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Do Fetuses have souls? Is the aquisition of a soul instantenous or continuous?

What Scriptural basis has been used in Christianity to support the idea that the soul is already in the fetus before the fetus starts breathing, i.e. before it is delivered?

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marked as duplicate by Dan Andrews, El'endia Starman Oct 1 '12 at 19:11

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related post : christianity.stackexchange.com/questions/9542/… –  Mike Oct 1 '12 at 16:37
    
I closed as a duplicate because the current top-voted and accepted answer on that question answers this one. –  El'endia Starman Oct 1 '12 at 19:13
    
i would suggest we keep this one around as a signpost. I agree it should be closed, but not deleted. –  Affable Geek Oct 2 '12 at 12:42
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Jeremiah 1:5

"Before you were formed in the womb, I knew you."

This conflicts with Exodus 21:22

22 “If people are fighting and hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely[e] but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined whatever the woman’s husband demands and the court allows.

(The implication here is that a fetus is treated as property, not life)

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Personally, I am very Pro-Life - but I would warn against trying to make that argument strictly from Scripture. It can be done both ways. –  Affable Geek Oct 1 '12 at 16:11
    
The Jeremiah passage could be understood as indicating God's foreknowledge. "I knew you before you were even created". –  DJClayworth Oct 1 '12 at 17:31
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The implication (that a fetus would be considered property) only holds if the 'injury' clause applies to the pregnant woman, and not the (unborn til this point) baby. Especially given Exodus 21:23 and on contain the standard 'limiting' clause (eye for eye, etc). –  Clockwork-Muse Oct 1 '12 at 18:08
    
Where do you get the idea that that verse treats the unborn child as property? Because the parents must press the suit on the child's behalf? But what would you expect? If a 2-year-old was injured, would you expect him to fight for recompense himself? –  Jay Oct 3 '12 at 4:10
    
@Jay if you look at the punishments doled out for causing a miscarriage, you will see that the punishment is a property crime. The law does not say "life for life," in regards to the baby killed, but rather just a fine. –  Affable Geek Oct 3 '12 at 11:46
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