Biblical abortion: Tamar’s baby was not aborted

Christian viewThis is the continuation of the previous post Biblical abortion and the story of Tamar. Is the story of Tamar a case of Biblical abortion? What was the reason behind Judah’s intention to burn Tamar? Let me make this very clear. God did not ask Judah to burn her. It was Judah’s own decision. So, this is not a case for biblical abortion.

Judah was trying to be self-righteous. But when caught out red-handed, Judah confessed, “She is more righteous than I, since I wouldn’t give her to my son Shelah” (Genesis 38:26). Yes. That was after he was caught out. It was Judah’s own decision. This has absolutely nothing to do with any commandment in the Bible. However, people who search for biblical abortion twist this, and interpret it in their own unique way. They quote an Old Testament Law:

If a priest’s daughter defiles herself by becoming a prostitute, she disgraces her father; she must be burned in the fire. (Leviticus 21:9)

 You should remember that this law came LATER. To put simply, the so-called biblical abortion incident between Judah and Tamar occurred during the ‘Genesis’ time and the so-called biblical abortion law mentioned in Leviticus was given after Exodus. But does it matter for pro-abortion groups? No. Any excuse to kill an innocent baby is OK for them, and they want God on their side to do so.

However, I am going to agree with Nynia Chance that the law existed during the so-called biblical abortion incident between Tamar and Judah. Even if I agree, we do not know whether Tamar was a priest’s daughter or not. According to Nynia Chance of RH Reality Check Tamar was the daughter of Melchizedek. There you go. For the sake of argument, I am going to agree once again that Tamar was the daughter of a priest.

Even if I did, the Bible does not say ‘if the daughter of a priest becomes a prostitute, abort her unborn child’. Tamar’s story is entirely different. She did not want to abort an unborn baby, but desperately wanted to have and keep the baby. That is why she took this extraordinary step, which was totally within the law of the time.  The babies were not aborted. She gave birth to twins. Unfortunately, the story of a woman who went to extraordinary length to have a baby is misinterpreted by pro-abortion groups as a case for biblical abortion. Let me reiterate again – the babies were not aborted.

If you don’t buy this, then let me play the devil’s advocate. Let us agree with RH Reality Check and Nynia Chance that the above verses support the killing of an unborn baby and proof for biblical abortion. In that case, we should also agree with the other side of the biblical abortion story. The other side of the biblical abortion story is that the woman also should be put to death, not just the unborn baby. In other words, kill the woman and let the baby perish with her.

So, will Reality Check and Nynia Chance be campaigning for the death of the women who seek abortion based on their favorite Bible verses?

You see that is the irony of the story. The Bible says the word of God is sharper than any double-edged sword. (Hebrews 4:12) If you don’t handle it properly, you can do a lot of damage – to yourself and to others. Now let us look at a couple of other so-called ‘biblical abortions’ in the next post.

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