Joe Butta and Steve Daskal
In today’s emotionally charged social atmosphere, all controversial issues become politicized. Secular Humanists see abortion as a woman’s rights issue whereby the pregnant woman alone should decide what is right for her body and her life. The life growing inside of her is subordinate to what she believes is best for her situation. Since the Supreme Court ruled in the 1970’s on the constitutionality of abortion in the Roe vs Wade case secular humanists assert that what they long believed was “right” had become legal. Recently, certain states are relaxing restrictions on late term abortions and one governor has spoken about allowing babies who survive an abortion to perish outside the womb [infanticide]. The purpose of this post is not to debate but to illustrate what the God of the Bible conveys concerning life in the womb and babies. According to the God of the Bible any departure from a person’s love for Him, obedience to His will, not our own, is considered sin. It is sin in our lives that the God of the Bible seeks to remedy. For anyone who considers themselves Christian or a Tanakh believing Jew it becomes an issue of consistency with biblical truth. With these views established we turn to the scripture.
15 Then the king of Egypt said to the Hebrew midwives, one of whom was named Shiphrah and the other Puah, 16 “When you help the Hebrew women give birth, observe them as they deliver. If the child is a son, kill him, but if it’s a daughter, she may live.” 17 The Hebrew midwives, however, feared God and did not do as the king of Egypt had told them; they let the boys live. 18 So the king of Egypt summoned the midwives and asked them, “Why have you done this and let the boys live?” [Exodus 1:15-18]
The events described here occurred circa 1400 B.C. There was no Torah or Tanakh at that time —the Israelites were slaves in Egypt and Moses had not been born yet. Nevertheless, the Hebrew midwives were aware of God’s general revelation from the expulsion from Eden through Noah and the Patriarchs — they knew the difference between good and evil; between right and wrong. Notice verse 17. They feared God more than Pharaoh and his slave masters and did not kill the baby boys as they were born. They knew killing babies as they are being born was a transgression against God.
13 For it was You who created my inward parts You knit me together in my mother’s womb.14 I will praise You because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, and I know this very well. 15 My bones were not hidden from You when I was made in secret, when I was formed in the depths of the earth.16Your eyes saw me when I was formless; all my days were written in Your book and planned before a single one of them began. [Psalm 139:13-16]
This psalm is attributed to David [as with all Scripture, under God’s inspiration], and was probably written around 970 B.C. According to this passage, not only does God take an active role in our formation, but one’s life has purpose if he/she is allowed to be born. God reiterated this truth with these words to the Prophet Jeremiah.
4 The word of the Lord came to me: 5 I chose you before I formed you in the womb; I set you apart before you were born. I appointed you a prophet to the nations. [Jeremiah 1:4-5]
These passages establish the Lord as sovereign and master biologist and chemist. His design brings together our parents and through them His creative power to make us wonderfully in His image. Elsewhere in the Tanakh the LORD establishes a consistent perspective on life in the womb.
21 Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife because she was childless. The Lord heard his prayer, and his wife Rebekah conceived. 22 But the children inside her struggled with each other, and she said, “Why is this happening to me?”So she went to inquire of the Lord. 23 And the Lord said to her: Two nations are in your womb; two people will come from you and be separated. One people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger. 24 When her time came to give birth, there were indeed twins in her womb. [Gen.25: 212-24]
9 You took me from the womb, making me secure while at my mother’s breast. 10 I was given over to You at birth; You have been my God from my mother’s womb. [Psalm 22:9-10]
5 Just as you don’t know the path of the wind, or how bones develop in the womb of a pregnant woman, so you don’t know the work of God who makes everything. [Eccl. 11:5]
3 In the womb he grasped his brother’s heel, and as an adult he wrestled with God. [Hosea 12:3]
5 And now, says the Lord, who formed me from the womb to be His Servant, to bring Jacob back to Him so that Israel might be gathered to Him; for I am honored in the sight of the Lord, and my God is my strength— [Isaiah 49:5]
41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped inside her, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 Then she exclaimed with a loud cry: “You are the most blessed of women, and your child will be blessed! [Luke1:41-42]
What we do know is that each human being has his/her own distinctive DNA pattern. If a forensic specialist would swab an area where we had been they could collect DNA that would point to the fact that we were there. Since it’s not open to debate that we all have DNA then the next logical question is when did we get this DNA…when did it become part of us? The answer to that is at conception. At fertilization between our mother’s egg and our father’s sperm our DNA pattern was established. This means that the fertilized egg has a female and male parent. This is established at conception. We also know after conception the union of egg and sperm begins to grow inside the womb. Only something that is living can grow and develop its own unique functional parts. One week after fertilization blood is present as the embryo attaches to the uterine wall. The following weeks the babies’ heart begins to form. Five weeks after conception the brain and face are forming. By the seventh week after conception the human form of the ¾ of an inch embryo is recognizable.
Having political arguments over these hot button issues won’t change anyone’s mind. It is only when one contemplates the God perspective rather than the Self perspective can one really focus on that growing living being in the womb and place that life above our inconvenience. Secular Humanists consider the baby growing in the womb as solely the property of the mother and do not appreciate that pro-lifers [those believing a divine spark enters the union of sperm and egg at conception] believe all life in the womb is sacred and God’s design. The distinctive about human life is that at the instant when a new life is created by the sperm and egg, God Himself breathes a soul into it. At that point, it is not just another creature, but one that is both body and soul, flesh and spirit, and thus is “made in the image of God.”
Real Christians must understand that secular progressives cannot contemplate or consider this point of view. God’s design and plan are missing from their equation. This is because secular humanists will not or cannot consider the sin in their lives or the need for a Savior, rather view themselves as good or a victim of society. Anyone who considers themselves Christian and pro-choice must ask themselves if their perspective can be justified from the Scripture. What we have done is share Biblical truth and the scientific fact that confirms it. Once we are truly saved our perspective changes. The Hebrew Bible recognizes God as Savior and Redeemer.
16 You will nurse on the milk of nations, and nurse at the breast of kings; you will know that I, Yahweh, am your Savior and Redeemer, the Mighty One of Jacob. [Isaiah 60:16]
When we recognize we are sinners only the Anointed One, the Savior of the World, Yeshua/Jesus can save us. We cannot save ourselves from sin and its consequences. Salvation happens when we allow God to redeem us. This means He purchases our redemption at His expense, through the sacrifice of the Son [who was both of one nature with God and yet entirely human, tempted as all mankind but without sin] on the cross — the sole, necessary and sufficient means of redemption from sin. How this occurred is found in Isaiah chapter 53.
Advocating for a choice that ends a young life will have eternal consequences. The Good News is the Jesus of the Bible knows we are all sinners. No matter the sin He will forgive if we but ask Him. As long as this forgiveness is wrapped in repentance and we are open and being led by God’s Spirit we will inherit the nature and compassion of the One who left heaven to die for all of our mis-deeds. Praise be to Jesus Christ [Yeshua Ha’Mashiakh] who was, who is, and who will come for those who love Him and obey His words.