LIFE

 Paul  Wong

One of the most hotly contested debates and perplexing questions in modern times is the origin of life.  There are basically two main concepts on where life began.  According to the Holy Bible the One True God is the source of all life.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.  He was in the beginning with God.  All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.  In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (Jn. 1:1-4)

The other concept by the atheists (people who do not believe in the existence of God) is that life began from a simple cell which developed by going through biological changes over billions of years, and finally evolved into the modern man.  Evolution is only a hypothesis at best, and it is based on making certain assumptions but having little or no factual scientific evidence or proof to back its claims.  

The One True God is the Source of All Life

“For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God.” (Heb. 3:4) 

If you visited the Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota and saw the granite stone sculpture of the heads of United States presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt, each one sixty feet tall, would you believe me if I told you something like this about its origin?

If I said nobody carved those heads.  It was a natural formation after some big earthquakes, some volcanic eruptions and billions of years of stone erosion.  Would you not think that I am either an idiot or a bad liar?  Compared to the granite stone sculpture on Mount Rushmore how much more complicated is a man who is alive, who can think, talk and do zillions of things that the lifeless stone sculptures cannot do.  And yet some atheistic scientists and educationists want us to believe and teach our children in the public schools that life came by accident and there is no creator.  They are the real idiots and liars.  “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’  They are corrupt.  They have done abominable works, there is none good.” (Psm. 14:1)

 

God created Life through Man and Woman 

“So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.  Then God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” (Gen. 1:27-28)

Marriage is not only a natural union of a man and a woman but is also a divine institution that is ordained of God. Humans did not establish marriage.  In the very beginning, God gave us the pattern for marriage by joining Adam and Eve (Mt. 19:4-6). Marriage derives its authority from the divine will and law of God.  Same sex marriage is a rebellion against the will of God, and so is homosexuality which is an abomination to God.  The Holy Bible states those who practice this sexual perversion are punishable by death (Lev. 18:22; 20:13; Rom. 1:26-32).  Homosexuals that include the sodomites and the lesbians cannot inherit the Kingdom of God (1 Cor. 6:9-10). 

Life begins at Conception

The Life of the Unborn Baby  

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From the Christian point of view God considers the unborn child a person. The Bible clearly implies the personhood of the unborn.  In Genesis 4:1 personal language is applied to the unborn child. "Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived and bore Cain." Cain’s identity extends back beyond his birth, to his conception. That is when his personal history begins. The individual conceived and the individual born are one and the same person. Cain’s conception, birth, and postnatal life form a natural continuum, with the God of covenant involved at every stage. Genesis 5:3 states that when Adam had lived 130 years he "begot a son in his own likeness, after his image; and called his name Seth" (NKJV). From Genesis 5:3 it seems clear that human reproduction was the means by which the image and likeness of Adam were transmitted to Seth whose personal life began at his conception

One of the most striking Old Testament passages to attribute personal characteristics to the unborn is Psalm 139:13-16.

13. “For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother's womb. 

14. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well.

15. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

16. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them.”

David focuses on God's intimate knowledge of and creative involvement with his prenatal development.  You covered me in my mother's womb.” David's praise, spoken from a postnatal perspective (v. 14), assumes his identity with the prenatal individual described in verses 13, 15, and 16. He says, (v.13), and similarly, “When I was made in secret.” (v.15). David naturally acknowledges his personal history and identity to have begun in the womb. These verses strongly imply that personal identity began in the womb and extended naturally into postnatal life.

 In the New Testament, Luke in particular is sensitive to the development of the unborn. In chapter 1, Elizabeth greets her visiting cousin Mary with these words: "For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.” (Lk. 1:44)  Three elements are noteworthy here.

 First, John the Baptist “will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb.” (Lk. 1:15)   Second, John the Baptist in his mother's womb leaped for joy in response to Mary's greeting.  Human emotion is explicitly attributed to the unborn John.  Luke specifies that Elizabeth was speaking under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:41). Furthermore, it is now well known that an unborn child can respond to touch at eight weeks and at 25 weeks can respond to human voices and feel pain and discomfort. 

