Democratic Candidate Buttigieg uses the Bible to Justify Abortion

South Bend, Indiana is home to the most prominent Roman Catholic school in the United States, the University of Notre Dame. Despite this, its population elected a mayor, Pete Buttigieg, who supports abortion and is an avowed homosexual. Setting his aspirations for higher office Buttigieg is running for the Democratic Party nomination in the 2020 United States presidential election. Although he is “married” to another man, Buttigieg claims to be a Christian and attends an Episcopal Church. Recently, the politician was asked about his stance on abortion. He replied to the question by implying that there was biblical support for abortion:

“Then again, there’s a lot of parts of the Bible that talk about how life begins with breath, and so even that is something that we can interpret differently.”

This is a common tactic employed by liberal Christians to sway Bible-believers on the idea that God views abortion as an act which snuffs out an innocent human life. The scripture used to justify this notion is Genesis 2:7.

“Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. “

Genesis 2:7

Even if we grant that liberal Christians actually affirm the veracity of the Genesis account, which they don’t, their use of it is incorrect. The pro-abortion argument is that since Adam, the first human to ever exist, had to take a breath before being considered a living soul, the unborn do not begin to count as a “living beings” before they take their first breaths. To make this argument is to miss the point miss the point of this passage entirely.  In the greater context of Genesis, many living things are created (animals, birds, fish, etc…).  In contrast to all other living things, mankind is presented as a special creation of God.  Mankind is made in God’s own image.  This text is translated “And the Lord formed man” and not “And the Lord formed Adam” for a reason.  The Hebrew term for man is “adam“.  When the term is translated Adam, it is because it refers specifically to first individual man God created.  When the term is translated man, it is because it refers to mankind in general.  So, not only does Genesis 2:7 refer to the creation of the specific man, Adam, it also refers to the creation of mankind as a whole.  Unlike other animals, man became a living soul because God breathed life into him.  The concept of special creation holds significance in this verse.  This verse does not refer to any kind of formula that requires one to take a breath of oxygen through his lungs in order to be considered a human soul.  Genesis is not a medical textbook; it is a theological account of history.  It should be read and understood thusly. Adam was inanimate dust.  He was made human by the breath of God.  He then fathered children with his wife.  These children were not formed from the dust of the ground but from the coming together of Adam and Eve.  They, like all humans who are born of their parents, are human because they come from humans.  Dogs make dogs.  Cats make cats.  Humans make humans.

Buttigieg, who has rejected God’s natural order of mating, perpetuates a deadly teaching: that abortion does not kill living human beings. It certainly does. Liberal Christians, especially politicians like Buttigieg, engage in a wicked twisting of the scripture when they use it to justify their grabs for power and influence at the expense of the rights of others. True Christians love their neighbor because they love God. Loving your unborn neighbor means advocating for his life, not twisting scripture to see that his murder remains legal.

If you were to die today, where would you go? Heaven? Hell? Not sure?

*Please note that the preceding is my personal opinion. It is not necessarily the opinion of any entity by which I am employed, any church at which I am a member, any church which I attend, or the educational institution at which I am enrolled. Any copyrighted material displayed or referenced is done under the doctrine of fair use.


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Seth Dunn

Masters of Divinity in Christian Apologetics, New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary Member of the Evangelical Theological Society Certified Public Accountant

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