by James A. Wilson
Practitioners of the religion of Baal are happy to co-opt the Christian Faith and even the Christian Bible when it suits their purposes. Leftist presidential candidates are enthusiastic about just such a practice, as evidenced by Pete Buttigieg’s recent statements claiming the Bible says life begins only when a baby first draws breath. Others will jump on this bandwagon they imagine a perfect vehicle for justifying abortion up to the moment of birth. Extending the logic can even justify post-birth execution; one can say the baby is not breathing on his own until the umbilical cord is cut. It is tailor made until we realize it is just another murderous lie.
Hopefully no one will be fooled, although left wing groups – including some who call themselves Christian – have been touting the idea for awhile. Genesis 2:7 is their favorite proof-text, the one in which God breathes into the nostrils of the man He has created and only then does Adam begin to live. Certainly breathing is essential for life inasmuch as when we stop breathing we tend to stop living. Yet the contention is still a lie from every conceivable point of view.
Eve was already breathing when she was removed from his side – if we take the Biblical account seriously – I do, but Buttigieg admits in interviews he does not unless it suits his agenda. That is because a human body oxygenates all flesh within it after that first breath; simple logic and the facts of physiology are clear. Just as clearly, the mother is providing life giving oxygenation to a fetus from the moment of conception, just as she provides it to every other cell inside her body. The most important common denominator of every story of human animation and/or re-animation in the Bible is people live when the Spirit of God breathes on them – whenever and however that occurs.
Psalms 139 says God knew the psalmist before he was born, or even formed; he was knit together by God in the womb when he was yet unformed, when there was nothing to him. God tells Jeremiah, and Paul of Tarsus after him, that He formed him from nothing in the womb. Isaiah claims that pre-animate formation by God Himself in Chapters 44 and 49. Job 31 assures us that all humankind are formed in just this way by God Himself and for His own purposes. Clearly – from a biblical standpoint – life begins when and because God so designates it from the beginning.
Of course science – as always when it is not perverted by political agenda – is one hundred per cent in support of the scriptural viewpoint. Fetal heart beat and even brain activity is now detectable closer and closer to conception. DNA tests on aborted or miscarried unborn children are fully – no-brainer – human. Younger and younger pre-natal human beings are able to live outside of the womb; I personally know twins born at less than twenty-four weeks gestation who flourish today. The reason they flourish is because the parents refused consent to let one of them die that the other might have a better chance. Babies will take that first breath if we let them; we have the technology to bless or curse them more often than not.
Many pro-abortion people defend their position – as ancient Baalists did before them – with statements that a fetus, a pre-born baby, is not a human person but rather a bundle of tissue until it is born. Given this non-human status, the welfare of others already breathing would take priority. Never mind the DNA and brain activity evidence I cited above, or the fact that babies respond in utero to music, parental voices, and a variety of other relational stimuli. Mayor Pete and his allies claim scriptural authority for their viewpoint, so let’s go to scripture. That done, we see their viewpoint is hogwash.
The New Testament word for baby is brephas. The New Testament word for unborn child is…brephas. In other words the Bible makes no distinction whatever between born and pre-born human life, according personality to both. Does anyone really believe if the authors of the NT meant to distinguish they could not have come up with another word? Seriously?
The case of John the Baptist is the most telling evidence for the imputation of human personality to a pre-born child in the New Testament. In Luke’s first chapter Mary is just knowingly pregnant with Jesus when she visits her cousin, Elizabeth, who is about six months pregnant with John. The moment Mary greets her cousin the baby John leaps in the womb, obviously responding to the presence of Baby Jesus in his mother’s womb. One could not ask for a more concrete statement of the biblical view of when human personality – life – begins. As I said earlier, it is when God declares it when as yet it has neither form nor substance.
I suggest Mayor Pete and his friends try reading the Bible – and respecting what they read – before presumptuously telling the rest of us what it says. If they do they might discover the good news that God actually does love everybody, came in the flesh because He intends to rescue everyone who will accept rescue – at any time – and realize the God-who-became-Humanity-embodied, the One who gave communion even to Judas Iscariot – and washed his feet the night of his betrayal – is just as anxious to save people like Mayor Pete who are happy to kill the most innocent humans on the planet at any time.
This is the best news of all time.
James A. Wilson is the author of Living As Ambassadors of Relationships, The Holy Spirit and the End Times, Kingdom in Pursuit, and his first novel, Generation – available at Bounty Books or at firstname.lastname@example.org