A few years ago, while my wife was carrying one of our
children, we had an ultrasound in the seventh week of pregnancy
due to complications. I was amazed that at seven weeks we
could see the heart beating. Also, with another child, we
were able to see the blood moving between my wife and the
fetus through the umbilical cord. By witnessing the life
of a child while still in the womb, I can personally testify
to the accuracy of the Scriptures teaching that an unborn
baby is a living human being.
What Constitutes Life?
The question as to what constitutes life is one that
has puzzled mankind for many years. Recently, we have also
been perplexed with the question of who has the right to
take another's life, whether they are old and ill or whether
they are unborn and healthy.
In regards to the unborn, let us go to God's word to determine
if the fetus is a living being or simply a mass of tissue.
First of all, notice that the Bible uses the same Greek
word (brephos) for a fetus, new born child, and young
child (Lk. 1:41, 44; Lk. 2:12, 16; Lk. 18:15; Acts 7:19.)
So, we must immediately conclude that God considers an unborn
child to be as living as a child that is outside the womb.
Since it is murder to kill a child that is outside the
womb, it is murder to kill a child that is inside the womb.
If murder is a sin then abortion is a sin, since abortion
terminates the life on an unborn child.
What does the Bible say?
The Bible teaches us that a fetus is a living human
being, a child.
- Psalms 139:13-16 David speaks of himself as a living
being separate and apart from his mother during his mothers
pregnancy - "I" and "me". David speaks of his personage
while "unformed". The "blob of cells" or "tissue" that
pro-abortionists say are not human is affirmed as human
by God through inspiration of His servant David.
- Exodus 21:22-25 "Woman with child" affirms that before
birth the fetus is a child separate and apart from the mother.
Verse 23 states that, according to Old Testament Law, if a child
is born prematurely and dies due to harm inflicted upon the child's
mother, then the penalty for murder is imposed upon the individual
causing harm to the woman. Do you think this would include an
abortionist if we were living under the Old Testament Law?
- Psalms 51:5 The fetus is an individual separate from
his mother at conception. The living person ("I"/"me") existed
upon conception. The woman's "choice" is whether or not to have
intercourse. Once a woman has conceived, God views the life of
the unborn as precious and valuable as those already born.
- Ecclesiastes 11:5 This passage affirms that the
fetus is a child, separate and apart from the mother.
Today, man still does not know how or when the soul enters
the fetus, but God affirms that a fetus is as much a child
at conception as after birth. Therefore, we must believe
that the soul enters a fetus/child at conception.
- Job 3:13-16 Job considered himself to be a living human
being apart from any other human while in the womb.
- Luke 1:15 John the Baptist was filled with the Holy Spirit
while in the womb; therefore, John was a living person while in
the womb. A mass of tissue could not be filled with the Holy Spirit.
- Luke 1:41, 44 The babe leaped in her womb for joy. A
baby in the womb can leap for joy - a mass of tissue cannot
leap. If a mass of tissue could leap in the womb, it could
leap outside of the womb. Have you seen a mass of tissue
- Matt. 1:23 Mary, while pregnant with Jesus, is said to
have a child before birth.
- Matt. 2:1 "Now after Jesus was born" considers
that Jesus was Jesus before birth, while still in Mary's
An Unborn Fetus is a Living Child
After examining these Scriptures, believers in God's word
must affirm that an unborn fetus is a living child, and
that a woman has choice over birth prior to conception -