Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Alive and Aware

Luke 1:44
(44)  For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.

(44)  ἰδοὺ γὰρ ὡς ἐγένετο ἡ φωνὴ τοῦ ἀσπασμοῦ σου εἰς τὰ ὦτά μου, ἐσκίρτησεν ἐν ἀγαλλιάσει τὸ βρέφος ἐν τῇ κοιλίᾳ μου.

The Greek here follows the ESV just fine, so that is not the issue today.  The issue comes in the sanctity of life.  John the Baptizer clearly had some sort of consciousness when he was in Elizabeth's womb, unless you want to just write this passage off as some kind of Near Eastern idiom.  My wife has had two viable pregnancies and she attests to the fact that babies react to different external stimuli.  

I do not like to beat the drum of politics too often here.  There are a myriad of blogs where you can go for that.  However, I do want for you to consider this passage.  It is clear that babies in mothers' wombs are living.  We have both scientific and biblical evidence affirming that.  Given that, how can we call the decision to terminate that baby a "choice?"  

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