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When does human life begin? Is Mayor Pete wrong?

Pete Buttigieg, a USA  presidential candidate in 2020, says life begins with one’s first breath to try to justify his stance that a woman can end her baby’s life in her womb all the way up to the point of being born through her birth canal – without it being murder.  Hmm, how convenient for pro-abortionists. By that definition, they’re not really ending or killing a human life if the fetus has not taken its own first breath. We will see God’s word on this. 

Somehow Mayor Pete even says his belief comes from the Bible.  How convenient for his sanctimonious preaching at the rest of us while he discards the many other scriptures he either doesn’t know about – or refuses to admit are there. That’s putting it kindly. 

Now, to be fair to Mayor Pete, the first man came to life when God breathed into his nostrils the breath of life (Genesis 2:7). But Adam was a fully formed man at this point, and just needed to start breathing. That is not addressing the life in the womb.

And certainly once a person or mammal is breathing, there’s no question there’s a life there. So the Bible does indeed speak of “all who have breath” to poetically refer to all who are alive.  But does all life begin with the first breath?  I’ll show you that’s not the case. In the case of a fetus, it begins much earlier according to God’s own word.

Also keep in mind that just about all the Democrat presidential candidates are pro-abortion, or are pro women’s health care rights or reproductive rights. But when a human baby in development is terminated, where’s the health care or reproduction going on? Whose “health-care right” is being protected?  Certainly not the health care or reproductive right of the fetus!  The very label “reproductive rights” is so misleading. They should relabel it to what they really want to have:  “terminating rights”, the right to end or terminate a small unborn baby’s life. But even then – no human has a terminating right over a viable, living but yet-unborn human fetus.

So does the unborn baby’s mom, or her doctor, have the right to terminate the developing and growing human life inside its mom’s womb?  It’s certainly a lot easier to say “yes” if you believe, like apparently Pete Buttigieg believes, that human “life” does not even begin until the fetus – or child – takes its first breath.

The mother’s womb used to be just about the safest place in the world in which a tiny developing fetus could be! But not anymore. Not for the 61 million developing tiny boys and girls whose lives were sucked out, ripped apart and snuffed out in abortion clinics all over America alone!  That wasn’t a typo.  Sixty-one MILLION.  And our Democrat presidential candidates are OK with that!  In my view, that’s the modern-day human live sacrifices going on to accommodate the wishes of the mom who is not yet ready to be “with child” or to have a child.  So the unborn boy or girl is sacrificed alive to meet the needs of its mom.

I know that can sound harsh, but we need to make plain what is really going on here. 

If you have had an abortion and now know that decision was seriously wrong and have deeply repented of it, our loving God in heaven has forgiven you and you can move on.  You’re no worse than all sinners – all of us – who have had to be forgiven of our own horrible sins.  I’m including myself in that.  But the rest of society has to come to understand the truth about the painful brutality of abortion and need to understand when a human life really begins. 

The NY State Legislature basically codified in their state law that a fetus’ beating heart can now be legally stopped all the way to the birth canal, through the 9th month!  May God have mercy on them and on all of us.  How abominable!  How shameful!  How brutal!  Who’s standing up for that unborn little girl or boy? WHO? Well I am and I hope you’ll join me.

So when it comes to human life, let’s be clear. I could give a hoot what Mr. Buttigieg, you, or I have to say about when human life begins.  GOD – who creates all life – ALONE,  is the one who determines when life begins. I will go only by what he says.  

But as I’ll show you, God says it is murder. We who have received God’s spirit and are his children (Romans 8:14 defines a child of God), must speak up and stand up with our Father and what HE says against the concept that humans can determine when to end a fetus’ life.

So when does human life begin?  If it begins with the first breath, then “they” are saying that during all those nine months in the womb – there is still no human life going on and so there’s no human life being terminated – and in other words, there’s no “murder” being committed with abortions and so they say – that’s OK. 

That’s what their reasoning has to mean!  How convenient for them.  Don’t forget that in the early years of abortions, the pro-abortion gang referred to the developing human fetus as “tissue”.  That helped the mom of that developing baby not feel so guilty.  What they were pulling out of her was just “tissue” they said – not much different than phlegm perhaps.  But don’t kid yourself: when tiny arms and legs are being torn off or cut off, when scissors are being thrust into fetus’ skulls, that abortion being conducted is infanticide of the worst kind. God be merciful.

With the advent of ever clearer ultrasounds and being able to see and hear the beating hearts of these little ones, it has become very clear they are not just blobs of tissue.

