Biblical abortion and the story of Tamar

Christian viewPro-abortion groups sieve the Bible to find cases of ‘Biblical abortion’. One classic example, which prompted me to address the issue of ‘biblical abortion’, is the article ‘Biblical Abortion: A Christian’s View’, written by Nynia Chance. The author quotes Chapter 38 in Genesis as a case for Biblical abortion. It describes the story of Tamar.

Tamar married Judah’s eldest son Er. He died without fathering any children. According to the law of that time, the responsibility of producing an offspring for Er through Tamar fell on his younger brother Onan. He wasn’t much of a help either. After his death, the responsibility to produce an offspring for Er through Tamar fell on the youngest brother, Shelah. Because he was too young, Judah sent Tamar to live with her father, promising that he would send the boy when he was older. But when the boy grew up, Judah did not send him to Tamar and she was not happy about it.

One day, when Judah went to town to shear his sheep (this is also misinterpreted by Nynia Chance, but I will ignore it and move on) Tamar dressed up as a prostitute and slept with Judah. Judah didn’t know who she was because, she kept her face covered, as was the custom for prostitutes. He didn’t have any money to pay her after the act (LOL). Being a clever woman, Tamar got his identification card – so to speak in the modern language.

Tamar became pregnant and was accused of prostitution. The word reached Judah and he decided to burn her to death. However, using the identification card she had received earlier from Judah, she proved that she was not a prostitute and that Judah indeed was the one who impregnated her. So, Tamar was not put to death and she gave birth to twins. The babies were NOT ABORTED. This is the story of Tamar. And what did Nynia Chance conclude from this story? Following is the snippet:

So in this story, I see the Bible saying that killing an unborn child is necessary when it’s not a child conceived in a way the mother’s society wants. Also, that the mother should die along with it, because of engaging in an act the sentencer himself had done.

I was stunned, and it took me a very long time to come to normalcy. This article opened my eyes to the gravity of the problem that Christianity faces today. Indeed this article is the only reason that prompted me to write this series of Christian views on abortion.

So, through this story, does the Bible support abortion? Is this a case of biblical abortion? No person with some common sense would say so. Let us analyze this so called biblical abortion further in the next post.

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