The exact moment that life begins is a topic intensely debated. This topic can come up in many different areas of life, but it is most closely related to the topic of abortion. The current scientific consensus is that life doesn’t begin until a few days after conception. This means that the fetus is not recognized as human until that time. This also means various forms of emergency contraceptives aren’t actually killing a human, but just a conglomerate of cells. But is this true? Or is this a socially constructed idea? The answer: a socially constructed idea. The Bible has a thorough answer!
As discussed last week, God is unchanging. He is the same today as He was thousands of years ago. Furthermore, this means He doesn’t just change his mind either. Where am I going with this? God knew everything at once including every person to ever live. Yes, this means the creator of everything knew everything about you thousands of years before you were even born! You were in the thoughts of God for as long as God existed! And this is exactly what the Bible says too in Psalms 139:13-16.
But one could say “So what? Just because a person was a thought in God’s mind doesn’t mean they actually existed.” To this point, I would agree. No, it is likely that you did not have a physical conscious when you were a thought in God’s mind, but that doesn’t take away from your planned position in the world either. Think of it this way: Everything you see created around you came from God. And where did this come from in God? His thoughts. When it gets boiled down, it is God’s thoughts that are the true predecessors to things in existence. It is the thoughts of God that are the requirement for existence and nothing else can ever replace this.
Ultimately, this means you technically start since, well, forever. Just because you go into a human form through conception does not change when you are alive or not. It just changes the form. Physical life, therefore, begins the very second the zygote (the initial combination cell of the sperm and egg) forms. Furthermore, this means that abortion is murder, because it is the taking of physical life (and existence) no matter how many cells the person has.
Abortion is a large topic, so it is likely I will come back to it in the future. Remember, any questions just ask. I know the topics can sometimes get a little difficult to follow (and that is probably due to the way I choose to explain things) and I would be more than happy to help make the topic more clear!
Have a fantastic Monday!
I am a 21 year old senior at the University of Michigan studying General Biology. After I graduate, I want to got o Pharmacy School to get my PharmD degree and one day own a retail pharmacy. I love to cycle, for pleasure, commuting and work. I also love almost anything relating to technology from news to repairing a computer. I joined TAYA to write apologetic-related blogs, as that is another core passion of mine. I got involved with apologetics my senior year in high school and it really confirmed my faith for me. It is also an area I think the majority of Christians are severely lacking in, so I always enjoy teaching other christians (and non-christians too) why their faith isn't blind! Sometimes the topics I write about aren't very clear, so don't be afraid to email me or ask me (via comment) to explain something more! There is no point in not understanding something because it is likely I didn't explain something well! See you around!
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