One of the fundamental question to be answered on the topic of abortion is whether or not life that has been conceived in a mother’s womb is a human person, distinct as an individual from the mother. God created three basic classes of life, each of which reproduces after its own kind: plants, animals, and people… read more
Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so. The land produced vegetation: plants bearing seed according to their kinds and trees bearing fruit with seed in it according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
And God said, “Let the water teem with living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the expanse of the sky.” So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and increase in number and fill the water in the seas, and let the birds increase on the earth.” And there was evening, and there was morning–the fifth day.
And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.
Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground–everything that has the breath of life in it–I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.
Genesis 5:1 – 4
This is the written account of Adam’s line. When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. He created them male and female and blessed them. And when they were created, he called them “man.” When Adam had lived 130 years, he had a son in his own likeness, in his own image; and he named him Seth. After Seth was born, Adam lived 800 years and had other sons and daughters.
In which of these three categories; plant, animals, and people should a living unborn baby be classed? It cannot be considered plant or animal because plants and animals reproduce after their own kind. The living unborn human baby can only be the result of human reproduction, humans are distinct from the plants and animals. Therefore the life in the womb of a human mother must necessarily be human! Obviously, without question, we know that a mother with child will always produce a child. Not a plant, not an animal, not a car, not a typewriter, but a living human being with a blood stream and beating heart (heartbeat approx. 3 weeks – http://www.ehd.org/movies.php?mov_id=10&cell=6). For those who believe the Scriptures, we can stop here. We’ve identified life, we know what murder is, so if we ‘intentionally’ abort/kill a life in a mothers womb this would obviously be murder?
The Bible identifies a human person by calling it simply a “man,” “woman,” “child,” “son,” “daughter,” “baby,” “infant,” etc. The woman in whose womb it lives is a “mother.” No human being anywhere in the Bible is identified by terms that are more distinctly human than these terms. God makes no distinction between born and unborn life. He uses exactly the same terms for both, therefore we should view them as having the same nature.
Isaac prayed to the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was barren; and the LORD answered him and Rebekah his wife conceived. But the children struggled together within her; and she said, “If it is so, why then am I this way?” So she went to inquire of the LORD.
– That which was conceived was called a “child” between the conception and the birth. The Hebrew word used here (BEN) is the most common Old Testament word for a child or son. When used for the physical offspring of humans, it consistently refers to distinct human individuals.
Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They will not be ashamed When they speak with their enemies in the gate.
“Or like a miscarriage which is discarded, I would not be, As infants that never saw light.
– The Hebrew word for infant (owlel) means child. Again human life. In fact, this verse is exactly what happens to infants, children, babies that are aborted. We see the same word used in other verses for children outside of the womb
Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, Assemble the elders, Gather the children (owlel) and the nursing infants. Let the bridegroom come out of his room And the bride out of her chamber.
But the angel said to him: “Do not be afraid, Zechariah; your prayer has been heard. Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you are to give him the name John.
– The life conceived in Elizabeth’s womb, before it was born, is called “a son.” The word “son” (Greek HUIOS), in contexts that refer to the physical offspring of humans, always refers to that which is a human individual separate and distinct as an individual from its parents.
Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month.
She will give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.”
and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. And she cried out with a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! “And how has it happened to me, that the mother of my Lord would come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.
– Elizabeth addressed Mary as “the mother of my Lord” before Jesus was born. A mother of course is one with child. And as we know, Jesus was Mary’s first child, her first opportunity to be called a mother.
Adam named his wife Eve, because she would become the mother of all the living.
but his mother spoke up and said, “No! He is to be called John.”
– Plain and simple a child inside a mothers womb is a child, a valued living human being, a life that should be given the chance to live their lives as all of us living today have been given.