“He slept with Hagar, and she conceived . . . So Hagar bore Abram a son.” “She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son . . .” “Again she conceived, and when she gave birth to a son . . .” “She conceived again, and when she gave birth to a son . . .” “Rachel’s servant Bilhah conceived again and bore Jacob a second son . . .” “Leah conceived again and bore Jacob a sixth son . . .” “So in the course of time Hannah conceived and gave birth to a son . . .” “She conceived and gave birth to three sons and two daughters . . .” “The woman conceived and sent word to David . . . she became his wife and bore him a son . . .” “I went to the prophetess, and she conceived and gave birth to a son . . .” “So he married Gomer . . . and she conceived and bore him a son.” “Gomer conceived again and gave birth to a daughter.”
Genesis 16:4, etc. (NIV)
Human life is created at conception. When a baby is conceived, God intends the child to be born. For a baby to die between conception and birth is unnatural, aberrant, and a wrenching departure from God’s created order.
The word “conceived” is used some 18 times in the NIV Bible to refer to the conception of a child. In every instance, the conceived child is finally born. According to the biblical narrative, this is the proper pattern—conception results in birth.
God intended the womb to be a sanctuary where human life might be wonderfully and secretly fashioned by His hand (cf., Psalm 139:13-16). He never meant it to be a place of death. In fact, the Bible pictures conception without birth as a sign of divine judgment. Consider Hosea 9:14—“Give them, O LORD—what will you give them? Give them wombs that miscarry . . .” Even Hosea’s prophetic voice fails as he tries to think of a judgment terrible enough to repay the sin of the Ephraimites. Flushed with anger, he finally prays that God would cause their children to die in their mother’s wombs.
It would, of course, be wrong to tell a couple suffering miscarriage that the cause was God’s judgment upon them. Terrible things happen to innocents in this broken world. The point of this Scripture is that such loss is mournful, something they know full well. More than anyone, they understand how abominable it is to kill an unborn child; it is high-handed rebellion against the glory and creative authority of God.
Modern society has carved a moral chasm between conception and live birth. Legal maneuvering in America has led to the declaration of unborn children as categorically different from those actually born. In essence, all legal rights to life are rendered void in the period between conception and birth. The freedom to kill the unborn at will is defined as a parental right. Scripture allows no such right, and the Church must fiercely oppose it wherever it exists in the world.
-The BibleMesh Team