139:13–16; Jeremiah 1:5; Ezekiel 16:20–21. Return to text.
  6. The full title is: On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life. Return to text.
  7. Genesis 1:31. Return to text.
  8. See: Byrne, L., Northern Ireland abortion law found to breach human rights, bbc.co.uk/news, 3 October 2019; accessed 7 September 2020. Return to text.
  9. Anon, Abortion and same-sex marriage moves for NI backed by MPs, bbc.co.uk/news, 9 July 2019; accessed 7 July 2020. Return to text.
  10. Pro-abortion MPs attempt to hijack domestic abuse Bill to get abortion on demand, christian.org.uk, 4 July 2020; accessed 7 July 2020. Return to text.
  11. Anon, Mum offered an abortion ‘every week’ gives birth to healthy boy, christian.org.uk, 26 June 2019; accessed 7 July 2020. Return to text.
  12. Anon, British judge orders mother to have abortion against her will, citizengo.org, 23 June 2019; accessed 7 July 2020. Return to text.
  13. Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, “Why are women not informed?” Abortion testimony on BBC shows urgent action needed on abortion consent, spuc.org.uk, 3 July 2019; accessed 7 July 2020. Return to text.
  14. Woolgar, A., ‘Wrongful Births’: The NHS spends millions in compensation … for babies being born, cmfblog.org.uk, 6 April 2017; accessed 7 July 2020. Return to text.

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Readers’ comments

Rob R.
And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:

Sounds like john the baptist was pretty alive and human in the womb.
Gavin Cox
Amen!
Rob M.
I believed abortion was wrong even before I became a Christian. I thought science should have the answer to this debate. The answers I found were surprisingly simple. The concept of - killing human beings is wrong, even if only on general principle. This general belief was held by pretty much everyone, a pretty much universal belief. which led to - is a fetus alive? the requirements for life are (1) take in nutrients/expel waste( 2) capacity for growth, (3) capacity to feel pain (4) capacity to reproduce. Does a fetus meet those requirements? Everything I looked at says yes it does. Only conclusion I could come up with was a fetus is alive. Is it a human being? this one I've got to admit really shocked me. Only 2 requirements to be a human being. (1) the mother must be a human being.(2) the father must be a human being. therefore a fetus IS A LIVING HUMAN BEING. Then according to the almost universal belief that killing human beings is wrong, abortion must be wrong as well.
Gavin Cox
Thanks Rob for your excellent comment and the points you raise. It is very interesting to read that as an unbeliever you recognized abortion is wrong. An important article written by Lita Costner has some statistics that show the religious motivation of those offering abortion to women.
Bill P.
I'm old enough to remember a time when a husband and wife who were expecting a child were told that it was a good practice to speak lovingly to the child still in the mother's womb or play nice soft music because it was believed that the child could hear what was going on outside of the mother's womb. It made perfect sense to me that this was possible.
If this is true then sadly I wonder how many children still in the womb hear that they are about to suffer harm, (not to mention the little ones who are born and suffer abuse at the hands of the adults who raise these children). It breaks the heart.
The only thing that brings me peace is knowing that these babies are w/The Living God Creator of heaven and earth and everything in it. The heavens can not contain HIM Who lives forever so sometimes I imagine millions upon millions of little children playing and laughing w/The FATHER who is in heaven, (it's just something I enjoy day dreaming about). The thought of that brings a smile to my heart since it is written "To be absent from the body is to be in the presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Alf F.
How sad that those who push so hard for abortion do so with the faculties of their own God-given self-aware soul... and yet refuse to recognise a baby as an individual spirit, infinitely valuable and irreplaceable. They aim, amongst other things, to control population numbers, for their own ends. They are running a financial empire based on killing babies (and mothers) and even selling them, not a health care system. Its not health care... I was also an unplanned baby, but my parents would never have thought of aborting, because they walked in love, and knew the difference between right and wrong. That came from a heritage of Judeo-Christian civilised values, which comes from believing the Bible. Sign every petition you can against abortion, because petitions are having a powerful effect. Pray with all persistence and fervour, because we must by all means rescue this generation from the enemy, he may not have them. Thank you so much CMI for this article.
Douglas W.
I am very grateful to CMI for leading me to look at the Old Testament judgments on abortion (caused by GBH to the mother-to-be). I agree with you at CMI, that it is murder, and I have indicated this to my Member of Parliament.
Polly B.
I think it is horrible … Poor innocent babies being yanked or sucked from the so-called ‘protection’ of their mothers’ safe bodies by … doctors who have taken oaths, promises, to do no harm, to save lives – but instead they murder innocent babies …
Murk P.
It is not enough. It is not enough for [a nation] to kill 100,000 of the children conceived within her borders. Before they are born. The property of personhood 'magically enters' only after the child has completely proceeded—is the twisted law that enables the slaughter. All those who practice infanticide are not victims of it. No we must also destroy the identity of those who make it through this cull... All those who practice the art of dismembering were born from non dismembered people... Oh [nations] - why do you say “God keep our land,” while at the same time you cut down its young? “She made the whole earth drunk. The nations drank her wine. Therefore they have now gone mad.” Stalin and Hitler... killed around 165 million. The nations are at 1.6 billion babies. “Death and destruction are never satisfied, neither are the eyes of man.”
The only way out of the pending madness and terror is to turn to Him and stop killing and dismembering... He paid the price on the cross. There will be no terror for those who do right.
Thank you for the article which will soon be deemed hate speech I think.
Courtney K.
It's not just doctors who pressure, either. It's also husbands and other family members. Which is why the whole argument of abortion being pro-women is bogus.
Martin R.
The root of abortion is lust, the rotten fruit of a bad tree. Where was 'father' ? Indulging in self satisfaction without regard to the consequences. The moment of decision is the moment of engagement, and should not be left to the women to express her right to her own body. Likewise her responsibility is the real moment of decision to engage or not. Our culture has separated the pleasure and gratification of sex from the responsibility of relationship, marriage and family. 'Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit.' We have wandered far away from the Root.
David B.
I have opposed abortion since the original act was passed. I was impressed by the film 'Unplanned' ... It's quite harrowing at times, but it's based on a true story and has a very happy ending.
Richard A.
The Psalmist says 'in sin did my mother conceive me'. So right from the moment of conception we are a 'person' in the sight of God and must be treated as such. To take the life of an unborn person just because their existence is inconvenient or in some way disabled is, and always will be, morally wrong. As believers we must be prepared to support the right to life at all times. Euthanasia must also be resisted on the same grounds.
Kenneth P.
Thank you Gavin for this sobering yet so needed article! When I was younger, somehow through my willful and absolute ignorance, even as a Christian, I was convinced that the unborn fetus was just a conglomeration of cells, something like a mass of hamburger until just before it was born. This was until my wife and I experienced a miscarriage or what they called a spontaneous abortion and the nurse showed me the lifeless body of our fully formed son, estimated to be 4 to 4 1/2 months gestation. No person, scientist, doctor, preacher or politician will every convince me that this little one was not a human being! You are so right that we need a revival of faith in the Holy Scriptures and in Jesus the living Word of God! God have mercy on us!!
Gavin Cox
Thank you Kenneth for sharing this powerful testimony demonstrating the full humanity of your son, even though, still a tiny fetus. May the Lord add His blessing to you and your wife.
Christopher B.
It takes even more faith to believe in evolution than it does to believe in God and His Works. I had already come to believe in the created universe but watching the movie " Is Genesis History" really brought it home to me.
The evolutionists have so many gaps and leaps of faith to continue to believe it just seems illogical to me. The film points out that Genesis was written as a history, that there was a huge difference between how they wrote history and how they wrote fantasy at that time. Why is it so hard for someone to believe that God made the entire universe in 6 days and created Adam and Eve as mature adults, fully grown just as He did the universe? How much faith does it take to think the entire universe sprang from nothing to something for no particular reason?
The entire reason for dumping the bible is so certain people can do Satan's bidding and gain what they think is control over others. Murdering unborns will progress to newly borns and then to undesirables. We need to spread God's Gospel as much as we can.
BTW the movie is free on You tube.
Gary M.
"In the beginning...God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” Genesis 1:1, 27-28. The doctrine of the sanctity of life, from the moment of conception, is derived directly from Scripture."

