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Life Begins at Conception
A theological argument based on the conceptions of Jesus and of Mary
278. Life Begins at Conception
The origin of each human life, in body and soul, at conception, is important to the moral definition of abortion.
A. The Incarnation of Our Lord Jesus Christ
1. At the Incarnation, the Son of God assumed a human nature composed of a rational soul and a body.
Council of Ephesus: “We confess, then, our lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, perfect God, and perfect man of a rational soul and a body, begotten before all ages from the Father in his godhead, the same in the last days, for us and for our salvation, born of Mary the virgin, according to his humanity, one and the same consubstantial with the Father in godhead and consubstantial with us in humanity, for a union of two natures took place.”
2. In His human nature, Jesus is consubstantial with us, and is like us in all respects except for sin. His human nature is like our human nature, and our human nature is like His human nature (except that he is sinless).
Council of Chalcedon: “So, following the saintly fathers, we all with one voice teach the confession of one and the same Son, our Lord Jesus Christ: the same perfect in divinity and perfect in humanity, the same truly God and truly man, of a rational soul and a body; consubstantial with the Father as regards his divinity, and the same consubstantial with us as regards his humanity; like us in all respects except for sin….”
3. The Incarnation occurred only once, when the Divine Nature of the Eternal Son of God was united to his human nature, body and soul, which was the same moment when his human nature, body and soul, was created.
Saint Thomas Aquinas, citing Saint Gregory the Great: “On the contrary, Gregory says (Moral. xviii): ‘As soon as the angel announced it, as soon as the Spirit came down, the Word was in the womb, within the womb the Word was made flesh.’ “
Saint Thomas Aquinas, citing Saint John of Damascus: “On the contrary, Damascene says (De Fide Orth. iii): ‘At the very instant that there was flesh, it was the flesh of the Word of God, it was flesh animated with a rational and intellectual soul.’ “
Saint Thomas Aquinas: “On the contrary, Augustine says (De Fide ad Petrum xviii): ‘Hold steadfastly, and doubt not for a moment that Christ’s flesh was not conceived in the Virgin’s womb, before being assumed by the Word.’ “ [The work cited is now believed to have been written by Saint Fulgentius.]
4. It is contrary to the teaching of the Catholic Faith to claim that the soul of Jesus Christ was created before or after His body, or before or after His virgin conception, or before or after His Incarnation, or that the Incarnation occurred at a different time for His body than for His soul, or that His body or soul ever existed before the Incarnation, or apart from the Incarnation. For even after the death of Jesus Christ, and before His Resurrection, His Divine Nature remained always united, at all times, to His body and to His soul.
5. It is contrary to the dogma of the Incarnation to claim that the creation of the body of Jesus Christ, and the creation of the soul of Jesus Christ, and the union of body and soul, and the Incarnation of the Divine Nature with His human nature, did not occur all in one and the same instant, at the moment of the Incarnation, which was the same as the moment of the virgin conception of the whole human nature of Jesus Christ.
6. In His human nature, Jesus is “like us in all respects except for sin,” and is “consubstantial with us in humanity.” Therefore, like the human nature of Christ, each human being is conceived such that body and soul are created in the same instant, and with body and soul united. The body is not created before the soul, nor is the soul created before the body; body and soul are created, as one human being, in the same instant. And the union of body and soul occurs at the same instant that both body and soul are created.
7. Therefore, what is true for Jesus in His humanity is also true for us in our humanity: the life of each human being, with body and soul united, begins at conception.