Does the Bible Teach That Life Begins at First Breath?

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They almost always present an idea in a humorous way. Sadly, those who are unable to think critically confuse comedy with veracity.

To make matters worse, these memes are easily shared on social media, so the false idea spreads like a virus—infecting minds that lack the knowledge and training to defend against it.

For example, in the last month, I have encountered a particular pro-abortion meme on multiple occasions. Here’s what the meme says (I’ve cleaned up the spelling and grammar mistakes to make it more readable):

Forced-birth extremist: My religion says you can’t have an abortion.

Me: Your Bible says life begins at first breath; clumps of cells don’t breathe air in the womb. Genesis 2:7, He “breathed into his nostrils the breath of life and it was then that the man became a living being.”

This response is supposed to leave the “forced-birth extremist” speechless. In fact, the meme ends with a picture of a shocked Pikachu—a Pokémon character—for comedic effect. However, the only thing shocking about this response is how much it misunderstands what the Bible actually teaches.

Memes like this have some rhetorical force at first blush, but most usually lack any substance upon closer inspection.

Does the Bible Teach That Life Begins at First Breath?

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