Happy Friday to all who read this,
This is my first question/topic, and I’m not sure if its been asked on here before, but the topic of abortion is something that has popped into my mind only recently, mostly due to its recent subtle political relevance in the States (i.e. Amy Coney Barrett’s hearings, and her moral stance).
Personally, I’m pro-life - I believe that our choices ought not usurp the sanctity of life, and that innocent life ought not pay for the ramifications of something that was done, either unintentionally or irresponsibly (with the rare medical cases I’d still be pro-life, but open-minded for sure). My reasoning is founded on the sciptural fact that God has fearfully and wonderfully made us all (Psalm 139; 14), and that He knew us before we were even formed (in the womb) (Jeremiah 1; 5). And I believe that a foetus ticks all the criteria for physical, biochemical life, regardless of pre-or-post-natal viability.
But when it comes to death before the birth (regardless of whether it was through an abortion or miscarriage), I know that God is a just God, and will judge everyone perfectly - from the old, to the unborn. But I guess my questions are these:
Although each living individual is first destined and created for existence in the womb by God, does that necessarily mean that the unborn child has acquired a soul, and/or is to be considered equally to a human being, both physically and spiritually? (and if so, is that soul acquired at the moment of conception?)
Does the actual physical birth have any implication on the nature of that newborn’s heart, i.e his/her spiritual state, specifically when it comes to sin?
Or to rephrase/suggest:
Is it only after an individual is physically born (or even reaches the age of self-awareness/conscience) that they are considered to be born into sin, or carry original sin?
I’ve heard it said that those who die before birth, or before the age of acquired conscience that they return back to the presence of God, which to me sounds nice and perfectly just, but I’m open to know if this is scripturally valid, and not just tossed around for reasons of comfort.
Apologies if my question is confusing or silly, but I’m just mainly looking for clarification over the underlying spirituality and philosophy when it comes to foetal development. Many thanks in advance, and God bless!