GOD IS PRO-LIFE
THE PROOF IS IN HIS WORD
Where in Scripture can I find proof that God is “pro-life”?
Obviously the first thing one needs to know is: God is the Creator of all life, human and animal, plant and creatures of all types.
In Genesis 2:27, On the sixth day of Creation, God created Adam and [later] Eve. Why? So they could bear “children” and replenish (fill) the earth. He NOT command that they could decide whether or not to keep or destroy a child at any point in their life.
Jeremiah 1: 4 – 5. “Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying: ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.’”
Look at that closely. “Before”, God foreknew and foreknows anyone to whom He is going to give birth. “I”, God, is speaking these words.
“You”, meaning a person, a human being.
“Womb,” in the womb of a woman,
not outside of the womb,
not in a test-tube,
not by intro-fertilization,
nor any other method.
nor to tear body parts from the unborn and/or the newly born. Yes, that is true!
He may sanctify and ordain the one He has intended for birth - to fulfill His future purpose.
Think of this, what if Eve aborted any of her children? That would have interrupted – if not destroyed – God’s plan. Any (my emphasis added) fetus in the womb, no matter that we humans elect to name or identify it as - life or not a life, or that it may be deformed; it is not given to us to decide to take it away. God knew any one of us before He formed us in the womb.
Exodus 21: 22 – 25. “If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. And if any mischief follow then thou shall give life for life. Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe”.
This article’s topic and its biblical references are extremely [my emphasis added] significant to understanding and proving God’s position in the life of the yet unborn child in the womb.
First, of all, let me make clear, by breaking down these verses:
“If men strive,” speaks of men fighting with one another - - - “so that her fruit depart from her,” and a pregnant woman [interfering] is hurt so that she miscarries, yet no further damage follows, [the one who hurt her] “shall surely be punished” with a fine [paid] to the woman’s husband, as determined by the judges. The Amplified Bible.
The NKJV puts it like this: “so that she gives birth prematurely, yet no harm follows…” This is one possible translation of the Hebrew. The woman suffers a miscarriage. And, “if no harm follows” means, if the woman did not die from the blow, then the offender would be fined for the loss of her child. Now, if the woman were to die, then the penalty was life for life.
The term “eye for eye”, (known as the “eye for eye” rule) was instituted as a guide for the judges, NOT as a rule for personal relationships or to justify revenge. This rule made the punishment fit the crime, thereby preventing barbaric punishments that characterized many ancient countries. Jesus employed this principle to teach us not to retaliate (Matt. 5:38-48). We are to seek God for His wisdom before we judge.
Defenders of abortion have cited Verse 22 to support the idea that life in the womb is something less than a person. No matter how it’s translated, this verse contains nothing that would support the modern practice of abortion on demand.
So why even bring it up? We have to understand Scripture, what did God intend? We have to keep these passages in the context of the particular passage to interpret it and apply it in our lives.
COMMENT: Leviticus 24:19-20 and Deuteronomy 19-21 both deal with this principle of retaliation [eye for eye]. To summarize these passages: The principle of retaliation applied if injury occurred to either mother or child (unborn). The welfare of a pregnant woman was protected by this law so that intentional maltreatment constituted culpable negligence. This proves the unborn fetus is life, is a person. Significantly for the abortion debate, the fetus was considered a person; thus, someone was held accountable for the baby’s death or injury.
Psalm 127: 3 – 4. “Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward.” This passage speaks of God’s position on children as being a blessing to the home and a measure of pride to the community.
There are overtones of God’s promise to Abraham to make his offspring like the dust of the earth and the stars in heaven.
To abort the unborn life is to go against God’s plan to replenish the earth.
Psalm 82: 3 – 5. “Defend the poor and fatherless; do justice to the afflicted and need. Deliver the poor and needy; free them from the hand of the wicked. They do not know, nor do they understand; they walk about in darkness; All the foundations of the earth are unstable.”
Psalm 139: 13 – 16. “For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. The days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.”
David affirms that the work of God in his life extended back to his development in his mother’s womb.
David uses the term “You covered me” may also be translated as “You’ve woven me together,” a description of the work of God creating the person in the mother’s womb.
The development of the fetus was something quite mysterious to the ancients. “Your eyes saw my substance.” The Hebrew word for “substance” indicated the embryo.
COMMENT: The idea is - that the life of a person and the structure and meaning of that person’s life, are all established from the beginning by God.
