What the Old Testament says:
- God created humans in his image.
- Humans bear God’s image from conception on.
- Birth is considered a co-creative process involving a man, a woman, and God. We share in God’s act of creation.
- The OT law sought to protect the life of the mother and fetus. A high value was placed on both.
- The OT elevates human life as a precious gift from God.
What the New Testament says:
- It expressly condemns infanticide.
- Conception is seen as a blessing.
- Humans bear God’s image from the moment of conception.
- The NT teaches personal continuity of identity from womb to grave.
- Paul makes it clear that a woman doesn’t own or rule over her own body.
- Humans are unique creations in that we are in the image of God.
- The woman does not have exclusive rights over the developing human inside her body. Theologically, that life inside her is a gift and a trust from God.
- The destruction of human life in any form is against God’s purpose in creation. God is the giver of life; it is Satan who is the destroyer of it.
- Jesus’s persistent teaching was that those whom the culture perceived as marginal human beings have value.
- The Bible speaks strongly against the shading of innocent blood.
- The Bible teaches us to help those who are helpless.
- There is nothing in Scripture that even remotely suggests that the unborn child is anything less than a human person from the moment of conception on.