On Making Babies
Psalms 139: (NLT) 13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
16 You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.
I’m not quite sure what was meant by the following statement I recently read: 'Additionally, in Judaism, we believe life starts at the first breath, not conception.’ Now, I’m not a Jewish scholar, but I know the Psalm passage was written by a Jew—so there is a problem there.
I am aware that this is counter cultural—however this is the way I see pro-choice as taught in Scripture. I am also aware that this will not be a popular blog!
I want to delicately suggest that I believe the Bible teaches pro-choice as far as women are concerned (and men, for that matter).
No woman (or man) needs to be forced to have sex—this is her/his choice. In the bonds of marriage, God gave marriage the gift of sexuality for these reasons:
1. To join two people into one flesh. A union of bodies, minds, souls, and intentions.
2. To mirror the intention of God's desire for intimacy with humanity.
3. To make babies! To populate the planet!
Now if a woman and man choose to have sex this assumes the following things:
1. They are married—creating and enabling the one flesh union.
2. They love one another and are committed to their union—until death.
3. They understand the biology of procreation. This is how babies are made!
So yes women have a choice! Yes men have a choice.
They can choose to marry. They can choose to have sex. They can choose to make babies.
Or conversely, they can choose not to marry. So they have chosen not to have sex. So they have chosen not to make babies.
The point is simply this. Sex is how babies are made. If a baby is ‘made’—a real human—according to Jewish scholar David is formed. The choice has already been made. If we miss that, we have missed the point.