You read that right, the Bible endorses Abortion. Well…at least that’s what the people at Democratic National Christian Choice would like people to believe. For their first post on their Facebook page dedicated to the abortion issue they reference an article about “Abortion and the Judeo-Christian Religion”. Interestingly, there is a note at the beginning of the article that expresses “appreciation to Davis D. Danizier (“3D”) for assistance in compiling the religious perspective and, in particular, the scriptural documentation.” They also mention that the aforementioned Davis D. Danizier has made “important contribution[s] to the demystification of Christian mythology.
So, a supposedly Christian group on Facebook is using Biblical interpretation of someone that thinks Christianity is mythology. As you can see, this is going to be good.
These pro-choice “Christians” reference a passage in Numbers as a justification and endorsement of abortion:
Numbers 5:12-28: First we must cite the one passage in the Bible that the anti-choice extremists will never tell you about. While the Bible never forbids abortion, nor does it really encourage it either, there is one passage from the Law of Moses that explicitly authorizes abortion in the case of a married woman who becomes impregnated by a man other than her husband. This passage says that if a man suspects his wife to be pregnant by someone else, he can take her to the priest who will prescribe the “bitter water” (the known abortifacient produced by combining pennyroyal with black cohosh) to terminate the unwanted pregnancy. Please note, this is part of the LAW OF MOSES. This is not a specific instance to a particular individual or couple. This was a general prescription of practice for God’s “Chosen People” — the Jews, from whom the promised Messiah was supposed to appear.
They claim that the prescribed “bitter water” is a “known abortifacient produced by combining pennyroyal with black cohosh”. There are so many problems with this claim. We will start by looking at the passage in question. Verse 17 gives us the primary ingredients of this bitter water, “The priest shall take holy water in an earthen vessel, and take some of the dust that is on the floor of the tabernacle and put it into the water.” Verse 23 adds another ingredient, ‘Then the priest shall write these curses in a book, and he shall scrape them off into the bitter water.” The Jewish Study Bible suggests that the ink is what is scraped off into the water. So we can see exactly what this “bitter water” concoction is; water, dirt, and ink. Yet the “Christian” abortion advocates quoted above suggest that this is a “known abortifacient” made up of pennyroyal and black cohosh.
Upon researching these two herbs I discovered that there is no possible way that they could have been contained in this “bitter water” concoction. According to botanical.com, pennyroyal “is found wild and naturalized throughout the civilized world in strong, moist soil on the borders of ponds and streams, and near pools on heaths and commons.” Now, I’m no botanists, but I do have some pretty nice flowers in my garden, and I’m pretty sure a plant that grows in moist soil near bodies of water would not do very well in the arid soils of the Sinai Peninsula. Nor would there be enough on the floor of the tabernacle to cause an abortion to take place.
The 2nd ingredient of this supposed abortifacient concoction is black cohosh. The problem there is that black cohosh “is native to eastern North America from the extreme south of Ontario to central Georgia, and west to Missouri and Arkansas.” Now, I’m no geographer, but I have looked at a map of the world, and I’m pretty sure that eastern North America and the middle east are not located in the same region of the world.
I think Paul offers the best summation of these debased “Christians” in Romans 1, “Professing to be wise, they became fools” (vs 22), and “they exchanged the truth of God for a lie” (vs 25).