Lisa was terrified. She was the oldest of five girls and the one on which her parents could always depend. She had been brought up in a Christian home and had attended church regularly. With her new found “freedom” far away from family, she had allowed her relationship with God to suffer. Now, in her second year of college, she found herself pregnant and alone. A million questions flooded her mind. How could this happen to me? How can I tell my parents? How far along am I? Is it a baby or a mass of tissue? Is abortion an option for me? What part should my boyfriend have in the decision? How will this affect my education? Who can I turn to?
Some time ago, she had attended a “soul talk” in the Student Union building. She met pastor Ted Johnson and his wife Katie who were well known as confidants to many students who had moral and spiritual issues. She respected their judgment and the direct and loving manner in which they engaged the students. If anyone could help her now, it was this kind and understanding couple. She had made a royal mess of things but now she wanted to do the right thing. At the first meeting with the Johnsons, she told the story and voiced all her concerns about the future.
Ted listened intently and thoughtfully. His first question surprised her. “Do you know the Lord Jesus Christ personally as your Savior?”
She reflected a moment and said, “Yes, I received Him as Savior when I was a little girl in Sunday School class.” After several more probing questions Ted was satisfied with her Christian profession. But she was puzzled as to why he was asking her these questions about her faith. He explained that much of what he wanted to share with her would make more sense if she knew the Lord and trusted the authority of His Word. He continued by saying that there was one question that was more important than all the others. Is that life growing inside of you a person in God’s sight? If so, all secondary issues will have to be subjected to this one overriding consideration. Lisa knew that Christians regarded abortion as a sin but also knew that abortion is not mentioned in the Bible so how did they know? What follows is the substance of Ted and Katie’s counsel to her and the Biblical teaching on the sanctity of life as it bears on the issue of abortion.
This article was published by the Berean Bible Society in the free monthly Bible study magazine,The Berean Searchlight. We have included a few paragraphs of the article here, but you can read the entire article using the link above.