The Fight For Life
“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
There are some things that I just don’t even have words for. But for those of you who continue to support and show love to me, the words that I have are the same as always: I appreciate you.
The whole fight for abortion baffles me. Why are people so adamant on destroying and murdering human life? It’s some of those same people who will argue that blue lives matter, black lives matter, and school-kid lives matter. While that is true, what is equally true is that all lives matter. That includes unborn lives in the womb.
Regarding lives taken in school shootings, there needs to be armed guards at every main entrance with metal detectors that every person entering the building must go through. Almost all schools receive federal funds; the provision of those funds have stipulations based on test scores and student performance. There needs to be an additional requirement of armed protection at all schools in order for those schools to receive federal funding. Besides, a child can’t be expected to learn when they are in fear for their lives.
A TV correspondent, Chris Cuomo recently said of school shootings, “Why is this new reality OK? We’re not attacking the problem. We sit and watch […] Look at these stolen souls.” And he’s one to talk about stealing. That same thing can be said of babies that are murdered in the womb – that they are stolen souls and we need to attack the problem. Their lives are just as valuable as the students’ who have lost their lives in school shootings. They are both tragic and senseless taking of human life. People who take life and people who advocate murdering of innocent unborn children are the problem.
Yet, that same guy says that advocating for life of unborn children is a show of “faith and feeling over fact.” It’s a ridiculous, baseless, and unfounded claim that should not be pursued any further. Here are the facts:
Life begins at conception. If we review basic science, then it’s not that difficult to know. As Christian apologist Trevor Major puts it in The Value of Early Human Life, “The reasons for believing that life begins at conception are relatively straightforward.
- Conception involves the union of a human father’s sperm with a human mother’s egg. The basic rules of biology tell us that at this instance, the zygote (one-celled fertilized egg) possesses the full complement of human chromosomes—23 each from the mother and father. These chromosomes are special structures inside the nucleus of the cell containing genes that, in turn, consist of a complex chemical code known as DNA. Genes will direct the development of this new individual; they will decide sex, hair color, and countless other features.
- Geneticists can analyze the DNA of the developing human and discern that its DNA is unique (i.e., that no one else has the same sequence of DNA). In other words, it is an individual member of the human species.
- Although a zygote has no arms, legs, thoughts, or words, it will become an adult human if its development is not interrupted” (Major, 1995).
“But if the woman has not defiled herself, and is clean, then she shall be free and may conceive children.” – Numbers 5:28
I heard the argument made by someone that a baby in the womb is not a human being – that it’s just a part of the woman’s body. That makes absolutely no sense. Humans produce humans. They don’t produce zebras. Consider Numbers 5:28 above, the Bible says that a woman conceives children. Children are humans; they are people.
Elizabeth and Mary conceived sons, according to the Bible (Luke 1:36). A son is also a person. And according to the info above, their individual DNA was already set as a zygote.
In his article When Does A Human “Person” Begin?, Wayne Jackson states the following:
“In April of 1981, a distinguished panel of geneticists and physicians testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee with reference to the nature of the human organism that is produced by the union of a sperm and ovum.
Dr. McCarthy de Mere, a medical doctor and law professor at the University of Tennessee, testified as follows: “The exact moment of the beginning of personhood and of the human body is at the moment of conception” (emp. added).
Known as the “Father of Modern Genetics,” Dr. Jerome Lejeune told the lawmakers: “To accept the fact that after fertilization has taken place a new human has come into being is no longer a matter of taste or opinion…it is plain experimental evidence” (see “Association of…”, 2006)
Note the testimony of world-renowned geneticist Theodosius Dobzhansky, an atheist: “A human being begins his existence when a spermatozoon fertilizes an egg cell” (1965, p. 10; emp. added). Even the late Isaac Asimov, a rabid enemy of the Bible, conceded that “the human being…begins life as a fertilized ovum” (20; emp. added). Neither of these men believed in the existence of a “soul”; nonetheless, they acknowledged that the union of sperm and egg is the commencement of a human person” (Jackson, 2008).
So, people who are not even people of faith can use logic and science to recognize that life begins at conception. I think that people who refuse to look at those facts above about abortion and life have motives that are not upright and seek to push forth their own godless, evil agendas. People, like Cuomo, who advocate the killing of innocent human life by way of abortion do not respect life. It’s that simple.
Jackson stated it this way: “To purposefully destroy a human embryo is to take the life of a human being” (Jackson, 2008). He continues, “By the time the embryo reaches the uterus, it already has developed into a conglomerate of some 50 to 150 cells […] It has independent movement. It experiences true growth, the multiplication of cells. It responds to external stimuli. It is capable of metabolism, i.e., it breaks down products outside of itself for the production of energy” (Jackson, 2008).
Major continues, “There is no logical stopping point at which we can measure quality of life, personhood, or physical appearance and capabilities. All these criteria are important, but all mean nothing unless we first consider the essential humanness of life from conception to adulthood. This brings equal responsibility to all humans. What we must value is not the quality of life, but life itself” (Major, 1995).
And God values all life – life eternal, life abundant. The Lord knows us before we are even formed in the womb (Jer. 1:5). And He wants us to go to have everlasting life with him. We can have that if we obey the gospel: believe that Jesus is Christ, repent of your sins, confess that He is Lord, be baptized for the forgiveness of your sins, and live faithfully until death.
Your life is important. My life is important. And, the life of an unborn child is important. Let’s continue to fight for the right of life.
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Jackson, Wayne (2008), When Does A Human “Person” Begin?, http://www.apologeticspress.org/apcontent.aspx?category=105&article=788
Major, Trevor(1995), The Value of Early Human Life, https://apologeticspress.org/apcontent.aspx?category=7&article=349.