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Is It Possible to be Christian and Pro-Choice at the Same Time?

The concept of being a true Christian and pro-choice simultaneously is one that not many people would consider. However, most of the people who think this way you have a limited understanding of what being a real Christian is as well as a true pro-choice advocate.

We should begin by defining what pro-choice is as compared with pro-life. Pro-choice is the belief that women have the right in the legal system to, at any point during a pregnancy, abort an unborn child. The real stance of most pro-choice advocates has more to do with standing up for personal choice and keeping government out of decisions that are being made by individuals.

Definition of Pro-Life and Pro-Choice

Pro-life is defined as the belief that life is sacred as soon as it begins, and no one has the right to destroy it, including the mother. From the moment of conception, pro-life advocates believe that life begins and is protected.

There is an ongoing question as to whether true Christian should be pro-choice or pro-life. In order to determine whether a true Christian has the choice of being pro-choice, we must look at what a Christian really is.

Definition of a True Christian

According to the Bible, a Christian is defined by one thing and one thing only: being a person who has accepted the death of Jesus as God's singular offer of forgiveness for all the sins that he or she may commit during a lifetime. Because Jesus was able to complete his task on earth, all of us achieve salvation. This Christian truth is detailed in John 3:16-18; Ephesians 2:8-9; Acts 16:31; and Romans 10:9.

Because this is the one belief that separates Christians from non-Christians, all other issues have nothing to do with salvation. This includes the issue of abortion, which is an issue of growth rather than the core issue of the forgiveness of God. 2 Corinthians 5:17 dictates that any man in Christ is a new creature. This means that God will naturally begin to change the way that we think and behave (Isaiah 55:7). Our bodies and minds will become temples of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19) and God's word will order our thoughts (Romans 12:1-2) to be more like those of Christ (Romans 8:29; Galatians 5:22).

The Transformation That Occurs in the Heart 

There is nothing in the Bible that states that this transformation will happen instantaneously. There are still many Christians that are "carnal," (1 Corinthians 3:1-3; Romans 8:6) meaning that they have accepted Christ as their Savior, but they still have the attitudes and reactions of the rest of the world (James 4:4). In many cases, they are relatively new to Christian faith or they have not achieved the level of immersion into the Holy Spirit across all aspects of their life. Although they are trying to improve their relationship to Christ and live a more Christian life, the heavy influence of the world still has a great hold on them. As such, the mind of the carnal Christian has not been fully renewed yet, including on issues as serious as abortion.

Over time, the Christian will allow the Holy Spirit free access to every area of their heart and life. We will eventually begin to see things the way that Jesus taught us that God does (Psalm 1:1-2). As this happens, we will agree less and less with the way of thinking that the world advocates. However, Romans 8:14 states that if a person does not achieve this continual growth in his acts as well as in this thinking, he may not be a real Christian after all.

The Bible Directly Addressing the Topic of Abortion

Part of the disconnect between pro-choice advocates and Christians is that the Bible never actually addresses abortion. The term "abortion" never really appears in the Bible; however, it can definitely be argued that the principles about the value of life are dressed directly. For instance, in Exodus 21:22-23, God writes into holy law divine protection for the unborn child. In these verses, anyone who injured a pregnant woman was to be executed. The phrase "a life for a life" seems to imply that God considers the unborn on the same scale as a grown individual.

There is also a very famous quote that God said to Jeremiah, "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you" (Jeremiah 1:5). This shows that God had created Jeremiah, and hence all of us, for a purpose that is specific. If you look at Psalm 139:13-16, you will obtain a very clear picture of how God feels about the unborn child.

Colossians 1:16 also states very clearly that all human life from the moment of conception is God's creation. Speaking to the growth that was mentioned before, a Christian who is truly moving towards God will definitely align his or her viewpoint with these ways of thinking (Matthew 16:24; Luke 9:23). God will change that person (Proverbs 3:5-6). We in modern society have come up with many euphemisms for the sins that are showcased in the Bible as clearly wrong. For instance, the adultery of the Bible we call an "affair." We call homosexuality an "alternative lifestyle." The difference in the words does not mean that there is any difference in the actions – people who follow this lifestyle are refusing to accept what is shown in the word of God into their personal lives.

We Do Not Define What God Has Spoken

There is no way to redefine the very clear viewpoint that is put forth about certain issues in the Bible. In Matthew 16:24 and Luke 9:23, Jesus clearly states that we must "deny ourselves" in order to follow Him. The lies that the world are telling us are just that: lies. The understanding that we obtain from them must be changed through the word of God in order for us to become better Christians.

The Final Word on Abortion And Pro-Choice

Simply the fact that a viewpoint is called "pro-choice" means that humans have the unmitigated gall to directly speak and think against what is clearly stated in the Bible. Some pro-choice advocates say that abortion is wrong, but women should have the right to choose. This is nothing more than another play on words that allows for a comfortable re-association of a clear statement in the Bible.

Pro-choice advocates will also try to say that their viewpoint is more compassionate towards women. This does not matter as all Christians should be compassionate towards all people. Abortion is wrong because it is against the moral law of God as clearly stated in the Bible. Those who are allowing God's teachings to enter their mind will change (Romans 12:2).

Cary Byrd is the president and founder of, price comparison engine for prescription drugs that enables consumers to get safe access to affordable medications. also provides a free Christian health community that allows patients to learn more about an illness, seek and offer support, pray for one another, save money and connect with other patients and caregivers alike.

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