Numbers Chapter 5, Verses 11 thru 31…
It’s called “The Test for an Unfaithful Wife,” and it goes like this.
If a man believes that his wife has committed adultery but has no proof, he is to bring her to a priest.
After an offering, he takes the sand in the Tabernacle and mixes it with holy water.
He places a curse on the concoction. If she has remained completely faithful to her husband, then nothing will happen. But if she has slept with another man, the curse will force her womb to miscarry and her abdomen to swell.
She must say “so be it” and drink it.
And then, they wait for the truth to become evident. A miscarriage equals infidelity.
I have no interest in throwing my hat into the abortion ring in this setting. I am writing this blog to discuss my personal journey through a queer lifestyle with a strong Christian past. It goes without saying, however, that abortion is a polarizing issue, one with two sides that are often attached to religious affiliations.
Pro-life. Pro-choice. Anti-choice. Pro-abortion. The Church has a clear opinion – a crystal clear one. They value the life of the unborn child no matter the circumstance.
So my question is… has anyone in the Church read this passage?
Let’s not mince words. This passage describes a biblical abortion. More than that, a forced biblical abortion. The word “choice” may be synonymous with “abortion” nowadays, but there is no choice in this proposed scenario. In Old Testament times, men could force their unfaithful wives to miscarry bastard children. Yes, it is true that most modern Christians often disregard the Old Testament Law, but all the same, I found this shocking.
20 years as a devout Christian, and somehow, no one ever mentioned this to me. And the reason why is obvious.
It creates a huge problem.
A common theme throughout this journey has been the willful ignorance of the Church when it comes to sticky topics. Homosexuality was rarely discussed with me as a child, because no one wanted to acknowledge its existence. It was as if any fair conversation about it would somehow be a tacit endorsement of its legitimacy. There were no fair conversations. There were only proclamations about its sinfulness and subsequent nods of approval.
We don’t discuss this passage, because it confuses the Church’s message on abortion. It’s that simple.
How can I be asked to give myself completely over to faith in God if there are certain parts of His sacred text that are ignored?
The price of admission to Christianity has to include the acknowledgement that the Bible does talk about forced abortion. It does have talking donkeys. It does have angels breeding with beautiful women to create half-human, half-angel hybrids.
So please, let’s discuss it. And then, with all the information on the table, we can decide if we choose to believe it or not.