THE PRECIOUS HUMAN LIFE AND THE ABORTION FACTOR

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If I could write with the eloquence of Abraham Lincoln and the wisdom of King Solomon, my words would still be lame, hobbled by my own finite nature and the deafness — the stiff-necked stubbornness — of human ears. So today I will reference some other authors.

What will I talk about? I will ask you to consider the Bible, that work inspired by God. Working through human authors, He wrote a book of invaluable wisdom. When we read it, we grow confused, bored, indifferent, skeptical, argumentative, fanatical,…. Why? When here and there throughout the text, the Bible summarizes its major themes, why should we grow confused?

What is so complicated about this passage?

Matthew 22:34-40 New King James Version (NKJV)

The Scribes: Which Is the First Commandment of All?

34 But when the Pharisees heard that He had silenced the Sadducees, they gathered together. 35 Then one of them, a lawyer, asked Him a question, testing Him, and saying, 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?”

37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.”

Jesus referenced Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18. He spoke to an audience who understood His references. Just as the God who inspired the New Testament made certain we could get the main points (if we want to do so), that same God made certain we could understand what He wants from us in the Old Testament too. He wants us to love Him and each other.

Yet too often we do not love or each other. We find excuses to murder even the most innocent among us.  Thanks to loveless sex and a selfish disdain for the miraculous gift of life, we even kill babies before they have had a chance to be born.

We have and make plenty of excuses (Cupid is an old one.)

So whom will I reference? I suggest my readers consider two series, each of which takes a different approach to the preciousness of human life.

In his series, scatterwisdom speaks of the abortion factor in the context of modern events. calls the abortion factor the root cause of all human folly, and he applies the wisdom of King Solomon to make that point.

Rob Barkman series of posts is not strictly speaking a series on abortion.  ‘s focus is Bible exposition; his series addresses what the Bible has to say about the preciousness of human life.

But what does the Bible actually say about abortion? altruistico‘s post specifically addresses that question. leaves little doubt that God believes that killing the unborn is murder.

Here is the last set of links, two seeming unrelated posts by Don Merritt. In the first post observes we need to learn how to debate. Instead of letting our opponents set the terms of the debate, control the language of the debate, and define the assumptions that pertain to the debate, we need to clearly advocate our cause. The second post is a reminder of why we are having this discussion.

Finally, a couple of observations. We are responsible for the deaths for millions of children. You don’t think so? Then how did you vote?

  • You don’t like politicians who think murder is okay? You didn’t vote for politicians who think it is okay to spend tax payer dollars killing babies? Then how did those politicians get elected? Did you do your part to stop them?
  • You don’t like judges who make up laws to suit their own whims? You didn’t vote for politicians who appoint and approve such judges? Then how did those politicians get elected? Did you do your part to stop them?

21 thoughts on “THE PRECIOUS HUMAN LIFE AND THE ABORTION FACTOR

  1. 78% of women having abortions are religious, 68% are in their early 20s, 62% live 118% below federal poverty definitions, 56% have one or more kids, 52% live alone except for their children.

    it seems to me, pro life means taking care of the widow, the poor, the outcast and here, the church seems to have failed their own. and too, pro choice bears the same obligations so that there are more genuine choices a woman has far before she even considers having sex at all.

    as far as i’m concerned, anyone who is not active in this woman’s life prior to conception, really, should quietly hold their tongues because they’re neither pro life nor pro choice. of course they care about what they think, but who should care because honestly, they don’t.

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  2. for the pro life church … can you name me one offering free daycare? i mean, how can a single woman better her life and her children’s if daycare takes most of her meager paycheck? i mean, simply looking at the data brings very easily picked low fruit in stemming the tide. how about not stigmatizing single pregnant women so they have a sense of connectedness elsewhere than the facsimile of being held and desired from essentially loneliness and despair? to me, this is very much a religious problem and a problem of the failure of the church to act. sure, we may feel good about picketing or voting, and good for us! but who cares, it does no good and it costs us nothing! we are not doing what we’ve been asked to do, which is, the good.

    as for choicers? well, planned parenthood may indeed perform abortions, but certainly they try to to avoid is by, obviously, helping young women plan a future, to make counseling available, contraception, letting them know there is a future to plan for and, indeed, letting them know children are a part of it but that because it is important for her and her future children, they need to take responsibility.

    now, shame on us!

