Does God create a soul at the moment of conception?

How do we know when the soul begins its existence?

This touches the fundamental truth of our Lord's incarnation. "That holy thing" (Luke 1:35) is elsewhere translated "the Holy One" (Mark 1:24; Luke 4:34; Acts 3:14). "Shall be born" is literally "being begotten." In Mary's virgin womb, the Holy One was begotten. His dependent humanity began from the womb (Psalm 22:10).

Scripture links with the soul our individuality (Genesis 2:7; Mark 8:36), accountability (values, desires, choices: Genesis 17:14; 34:3; Job 23:13; Psalm 11:5: 13:2; 42:2; Ezekiel 18:4), personality (emotions, moods: Job 7:11; 14:22; Psalm 35:9; 42:4-6, 11), and eternality (Genesis 35:18; Revelation 6:9).

Job wished he had given up his spirit before birth and joined the dead (job 3:11-19; 10:18, 19). He speaks of infants (same word as children) dying before they ever saw light (3:16). Job understood what the Spirit teaches about "the babe" (elsewhere translated child) in Elizabeth's womb (Luke 1:41). A mother carries in her womb a child with its individuality and identity which will continue to exist eternally: a soul.

Who could deny that an individual's personality has a relationship to his parents? The soul is biologically linked to parents at conception.

D. Oliver