Comment: By themselves they could

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By themselves they could

By themselves they could certainly be interpreted as you say however the Bible is completely silent on abortion specifically. There is only a couple of scriptures that seem to remotely broach the subject as we know it today.

The first is in Exodus 21:22-23 "If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished according as the woman's husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. And if any mischief follow [if the woman dies], then thou shalt give life for life."

Here it seems to be describing an attack on the mother. Note the difference in the punishments. If the unborn baby dies the offender will receive a punishment in the way of owing monetary compensation. On the other hand, if he kills the mother in the attack he is to give life for life. This clearly makes a distinction that the life of the mother is much more important and serious then that that of the unborn child. It implies that the mother is a living soul but not the unborn child or why would God not require the mans life for the unborn child's life too?

Numbers 5:11-31 gives an interesting remedy if your wife is suspected of sleeping with another man and gets pregnant. She is commanded to drink a bitter potion and if she has not sinned all will be well and she will conceive. If she is guilty she will become sick and have no child. This seems to condone abortion where birth is undesirable.

Also Jeremiah 1:5 says God knew you before you were in the womb.

So if we look at the issue in context of all the scriptures that seem remotely related to this the scriptures you refer to seem to say that the soul existed before conception and does not enter into the body until the first breath.

This would explain how God could know us before we are born and not be out of harmony with the scriptures in genesis where it says the life commences at the first breath.

It also brings up the question of does God force souls to take up a body and come to earth? Or worse how about taking up a body conceived in rape would God force that also? If our freedoms are God given as many Christians advocate then it would seem contradictory that such a God would force us which would imply the soul has a choice and a soul that would choose to take up a body conceived in rape would be choosing to sanction the force and violence used against the mother in the conception. Which would further imply that soul is less then honorable if it is willing to do so... Something to think about...

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