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    1. @Steven Hoyt, who wrote:

      for the pro life church … can you name me one offering free daycare?

      What an odd question. Are you unfamiliar with churches? There are three offering free daycare within a mile of where I’m sitting, in left-leaning California. I see Lutheran, Baptist, Presbyterian and others all making these offers. There’s a whole magazine devoted to such enterprises.

      If you some day get religious and decide to open a daycare, here’s a guide from that magazine on how to go about it.

      The stigma of unmarried pregnancy is essentially gone from society, and forms no barrier at all. A lot of institutions, including churches, go out of their way to accommodate or even celebrate single motherhood.

      Your statement that “no federal funds are used for abortion” includes the caveat “aside from incest, rape, and endangerment to the mother.” But this is wrong on several levels. One, the Hyde Amendment has no such caveat. Two, Obamacare requires both federally and privately funded health insurance plans to pay for abortifacients — this was what the Hobby Lobby case was about. They did not object to paying for contraceptives, only abortion pills. Three, the roughly half a billion dollars going annually to Planned Parenthood from the federal government is not earmarked, and is completely fungible. They do no paperwork to separate out the costs associated with abortion, so federal funds are indeed paying for salaries, overhead, and supplies associated with abortions performed there. Patient charges are often zero, and certainly do not cover these costs.

      Your defense of Planned Parenthood, even had it been true, would avail little to those who consider killing unborn humans to be murder. You are saying in essence: “Look, yes, we’re murderers, but we also give helpful advice to the mothers of our victims.” What Planned Parenthood tries to avoid is not abortions, but new children — especially black children. They have a long history of that going back to their foundation, which includes these days fighting fiercely against any efforts to allow the mothers to see what their unborn child looks like. Planned Parenthood strives to keep the mothers ignorant, and their offspring as dehumanized as possible. There is an ample legal history of their battles to this end.

      now, shame on us!

      I’d have to agree, as your “us” seems to be Planned Parenthood defenders.

      ===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

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      1. keith, free day care is not in my neck of the woods and i’m glad to hear churches are gearing themselves up that way. i wonder what the percentage of churches do? on the whole, i’d have to think it small.

        also, i’m not defending PP. however, i’m noting what they do and how the church ought to be doing those things too. as for fungible, my understanding is that PP doesn’t at all just get a check from the government. they are reimbursed for services rendered. and just as you are not willinilly given a blank check for traveling for work, receipts and the like are required. and like many federal programs, private third party auditors review compliance. i’d like to know your sources for these rather easy comments you’re making.

        as it is, other than all healthcare services of PP being geared towards women, in what way is it at all from any county hospital is the country, and, would you defund those if it turned out there were no differences at all?

        and it’s rather uninteresting to go into the trite commentary about murder. there, the discussion for pro life advocates is either 1) having a private set of definitions for murder, human being, etc which find incoherency and opposition to all legal and medical denotation, or 2) that we ought to protect human life at all stages of development. and while 2 is what can and should be argued, it leaves one without the ability to call people murders. and in being an advocate of 2, the predicate is that humanity is in always defined best by our potential, and so 1 becomes completely abhorrent because it seeks to reduce “human” to denotable terms, a reductionism.

        it cannot be said that it was science that lead religious leaders to believe souls are imparted on conception, for there are no grounds for souls nor is there a “being” prior to cognition of some sort (ie has at least a neocortex, week 22, when as it happens, is exactly when abortion is no longer legal; barring endangerment alone). the quickening, for millenia, was the point at which souls were imparted. now, we can think one idea there is more tenable than the other, but what remains a fact is that all of that is from theology and the theology testifies to the fact it is a relativistic matter because it has changed it’s views. and different than science, did not change it’s views in light of facts.

        i’m not entirely sure what you’re saying hyde does or doesn’t allow; certainly it is legally clear what it means.

        it’s just odd to me that this author hears “we should do something that makes more of an impact than merely voting” and thinks it a personal attack, that i’m a bad person in some way, am guilt tripping people while none of that actually was even remotely done.

        you and i can perhaps have this conversation for whatever good it may do us, but i simply don’t think talking about it or voting on it gets anywhere near something like a solution.

