When Does Life Begin? – The Bible’s Clear Answer

41 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:

  42 And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.
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  44 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.

Luke 1:41-44 (King James Translation)

Really the question is when does sentient mortal life begin?  To those that regard the soul of man as nothing more than an attunement of physical elements into a sentient organization as did Simmias in Plato’s “Phaedo”, the answer can be given simply as an elapsed gestational time.  To those who regard the soul as something that lives before and after the body as did Socrates, the answer is beyond mortal definition, for man doesn’t know when the soul enters the body.  From the scripture above, we know that John the Baptist’s soul had posession of his body while still in the womb.

Some Christians dispute the existence of premortal spirits, similar to the degenerate faith of some of the Jews of Christ’s time who didn’t believe in a concrete resurrection.  The bible again gives an answer with respect to premortal existence:

Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

Jeremiah 1:5 (King James Translation)

There is a famous painting whose name I wish I could remember that a german once showed me and told me how it had originally had angels painted behind a veil, the angels having been later doctored by subsequent artists to disappear.  This painting by early Christians demonstrates early Christian belief in premortal life.  However with the apostacy and the fall of the church from the truth to the error and darkness of the middle ages these beliefs were repressed.

To all mankind however, the words of Jeremiah should be heeded.  Although written as a warning to an ancient Israel that had fallen into idolatry and the awful practices of some carnal religions, it still rings as true in our day.  The following verse could be directed at those who take abortion lightly:

34 Also in thy skirts is found the blood of the souls of the poor innocents: I have not found it by secret search, but upon all these.

Jeremiah 2:34 (King James Version)

Many woman in our day consider it their choice to abort the unborn child, as if it were an unwanted growth, like a third breast that had sprouted on their chest due to unfortunate circumstances.  They claim that it is their body, to do with as they please.  They fail to acknowledge the fact that life once conceived is no longer a choice, and choosing to terminate a life that has begun is a serious thing indeed.  Some say, what about rape or incest?  I say, that is what makes these acts so detestable, because they take away the woman’s choice.  Only when the woman’s life is at risk should abortion even be considered.  Let those that lament being victim’s of boyfriend’s folly’s remind themselves that either they mustn’t shirk responsibility for their own bodies, or must hold accountable those that violate their trust.


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