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When does a human life start? This is key to understanding why abortion is a grave sin—taking an innocent life.

God’s Word describes how the first human life began when God formed Adam and breathed into him the breath of life (Genesis 2:7 Genesis 2:7And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
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). Mankind was made in God’s image and likeness (Genesis 1:26 Genesis 1:26And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.
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). But man was made of earth—matter—while God is spirit (John 4:24 John 4:24God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
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God describes His planned destiny for human beings in 2 Corinthians 6:18 2 Corinthians 6:18And will be a Father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters, said the Lord Almighty.
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: “I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.” God is actually creating a family—reproducing Himself—through mankind. This is why we were created and why we are born!

So how does this take place? That spiritual process of how we become God’s children parallels the physical process of how human children are born.

God told our first human parents to “be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth” (Genesis 1:28 Genesis 1:28And God blessed them, and God said to them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.
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). They did, and formed the first human family. Every human being since has been the fruit of that process God designed.

Human reproduction started with Adam. God’s divine reproduction of His family started with the second Adam, Jesus Christ (1 Corinthians 15:20-22 1 Corinthians 15:20-22 [20] But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept. [21] For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. [22] For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
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, 45-49). He was born as a human being. The big difference is that God was His Father in a unique way (John 1:14 John 1:14And the Word was made flesh, and dwelled among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
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, 18; 3:16, 18; 5:18). The ovum in the womb of the young virgin Mary was miraculously fertilized by God’s divine Spirit and power, the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35 Luke 1:35And the angel answered and said to her, The Holy Ghost shall come on you, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow you: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of you shall be called the Son of God.
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Human life starts with an ovum or egg produced within an ovary of a potential human mother. The tiny ovum is barely large enough to be seen with the human eye. The male’s sperm are much smaller, only a fiftieth the size of the female’s ovum. When a sperm penetrates the ovum and joins with the nucleus of that cell, a human life begins.

This start of human life is exactly paralleled by the beginning of divine life as a child of God.

Within every human being is human spirit, which sets us apart as very different from animals. Research into human and animal brains has shown little physical difference between the two. Yet human beings are able to think, plan, reason, acquire knowledge and create in ways that no animal can do. The Bible reveals that within every human being exists a human spirit that sets us apart from the animal world.

Scientists for the most part ignore anything that cannot be detected or measured through physical means, so they refuse to accept the existence of spirit. As we’re told in 1 Corinthians 2:14 1 Corinthians 2:14But the natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness to him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.
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, “the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”

Sadly, in refusing to accept the existence of spirit, many scientists refuse to accept the existence of God, angels, evil spirits and the human spirit. Thus science is unable to provide answers to the great questions and issues of life.

So how, then, does the divine life, which is a parallel to human life, start?

The Bible records an astounding supernatural event that happened on the first Feast of Pentecost after Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection. God’s Holy Spirit miraculously came on Christ’s followers who were gathered there in Jerusalem (Acts 2:1-4 Acts 2:1-4 [1] And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. [2] And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. [3] And there appeared to them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat on each of them. [4] And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
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That spirit essence and power of God, like a divine sperm cell uniting with an egg to form a human embryo, joined with their human spirit to make them newly begotten children of God! (See Romans 8:16-17 Romans 8:16-17 [16] The Spirit itself bears witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God: [17] And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
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.) Empowered with God’s Spirit, these men and women could now begin to understand the things of God!

As the apostle Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 2:9-11 1 Corinthians 2:9-11 [9] But as it is written, Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love him. [10] But God has revealed them to us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. [11] For what man knows the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knows no man, but the Spirit of God.
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: “But as it is written: ‘Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, nor have entered into the heart of man the things which God has prepared for those who love Him.’ But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except [by] the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except [by] the Spirit of God.”

Their receiving of the Holy Spirit was their moment of divine conception. They were now children of God—though not yet born as immortal spirit children until the resurrection at Jesus Christ’s return (1 Corinthians 15:20-23 1 Corinthians 15:20-23 [20] But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept. [21] For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead. [22] For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. [23] But every man in his own order: Christ the first fruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.
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, 35-54). Now they would grow spiritually in grace and knowledge (2 Peter 3:18 2 Peter 3:18But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.
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) until that time of ultimate spiritual rebirth. In the meantime, those who are baptized and have received God’s Spirit are His children, partakers of His nature, though awaiting that rebirth (see 1 John 3:1-2 1 John 3:1-2 [1] Behold, what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knows us not, because it knew him not. [2] Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.
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; Romans 8:9 Romans 8:9But you are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.
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, 14-17; 2 Peter 1:3-4 2 Peter 1:3-4 [3] According as his divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that has called us to glory and virtue: [4] Whereby are given to us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these you might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
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In the same way, a child in the womb is the child of its parents from the moment of conception. So to kill an unborn child is, in the eyes of God who is the Creator of all life, murder. May we all strive to please God and recognize this horrific sin for what it is!

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