Therein lies the proof that God is Pro-Life, He not only said it; He wrote in His Word, so humanity would always know He created life, and mankind would not forget it or change it. And those of you who insist on twisting Scripture – THERE WILL BE A JUDGMENT, judgment by your Creator.
GOD’S GIFT OF LIFE
The proof is in His Word. Where in Scripture can I find that God is “pro-life”? Let’s begin with understanding that God is the Creator of all life, human and animal, plant and creatures of all types. On the sixth day of Creation, God created Adam and [later] Eve. Why? That they would bear “children” and replenish (fill) the earth. God did not command that they could decide whether or not to keep or destroy a child at any point in life – beginning at conception or full-term.
Scripture Passage: Jeremiah 1:4-5. KJV. “Then the Word of the LORD came unto me, saying, ‘Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out or the womb I sanctified thee, and ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.’” Notice the word “before” and, “I” [three times, indicating significance]. Folks, this is God speaking these words! (1) “You”- meaning a person, a human being; (2) “Womb”- in the womb of a woman; (3) not outside of the womb; (4) not in a test tube, (5) not by intro-fertilization, (6) nor any method. (7) nor by the tearing of body parts from the unborn and / or the new born. Yes! That is true!
Supporting Scripture: Exodus 21:22-23. KJV. “If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be punished, according as the woman’s husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. And if any mischief follow then thou shall give life for life." This article topic and its Bible references are extremely [emphasis added] significant to understanding and proving God’s position in the life of the yet unborn child in the womb. Verses 24-25: “Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burning for burning, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.” Comment: This rule, of verses 24-25, was instituted as a guide for judges, not applicable to personal relationships or to justify revenge. This rule was to make the punishment fit the crime. Jesus took this principle as step further in Matt. 5:38-48; Judges, parents, teachers, and others who work with people must make wise decisions in order for discipline to be effective.
Leviticus 24:10-20 and Deuteronomy 19-21 both deal with this principle of retaliation. The welfare of a pregnant woman was protected by this law so that intentional maltreatment constituted culpable negligence. THIS PROVES the unborn fetus is life, is a person. Significantly for the abortion debate, the fetus was considered a person; thus, someone was held accountable for the baby’s death or injury.
Unfortunately, I am limited on space in this message. Psalm 127:3-4. “Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward.” This passage speaks of God’s position on children as being a blessing to the home and a measure of pride to the community. To abort the unborn life is to go against God’s plan to replenish the earth.
Psalm 82:3-5, “Defend the poor and fatherless; do justice to the afflicted and needy. Deliver the poor and needy; free them from the hand of the wicked. They do not know, nor do they understand; they walk about in darkness; all the foundations of the earth are unstable.”
Psalm 139:13-16. “For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. The days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.”
The message is that the life of a person, and the structure and meaning of that person’s life, are all established from the beginning by God!
ADAM’S CREATION COMPARED TO CHILD BIRTH
I am fascinated with the Book of Genesis. The Bible contains so many mysteries, and they remain mysteries until they become a revelation to us.
Did God intend for these mysteries to remain hidden from us? The answer is, God intended for some mysteries to remain hidden until He intends that they be revealed; others are ready to be revealed when you’re ready to seek them out. How do we do that?
As it is with any blessing from God, it takes effort on our part, once we’re given the blessing. In this case He has blessed us with His Word – now the effort on our part is to study it, meditate upon it, digest it, and live it, share it through teaching and preaching of it.
This is the effort we must employ if we are to have faith, and with faith comes obedience to His Word.
It’s one of these mysteries that were revealed to me in preparation of a Bible study. I was preparing for a study on the trees of Eden and the Spirit move me to earlier passages – where I found myself seeing a hidden message or metaphor within Adam’s creation as it relates to child birth.
Genesis 1 was written - in part - to reveal a pattern of events to us.
Genesis 2 reveals to us a much more detailed account of events.
Let me share with you a few words of significance:
Conception Definition: “Origination; beginning; a design or plan, forming an idea or plan.”
1. God foreknew Adam. Just as He foreknew so many people of the Bible stories.
2. The name “Adam” means “man(kind)” and he represents humanity in general. Genesis 1:26, “. .They will rule …” a reference to mankind. “They” therefore shows His concept of what man(kind) would be and what man(kind) would have to do in order to “rule over” in this world.
3. “Man / mankind” is all inclusive of man and woman.
4. In Genesis 1:26 – 27 “God will make” man – How? “Let Us make” – Understand that there is no co-creator; “Us” does not indicate nor imply multiple gods.
