For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse. (Romans 1:20)
When does life begin? This is a question that has been dividing congregations for many years. The most common statements heard from people is that the Bible does not talk about abortion or even when a child is considered to be alive while in the womb of its mother. So, therefore, it is up to us to make the choice when life begins or may end when it comes to the birth of a child. I believe the Bible has quite a bit to say on the subject, so lets take a look.
Let's first start out by taking a look at the composition of blood. In the New Encyclopedia by Funk & Wagnall, hemoglobin - a blue red iron containing compound, combines with oxygen as blood passes through the lungs to form oxyhemoglobin and releases the oxygen in the capillaries of tissues. In the Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, by Webster ,"blood" is defined as 1) the fluid, usually red, circulating in the heart, arteries, and veins of vertebrates: it carries oxygen and cell-building material to, and carbon dioxide and waste matter away from, the body tissues 4) the essence of life; Life; life blood.
The Bible tells us in Leviticus 17:11 "For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul." Leviticus 17:14 states, "For it is the life of all flesh; the blood of it is for the life thereof..." Genesis 2:7 states, "And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground and Breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul."
What we can see by the above information is that blood is the carrier of the life force the force being oxygen, the breath of life which makes a person a living soul.
Let's take a look at when God tells us we first breath, are living and have a soul. Ecclesiastes 11:5 "As though knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so though knowest not the works of God who maketh all." In Luke 8:53-55 "They laughed at him knowing that she was dead. But he took her hand and said, "My child, get up!" Her spirit returned, and at once she stood up." The key word in these verses is spirit and how it is meant. The Bible Dictionary by Zondervan Books states that the same Hebrew and Greek words translated "spirit" can also mean "wind" or "breath". Webster's Dictionary states, "spirit" means breathe and also soul, it is an animating or vital principle held to give life. The definition of animate states to give life, breath, soul possessing life: alive: full of life.
What we see here is that breathing living and possessing a soul are again shown to be one in the same and are received even in a child in the womb of its mother.
Taking a look at what the Bible says about who's choice it is to take a human life. We see in Deuteronomy 32:39 "See now that I, even I, am he, and there is no god with me: I kill, and I make alive; I wound, and I heal: neither is there any that can deliver out of my hand." Isaiah 13:3 "I have commanded my sanctified ones, I have also called my mighty ones for mine anger, even them that rejoice in my highness." Exodus 20:13 "Thou shalt not kill."
I think an important thing to understanding the abortion issue for us today is to read what God thinks about children. Matthew 18:2-6 "And Jesus called a child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the Kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the Kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea." Matthew 19:14 "But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven."
The conclusion of all of the above is, that life begins at the very beginning, without the breath of life "oxygen" there is no life, and all human tissue has to have blood that carries oxygen for it to be alive. Breathing being alive and having a living soul all are received at the same time, and are infused into a child being formed in the womb of its mother. No one but the Lord God has the right of choice of who lives or dies. To destroy a life is not an option left in the hands of a woman or a man. God held children dear to him so dear that we all must believe as they do to be able to enter the kingdom of heaven, and warned of the dangers of leading any of them away from the truth.
What do you do now? If you only now have come to the realization that the taking of the life of an unborn child is wrong, then thank the Lord for showing you His truth with prayer and worship. If you are someone that may have had an abortion at some point in your life, and now realize that it was wrong. Again thank God in prayer and worship for His forgiveness. God understands what you are going through, you see God gave up His child (His son) who died for us, so that whatever our sins were, we would be forgiven. Luke 7:50 "And He said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace."
A Message from the Bible for those who feel that Gods Word needs to be revised for our changing times:
Jude 1:3-4 "Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ." Jude 1:17-23 "But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost. Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. And of some have compassion, making a difference: And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh."
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