The issue is, how do you know when a baby’s life begins?

From Come What May:

“The issue is, how do you know when a baby’s life begins?”

“That’s not a biology question you know . . . No, biology has nothing to do with it . . . Just pick any time when you know the baby is alive.”

“The day he’s born.”

“All right.  What about the day before that?  Is the baby alive the day before that?”

“Of course.”

“And how about the day before that?”


“Okay then.  There you have it.”

“What do you mean?”

“Life doesn’t begin incrementally.  It’s not like the baby was any more alive today than he was the day before . . . It’s radical.  It’s an event.  And it only happens once in a human’s existence.”

“At conception.”

“No other explanation makes sense.”

Come What May


I am convinced, more and more, that the question is not whether or not we know when life begins.

The question is what we will do about it.

I am not interested in getting into debates about abortion any more than I am interested in getting into a debate about whether or not the Rwandan genocide was acceptable or whether or not Hitler had a right to murder Jews.  I know what is wrong.  I know what is killing.  I don’t need clever arguments or even logic to figure it out.  I know it in my heart, more surely than I know that 1 + 1 = 2.

Don’t excuse yourself by saying, “Look, we didn’t know.” For God understands all hearts, and he sees you. He who guards your soul knows you knew. He will repay all people as their actions deserve. (Proverbs 24:12, NLT)

I don’t sit in a judgment seat, looking down on others.  I am as worthy of condemnation as anyone else.  I have broken God’s law many times, and God, who understands my heart, as Proverbs 24:12 says, knows I knew what I was doing.   I can’t point fingers at anyone or accuse them of anything.

But I can, and I must, carry the message of God, that He will judge us as our actions deserve, as Proverbs 24:12 warns.  That includes all sin, not only abortion.  No one (including and especially me) is able to stand righteous before the judgment seat of God . . . no one, except Christ.

If we follow Christ, the great hope we have is that Christ judges the world.  And if we do not follow Christ, the great terror we have is that Christ judges the world.

One day, all of us will give an accounting for what we have done and not done.  And there will be no arguing with God.  There will be no room for opinions.  And there will be no way to pretend we didn’t know what we knew.  There will be only His holy rule–terror for those who reject Him, mercy for those who trust Him.

In a world filled with the spilled blood of the innocent, we desperately need to fall at the cross of Christ and beg for His healing in our lives, in the lives of our friends, for all who live in our broken nation, and for all who live in our broken world.

If we do not repent, we will find ourselves standing at the judgment seat of God with a sea of witnesses against us . . . including all who we killed who have never even met us.

One day, we will know them.

For judgment is without mercy to one who has shown no mercy. (James 2:13a, ESV)

But this is not the way the verse ends.

Mercy triumphs over judgment. (James 2:13b, ESV)

For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe that Jesus sacrificed his life, shedding his blood. This sacrifice shows that God was being fair when he held back and did not punish those who sinned in times past, for he was looking ahead and including them in what he would do in this present time. God did this to demonstrate his righteousness, for he himself is fair and just, and he declares sinners to be right in his sight when they believe in Jesus. (Romans 3:26, NLT)


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