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What the Bible says about When Life begins.... It's Delivered 33 kids; Georgia 15057 posts
Jul 6th '08

When Does Life Begin?




According to the bible, life begins at birth--when a baby draws its first breath. The bible defines life as "breath" in several significant passages, including the story of Adam's creation in Genesis 2:7, when God "breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul." Jewish law traditionally considers that personhood begins at birth.
Desperate for a biblical basis for their beliefs, some antiabortionists cite obscure passages, usually metaphors or poetic phrasing, such as: "Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me." Psalm 51:5 This is sexist, but does nothing other than to invoke original sin. It says nothing about abortion.
The Commandments, Moses, Jesus and Paul ignored every chance to condemn abortion. If abortion was an important concern, why didn't the bible say so?
Thou Shalt Not Kill?




Many antiabortionists quote the sixth commandment, "Thou shalt not kill" (Ex. 20:13) as evidence that the bible is antiabortion. They fail to investigate the bible's definition of life (breath) or its deafening silence on abortion. Moreover, the Mosaic law in Exodus 21:22-25, directly following the Ten Commandments, makes it clear that an embryo or fetus is not a human being.
An honest reader must admit that the bible contradicts itself. "Thou shalt not kill" did not apply to many living, breathing human beings, including children, who are routinely massacred in the bible. The Mosaic law orders "Thou shalt kill" people for committing such "crimes" as cursing one's father or mother (Ex. 21:17), for being a "stubborn son" (Deut. 21:18-21), for being a homosexual (Lev. 20:13), or even for picking up sticks on the Sabbath (Numbers 15:32-35)! Far from protecting the sanctity of life, the bible promotes capital punishment for conduct which no civilized person or nation would regard as criminal.
Mass killings were routinely ordered, committed or approved by the God of the bible. One typical example is Numbers 25:4-9, when the Lord casually orders Moses to massacre 24,000 Israelites: "Take all the heads of the people, and hang them up before the Lord against the sun." Clearly, the bible is not pro-life!
Most scholars and translators agree that the injunction against killing forbade only the murder of (already born) Hebrews. It was open season on everyone else, including children, pregnant women and newborn babies.
Does God Kill Babies?



"Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones."--Psalm 137:9


The bible is not pro-child. Why did God set a bear upon 42 children just for teasing a prophet (2 Kings 2:23-24)? Far from demonstrating a "pro-life" attitude, the bible decimates innocent babies and pregnant women in passage after gory passage, starting with the flood and the wanton destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, progressing to the murder of the firstborn child of every household in Egypt (Ex. 12:29), and the New Testament threats of annihilation.
Space permits only a small sampling of biblical commandments or threats to kill children:



  • Numbers 31:17
yo gabby gabby 4 kids; Arizona 42570 posts
Jul 6th '08

I am totally going to read a long with this thread.

I'm very curious to see responses!

It's Delivered 33 kids; Georgia 15057 posts
Jul 6th '08
Quoting Wallawallabingbang:
-Kristine- 1 child; Crossville, Tennessee 2489 posts
Jul 6th '08

I've never read the bible in a whole...
Just bits and pieces of it...
I'm not Christian either...



I believe life doesn't start until the baby is born.
Which is why I don't see abortion as murder or sin or whatever they call it.
It's a woman's choice.

Edit to say: Probably not the responses you're looking for...but meeh...

mistyy 2 kids; Houston, Texas 12739 posts
Jul 6th '08

interesting

It's Delivered 33 kids; Georgia 15057 posts
Jul 6th '08
Quoting Mrs. Matthew Dale:
Pillowpants is a SLUT Everett, Washington 61453 posts
Jul 6th '08

I agree. My views on where life begins have always centered around the fact that Life is able to be sustained by ones self ie: breathing, maintaining body temperature etc. A fetus is not even concidered viable until the 24-26 week of gestation. Before that it is not able to breath or maintain a heartbeat outside of the womb.
Thank you for posting this.

It's Delivered 33 kids; Georgia 15057 posts
Jul 6th '08
Quoting PillowPants LipstickMafia:
MissImEricka 2 kids; Pennsylvania 7376 posts
Jul 6th '08

Wooooo hooooo!!! Good one.

-Kristine- 1 child; Crossville, Tennessee 2489 posts
Jul 6th '08
Quoting (Kaila):
It's Delivered 33 kids; Georgia 15057 posts
Jul 6th '08
Quoting Mrs. Matthew Dale:
Pillowpants is a SLUT Everett, Washington 61453 posts
Jul 6th '08
Quoting (Kaila):
-Kristine- 1 child; Crossville, Tennessee 2489 posts
Jul 6th '08
Quoting (Kaila):
It's Delivered 33 kids; Georgia 15057 posts
Jul 6th '08
Quoting PillowPants LipstickMafia:
-Kristine- 1 child; Crossville, Tennessee 2489 posts
Jul 6th '08
Quoting PillowPants LipstickMafia: