Post Abortion Counseling Pt 3- The Spiritual Consequences of Abortion

Perhaps the area that is least addressed is the spiritual consequences of abortion in both men and women.  Because abortion is the taking of a human life, there are consequences for this action. it is critical that she see abortion from a biblical viewpoint. 

Each person has been known by God since before creation, and He has been intimately involved in our lives from the moment of conception. It is God who formed our bodies and our immaterial being; it is God who writes the poem of each human life (Psalm 139). His ways are unsearchable for our finite minds therefore, we cannot know the reasons he creates us as we are.

The Bible is very clear that children come from God, and that He knows us before we are born and cites numerous individuals about whom it is said were known by God in the womb. The first woman, Eve, recognized that God (Genesis 4:1) had given her son to her. Her statement, “With the help of the Lord I have brought forth a son” shows us that she knew God had a primary role in her son’s formation and birth.

God’s intention is that sex and procreation take place within marriage.  The oneness of marriage and the unity that God intends in the relationship are the foundation for a godly family into which the children are to be born.  God never intended for sexual pleasure to take place outside of marriage, nor is it ideal for children to be born outside of the marriage union. However, God has a plan for each child He creates. There are no mistakes, and every child He creates is intentional and purposeful and is valued by Him.

Children are a great blessing from God! The Bible refers to them as “a crown of the aged.” Children bring their parents and grandparents joy and honor when they are raised to honor and serve the Lord. Our children are our heritage and He has a plan for each one of them.

God has for Christians as His adopted children. The Scripture uses the word lavish when referring to how great our blessings are as children of God (1 John 3:1). God’s adopted children are co-heirs with His Son, Jesus Christ. We learn that God loves us as His own children and bestows on his adopted children every right and blessing to which His natural Son is entitled.

This then is the real horror of abortion and the reason the spiritual aspect of abortion is so important. Because man is created in the image of God, abortion is literally destroying God’s image. God is the giver and taker of life and man has no right to play god by deciding who lives and who dies for convenience sake or otherwise.

Abortion is in a sense the end of a string of sinful ungodly decisions that began with lust, pride, sinful desires, selfishness and idolatry.  In most cases, the couple decides to violate God’s command for sex to be within marriage and become sexually immoral.  This leads to pregnancy outside of marriage and then the abortion decision.  When a married couple determines to abort their baby, there are devastating spiritual consequences as well. The couple denies one of the primary reasons for marriage and determines to be their own god by deciding who lives and who dies.

The abortion decision brings real guilt, shame, and fear to those who participate in it. These are spiritual consequences for violating the command not to kill and because God will not be mocked, the woman or couple will reap what they have sown (Galatians 6:7). The woman or the couple will continue to experience spiritual consequences as a result of the abortion that are intended to drive them to their knees in confession and repentance for their sin.  Confession and repentance are the only means by which a post-abortive woman and man can be reconciled to God first for salvation and then to reconcile the abortion choice. All sin is forgivable in Christ, and the post-abortive person must run to Him for forgiveness (Romans 8).