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Dungy replied to a Twitter user who said scripture simply doesn’t directly address the issue, arguing against this conclusion.
“The Bible doesn’t have to address abortion if the fetus growing inside the mother is a life,” the legendary coach wrote. “If it’s a life, it is covered by the 6th Commandment. If it’s just tissue, then there’s no need for discussion.”
The Bible doesn’t have to address abortion if the fetus growing inside the mother is a life. If it’s a life it is covered by the 6th Commandment. If it’s just tissue then there’s no need for discussion.— Tony Dungy (@TonyDungy) July 12, 2022
During another respectful dialogue, Dungy went back and forth with Twitter user @RTylerNelson. The individual wrote, “We promised our founding fathers we would not make policy decisions based on the Bible or any other religious text. Making decisions for others is not permitted by Christian and American law alike. We are bound by that promise.”
But Dungy disagreed with this assessment, arguing that the Constitution calls for “no official government-imposed religion.”
When the Twitter user rebutted by discussing a woman’s right to privacy and argued Christians can’t take that “right” away from a woman, Dungy again offered a thought-provoking response.
“The question is: does the baby have any rights? If you don’t believe it’s a life, then it has no rights,” he said. “But…if you believe it’s a life, then it has rights. 38 states have fetal homicide laws implying they think it is a life.”
The question is does the baby have any rights. If you don’t believe it’s a life then it has no rights. But…if you believe it’s a life then it has rights. 38 states have fetal homicide laws implying they think it is a life.— Tony Dungy (@TonyDungy) July 11, 2022
Dungy also offered numerous scripture references pointing to the belief life begins at conception, including Jeremiah 1:5, Psalm 139:13-16, and Genesis 25:23. These scriptures read:
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.” -Jeremiah 1:5 (NIV)
“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.” -Psalm 139:13-16 (NIV)
“The Lord said to her, ‘Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger.'” -Genesis 25:23 (NIV)
God is sovereign, we are not. But these verses deal with more than just the foreknowledge of us. They speak about God seeing us in the womb, working on us in the womb and knowing us in the womb.— Tony Dungy (@TonyDungy) July 11, 2022
After Dungy was challenged that these verses speak specifically about God’s foreknowledge and nothing more, the coach offered another compelling counter-argument.
“These verses deal with more than just the foreknowledge of us,” he wrote. “They speak about God seeing us in the womb, working on us in the womb, and knowing us in the womb.”
In another tweet, he added, “God formed the baby, not man.”
Yes God said He knew Jeremiah before He formed him. But Vs 5 says….I formed you in your mother’s womb. That says a lot right there. God formed the baby, not man. Did you read the other two passages?— Tony Dungy (@TonyDungy) July 11, 2022
As Faithwire previously reported, this isn’t the first time Dungy has spoken out for the unborn. He responded in May to Georgia Sen. Raphael Warnock (D), who has called himself a “pro-choice pastor.”
“It all comes down to what you believe about the organism growing inside the mother,” Dungy tweeted at the time. “Is it a life or not? If it is just growing tissue, then your ‘choice’ makes sense. If it’s a life, then it’s obviously not OK to choose to end it. What does your Bible tell you it is?”
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