The third point worthy of note is the use of the term “babe” or “infant” (Greek – brephos  brefoz) to describe John in the womb. Elsewhere in the New Testament the same term is used freely of infants and the newly born (Luke 18:15; 1 Pet. 2:2; Acts 7:19). Here again we have language indicating an understood continuity between prenatal and postnatal existence.   Life truly begins at the conception.

The Unborn Baby’s Life is Precious

The Sixth Commandment forbids murder which is defined in the Holy Bible as the shedding of human blood (Ex. 20:13).  God said: “Whoever sheds man’s blood, by man his blood shall be shed; for in the image of God He made man.  And as for you, be fruitful and multiply; bring forth abundantly in the earth and multiply it.” (Gen. 9:6-7)  God created the babies who already have blood in their veins while in their mother’s womb.  There are seven things that God hates and one of them is “Hands that shed innocent blood,” (Pro. 6:16-19).  There can be no arguments about the shedding of "innocent blood" from the unborn babies when abortions are performed.  Christians must preserve and protect the lives of unborn babies because this is God’s will for them to do so.

Please go to:The Bible and Abortion  

How do we define Life?

What is life?  It depends on where the answer comes from.  The Webster’s Dictionary gives secular (non-religious) definitions of life.  It is the principle, force or quality of existence that distinguishes a vital and functional person from a dead body.  Life is the person’s existence during the period between birth and death.

If you ask a philosopher he will tell you something different.  Socrates an atheist, looked at life from an ethical point of view that includes moral qualities such as piety, courage, friendship and justice.  The Chinese philosopher Confucius taught on living a balanced life of moderation.  He also taught that in order to live good lives one must not treat others in a way that he or she does not want to be treated.  Jesus Christ also taught this same principle called the “Golden Rule” and worded it in a positive way. He said: “And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.” (Lk. 6:31)

Most major religions in the world teach people to live good lives, but Christianity offers more than that.  Christians believe the One True God was manifested in the flesh and revealed Himself as the Lord Jesus Christ who came to save mankind from sin and give the people eternal life.  With the Lord Jesus Christ, the person's focus is not on living a good life through religious rituals or performing good works, but on enjoying a Father and child relationship with the One True God and growing spiritually to know Him better.

“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name:  who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (Jn. 1:12-13)

All who welcome Jesus Christ as Lord of their life are reborn spiritually, receiving new life from God.  Through faith in Christ Jesus, this new birth changes us from the inside out – rearranging our attitudes, desires, and motives.  Being born makes you physically alive and places you in your parents’ family (Jn. 1:13).  Being born of God makes you spiritually alive and puts you in God’s family (Jn. 1:12). 

Make the Best of Your LIfe

The days of our lives are seventy years; and if by reason of strength they are eighty years, yet their boast is only labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.  Who knows the power of Your anger?  For as the fear of You, so is Your wrath.  So teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (Psm. 90:10-12)

Living in the light of eternity makes life valuable.  Realizing that life is short helps us use the little time we have more wisely, and for eternal good.  Take time to number your days by asking yourself, ‘What do I want to see happen in my life before I die?  What small step could I take toward that purpose today?

Living for God makes life valuable.  Because our days are numbered, we want our work to count, to be effective and productive.  We desire to see God’s eternal plan revealed now and for our work to reflect His permanence.  If you feel dissatisfied with this life and all its imperfections, remember our desire to see our work established is given by God.  But our desire can only be satisfied in eternity. Until then we must apply ourselves to loving and serving the One True and Living God in the Lord Jesus Christ.

 

 

 The Lord Jesus Christ said, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?” (John 11:25-26)

 

May God bless you

 

A sermon based on this article was preached by Paul Wong
to a congregation in Houston, Texas
on May 22, 2004

This article was published on this Website on October 21, 2009
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