When Does Life Begin? | Answers in Genesis

And this is the name by which it will be called: "The LORD is our righteousness."


25:1 To you, O LORD, I lift up my soul.

25:2 O my God, in you I trust; do not let me be put to shame; do not let my enemies exult over me.

25:3 Do not let those who wait for you be put to shame; let them be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous.

25:4 Make me to know your ways, O LORD; teach me your paths.

25:5 Lead me in your truth, and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.

25:6 Be mindful of your mercy, O LORD, and of your steadfast love, for they have been from of old.

25:7 Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions; according to your steadfast love remember me, for your goodness' sake, O LORD!

25:8 Good and upright is the LORD; therefore he instructs sinners in the way.

25:9 He leads the humble in what is right, and teaches the humble his way.

25:10 All the paths of the LORD are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his decrees.


3:9 How can we thank God enough for you in return for all the joy that we feel before our God because of you?

3:10 Night and day we pray most earnestly that we may see you face to face and restore whatever is lacking in your faith.

3:11 Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you.

3:12 And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you.

3:13 And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints.


21:25 "There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on the earth distress among nations confused by the roaring of the sea and the waves.

21:26 People will faint from fear and foreboding of what is coming upon the world, for the powers of the heavens will be shaken.

21:27 Then they will see 'the Son of Man coming in a cloud' with power and great glory.

21:28 Now when these things begin to take place, stand up and raise your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."

21:29 Then he told them a parable: "Look at the fig tree and all the trees;

21:30 as soon as they sprout leaves you can see for yourselves and know that summer is already near.

21:31 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that the kingdom of God is near.

21:32 Truly I tell you, this generation will not pass away until all things have taken place.

21:33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.

21:34 "Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day catch you unexpectedly,

21:35 like a trap.

When Does Life Begin? Dr. Fritz Baumgartner explains

Individual life begins with conception by the union of the sex cells or gametes of the mother and father. The 23 chromosomes of the paternal sperm (male pronucleus) fuses with the 23 chromosomes of the maternal oocyte (egg or female pronucleus) at fertilization to create a single cell embryo or zygote containing 46 chromosomes. Thus, while the zygote receives cells from the mother and the father, it is neither the mother nor the father. The fertilization process takes about 24 hours. The new human zygote has the inherent capacity or potential to become a fully rational and cognizant person. Each one represents a unique, irreplaceable, never-to-be-reduplicated human being!

As physicians do not know when fertilization occurs, one measures the term of the baby from the first day of the last menstrual period, which is approximately two weeks prior to fertilization, and this is known as the Gestational Age.

There are traditionally three phases in the prenatal development of an individual: the and phases of the Embryo, which lasts from fertilization through the eighth week after conception or tenth week of gestation. These phases are characterized by dramatic cell differentiation through the eighth week after conception, so that the beginnings of all essential organs of the human body are present. The proceeds from the beginning of the ninth week after conception until birth, generally until the 38th week after conception or the 40th week of gestation.

The of the embryo extends from the moment of fertilization of the ovum through the second week after Conception or fourth week of Gestation. During this phase, the zygote undergoes continual cell division, implants in the uterus, and forms the , which will produce the primary germ layers that give rise to the organs of the human body.

The zygote begins dividing about every 12-20 hours, first into 2 cells called . The blastomeres divide repeatedly without growth and thus decrease in size. By three days division into 16 cells has taken place, and the zygote assumes the shape of a mulberry, becoming known as a 16 cell . The morula then leaves the fallopian tube and enters the uterine cavity three to five days after fertilization. Cell division continues, and a cavity known as a blastocele forms in the center of the morula. With the appearance of the cavity in the center, the entire structure is now called a blastocyst.

The presence of the blastocyst indicates that two cell types are forming: the embryoblast (inner cell mass on the inside of the blastocele), and the trophoblast (the cells on the outside of the blastocele). The inner cell mass becomes the embryonic disc, and the trophoblast becomes the placenta. The blastocyst begins implantation into the endometrial lining of the uterus via its trophoblast from the 7th to 10th day after fertilization. Implantation is generally complete by the 14th day and the embryo is receiving nourishment from the mother.

The of the embryo extends from the beginning of the third week through the eighth week after conception. During this phase, the formation and development of the three primary germ layers, the ectoderm, mesoderm, and endoderm, take place. These germ layers will fashion the beginnings of all the organ systems of the human body. The develops into the brain, spinal cord, nervous system, and skin. The forms the heart and circulatory system, the blood cells and bone marrow, the reproductive system, kidneys, musculature, bone and cartilage. The forms the thyroid gland, the lining of the lungs and digestive tract, the liver, pancreas and biliary system, and the urinary system including the bladder and vagina.

A human embryo is fully recognizable after the eighth week of conception!
The human embryo now measures just over one inch long and weighs about 4.5 grams.


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