WHEN DOES “LIFE” BEGIN?

I wrote a grand post about my opinion of when life begins.  Then I had to do something I hate.  I recognized I was wrong and deleted the post. So mostly questions, some opinion.

When does “life” begin?

  1. At conception when the perfect little human blueprint is established in its DNA?  There is no doubt that it is “alive.”  All those little cells begin doing what God has designed for them to do.
  2. At the time it attaches to its mother and “breath” of oxygen flows through its cells?  Perhaps what the Bible calls God breathing “the breath of life” into Adam.
  3. When the blood begins flowing caused by that little heart beat?  The Bible says “the life is in the blood.”  Is that when spirit life begins?
  4. When it lands outside its mother and takes its first gasp of air prematurely?
  5. When it is fully developed, doctor spanks its bottom and it takes a breath and cries?

My deleted post was taking a stand for number three, based on the “life being in the blood.”  But there are too many scriptures and too much logic indicating an earlier time.  The last option is absurd to me since I know that baby can take a breath much earlier than its full development stage.  The claim that it receives its “life” when it breathes because that is what happened to Adam, is not analogous because that baby is “alive” from the beginning.  Adam was not.  He was “dirt” until God breathed life into him.  Not equal!

So I don’t know when spirit life begins.  I know a lot of mothers who have miscarried, and they absolutely believe the baby awaits them in heaven.  I do to.

There is no logic to saying a mother who loses her four month unborn baby in spite of doing everything possible to carry it to term, has a little “soul” awaiting them in heaven, but the four month unborn baby whose mother aborts it deliberately does not have a “soul.”

All those who are spontaneously miscarried because of some medical reason even too early for a woman to know she is pregnant, I don’t know.

However, when considering the issue of abortion, there is more to be considered. On to some of those issues next time.

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  1. “Know that the LORD Himself is God; it is He who has made us, …(Psalm 100:3, NASV).
  2. “… the One who formed you from the womb, ‘I, the LORD,. . .'” (Isaiah 44:24, NASV).
  3. “… and all of us are the work of Thy hand” (Isaiah 64:8, NASV).
  4. “For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb…” (Psalm 139:13-16, NKJV).
  5. “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).
  6. But when He who had set me apart before I was born, and had called me through His grace . . .” (Galatians 1:15, RSV).
  7. “,,,the baby in my womb leaped for joy'” (Luke 1:41, 44, NIV).
  8. Exodus 21:22-25 prescribes what should be done to a person who wounds a pregnant woman in such a way as to cause a miscarriage or death of the infant.

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ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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4 Responses to WHEN DOES “LIFE” BEGIN?

  1. Salvageable says:

    Hardly anyone denies that life begins at conception, but when does that life become human? I think that’s the question you are trying to answer. The Supreme Court tried in 1973 to define human life as independent existence, or at least the ability to live outside the womb. In this they were badly mistaken. We all depend upon one another in many ways. If I were allowed to murder any person who depends upon me because that person is inconvenient, that would be terrible.
    Theologians have tried for years to discover when and how the human soul becomes one with the human body. I don’t think God wants us to know the answer to that question. Perhaps his foreknowledge of the political issue of abortion is one reason for him to keep that secret to himself. J.

    • oneta hayes says:

      I believe what I have coming up tomorrow will explain a possible reason he does not want us to know. Because in either case, it is a sin against God – whether there is spirit life or not. Sin is sin whether it is murder or rebellion.

  2. Faye says:

    How complex this all is. I know how I feel personally and what I have always maintained. When scientists play around and in tubes join an egg and a sperm. Parents in these circumstances are fighting in courts today that that is their DNA. Only if life is breathed into those joined cells is a foetus conceived in the mother……..BUT……courts now must determine if interference with science to join two cells constitutes ownership by the respective donors. ?? I stand absolutely on my personal belief. God is SPIRIT. God is LOVE. We are created in HIS IMAGE….we are first of ALL……….SPIRIT/SOUL/? The body only a shell housing a SPIRIT/SOUL. If the body dies no matter what age, point of conception, artificially impregnated….whatever……What happens to the SPIRIT/SOUL? This soul has an eternal destiny. Where? Stuff of Theologians (? opinionated for generations). Real life people and their testimonies….even my own mother and in her 90’s her assurance of God’s Forgiveness and an amazing certainty that she knew that ‘aborted’ soul was in God’s Realm because He values every one in His Image made. What do I really KNOW? Only God. Rules were made to live ‘better lives’ Life breath of God is not any human’s right to determine its value or contribution to the world.

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