The plural for God (“Us”) allows for the later revelation of the Trinity in Genesis 11:7
The personal pronoun emphasizes the majesty of the speaker, (God). God is spirit and the term “Us” introduces a plurality of relationships in the Godhead. (a) It also suggests both communion and consultation among the members of the Trinity. (b) It also signifies perfect agreement and clear purpose.
This term can cause much debate, however debates about biblical interpretations should not be interpreted as the failure of Holy Scripture.
5. “Image”. The terms, “image” and “likeness” are essentially synonyms so it does not follow that God has a body.
6. John 4:24, “God is spirit.” John 1:18, “No one has ever seen God.” Luke 24:39, Jesus explains God is spirit when he says, “God is spirit,” Colossians 1:15, “He is the image of the invisible God,” and let this passage of 1st Timothy 1:17 sum up that God is spirit, “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.”
COMMENT: Let’s take a moment here – we are looking at God’s concept of creating a world [and we can go off on many different topics] however, to keep our focus, we are looking at Creation and we have to know who God is. God is spirit! He’s supernatural, beyond any understanding of man. Being spirit, God is not inherently embodied. BUT He appeared to people in bodily form in Old Testament times as precursor of His full incarnation in Jesus Christ.
7. We see that “image” and “likeness” are synonymous.
Genesis 5:3, “Adam was 130 years old when he fathered (begat) a child (Seth) in his likeness, according to his image.”
Our point here is: God had a concept and Philippians 4:13 says, “All things are possible through God”, and here we see it in Genesis, the BIRTH of mankind for God’s purpose.
Conceive Definition: To begin, to originate, to become pregnant.
1. When God takes up the dust of the earth and begins to make Adam, God’s conception has progressed to “beginning”.
2. God uses things of the natural to reveal to us the supernatural. He began with the dirt, the dust of the ground itself.
3. In Hebrew – “Adam” means “earth” and it has become a generic term for man.
4. Keep in mind, the dust of the earth is not only our beginning; it’s also the end of our fleshly state. We will return to our original state, back to the dirt, to become part of the land.
5. In the Bible, the dust of the earth is a reference to dry ground, not to dirt. The ground has to be prepared in a certain way to obtain the highest yield. God will make Adam of the dust of the ground to prepare him with a proper heart for God – this proper heart is what God intends for us too.
6. Dry land cannot sustain life. It requires water to soften it and break up hard places. Isn’t this what God had to confront with His people, Israel?
7. So, was Adam a natural being or spirit? He was what we are! Because our foundational building material is dust, we’re natural beings, BUT we are also spiritual in that we are created in the image of God. Like Him we are two parts invisible and one part visible. There’s the physical side of us, then we have our soul and spirit.
1. While God is in the process of creating Adam; adding features and functions and thus growing Adam within in His hands, Adam is the fetus.
2. This fetus, in the same way that the physical being needs nourishment and water to survive, the spiritual entities need sustenance to grow and to flourish. If Adam (man) remained spiritually dry, he would have no shape or form and little or no function in God’s Kingdom.
MESSAGE: That’s what creation is all about, i.e., preparing human life in the worship of the image of God, to worship God in His Kingdom, to His Glory, forever. He wants to love us and fellowship with us, as He prepares us through trial and tribulation to purify us as purifying gold with fire, removing all impurities, making us righteous for our eternal life with Him.
3. So, when God gives the living water, which is, The Word, Adam (man) can be molded and shaped. Like the soil, man has to be sifted, refined, and transformed from dust into a beautiful porcelain powder, beautiful vessels for God’s purpose. This is what God intended for Adam.
During this period Adam is literally attached to God, he is neither aware nor able to function on his own. This attachment to God is literally the umbilical cord.
1. Still outside of the Garden; God breathes life into Adam. We can only imagine what that breath of life contained. When we fervently mediate on it, we know what it contained.
2. In child birth, the infant is born, the nostrils are cleaned, a pat on backside and the infant takes a breath (as God planned) and the umbilical cord is separated from the host, only when it has ceased pulsating. The baby is now a functioning human being, physically, and it comes with a soul and spirit.
1. God having the foreknowledge of Adam being the forefather of all mankind, now moves Adam from the place outside of the Garden to within the Garden.
2. By God’s grace He prepared the Garden of Eden as a place of pure peace and eternal life. In John 14:1-4, we find Jesus telling His disciples that He will go and prepare a place for them.
