Don't Ignore the Axioms

Chapter 2 of Genesis describes two special trees that stood in the Garden of Eden: The tree of life, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Before they sinned, Adam and Eve had permission to eat of the tree of life: God explicitly said, "You may surely eat of every tree of the garden, but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat." You know the rest: Chapter 3 shows how they ate the fruit from the one banned tree. God then expelled Adam, and Eve with him, "lest he reach out his hand and take also of the tree of life and eat, and live forever." God's desire to keep them from living forever was so strong that at the garden's entrance "He placed the cherubim and a flaming sword that turned every way to guard the way to the tree of life."

So God is not pro-life in the sense of letting us eat from the tree of life and live forever in our current bodies. He is pro-life in the sense of wanting us to give life to babies. Immediately following that sentence about the flaming sword, Chapter 4 of Genesis introduces the first child: "Now Adam knew Eve his wife, and she conceived."

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