When does a “ball of cells” become a baby?

Cellular LevelI am grieving today for all those babies who never got to be born.

I am not judging anyone involved–that is not for me to do.

But, I am sad for those uniquely-designed individuals, still in the just-made stage, who never got a chance to live.

And I pray for God to move the hearts of us all– those making hard decisions and those around them–that we opt to practice His love and mercy in the same way He does for us.

Bridgewood Church

6201 W. 135th St.  |  Savage, MN 55378 | (1/2 mile north of County Rd 42 on Dakota Ave)  |  www.bridgewood.org

Daily Devotions by Pastor Dave Huizenga

 

Image Bearers

So God created human beings in his own image. In the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. Genesis 1:27

“What is a fertilized egg then,” I asked the 18 year old woman sitting next to me on the airplane, “a monkey?”

We were having a civil discussion about whether or not human life begins at conception or at birth. What I heard from this already convinced, already informed, unteachable on this subject, highly intelligent young woman was that until it is recognizable as a human, it might as well be a monkey or an “unidentified bunch of flesh.”

I went to the Planned Parenthood website to find out why this young woman could be so sure of herself. It turns out she was just reiterating what she was carefully taught. Until the fertilized egg is identifiable as a human, it is just a bunch of cells. Look at the language from the website describing a baby, “Pregnancy begins when the ball of cells attaches to the lining of the uterus. This is called implantation. It usually starts about 6 days after fertilization and takes about 3-4 days to be complete.” Wow…according to Planned Parenthood, a baby is just a “ball of cells.”

The Bible tells us that this “ball of cells” is the Image of God…something more beautiful than a clump of flesh.

My heart hurts about all this and right now it hurts because of the thousands of intelligent, kind, warm hearted, compassionate young women who don’t hear the full story. There is more to a fertilized egg than cells…there is life.

As you pray today, would you pray for this young woman on the airplane and those that you know in your world? Would you ask the Lord to bring opportunities for well rounded truth to her?

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