Like every other person, I have a TikTok to addiction. Lately, my TikTok home page, or for you page, has become full of “Christian conservatives .” These people use different platforms to post their ideas on abortion and women’s rights, and many other things I disagree with and use the Bible.
As a Christian myself, I hate the most when people use biblical justification for their sanctimonious stance.
I have read the Bible in its entirety. I have studied the Lord’s word with pastors and with different religions. I have a solid spiritual bond with the Lord.
So when I see people use the Bible quotes and cannot finish the chapter, it annoys me. So many people cite a dozen verses that refer to the developing fetus but not one that condemns abortion. You’re no better than a gossip site with a soundbite.
With Roe v. Wade being overturned, you see many more self-righteous Christian terrorists coming out of the woodwork. I do not think that these people understand the overturning of Roe v. Wade would allow exceptions for rape, incest, severe fetal abnormality, or the mother’s life. This reversal will cause enormous physical and social harm to women. Abortion is not anti-woman nor anti-god.
And let me remind you that the Judeo-Christian God does not care about the lives of pregnant women and their unborn children. God is pro-abortion.
So please stop misusing Exodus 21:22-25. The passage is about hitting a pregnant woman, and if she ends up having a miscarriage, you must pay her husband, and if you kill said woman, her husband has a right to kill you. The baby is nothing but property that’s lost and warrants compensation.
This quote almost always brings questions. “There are six things which the Lord hates, yes seven which are an abomination to Him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood” (Proverbs 6:16-17). Who are the “innocent” in a pregnancy resulting from rape or incest? Because you are claiming abortion is spilling innocent blood. But if a woman is a virgin and her hymen is broken, there is blood, isn’t that innocent blood? If a woman fights her attacker and gets hurt and bleeds, isn’t that innocent blood?
And in the original meaning, Innocent blood is murder. God hates murder. You shall not murder commandment number five. Jesus goes further in Matthew chapter 5 when He tells us that God hates even the thoughts and words at the core of a murdering heart. Also, in Matthew 5, Jesus says, “If your right eye is the reason you sin, take it out and throw it away. It is better to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.” So by Christian conservatives’ ideology, we should gouge the eye of people who use their eyes for lustful purposes.
Christians who use the idea of Isaiah 49:1 as proof of God being anti-abortion, where does it say anything about abortion or even birth? Isaiah 49:1 says, “the Lord hath called me from the womb.” God created all life. God knows us even before we’re formed in the womb. God puts us where he wants us. Why would God put a prophet in the womb of a woman who does not wish to or cannot support a child? He wouldn’t.
It also states much earlier in Isaiah, “They will have no pity on the fruit of the womb; their eye will not spare children” (Isaiah 13:18). Why is there no rush to protect children or save them if children are so sacred?
In Numbers 5:11-31, If a woman is caught or accused of committing adultery, a priest will force her to abort the baby. If she is “innocent,” she will be able to conceive with her husband. That sounds like a fetus does not possess a right to life.
For worshiping idols, God declared that not one of his people would live, not a man, woman, or child (not even babies in arms), again contradicting assertions about the sanctity of life (Jeremiah 44:7-8).
God will punish the Israelites by destroying their unborn children, who will die at birth, perish in the womb, or never even be conceived (Hosea 9:10-16).
The fact is that anyone can use the Bible as a weapon. You turn the Bible from a holy scripture meant to lead and guide people into an ordinary book. When the Bible is an ordinary book, it’s only up to our interpretation. Everyone interprets things differently because we are different people with different experiences. Everyone can make any opinion look like a fact. It’s self-righteous.
The scary thing about self-righteousness is that we usually don’t recognize it ourselves. We think that we are okay with God because of our religious practices. It is misplaced trust that leads to absent judgment. It’s not fighting back, attacking enemies, settling scores, or leveraging other people’s pain for your advancement. The earmark of Christianity is kindness, compassion, and supernatural love.