In a culture that often values feelings and moral relativism more than truth, it’s helpful to pause and remember what God—the Creator and giver of all life—has to say about the sanctity of life and his desire for us to live abundantly.
This series will take a look at ten Bible verses and passages that can remind us of God’s truth, and strengthen us when the task of promoting abundant life seems especially difficult. As Christians committed to protecting and promoting human life, knowing where and how the Bible talks about issues of life should be both informative and encouraging.
Print these scriptures out, meditate on them, share them with your family and friends, or use them as a reference to remind yourself of God’s truth regularly.
Verses that Affirm Life Begins at Conception:
Jeremiah 1:4-5 Now the word of the LORD came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”
God spoke directly to the prophet Jeremiah reminding him that he had a purpose and plan for his life even before he was born.
Psalms 22:9-10 Yet you are he who took me from the womb; you made me trust you at my mother’s breasts. On you was I cast from my birth, and from my mother’s womb you have been my God.
King David acknowledges that God was active in his life even while he was still in the womb.
Isaiah 49:1, 5 Listen to me, O coastlands, and give attention, you peoples from afar. The LORD called me from the womb, from the body of my mother he named my name. . . And now the LORD says, he who formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him; and that Israel might be gathered to him—for I am honored in the eyes of the LORD, and my God has become my strength.
The prophet Isaiah acknowledges God’s calling on him before he was actually born.
Judges 13:2-5 There was a certain man of Zorah, of the tribe of the Danites, whose name was Manoah. And his wife was barren and had no children. And the angel of the LORD appeared to the woman and said to her, “Behold, you are barren and have not borne children, but you shall conceive and bear a son. Therefore be careful and drink no wine or strong drink, and eat nothing unclean, for behold, you shall conceive and bear a son. No razor shall come upon his head, for the child shall be a Nazirite to God from the womb, and he shall begin to save Israel from the hand of the Philistines.”
Samson’s mother was given specific instructions from God for her pregnancy and her son’s future. Samson, God declared, was a “Nazirite to God” from the womb, born with a specific purpose to save Israel.
Galatians 1:15-16 But when God, who set me apart from my mother’s womb and called me by his grace, was pleased to reveal his Son in me so that I might preach him among the Gentiles, my immediate response was not to consult any human being.
Even the New Testament affirms that life begins in the womb as Paul declares that God had set him apart and called him by grace before he was actually born.
Come back next week for the next 5 verses!