Far-left TV host Joe Scarborough genuinely believes that the Christian savior, Jesus Christ, would have been perfectly OK with abortion.
He’s so confident in this belief that during a rant Friday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” the former conservative — who became a raging liberal and married his liberal co-host, Mika Brzezinski — ranted and raved at pro-life Christians for believing otherwise.
“Let me just say, as a Southern Baptist, I grew up reading the Bible — maybe a backslidden Baptist, but I still know the Bible. Jesus never once talked about abortion. Never once. And it was happening back in ancient times. It was happening during his time. Never once mentioned it,” he began.
“And for people perverting the gospel of Jesus Christ down to one issue, it’s heresy. Go, if you don’t believe me, if that makes you angry, why don’t you do something you haven’t done in a long time? Open the Bible. Open the New Testament. Read the red letters. You won’t see it there.”
It’s true that the Bible doesn’t explicitly mention abortion.
“And yet there are people who are using Jesus as a shield to make 10-year-old raped girls go through a living and breathing hell here on Earth. They’ve also conveniently overlooked the parts of the New Testament where Jesus talks about taking care of the needy, taking care of those who are helpless, who live a hopeless life. Because they believe, these state legislators believe, that life begins at fertilization, and ends at childbirth,” Scarborough added.
His rant provoked a torrent of social media backlash because, although the Bible doesn’t explicitly mention abortion, the Christian worldview on the sanctity of life is abundantly clear:
can you imagine living in the disgusting fantasy world in which @JoeNBC lives? Christians and non-Christians alike know Christianity is 100% against the killing of innocent people. Perhaps this demon needs to crack the book open again. Disgusting. https://t.co/TSzjh7sYxI
— Joe Pags Pagliarulo (@JoeTalkShow) September 9, 2022
— Ron Winders (@rwinders2) September 10, 2022
The two of them have really lost their minds. Most abortion during that time was in sacrifice to pagan gods. Jesus ordered his followers to refrain from worshipping pagan gods, which would have included sacrifices. The Bible says you shall not kill. That should be good enough.
— Kira (@KiraWal13810301) September 10, 2022
Luke 17:2 “It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones”
– Jesus Christ
Sounds pretty clear the Jesus wanted us to protect innocent children.
— P. L. (@AeroPatricks) September 10, 2022
Seems like you have a difficult time understanding. Just because Jesus didn’t say don’t kill babies, doesn’t mean he approved of it. Also, Thou Shalt Not Kill! Basic Bible Stuff Bro.
— Sye (@SyeFrancis) September 10, 2022
Indeed, many Bible passages implicitly suggest that the taking of an unborn life is just as wrong as the taking of an already born life.
Take Exodus 21:22-25: “If people are fighting and hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman’s husband demands and the court allows. But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise.”
Several Bible verses also appear to acknowledge the sanctity of unborn life.
Take Psalm 139:13-16: “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”
Jesus never used the words “child porn” either, @JoeNBC. Do you think that means Christians should be silent on the issue as well? This is a reminder that you shouldn’t take theological instruction from backslidden Baptists. The God of Psalm 139:13-16 isn’t into killing babies. https://t.co/k3Q5cGxZlW
— Delano Squires (@DelanoSquires) September 9, 2022
In a statement to The Federalist, Dr. Alveda King, the pro-life niece of Martin Luther King Jr., provided a couple of additional examples.
“Psalm 127: ‘Unborn children are a gift from God.’ Should we destroy our gifts? In Matthew 19:14 Jesus says, ‘Let the children come; do not hinder them.’ Abortion not only hinders unborn babies in the womb; abortion kills them. How clear is this?” she said.
“Deuteronomy 30:19: ‘I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.’ Obviously, the Bible supports life, not murder. God detests the killing of the innocents.”
In a separate statement, Ryan T. Anderson of the Ethics and Public Policy Center added that Scarborough is clearly “ignorant” of the Bible.”
“[Scarborough’s comments are] biblically, theologically, and historically ignorant. It just reflects a profound ignorance of the Christian tradition with respect to abortion, along with bad-faith attacks on pro-lifers who volunteer time and treasure to assist mothers and babies in need, and work to enact laws and policies that will protect and support them,” he said.
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