A Simple Pro-Life Thought (Ecclesiastes 11:5)

Ecclesiastes 11:5


As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything.


            Without overemphasis, I want to make a simple pro-life argument from a verse that I have never seen used for that purpose. Ecclesiastes 11:5, in making the point that we do not understand the ways of God, points out to us that we have no idea how God gives “the spirit” to a child in the womb. We do not know how a living soul is put into the flesh of a child, and so how can we possibly know the ways of the Lord.


            Now, here is the simple argument that comes to me this morning. If we do not know how God gives life, the soul or spirit, to a child, how dare we destroy it? If we are going to make a mistake here, the mistake simply must be on the side of the preservation of life. There can be no credence given to any argument that declares a child only alive or only to have value when it is of a certain size, a certain age, or in a certain location (outside its mother’s womb). No, as we do not know anything about how God gives “the spirit” to a child in the womb, we must make it our choice to protect all children in the womb. Babies have life (“the spirit”) given to them by God. WE must protect that life as we protect all people who are created in the image of God.


            Of course there are more arguments, clearly biblical arguments, for the protection of human life. This one could even be much better formed. However, it is another fascinating truth to be held to by the people of God as we strive to honor God in every arena of life.