The Bible is a great source of wisdom and inspiration for the pro-life movement. When we read the Bible, we are reminded of God’s unfailing love for us. Here are five verses from the Bible which not only remind us that every person is a gift created by God, but also that we have a duty to stand up for weak and defenseless human beings:
1. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.” — Jeremiah 1:5
Every human being’s life is valuable. God created each of us with a purpose. But even before He created us, God was thinking about us. He had a plan for how our lives would glorify Him. When our lives seem meaningless or stressful, we must remind ourselves that God is in charge and that everything happens according to His plan—even when times seem tough.
Recognizing God as the Author of Life helps us to understand the gift of every person. Although society likes to think that we can control fertility and that a family can make the decision whether or not to have children, the reality is that each person was willed into being by God the Father.
Every single person ever created was meant to be alive. Abortion doesn’t just kill a random “potential human,” but rather, abortion kills a specific person who would have grown up with special dreams, talents, and a colorful personality—a person who will never, ever, be repeated in the history of the whole world. That’s incredibly powerful.
2. “I praise you, because I am wonderfully made; wonderful are your works! My very self you know.” — Psalm 139:14
This verse reminds us that we are each a masterpiece of God’s creation. Each of us was created in the image and likeness of God. Our beauty, talents, and abilities are reflections of God Himself. We should always give thanks to God for the many blessings He has given to us.
No one—not even our parents, spouse, children, or siblings—knows us better than our Creator. God knows our innermost thoughts and all of our sins, yet He still chooses to love us despite our failings and imperfections. We should always remember to praise God for His love and His marvelous design of the human family.
3. “Yet Lord, You are our Father; we are the clay and You our Potter: we are all the work of Your hand.” — Isaiah 64:7
When we meet people who look different, we might be tempted to treat them with less dignity than they deserve. We must remember that we’re all made from the same mold and we all have the same Creator. Thus, we are all special to Him and each person is created by God to be unique and unrepeatable.
Just as clay is shaped into beautiful pieces of art by the master potter, God smooths out our imperfections and allows us to do good. No one is perfect. We should use our time here on earth to cultivate virtue and bring our friends and neighbors to a better understanding of God’s love.
4. “Defend the lowly and fatherless; render justice to the afflicted and needy.” — Psalm 82:3
The Bible specifically calls us to help those in need—widows, orphans, preborn babies, the elderly, the disabled, and the poor. If we don’t speak up for them, who will? Building a culture of life is not the job of a select few. It’s the mission of each one of us to make sure that every person is respected and that every human being is protected in all circumstances.
Justice is served when we summon the courage to speak publicly about our beliefs. This could include standing up for a fellow classmate who is being bullied, providing the accurate facts during a discussion of abortion at work, or volunteering our free time at a pregnancy resource center or soup kitchen.
5. “And the king will say to them in reply, ‘Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.’” — Matthew 25:40
In this verse from the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus reminds us that every time we do something to care for those in need around us, we are really doing it for Jesus. When we stand outside an abortion clinic in sub zero temperatures to pray for the babies and the moms, Jesus sees. When we help out an elderly neighbor, Jesus knows.
Sometimes we might be tempted to think that our efforts are wasted or that we won’t be able to end abortion. But that’s where we’re wrong. Every time we read a story and explain how to live a culture of life to our children or students, we take one more step to ending abortion and other threats against the life of a person. Education gives us hope for a brilliant future.
That’s why the Culture of Life Studies Program works to provide teachers and parents with the resources they need to teach the culture of life in their own homes and classrooms. Together, we can raise the next generation of pro-life leaders and not only abolish abortion, but also ensure that all threats against human dignity are eradicated from society.
American Life League’s Culture of Life Studies Program stresses the culture of life as an integral part of every academic discipline. CLSP is dedicated to helping students become effective communicators of the pro-life message. Sign up for our e-mail newsletter to see how we can help you foster a culture of life at home and in school.