|is the Bible silent on this?|
| Frank Zindler says, “Not only does the Bible not condemn abortion, the jealousy ritual described in the fifth chapter of the book of Numbers would appear to make Jehovah himself an abortionist.” The jealousy ritual was performed when a man suspected his wife of being unfaithful. Curses were written on a scroll and someone would pour water over it to make the ink run off. The wife would drink the water and, if she were guilty of adultery, some translations suggest that she would suffer a miscarriage (spontaneous abortion). The problem with this argument is that the miscarriage would be a punishment, something bad, not something that God promotes. With Zindler’s reasoning we would say that when Jehovah punished David by causing his child to die, he practiced infanticide as a precedent for us.
I should also mention that every translation of the Bible that I’ve read indicates that a guilty woman would become barren, not suffer a miscarriage as the New English translation indicates. Her ability to bear children would wither away.
We find a huge obstacle to abortion in a story of Mary and Elizabeth. Luke 1:40,41 says that Mary, Jesus’s mother, “entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth, and . . . when Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby [John the Baptist] leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.” To this, Zindler says, “First of all, we may note that this fable has nothing to say about abortion. Second of all, this fairy tale is an obvious attempt to show the miraculous origins of both John and Jesus. If only a miracle can make a six-month-old fetus understand speech and practice gymnastics, it follows that a normal fetus can’t do such things. Thus, only a miracle can give a fetus the characteristics of a person.”
If the Scriptures say that a fetus leaped for joy, why should we doubt? If a fetus has a spirit, God’s Spirit can tell him that something wonderful is happening. I wonder if Mr. Zindler believes in miracles anyway.