Ed: Why are we accepting that David had such depth of knowledge of how God did his thing? And why did David think he was "skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth"? That's not how it works. It kinda seems like you're accepting the stuff that fits your argument and ignoring the stuff that makes no sense at all.
First place, Ed, you are correct, in that, while Scripture can have specific meanings for a specific point in time, in in specific context, there are other Scriptures that are for all people of all times. Now, David's writings in Psalms are considered Scripture and are included in the Old Testament canon of writings, and by Jesus' day, that canon had long been completed. And the Old Testament is also referred to as "The Law and the Prophets." And Jesus confirmed those writings (the entirety of the OT) to be Scripture!
Jesus on Scripture:
He referenced the Law and Prophets as a unit, "Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets
; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill," (Matt. 5:17).
He explained the Scriptures, "Then beginning with Moses and with all the prophets
, He explained to them the things concerning Himself in all the Scriptures," (NASB, Luke 24:27).
He referred to the entire OT Canon by grouping all the prophets in a collective time bracket: from Abel (from Genesis, the first book, and first martyr) to Zechariah (Chronicles, the last book, and the last martyr): "34 Therefore I send you prophets and wise men and scribes, some of whom you will kill and crucify, and some you will flog in your synagogues and persecute from town to town, 35 so that on you may come all the righteous blood shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah the son of Barachiah,[f] whom you murdered between the sanctuary and the altar. (Matthew 23:35).
And ALL of Scripture is God-inspired and considered factually true:
"15 ... and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 ALL Scripture is God-breathed
and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work. (2 Timothy 3:15-17)
“You must understand that no prophecy of Scripture came about by the prophet’s own interpretation
. For prophecy never had its origin in the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit
.” (2 Peter 1:20, 21)
And the term "prophecy," in Scripture, is not limited to foretelling of future events - more on the range of meanings here:
Ed: If it's correct that God has a divine plan then it logically follows that whatever happens is his plan. If God's plan is for Sally to have a baby then surely she can't just ignore the Almighty and have an abortion. If God's plan is for Sally not to have a baby then what difference does it make if the blastocyte fails to implant or the fetus is aborted in a clinic? It kinda seems like there's only a plan when having a plan is convenient, and when having a plan becomes detrimental suddenly it's all free will.
God determines outcomes, but He does not cause anyone to sin. Abortion is sin. And, for a period, until Christ returns, God allows sin. And only one saved and forgiven of his sins will be saved. But God does not tell me what color of socks to wear or impeded my free will decisions (freely made). Our sin and our evil motives and actions do not limit outcomes God so desires and ultimately determines. In fact, He sometimes uses sinful people to bring about outcomes He desires - but not necessarily the ones they thought their actions would achieve. Only extreme Calvinists believe God determines every decision and action by man - but that is an unBiblical belief. BTW, there is good Biblical evidence that aborted children are instantly in the arms of God.
Ed: And speaking of blastocytes, the inescapable fact is that if life begins at conception and 50%+ of blastocytes fail to implant or are spontaneously aborted then the fact is that God deliberately kills off half of all babies conceived. What's that about?
We do not always know God's greater purposes. Sometimes, what we think is bad, is immediately and eternally glorious. But again, there is good Scriptural support that babies that die - whether immediately after conception or otherwise, go to be with the Lord. So your "kills off," while designed to load the question, could also be used to question why does anyone dies in old age. Or as a child. Why are there birth defects? Etc. One thing is, we have the limited earthly view of death, and God has the eternal one. And we aren't wise enough to always understand God's decisions or purposes. The only ones who don't eternally live in the presence of the Lord after death are those who knowingly reject God.
Ed: Also, if God breathed life into Adam - implying that life begins with the first breath - then why are you disregarding that piece of scripture in favor of Psalm 139?
Adam was never a baby; never had a mother. Bad analogy.
This is getting long - next post.