As I write this, my fourth and newest grandson; Daxton Tyler Crumpler, ("Dax") is celebrating his one week old birthday (almost to the hour). He is a beautiful and perfect looking baby if there ever was one. Also, my daughter is just two weeks from delivering my 2nd granddaughter who will be named Brooke Olivia Meredith. In fact, she was just released from the hospital last night where the Doctor was monitoring my daughter's blood pressure and the heartbeat of little Brooke—trying to make her stay in mama for a couple more weeks.
It is amazing how technology has progressed since my children were born. We know more about conception, the beginning of life and the development of the human body than ever before. Now you can get both the 3D and 4D ultrasound pictures at just weeks of gestation that are almost like a studio photo of the baby. The baby's heartbeat can be detected and monitored starting at about 18 days from conception and at 22 days it is pumping blood through its very own closed circulatory system. By six weeks from conception, brainwaves of the baby can be detected. By nine weeks, the baby is able to feel pain. By 14 weeks after conception, the baby has its own unique fingerprints—different from anyone else's ever created.
The following was taken from the Pro-Life Action League website: "4 weeks from conception, a baby's eye, ear, and respiratory systems begin to form. Thumb sucking has been documented at 7 weeks from conception. At 8 weeks from conception, a baby's heartbeat can be detected by ultrasonic stethoscope. By 9 weeks from conception, a baby is able to bend her fingers around an object in her hand. By 11 to 12 weeks from conception, the baby is breathing fluid steadily and continues to do so until birth. By 11 weeks from conception, a baby can swallow. Between 13 and 15 weeks from conception, a baby's taste buds are present and functioning. At 20 weeks, and perhaps as early as 16 weeks from conception, a baby is capable of hearing his mother's heartbeat and external noises like music. At 23 weeks from conception, babies have been shown to demonstrate rapid eye movements (REM), which are characteristic of active dream states. At six months from conception, a baby's oil and sweat glands are functioning. At seven months from conception, a baby frequently "exercises" in preparation for birth by stretching and kicking. At eight months from conception, a baby's skin begins to thicken, and swallows a gallon of amniotic fluid each day and often hiccups. During the ninth month from conception, a baby gains half a pound per week. Of the 45 generations of cell divisions before adulthood, 41 have already taken place".
All this information is proven and documented. The advanced technology makes these issues indisputable, but somehow, many scientists, medical doctors and a majority of people in our culture—even in the Church, are ignoring to address this one question in the picture below (taken from the Twicsy website):
What are we thinking? Why are we ignoring the obvious? How is it that with all this advanced technology and scientific knowledge (even if we disregard Biblical teachings for the moment), is no one willing to answer this one seemingly rhetorical question? How can we realistically have it both ways? Science proves that one is dead when the heart stops beating for an extended period of time. Science also proves that one is indeed alive when the heart begins beating on its own.
If you consider the Biblical teachings, and there are a lot of them that speak to the issue of the physical heart and the shedding of blood, then there is no way to Biblically argue against the point made in the pictured question that a unique, personal, individual, human life begins and exists within the womb!
In Jeremiah 1:5 God told us that He himself formed us in our mother's womb and before we were born He already had a plan for our lives. In Psalms 139, King David prayed to the Father: "For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from You when I was made in the secret place. When I was woven together in the depths of the earth, Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be."
In Genesis 25:23, God told Isaac and Rebekah about the twin boys (Jacob and Esau) who were still in her womb: "Two nations are in your womb, and two peoples from within you will be separated; one people will be stronger than the other, and the older will serve the younger." History shows us that this indisputable evidence that this was indeed the case: Jacob was the founder of the Nation of Israel and Esau the nation of Edom.
The Bible makes it clear that God Himself was the creator of each of these individuals and that He had a plan for them before He created them in their mother's womb. If you bring in the conception of Jesus by the Holy Spirit in the womb of Mary, the point is even more indisputable. Matthew 1:23 says: "The virgin will be with 'child' and will give birth to a son, and they will call him Emmanuel—which means; God with us."
The Gospel of Luke, (and Luke was himself a medical doctor) recorded that the angel Gabriel said to Mary: "Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with 'child' and give birth to a son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus." Notice that the prophecy and the revelation by Gabriel did not say the virgin shall be with 'tissue' or 'cellular matter', but that she would be with 'child' in the womb—who would be born a son. The living being in the womb was a living child, a human being, created by God for a purpose!
What if either of these women referenced, (or their men), had made the decision to destroy the lives within them before they were born? What would history and the future look like for us if these lives had been terminated before they fulfilled God's purposes?
Science has proven and continues to prove in new ways every day that heartbeat in the womb is indeed a living being. God created each one uniquely and for a purpose. So if a person is pronounced dead when their heart stops beating, then why are they not pronounced alive when their heart starts beating? What are we thinking?
Father forgive us and help us to turn from our sinful ways. "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord..." (Ps 33:12).