by Steven Ertelt
January 16, 2007
Houston, TX (LifeNews.com) — A new poll conducted by a leading Christian web site finds that an overwhelming majority of Christians believe that life begins at conception. ChristiaNet.com recently surveyed 500 members of its web site and asked the question "Does life start at conception, first heart beat, second trimester, or birth?"
Of the 500 participants 440, or 88 percent, believe that life begins at conception, subscribing to the idea that abortion at any time during a pregnancy is killing a life.
Comments in support of life at conception ranged from the scientific to the religious.
"Egg and sperm create a new cell and living cells begin dividing," cited one poll-taker with another saying, "Because God tells us that before he formed us in womb, he knew us (Jeremiah 1:5)."
"The Bible is clear about life," stated ChristiaNet’s president, Bill Cooper. "But many people, even some Christians, are unclear on this fact because our society accepts abortion procedures. The truth has become skewed in order to ease the social conscience."
That’s evidence by the fact that 34 respondents, or nearly 7 percent, believe that life begins at birth.
"When in the womb, you are nobody, you know nothing and nothing knows you. You could be anything in the womb, a snake, football, stone, water, etc. ‘Till you are born and take in the breath of earth (life) – now life continues," stated one participant.
Only two respondents selected the option that life begins at the second trimester and 24 respondents believe that life begins at the first heart beat.
Cooper concluded, "Poll results represent a belief that abortion is wrong, yet our culture continues to tolerate this social travesty."