3. God intended life in His Kingdom to last forever for Adam and all those who would follow.
Child bearing IS a true gift of God; After He created Adam and Eve: “God blessed them.” Genesis 1:28.
In view of this revelation or the mystery buried in God’s Creation, and considering all of the other Scripture wherein God had foreknowledge of us before we were conceived or, while were in the womb, this demonstrates, way back in Genesis, that child bearing is indeed a gift of God.
Is mankind to tamper with or interfere with God’s creation through child birth? To do so is to go against God’s command of, “replenish the earth.” Who are we to decide when or at what point the earth has been “replenished”?
God having made all things that He made – perfect – and mankind then takes a life of what God intended him to be, or mankind cross breeds animal, plant, or human, or tries to change the atmosphere, etc. which God has made - the way He intended it to be forever, then mankind is pretty much telling God “He didn’t do it right, I can do it better.” “I can decide who shall be born or not born.” “I too can create life.” I beseech you who dare go there, you are going against the will of God and you will stand before Him in the day-of-judgment.
Was Adam perfect? He sure was.
We know this because he was made in God’s image!
It was God’s breath of life that was within Adam, giving Adam what God felt was sufficient for him to begin life as a child of God.
Bible mysteries are revealed to us through meaningful Bible study.
There is obviously more to the story, but I wanted to illustrate that when we meditate on Scripture in our study of the Bible; if we slow down; step away from the things of a busy life, take more than one hour a week for God, and remember He gives to you, life and sustains you 24 / 7; knowledge - brings understanding, which brings wisdom – we are to seek wisdom.
Get into His Word, chew on the spiritual food He provides for us from His table, savor it, digest it and you will uncover the mysteries or secrets of the Bible. I like to refer to it as finding a spiritual pearl or nugget.
I prepare these notes as a lead-in to a study of the Garden itself, the trees of the Garden and specifically the Tree of Life, what it is, how it relates to life, and reveal that it is a metaphor for Jesus Christ Himself; next, how the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, representing Satan and this world, plays such a significant role as well.
Then move to the original sin, then the original blood sacrifice; wherein God sacrifices the first animal to cover Adam and Eve. How they hid from God and why and how this all relates to today’s world and the believer and non-believer.
The Word of God, Jesus the Christ, is our Tree of Life, upon the Rock which we stand, solid ground not sinking sand. Ask God into your heart, and to lead you every time you open His Word, read it, meditate upon it, see what He has created in each life – including YOU. Blessings.
KNOWING YOUR SOUL HAS VALUE OF LIFE
Supporting Scripture: Genesis 2:7; Genesis 1:24; Genesis 3:9; Psalm 36:9
Genesis 2:7 KJV. “And the LORD God formed man OF the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul."
“Man became a living soul.” Other translations say “living being.” There’s a difference between “soul” and “being.” “Being” has a wide range of meaning: basically, it means “breath,” but it can also mean “soul, life, entire being.”
Breath is not limited to human beings. Soul is limited to man. Put it this way: It’s not that a person has a soul; rather, a human being is a soul. Each individual is accountable for his or her sin, for which God may require that person’s soul.
In Genesis 1:24, “And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.” There is no mention of man eating meat for food until Genesis 9:3 when God says to Noah, “Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you.” There was one restriction – “you shall not eat flesh with its life, that is, blood.” We find nowhere that an animal has a soul. So, why did God provide the animal. Animals were initially for man’s pleasure. After Noah, man could partake of the animal for food.
This article is intended to demonstrate that “Life has a Value.” We are to see that in how we handle life, for example: The human soul can have natural desires e.g., hunger, thirst, as well as nonphysical desires. Psalms 27:12, “Do not give me up to the will of my adversaries, for false witnesses have risen against me, breathing out violence.” The soul is the seat of emotions 1st Samuel 1:10, Hanna has deep bitterness in her soul. Ezekiel 27:31, has “anguish of soul.” The soul can also be downcast, it speaks of yearning, earnestly seeking, the flesh faints. Breath: Psalm 42 - In particular captures the imagery of breath (the deer panting), hunger/thirst, and the living God, who alone can satisfy. Here’s the message: Psalm 103:1-2; 22. The psalmist wants to sing in praise to God, “Praise the Lord, O my soul.”
Without that, life would have no value. I’m sure many a man could add numerous thoughts and comments, but that would never surpass Praising the Lord, with all of one’s soul.