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In one of the 2008 Presidential debates, the moderator asked both John McCain and Barack Obama a question about their stance on abortion: “When do you believe life begins?” Obama gave an ambiguous answer: “That’s above my pay grade.” John McCain affirmed: “Life begins at conception!
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg has weighed in on the matter of abortion, saying: “The fetal mass in a woman’s body is NOT a child!” Abortion advocates believe the fetus is part of a woman’s body and NOT an individual person. Therefore it’s in possession of NO Constitutional rights or protections. Whatever rights the fetus might have are subservient to the woman’s right to do with her body as she pleases.
It turns out the God of creation weighed in long ago about the beginnings of life. And it’s NOT above anyone’s pay grade to AGREE with scripture and KNOW the mind of God concerning the beginning of life.
The phrase “with child” is found 13 times in the OT. It’s the translation of the Hebrew ‘hareh’ meaning “to be pregnant.” The word is used 16 times. In the other 3 instances, it’s translated as “conceive.” Based on the usage of ‘hareh’ by the OT writers, we can conclude with certitude that conception (pregnancy) produces a child at the moment of conception.
Now let’s consider the First Usage of the word as found in Genesis 16:11: “And the angel of the LORD [pre-incarnate Christ] said unto her [Hagar], Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the LORD hath heard thy affliction.” The Law of First Mention concerning ‘hareh’ teaches us that (1) God himself sees a CHILD in the womb prior to delivery, and (2) God assigns the GENDER (even the NAME in some cases) before delivery. If a woman is pregnant, she carries within her womb a REAL PERSON with a GENDER pre-assigned and determined by God himself!
In Judges 13:5, we read this concerning Samson: “For, lo, thou shalt CONCEIVE, and bear a SON; and no razor shall come on HIS head: for the CHILD shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.” Here the Hebrew word ‘hareh’ is translated “conceive’” Conception results in a CHILD. Again we see God determining Samson’s GENDER before he was conceived.
Bathsheba sent this word to David following their illicit affair: “And the woman [Bathsheba] CONCEIVED, and sent and told David, and said, I am WITH CHILD” (2 Samuel 11:5). This is one more proof that CONCEPTION produces a CHILD in the womb before the time of delivery!
Hear these words from the prophet Isaiah: “Like as a woman WITH CHILD, that draweth near the time of her DELIVERY, is in pain, and crieth out in her pangs; so have we been in thy sight, O LORD” (26:17). Again we see the mind of God concerning pregnancy. Prior to DELIVERY, a CHILD (a real person) is growing in the womb.
In one of the most well-known OT scriptures, we read: “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall CONCEIVE, and bear a SON, and shall call HIS name Immanuel [God with us]” (Isaiah 7:14). The reference is to the Messiah, Jesus of Nazareth, God in the flesh. Again we see that the body God would prepare for him would have its beginning at the time of CONCEPTION and that God the Father determined his GENDER 740 years BEFORE his conception.
This brief study in biblical truth is enough to settle once-for-all the matter of “When does life begin?” When a man declares “Life begins at conception!,” he’s on solid footing and well within his pay grade. When a man declares abortion is the “Murder of a child!,” he stands on the same solid footing.
No man should EVER have to debate in his mind about the wickedness of abortion or the derangement of transgenderism. The God of scripture weighed in on both these matters a long, long time ago! The fact that Liberalism loves and defends both of these abominations demonstrates that Liberalism is essentially a God-vacuum, the habitation of demons!