Parts 1-11 I made the case for the humanity of the unborn in a way that someone can present in the public square. Now I will turn to the Bible to defend the unborn. Christians can be confident the Bible supports the prolife position.
Scriptures that support the unborn is alive and human.
- Psalm 51:5 “Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me.” David was the author of this psalm. The context takes us to back to 2 Sam 11:1-12:25, when Nathan confronted David concerning his heinous sin with Bathsheba and the death of her husband Uriah. David not only had sex with Uriah’s wife, he had him killed in battle. Psalm 51 was a reflection from David looking honestly at what he had done. He was asking for God’s mercy and admitting he was sinful from the moment his mother conceived him. Only a human can be sinful from before he was even born.
- Jeremiah 1:5, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations.” God selected Jeremiah for a special job as a prophet to the nations. When did God select him? Jeremiah writes God knew him before he was even conceived. He was selected for his special duty prior to birth. Jeremiah 1:5 multiple times uses the personal pronoun “you” to establish God was speaking about the person Jeremiah. Clearly, he was human before he was born. Only a person could be known before conception.
- Genesis 25:21-24 “Isaac prayed to the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was barren. The LORD answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. 22 The babies jostled each other within her, and she said, ‘Why is this happening to me?’ So she went to inquire of the LORD. 23 The LORD said to her, ‘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.’ 24 When the time came for her to give birth, there were twin boys in her womb.” As with Jeremiah, God prior to birth established the future for both sons. The younger son, Jacob, out of his loins would come forth the nation of Israel. The offspring of Esau would eventually form the nation of Edom. Repeatedly, Edom will submit to the nation of Israel as written in Genesis. In verse 22 these two children wrestling while in Rebekah’s womb. Babies that wrestle, prior to birth, are alive and well. Words like babies and boys used while they are still in the womb, establish the humanity of the unborn.
- Luke 1:14-15 “He [John the Baptist] will be a joy and delight to you, and many will rejoice because of his birth, 15 for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He is never to take wine or other fermented drink, and he will be filled with the Holy Spirit even from birth.” John the Baptist was filled with the Holy Spirit before he was born. The Holy Spirit is God’s comforter for humans who follow Him.
Only humans can be sinful at birth, be known by God, have an established purpose, and filled with the Holy Spirit while still in the womb. These scriptures are strong evidence for the full humanity of the unborn.