How to Interpret Fill-in-the-blank Jesus

Argument:

Jesus never mentioned abortion, therefore Christians are wrong to be pro-life.

“Jesus never once talked about abortion… for people perverting the gospel of Jesus Christ down to one issue, it’s heresy… Open the Bible… you won’t see it there…” (Joe Scarborough, Morning Joe, September 9, 2022, 28:37. It is worth hearing the whole rant on YouTube.)

Reply:

Arguing about something that was never said is meaningless.

First, make a list of behaviors not mentioned by Jesus.

  • Jesus never mentioned the sex trafficking of children.
  • Jesus never mentioned selling a child into slavery.
  • Jesus never mentioned cannibalism of your children.
  • Jesus never mentioned child sacrifice.

Then, realize that Jesus wasn’t silent about moral issues and did not fail to speak to important ethical questions such as these, because Jesus did quote Exodus 20:13 and Deuteronomy 5: 17. He also summarized Exodus 21:12, Leviticus 24:17, Numbers 35:12, and Deuteronomy 17:8-13. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus addressed the motives of a murderous heart that will be judged by God. Furthermore, it would be absurd to ignore the value Jesus placed upon infants and children.

An argument from silence means nothing, but Jesus was not silent about moral issues. You must use what Jesus did say to extrapolate what he believed. You cannot take what he did not say and create a narrative of what he may have believed.

It is absurd to indicate that Jesus approved of killing reborn children for the convenience of the parents. Jesus appealed to Scripture as authoritative, specifically indicating passages that condemn murder. Therefore, Jesus sees the black letters as authoritative, not just his own red ones.

Jesus believed what it says in the book of Psalms.

Indeed you created my inward parts; you wove me in my mother’s womb. I praise you, because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works, and my soul knows it well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was created secretly, and intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my embryo, and in your book they all were written— days fashioned for me when there was not one of them. And to me, how precious are your thoughts, O God; how vast is their sum. If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand. I awaken, and I am still with you. If only you would kill the wicked, O God— so get away from me, you bloodthirsty men— who speak against you deceitfully. Your enemies take your name in vain. Do I not hate those who hate you, O Yahweh? And do I not loathe those who rise up against you? I hate them with a complete hatred; they have become my enemies. Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. And see if there is in me the worship of false gods, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139)

It is manipulative to imply that Psalm 139 has no application to the murder of the unborn unless Jesus quoted it directly.

Luke 24:44″… the psalms must be fulfilled” indicates Jesus high view of Psalms. Jesus explicitly endorsed the Old Testament, and the Old Testament explicitly condemn murder, killing a human, even a pre-born human.

The earliest Christians understood Christ and wrote what they thought would please Him.

First century Christians documented their understanding of the Twelve Apostles’ doctrine on Christ and wrote (Didache 12:2) “You shall not murder a child by abortion nor kill that which is begotten (pre-born).”

Furthermore, there is no competition between pre-born humans and the born ones, as if the defense of right to life prevents the care and protection of all children. We need to do both. Honor the sanctity of pre-born humans. Protect all humans from neglect and abuse.

Modern man may think himself wise in his own eyes, especially when suggesting that he is more qualified to speak on behalf of Jesus, that the historical Jesus was in favor of abortion, that Jesus had nothing to say about the morality or ethics that are the murderous heart of abortion.

A secular consideration may have some light in it.

Consider the wording that was in the pre-Christian Hippocratic oath, written between the fifth and third century BC. “… I will give no sort of medicine to any pregnant woman with a view to destroy the child.” Even the ancient pagan Greeks knew something about the dignity of human life.

 

 

 

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