LIFE BEGINS…

Have you ever worked with clay or play-dough? I find it rather difficult to create anything that looks like something. I try, but I’m never satisfied with my creation. Some people have a gift for working with clay and creating something beautiful. If you look around you can see many beautiful things that were created by man or created by God. But the most special thing of all is a human being. Human beings are God’s special creation.

Did you know the first man was not born? He was created as a fully grown man. Isn’t that amazing? This is a unique thing that had never happened before!

The Bible tells us exactly how this was accomplished…

“And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Genesis 2:7 (KJV)

This creation was the first man, but he was alone. There was no other human being on the Earth. Since God created the man, He also knew what this man would need. He knew a man needed a purpose.

“And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.” Genesis 2:8

“And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.” Genesis 2:15

God gave the man some special instructions for the garden.

“And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.” Genesis 2:16-17

Then God decided that the man should not be alone. He needed a “help meet”.

“And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.” Genesis 2:18

God gave Adam an important task.

“And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof. And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.” Genesis 2:19-20

How tragic! There was a pair of every creature God created, but Adam was alone. Being alone means there was no one else like him. Yet despite his solitary existence as the only human being, he still had God, his Creator. God knew what Adam needed.

Genesis tells us what happened next…

“And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.”

All went well in the Garden until the serpent beguiled the Woman into disobeying the LORD God’s command not to eat of the fruit of the tree in the midst of the garden.

Genesis 2:16-17 tells us what the LORD God had said to warn them:

“And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt die.”

Unfortunately, the woman ate the fruit of the forbidden tree. Then she gave some to Adam, and he ate it too. Consequently God brought judgment and banishment from the Garden as punishment for their disobedience. (Genesis 3)

Following their banishment, the first children were born, Cain and Abel. Unfortunately they were tainted by the sin of their parents, choosing a life of disobedience against God.

Over the many generations since that time, man has sinned, following Eve’s pattern by doing what “seems right unto a man” as the Bible says:

“There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death.” Proverbs 14:12

Many discussions have been held about the “when does life begin?” question. Here are some thoughts to consider…

*We understand that Adam and Eve do not fit the pattern of Creation in our time. They were fashioned by God Himself. We are not.

*We know from the Bible account that Adam did not live until God breathed life into him.

*God gave Eve life at her creation.

*We don’t really know if God originally intended for Adam and Eve to procreate when they were created.

After they ate of the forbidden tree, their lives were totally changed. Their purpose changed as well.

The Bible tells us they had three sons, born from Eve’s body. These were born after Adam and Eve were banished from the Garden. The first child was a son named Cain. The second son was Abel who was later killed by Cain. Last was their son Seth who was the start of the line of Noah. Through them the earth was populated.

God created the process by which a child is conceived and carried in the mother’s womb until birth. Mankind in old times understood a child was alive following birth. It was an easy way to understand when life begins.

There is no doubt that technology has given us the ability to see the in utero development process which God created. We know how a baby develops throughout the nine months of the gestation.

Technology gave us the understanding that a baby in the womb has a beating heart and its own blood supply. The baby is a human being in its own right.

Babies that aren’t yet born can be saved from a death in utero because of medical problems. In today’s world surgeries to correct defects in an unborn child can be done successfully.

Our understanding of how life occurs has developed and matured with new knowledge as a result of technology. We can no longer believe that babies aren’t alive until they are born. Babies in utero (in the uterus) aren’t born, but they do have life. Their bodies are functioning according to their development.

Technology has given us the knowledge that life begins at conception. There was a time when people rejoiced when a baby was conceived and born. It was a miracle!

God has given the world a wonderful gift. That is the ability to be a part of the creation process. All life continues in every species as a result.

Technology has removed some of the awe we feel when we hear that a baby is expected. Man has gradually worn down the idea that a baby is a gift from God, meant to be a blessing and a hope for the future of mankind.

Rants for population control has caused some to feel that babies should not be allowed to be born. Others feel no personal attachment to the child they carry. Today babies are expendable, and for some, unwelcome.

It has been the history of the United States to embrace Judeo-Christian beliefs. Our standard for determining right and wrong has always been the Judeo-Christian ethic aka Biblical teachings.

In theory, we have understood our religious beliefs are protected by our Constitution and Bill of Rights. Yet, we are watching the Judeo-Christian ethic we have long embraced being slowly chipped away. When a government decides to support policies that violate conscience and religious beliefs, we have to be concerned and ask why.

People have believed the lie that God is not able to sustain His creation. He made mistakes so that our world cannot sustain life in times to come. Since God messed up, then we must fix it. The solution: limit the population so future generations will have the resources they need to sustain life. Let us trust God to maintain His creation, to continue to be sustainable for all life. If God can’t maintain His creation, why do we think we can?

Once that concept gained acceptance, it became easier to destroy life, rather than save it. Human nature takes precedence over what God said. Everyone does what is right in their own eyes (ref. Proverbs 21:2, KJV).

The definition of murder is “the unlawful premeditated killing of one human being by another.” (Oxford Dictionary)

Changing our nation’s laws regarding abortion is an attempt to get around the idea that abortion is murder. There is no doubt it is murder and that abortion does take a life, that of the in utero child. You can redefine the process, but the result is the same.

Abortion is a particularly brutal form of torture that usually results in death. By its very nature, the methods of abortion could not possibly be anything less than excruciatingly painful. We don’t even treat our terminally ill pets in such a fashion.

There are those who seem to have no concern for their unborn child. There was a time when people believed it was a blob of tissue unable to live apart from the womb. We could have a clear conscience that we weren’t destroying life. It wasn’t born, so how could it live? Technology has allowed us to follow the development of the in utero child.

All of our preconceptions about a baby’s development in the womb and its viability outside the womb have been destroyed thanks to modern technology’s ultrasound and video photography. Now we can clearly see and track a baby’s development. Technology allows us to even save babies that would have died in earlier generations.

Adoption is a wonderful alternative to abortion. Placing a child with adoptive parents is a wonderful alternative to abortion. Better yet is choosing abstinence before marriage to avoid an unplanned and unwanted pregnancy. Avoiding the act that causes conception will prevent the sorrow and pain of abortion.

As a former crisis pregnancy counselor and adoptive parent, I can testify that non-biological children are loved and wanted. Adoption is a precious gift for a couple unable to conceive.

Life is a precious gift from God, just as Eve was a precious gift to Adam. God gave them the ability to have a family. Let us embrace God’s plan for children and families. Let us stop the madness of killing babies. Let us exercise compassion for those who need families.

Inspirational writer and photographer.

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