The key there is, "In the beginning...". Every human created after that are inherently created into sin:

"Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men (mankind), for that all have sinned:"

"The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies." Psalm 58:3


I'm not trying to take anything away from this article but, to say we are all created in the image of God, just isn't correct. Abortion isn't just either (parenthesis added for clarification).
Gavin Cox
I agree with most of your comments, except for two issues you raise.
You state 1) "Every human created after that are inherently created into sin."
I disagree. When God created, everything He made was perfect. Genesis 1:31 states "And God saw everything that he had made, and behold, it was very good." Also, James 1:16 teaches "Do not be deceived, my beloved brothers. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change. Of his own will, he brought us forth by the word of truth, that we should be a kind of firstfruits of his creatures." God cannot create anything that is not perfect, or sinful. It would be correct to say that every human pro-created by natural means (as opposed to special supernatural creation) after the Fall is fallen, and therefore sin. We can only be made perfect by the regenerating power of God by faith in the saving work of Christ, through repentance.
You also state 2) "but, to say we are all created in the image of God, just isn't correct."
To be human is to be created in God's image. Genesis 1:27 states "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them." If you're not created in God's image you are not human, period. The very basis of saying abortion is wrong (murder) is because it is the taking of human life. Even if that life is still in the womb, it is still a human life, and therefore made in the image of God, and of incalculable worth.
Bruce B.
It seems ironic that we worry ourselve frantic about global warming, plastic and atmospheric pollution etc when there is a much bigger elephant in the room. Our society desperately tries to protect its citizens from harm hence the snowflake generation, helicopter parents and endless inappropriate and unnecessary risk assessments - and yet every year in the UK alone we destroy more that 200,000 unborn babies most of whom would have have healthy births. This is not logic, this is not reason. We are killing children simply because, in most cases, they are just inconvenient, unaffordable or the wrong sex. I wonder if the antediluvian people, whom God destroyed for their sin, were any worse than we are now.
The classic justification for abortion, that a woman has the right to decide what to do with her own body, falls at the first fence if it is true that though the unborn child is in the woman's body it is not part of it. This was the justification for the appalling suggestion that the foetus is a parasite feeding on the mother's body. The fact that the baby has its own blood supply and inherits only part of the female genome should make it abundantly clear that the unborn child is not part of the woman's body and that therefore she does not have the right to decide whether or not to destroy it.

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