Regarding the email to the editor “Contraceptives are good for you” by Dan Bynum:
Sir, you indicate that in the Bible “there’s no reference to an embryo or fetus.” In the Bible there are a great number of references to pregnancy and specifically to the fetus. One example – Genesis 25:21 and verses following: “Isaac prayed to the Lord on behalf of his wife because she was childless. The Lord answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant. But the children struggled inside her, and she said, ‘If it is going to be like this, I’m not so sure I want to be pregnant!’ … and the Lord said to her, ‘Two nations are in your womb. …’” Regarding the terms “fetus,” “abortion” or “embryo” – no, my English translations do not include these words.
Mr. Bynum, there are some people, both within the church and those opposed to God, who will say subjects like this are only symbolic and should not be taken literally. I believe the best way to understand a writing is to take it literally and understand it at face value, whether I like what it says not. Then, with study and reflection, determine whether the author intended symbolism or literalism, without regard to our own feelings.
With the love of Christ,