The first list of genealogies in the Bible begins “And Adam… begot a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth. After he begot Seth… he begot sons and daughters” (Genesis 5:3-4). The rest of that chapter lists a long line of men who “begot” children too. The term “begot” (Heb. yalad), when used of a mother describes her conceiving, bearing and giving birth to a child, but when used of the father it always refers to conception because that is the only part the father has in the birthing process of a child!! Don’t confuse yourself with questions about first, second, or third trimester… that child’s life begins at conception!
Does the Bible make a distinction between a fetus and a child?
“…Rebekah his wife conceived. But the children struggled together within her… And the Lord said to her: “Two nations are in your womb, two peoples shall be separated from your body; one people shall be stronger than the other, and the older shall serve the younger…” (Genesis 25:21-26). Although these two children were still “unborn” they were “alive.” They were still “children”—which happens to be the same word used of Keturah’s “children” (Genesis 25:4) who had already been born (Heb. ben). The Bible makes no distinction between a child and a fetus; that distinction originated with man!
The great sufferer Job cursed the day of his birth when his pain and suffering became so great during his testing by Satan. He cried out “Why did I not die at birth? Why did I not perish when I came from the womb?” (Job 3:11). Job could not give up something he did not have. One cannot die if he has never been alive!!
The prophet Jeremiah was called to be a prophet long before his birth, “Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying: ‘Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; before you were born I sanctified you; and I ordained you a prophet to the nations.’” (Jeremiah 1:4-5). Did God call and ordain a fetus or a man?
The Psalmist sings of God’s watchful care even while his fragile body formed in his mother’s womb, “For you have formed my inward parts; you have covered me in my mother’s womb… My frame was not hidden from you, when I was made in secret… Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they are all written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.” (Psalm 139:13-16). Every time a doctor’s tools invade the safety and security of a mother’s womb to abort a baby, God’s eyes witness it!
God never makes a distinction between an “unborn child” and a “child” (see Amos 1:13; Matthew 1:18-25; Luke 1:41,44). Besides, most abortionists begin their argument with a false premise—that man does not have a living, immortal soul. We are created in the image of God (Genesis 1:26-27) and we have a spirit that will live within or without the body (2 Cor. 5:1-10).