Does Breath Equal Life?

Today, I continue our look at Curtis’s  proofs for God supporting abortion.  So far, we have seen that there is no real reason to believe that Curtis is hitting on much here.  He has shown a lack of careful research and no experience with the scriptures at all.  This has led to his belief that there is actually support for abortion when literally interpreting the Scriptures.  Today will be no different.

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We will look at the fourth scripture in Mr. F.’s article.  Genesis 2:7

Curtis writes

Genesis 2:7 – Breath Must Come First

“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.”

This verse talks about the creation of Adam. It specifically states that God formed Adam from dust, but he wasn’t yet a living soul. Not until God breathed life into this inhuman form did it become alive. If Adam, the first human to ever exist, had to take a breath before being considered a living soul, why is the same not true for unborn fetuses?

Now at first glance, some might think that Curtis has here a pretty good point.  After all, the Bible tells us that God breathed the breath of life and man became a living soul.  Does it not seem that this is what Moses is conveying to the reader?

I do not wish to be too hard on Curtis here, after all, he is at least seeking to interpret this passage according to a literal understanding of what was written.  The problem arises when we ask a few questions?

First, why exactly does Moses write this in the first place?  He has listed the creating of the animals.  They are seen as having life in them.  Dogs and cats surely have their own personalities.  They seem to have souls, at least in some sense.  So, why does this passage need to be included?  It is simple.

God, through Moses, was showing the reader that Adam was God’s special creation.  There are two things that we are told here.  First, man became a living soul.  Second, we are told how God accomplished this; God made Adam a living soul by breathing the breath of life in Him.

Next, we have to ask, what exactly is a living soul?  We have already established that Moses was setting this account out as a special case.  It was to illustrate God’s special creation, Man.  So, we have to say that though animals may have souls, their souls differ from humans.  The human soul is living, or eternal.

Lastly, is this something that God does with every human as they breathe their first breath?  It hardly seems likely that this could be proven.  But more importantly, what was Moses seeking to convey?  It was, as we said, to show that God had specially made Adam.  This means that we can say that it was not to demonstrate when the soul of a person enters their body.

God was giving a living soul to Adam, which he would in turn pass on to his progeny and them to theirs.  This was a one-time gift that God gave to all people through their father, Adam.

Paul makes this clear in Acts 17:24-28

24 The God who made the world and all things in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands; 25 nor is He served by human hands, as though He needed anything, since He Himself gives to all people life and breath and all things; 26 and He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined their appointed times and the boundaries of their habitation, 27 that they would seek God, if perhaps they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us; 28 for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, ‘For we also are His children.’

“God gave all people life and breath . . . and . . . made from one man every nation . . .”  This points to my understanding of the text.  It seems also to exclude Curtis’ understanding.  This is known as God gives life and breath two separate things.

And as we explained yesterday, this points to the fact that the Constitution demands the abolition of the practice of abortion. Even if life does not begin until we breath, to cut off the chance to breathe is a heinous act.  The Fourteenth Amendment should protect that child’s right to the possibility of life.

Without the intervention of the abortionist, the child would live and have life.  The current law allows the right to life, liberty, and property to be stripped of children.

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