While there is much public debate about the morality of abortion, from a biblical perspective there can
be no doubt, God hates abortion. The key scripture is found in the Book of Jeremiah, among the
reasons that God caused Jerusalem to be destroyed and its citizens sent to Babylon.

"Also in thy skirts is found the blood of the souls of the poor innocents: I have not found it by secret
search, but upon all these." (Jer. 2:34).   

From the words "thy skirts" it is obvious that this applies to women, but what does "the blood of the
souls of the poor innocents" mean? Can souls bleed? I'll break it down into pieces.

Blood is a symbol of violent death and martyrdom. "And the Lord said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy
brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper? And he said, What hast thou done?
voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground
." (Gen. 4:9,10, also see Acts 22:20 and Rev.

Abel was a priest of God when he was martyred. Martyrs are holy unto God.

"And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the
Lord.  And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had
respect unto Abel and to his offering: but unto Cain and to his offering He had not respect. And Cain
was very wroth, and his countenance fell. And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass,
when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him." (Gen. 4:3-5,8).

The resurrection scripture implies that the first part of a person to be resurrected is the soul.

""In His promise of resurrection, God gave a description of how He would accomplish the resurrection
of the whole house of Israel. "Again he said unto me, Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, O
ye dry bones, hear the word of the Lord. Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; Behold, I will cause
breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: and I will lay sinews upon you, and will bring up flesh upon
you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live; and ye shall know that I am the
Lord." (Ez. 37:4-6). The first breath that God causes to enter the bones is spiritual, this breath is the
soul. The next breath that God puts into the reconstructed body is physical, this is the first breath of
physical life."

""Ezekiel also sees the resurrection, but he does not see the breath that is the soul. "So I prophesied
as I was commanded: and as I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones came
together, bone to his bone. And when I beheld, lo, the sinews and the flesh came up upon them, and the
skin covered them above: but there was no breath in them. Then said He unto me, Prophesy unto the
wind, prophesy, son of man, and say to the wind, Thus saith the Lord God; Come from the four winds, O
breath, and breathe upon these slain, that they may live. So I prophesied as He commanded me, and the
breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, an exceeding great army." (Ez. 37:7-
10)."" (For the way Christ illuminated this scripture, see the source of this quote, No. 64, "The
Resurrection And The Pit.")

Adam, as well, was created both alive and with a soul.

"And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of
life; and man became a
living soul. (Gen. 2:7).

In conclusion, the unborn have never taken a breath, but they have souls from the moment of
conception, the first breath that God breathes upon them is the soul. The first breath babies take after
being born is the breath of life. Once they are alive, they can be resurrected.

Violence against the innocent is particularly unpardonable. Unborn babies have no opportunity to sin,
they are innocents.

"Keep thee far from a false matter; and the innocent and righteous slay thou not: for I will not justify the
wicked." (Ex. 23:7).

"Surely at the commandment of the Lord came this upon Judah, to remove them out of his sight, for the
sins of Manasseh, according to all that he did; and also for the innocent blood that he shed: for he filled
Jerusalem with innocent blood; which the Lord would not pardon
." (2 Kings 24:3,4).

Accordingly, here is what the condemnation means:

"Also in thy skirts (feminine clothing) is found the blood (violent death, martyrdom) of the souls (never
having breathed the unborn can not be resurrected, but they have souls from conception) of the poor
innocents (unborn babies): I have not found it by secret search, but upon all these (women)." (Jer. 2:34).

In the Kingdom of God, abortion is a crime. Careless begetting of a child that the father either cannot or
will not support is also a crime, since this is the reason behind many abortions. These crimes carry the
same punishment, a choice between being whipped or being marked and expelled from the Kingdom.

"If his children forsake my law, and walk not in my judgments; if they break my statutes, and keep not my
commandments; then will I visit their transgression with the rod, and their iniquity with stripes." (Ps. 89:

The Bible actually applies these punishments to the children of David, the royal house in the Kingdom of
God. However, since they apply to the house of royalty, clearly they apply to all sinners.

Both of these punishments spill blood. Whipping spills a lot of blood, marking spills a small amount. This
spilling of blood is important to take the blood guilt from the murder of unborn babies from the
congregation of the Kingdom.

"And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission
(of sin)." (Heb. 9:22).

In the Old Testament the idea of spilling blood to remove the guilt for innocent blood from the
congregation is expressed as well.

"If one be found slain in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee to possess it, lying in the field, and
it be not known who hath slain him: then thy elders and thy judges shall come forth, and they shall
measure unto the cities which are round about him that is slain: and it shall be, that the city which is
next unto the slain man, even the elders of that city shall take an heifer, which hath not been wrought
with, and which hath not drawn in the yoke; and the elders of that city shall bring down the heifer unto a
rough valley, which is neither eared nor sown, and shall strike off the heifer’s neck there in the valley:
and the priests the sons of Levi shall come near; for them the Lord thy God hath chosen to minister
unto Him, and to bless in the name of the Lord; and by their word shall every controversy and every
stroke be tried: and all the elders of that city, that are next unto the slain man, shall wash their hands
over the heifer that is beheaded in the valley: and they shall answer and say, Our hands have not shed
this blood, neither have our eyes seen it.
Be merciful, O Lord, unto thy people Israel, whom Thou hast
redeemed, and lay not innocent blood unto Thy people of Israel’s charge. And the blood shall be
forgiven them. So shalt thou put away the guilt of innocent blood from among you, when thou shalt do
that which is right in the sight of the Lord.
" (Deut. 21:1-9).

In the Old Testament, the blood spilled was that of animals or perhaps whipped or slain transgressors.
For most of the New Testament era, sinners have escaped punishment because Christ shed His blood
for them.  As a symbol, Christ gave us the sacramental offering of the wine.

"For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins." (Matt. 26:

In the Kingdom of God, we go from grace to law.

"And I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are
scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out. And I will bring
you into the wilderness of the people, and there will I plead with you face to face. Like as I pleaded with
your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the Lord God. And
I will
cause you to pass under the rod (give you a judge), and I will bring you into the bond of the covenant
(the Mosaic Law): and I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against me
: I
will bring them forth out of the country where they sojourn, and they shall not enter into the land of
Israel: and ye shall know that I am the Lord." (Ez. 20:34-38).

This may seem daunting to Christians who have spent their whole lives under grace, but God has
promised to help His people. First, He will write His Law in their hearts and cause them to fear Him.

"But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord,
I will put My law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be
My people. And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from them, to do
them good; but
I will put My fear in their hearts, that they shall not depart from Me." (Jer. 31:33; 32:40).

God will also give you teachers and warnings.

"And therefore will the Lord wait, that He may be gracious unto you, and therefore will He be exalted,
that He may have mercy upon you: for the Lord is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for
Him. For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem: thou shalt weep no more: He will be very gracious
unto thee at the voice of thy cry; when He shall hear it, He will answer thee. And though the Lord give
you the bread of adversity, and the water of affliction (He will allow your enemies to persecute you), yet
shall not thy teachers be removed into a corner any more, but
thine eyes shall see thy teachers: and
thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right
hand, and when ye turn to the left
." (Is. 30:18-21).

God will give you teachers to teach you right from wrong, and Satan will not prevail against them. If you
pray, you will also have a guardian angel to warn you when you start to stray from the path of
righteousness, "and thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when
ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left."

I can attest to the warning voice. I finally succeeded in giving up smoking after God gave me an angel
voice. Whenever I wanted a cigarette, the voice would say to me "Smoke the first one and you're
hooked again."

Amo Paul Bishop Roden