When Human Life Begins

The process of human growth outside the womb is recognized, appreciated, and respected, but this is generally untrue of its counterpart within the womb. Human life begins with conception, not birth. This is the understanding we have from God and science. The righteous Job in his last speech to his friends asked, “What then shall I do when God riseth up? and when he visiteth, what shall I answer him? Did not he that made me in the womb make him? and did not one fashion us in the womb?” (Job 31:14-15). God himself affirmed to Jeremiah that, “…I formed thee in the belly…” (Jer.1:5). God has the ability to open and close wombs, meaning he is the one who gives life there (Gen.20:17-18; 1 Sam.1:5,27; Ps.127:3).

While the majority agrees that life begins with fertilization/conception, there are those who hesitate to affirm (some even deny) that the early stages of life in the womb have any legitimacy because of its underdevelopment. For this cause, they believe the young embryo should not possess the same rights of life as fully developed fetuses and as those living outside the womb. But this reasoning is biblically flawed. God uses the same Greek term brephos “babe” for a baby in womb (Lk.1:41,44), as he does for one outside the womb (Lk.2:12,16). He recognizes them as the same. A two-day old fetus is the same as a two-day old baby. They are just at different stages of human development. Nothing more.

In addition, the act of taking innocent human life is defined as murder/homicide because it’s criminal. There is no human life more innocent than the unborn. No baby is born in sin/transgression. Sin is when God’s law is transgressed or not adhered to (1 Jn.3:4; Jas.4:17; Heb.2:2). Children in the womb have done neither. “For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil…” (Rom.9:11). Taking their life is as wrong as wrong can be. “These six things doth the Lord hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood” (Pr.6:16-17).  We know there are some women who may have been wronged and are in extremely difficult situations and may consider aborting their unborn babies as a result. We appeal to them that two wrongs will never make a right. Their course of action is either rearing the baby or giving the child up for adoption that others may. But the murder of abortion should be out of the question. No one has the right to murder for any reason because wrong is always wrong. “…and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him” (1 Jn.3:15; Rev.21:8).

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