When Does Life Begin?

Ancient god Molech and child sacrifice

For the past two days, I have been breaking down the article by Curtis F.  He has claimed that he has found five verses that prove that the Bible supports abortion.  So far it seems that his evidence is somewhat lacking.  The first two scriptures were Exodus 21:22-25 and Ecclesiastes 6:3-5.  In both cases, the use of a modern translation would have shut this article down before it began.  It would also be helpful if Curtis would look into a used Hermeneutics book.

Now we will look at the third such scripture.  Today, we will look at Numbers 3:39-40.

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Curtis writes

Numbers 3:39-40 – Life Begins At… One Month

“The total number of Levites counted at the Lord’s command by Moses and Aaron according to their clans, including every male a month old or more, was 22,000. The Lord said to Moses, ‘Count all the firstborn Israelite males who are a month old or more and make a list of their names.’”

In these verses, God tells Moses to conduct a census of all Levite males, but he only tells him to count those who are at least one month old. It’s almost as if those younger than a month don’t hold human value.

Is it possible that the Bible is implying that a soul doesn’t enter a child’s body until it’s one month old? The following verse seems to contradict this, but not in a way that benefits a “pro-life” advocate’s argument.

So, because there was no accounting for those younger than one-month-old, it should be assumed that those babies were not considered human or to even have had souls?  This would take the issue past the horror of Abortion.  This kind of thinking would allow for the murder of everyone under one-month-old.

In this kind of reasoning, it could be expect that the human race would die out.  What parent, after three days of little to no sleep, have not contemplated the wish to not have had a child?  And now, it would be perfectly acceptable to dispose of that crying child.  After all, it has no soul.

The problem is that this had nothing to do with why God excluded those children.  If one were to guess, which is all anyone could  do since we are not told, is because of the mortality rate.  But besides this, we have to understand that the age people receive their soul has nothing to do with the text.

God was not setting out for us a hard and fast rule as to when people gain their souls.  Rather, He was seeking to demonstrate adoption.  Not the adoption that we think of today, but the spiritual adoption that occurs during salvation.  God often had in His law, commands that gave for His people object lessons.

As the price for sparing and delivering the people from slavery and owning them, God demanded their first born.  But instead of sacrificing these first-born males, God adopted in their place the Levites.  So instead of the death that the people were required to receive, they received all the benefits as another took their place.

Once again, even if this was to show that there is no soul in babies before one month, there is no mention of the intentional murder of the child for money or convenience.  Curtis F. suffers from the same problem in this verse as in the last two.  He has read his interpretation into the text, rather than gaining it from the text.

When we get to the Constitution, we see that people are not segregated by those who have souls and those who do not.  No such thing is even mentioned.  Rather, all are to be given equal protection under the law.

The Fourteenth Amendment guarantees that all people are to have the same rights.  They are to be protected by the legal system from deprivation of life, liberty or property.

If people can willy-nilly declare others to be soulless, then there is no real guarantee of protection at all.

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