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Monday, August 15, 2016

John 16:21   Thought/Prayer:  That Term, Human Being.  Topics:  2 at end.

“A woman, when she gives birth, has sorrow, because her time has come. But when she has delivered the child, she doesn’t remember the anguish any more, for the joy that a human being is born into the world.”  (WEB)  Read this scripture and more at

Is there one particular word usage in this translation of this scripture, the World English Bible that strikes you as it does me?  It is in the phrase, “. . . for the joy that a human being is born into the world.”  It is the pair of words, “human being,” that are of interest.  There are other translations that say human being; and then some of the other translated terms for the newborn are child, new baby, man, person or son. 

All of these terms, of course, refer to the newborn.  And it’s not obvious why the term “human being” struck me; except that there is an ongoing terminology debate about the preborn and whether they are a person or a child before birth.  There are those I have heard state – incredibly – that a baby isn’t a baby . . . a person . . . until it has entered the world through birth.  Until then, he or she is “tissue” or “whatever.”
These thoughts/attitudes, of course, are very handy for those who believe that it is OK to take a baby’s life (a human being’s life) while still in the womb.  This type of attitude gives no value to the creation of God that is this human being.  And it takes away any accountability to a higher Power (God) because we’re not dealing with a person here . . . just an accumulation of cells that won’t become human until these cells leave the uterus.  Really?!

This view takes away the rights of the preborn to be born.  Not a person?:  pre-born death doesn’t matter.

The term human being might just be the best one.  Human.  And a being.  A being certainly has attributes that just an accumulation of cells does not have.  There is a conscious existence.  There is an essence.  You and I are beings; we have an essence in our existence; we had it since the day we were conceived in the womb.

Thank you, Bible translators who chose the term “human being” in reference to a newborn individual.  It’s not that the other words such as new baby or person, are not accurate.  But something is perhaps striking about human, and being . . . at least to the writer of this.

Lord, thank You that sometimes a few words from the scriptures will be especially meaningful to one or another of us believers.  All of those committed believers who have translated Your words into modern languages, have been inspired to use different applications of meaning, but all leading to the One and only You.  We thank You for the ones that arrest our attention in special ways.

Topics:  Praise God for special words from the Bible that are meaningful.  Thank Him for the human beings that exist in mothers’ wombs.
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Posted by Gail Richardson on 08/15 at 09:42 AM
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