When Does Life Begin?

One of the most important issues facing us, I believe, is abortion.  If we believe that Elohim (God) is the creator and giver of life then, and believe that he has commanded us not to murder then we must be concerned with when life begins, because if life begins at conception then to terminate a pregnancy is murder.

When does life begin?  I believe at conception.  A fertilized egg has all the necessary ingredients to categorize it as a human being.  A sperm does not; neither does an egg.

Of course the argument is always presented that a “fetus” (a term used in many cases just to sterilize the sin) must be viable outside the womb.  I believe this point fails in this respect.  If at conception the fertilized egg is left alone without an outside intervention it will normally and naturally come to term without any help from anyone.  Something traumatic, something unnatural such as a sickness, malnourishment, or some other intervention must occur for the baby NOT to come to full term.  On the other hand after a baby is born, unless there is intervention by someone to feed, cloth, clean, and comfort the baby, the baby will die.  Therefore in terms of survival a fetus is just as or more viable than a newborn.

What is viability?  I believe it is the ability for a life to continue in the environment in which it finds itself.  The baby in the womb has everything he needs to live.  He has food from his mother.  He is surrounded by amniotic fluid for his comfort and safety.  He actually breathes the amniotic fluid in and out of his lungs.  This is his natural environment.  He is not viable outside the womb, because that is not his proper environment.

Fish breath under water.  If you take them out of the water they will die.  Does that mean they are not viable?  Of course not.  They are fish not land animals.

Following his birth a human being breathes air.  If you hold them under water for too long they will drown.  Does that mean they are not viable.  Of course not.  They are not fish.

All life is viable in the environment for which they were designed by Elohim.  An unborn baby is viable in his proper environment, the womb.

Please view the “180 Movie” on this subject at www.180movie.com.  This is excellent.

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Influences

The intricate detail of the work Elohim (God) weaves into our lives is a marvelous thing.  He works the tapestry of our live by His Word through Ruach (Spirit) using the people and events he brings into our lives.  There is no way, however, that any person can comprehend the work that he is doing from begining to end.

  • (Ecc 3:11 CJB) He has made everything suited to its time; also, he has given human beings an awareness of eternity; but in such a way that they can’t fully comprehend, from beginning to end, the things God does.

I am aware that Elohim has used people and events He has brought into my life to influence and direct me in His Word and to a Messianic understanding.  Some of these people and events have made a deep impression on me.  They have influenced my understanding of salvation through Yeshua (Jesus) and His bringing me to the Torah for which I want to give Elohim the glory.

Of course I am sure that there are many people and events of which I am unaware or which I do not fully appreciate.  I should probably be thankful to numerous people who deliberately contributed effort toward my spiritual growth that I haven’t even noticed.  Expressing gratitude to others for their help in you life is a good thing, because it helps to keep you humble, and to know that the work was not yours but Elohim’s.

My purpose with this blog is to explain the ones that I understand so that you will understand how Elohim has moved me to be Messianic.


To Start With!

I wanted to do this blog, because I want to express to my friends, family, and any who just might be interested concerning my faith in Yeshua Messiah (know to most as Jesus Christ), and why I consider Him my main motivation in life.  Some may actually, believe it or not, benefit from my experiences and “wisdom”.

In a spiritual sense I sometimes feel like the blind man in John 9.  Because the Pharisees did not want to believe Yeshua, they were examining the miracle of Yeshua’s healing of the blind man to find fault with it.  The Pharisees told the blind man that they knew that Yeshua was a sinner.  (Joh 9:25 CJB) [The blind man answered], “Whether he’s a sinner or not I don’t know. One thing I do know: I was blind, now I see.”

Yehovah (KJV: the LORD) has opened my (spiritual) eyes, and for this I am eternally grateful.

Does this mean that I have any wisdom much greater than others?  I can assure you that is not so.  However, like any other believer I have my own gifts.  Some will benefit more than other from my thoughts (assuming any read my thoughts).  Even those much wiser than I could very well profit from my little wisdom, because a big object casts a big shadow, that is even very wise men have blind spots, and because of their wisdom they sometimes have trouble being convinced they have a blind spot.

I welcome comments from readers.  There is nothing I like better than a good argument.  However, any disagreement must be a friendly, and not become personal.  Also, I won’t allow someone to hijack my blog to pump out false doctrine or nonsense with their comments.  Be reasonable.

Of course no one can benefit from wisdom not said.  That “being said” we all need to be cautious how we say even the truth.

  • (Pro 15:2 CJB) The tongue of the wise presents knowledge well, but the mouth of a fool spews out folly.

Above all I want to help any with difficult questions or situations to respond to those question or situations within a scriptural framework.  One person I heard speak said that there was no worse insult than to accuse a man of being “objective”.  I agree with this statement.  We should never be objective, but subject everything to the light of scripture.

  • (Eph 2:20 CJB) You have been built on the foundation of the emissaries and the prophets, with the cornerstone being Yeshua the Messiah himself.
  • (Eph 2:11-16 CJB) Therefore, remember your former state: you Gentiles by birth — called the Uncircumcised by those who, merely because of an operation on their flesh, are called the Circumcised — at that time had no Messiah. You were estranged from the national life of Isra’el. You were foreigners to the covenants embodying God’s promise. You were in this world without hope and without God.  But now, you who were once far off have been brought near through the shedding of the Messiah’s blood.  For he himself is our shalom — he has made us both one and has broken down the m’chitzah which divided us by destroying in his own body the enmity occasioned by the Torah, with its commands set forth in the form of ordinances. He did this in order to create in union with himself from the two groups a single new humanity and thus make shalom, and in order to reconcile to God both in a single body by being executed on a stake as a criminal and thus in himself killing that enmity.

Why WordPress?

Just a note to my few friends about my new blog on WordPress of the same name as the one on Blogspot.  Blogspot has an error I keep getting which has been around for months so unless they get it cleared up pretty quick I’m moving over to WordPress.