And even if we forget for a moment all the ultrasounds, all the beating hearts, all the developing human hands, human feet, baby sex organs being developed, how can anyone say there’s no life yet.  Not human life at least.  But what is it then, which is clearly alive in the mother’s womb if not human life? It’s clearly alive.  Maybe it’s a baby cat, or dog, or armadillo?  When a human conceives, does it conceive anything else BUT a human? 

So when does the Bible say human life begins?  To get the answer from scripture, and to  finish reading this Blog, click on “Continue reading”.

I’ll soon have a fresh full sermon about God’s view on abortion, so be looking out for that. 

But when does human life begin? In God’s eyes IS IT with the first breath after the baby is actually born? Or is it much sooner?  I’ll save the full details for the coming sermon, but here are 2-3 concepts that also make the clear point that human life in God’s eyes clearly begins before actual birth.

First of all, let’s say again – the fetus is alive, its heart is beating, it’s limbs and organs are developing and growing, and we can see all this by ultrasound these days.  And it’s a human fetus. No human mother ever gives birth to anything other than a human. A pregnant mom never gives birth to a monkey or chicken or goat.  OK – so it’s alive, and it’s human.

Proof that God sees it that way is given in Exodus 21:23 from God himself. Let’s read it. God himself is speaking this instruction to Moses while Moses was up at the top of Mt Sinai with YHVH. 

Exodus 21:22-25   "If men fight, and hurt a woman with child, so that she gives birth prematurely, yet no harm follows, he shall surely be punished accordingly as the woman's husband imposes on him; and he shall pay as the judges determine.  23 But if any harm follows, then you shall give LIFE for LIFE, 24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 25 burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.

Did you get that?  Life for life. God clearly equates the inflicted death of the unborn child to murder.

God considers a pregnant woman who’s injured and gives birth prematurely due to injuries caused by an attacker against the pregnant mom, very seriously. If her fetus dies, then the man who injured the pregnant mom must pay with HIS own LIFE.  Here we see the life of a fetus given equivalent importance and just as much value as the life of a full-grown man who hit the pregnant mom and caused the miscarriage.

Notice also that the pregnant woman is described as “a woman with CHILD”.  “With child” – not “with tissue matter”.  GOD considers her to already be with “CHILD”.  So from the Bible’s point of view, we don’t even have to call that growing human being an “embryo” or “fetus” – but we can say “baby” or “child”. 

King David was also very clear, under inspiration, to say that long before he was born, God already has intimate and intricate knowledge of what’s going on with that fetus. In fact David strongly implies and states that God has already mapped out much of that baby’s future.  God obviously sees that unborn fetus as ALIVE, as a human life who should have an awesome future.  Read the next scriptures 2-3 times and then tell me that God says we’re not human life until we’re born.  Absolutely wrong. God knows us while we’re still in the womb.

Psalms 139:13-16 NIV  “For YOU created my inmost being;  you knit me together in my mother's womb.  I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful;  I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”

Hallelujah, hallelujah! And no man or woman – not even the baby’s mother – has any right to end that precious child’s life – except perhaps in a desperate attempt to save the mother’s life.  But even that should be a careful discussion.

When the yet unborn Jesus Christ was in the womb of Mary who was coming to meet her relative Elizabeth, who was pregnant with John the Baptist --  guess what happened? There’s an acknowledgement by Elizabeth, the other mom in the story, that the BABE leaped for joy at the sound of Mary’s voice. The yet-unborn fetus is already considered a BABE, a baby.  It’s the very same term used to describe the BORN Messiah in the manger some months later! (Luke 2:12,16)  Here’s what Elizabeth said:

Luke 1:44  “For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.”

So folks, there’s a LOT more going on in the womb than pro-abortionists will admit.

God’s word is already calling the unborn fetus “the babe” or “baby”.  The mom carrying a yet-unborn fetus is called a “woman with child”.  And God himself says that unborn fetus has the same life value as a full-grown man.  And David says God knows us and knew us before we were born. 

So Mayor Pete, you’re wrong. Dead wrong. The Bible does not say our human life begins with our first breath. I personally believe the baby’s life starts with its own first heartbeats, sometime in the first 3 weeks as an embryo usually.  Or perhaps even farther back in time to when the male sperm joins with the female egg.  But it’s NOT with the first breath. 

Let’s fight to protect the lives of unborn fetuses – future boys and girls.  It’s a critical issue today. It’s no different than the human sacrifices of babies who were “passed through the fire” to the pagan god Molech – and which infuriated the Almighty so much.  Stand up for God’s truth. Stand up for human life. 

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