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  3. and to be clear, NO federal funds are used for abortion aside from incest, rape, and endangerment to the mother … just like ANY county hospital.

    let’s at least speak the truth as christians if nothing else!

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    1. @Steven Hoyt

      Thank you for visiting and your comment. I believe it serves as a fine illustration.

      In my post I observed that we are “letting our opponents set the terms of the debate, control the language of the debate, and define the assumptions that pertain to the debate.”

      Terms of the debate: Your third comment suggests you are a Christian. Yet you make no justification for your position based upon the Bible. At best, you make allusions to the parable that refers to casting the first stone.

      What did you do? You provided an interminably long list of charitable acts pro-life activists must fulfill before any of us are allowed to call a sin a sin. Why doesn’t that list apply to you? Are you being silent about what you claim to be my sins?

      Controlling the language of the debate: This one reflects a shift in strategy. Instead of emphasizing the rights of the mother and the “fact” the unborn child is only a “fetus,” you tried to emphasize how caring you are. Supposedly, voting and demonstrating against the murder of the unborn is not Christ’s work. Weirdly enough, it seems you think Planned Parenthood is doing Christ’s work by murdering the unborn and selling their body parts.

      The assumptions that pertain to the debate: You would have us believe that the operators of abortion mills are fine and caring souls. You would have us believe that the practices of abortionist Kermit Gosnell are totally unrepresentative of Planned Parenthood.

      https://altruistico.wordpress.com/2013/04/13/gosnell-trial-reality-reverses-abortions-cultural-momentum/
      https://citizentom.com/2013/04/14/why-the-media-blackout-on-gosnell/

      Nevertheless, when we sin it warps our souls. Can people who make their living killing babies (and that is what Planned Parenthood does) retain souls unblemished by what they do? That would be unlikely. Yet you want us to believe that Planned Parenthood provides friendly help with “family planning” and just incidentally kills hundreds of thousands of babies every year.

      Anyway, you said in your third comment that I am not telling the truth, that Planned Parenthood does not use Federal Funds to pay for abortions. Although the news media does try to bury the truth, they do. Since you are the second person I have run into who doesn’t understand Planned Parenthood’s chicanery, I suppose I need to do a post explaining how it works. Meanwhile, think on this. Do you really think the Obama administration would prosecute Planned Parenthood for violating the Hyde Amendment? The Democrats are trying to get rid of the Hyde Amendment, not enforce it.

      http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jul/8/lawmakers-take-aim-at-hyde-amendment/

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      1. interminably? no, i said that if one is pro life and wants to prevent abortion, then the solution is not voting and being at arm’s length to the problem but embracing it; the 20 year old who is poor and outcast and stigmatized by the church. interminable? no, it’s just one thing, mate. it’s actually doing what the scriptures tell you to do; all the major prophets which carry through to christ himself. love!

        love requires you to get off of your high horse and DO something! do something that could have a real impact, like giving that woman a chance, giving her real choices, help, for god’s sake!

        i didn’t say a thing about sin, yours or anyone else’s. i said if all you come to the conversation with is “vote”, who cares if you’re pro life of pro choice because you genuinely cannot tell me you care about either!

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        1. @Steven Hoyt

          You don’t think pro-lifers perfect enough to have an opinion. Yet you have one. You are perfect?

          I think caring means doing something before, not after, we become perfect. That would just be a convenient excuse for procrastination. Perhaps that explains why you are showing how much you care by commenting on my blog.

          Anyway, as I said, instead of actually debating the merits of the issue, you and your ilk are trying set the terms of the debate, control the language of the debate, and define the assumptions. That includes personally attacking your opponents. And that amazing! Even while you defend the murder of unborn children, you attack the character of others?

          Note that I don’t pretend to know you or what you have and have not done. I have just used your own words, just the ones you wrote in your comments here.

          My complaint against you? You don’t make sense. When something is obviously wrong, it is wrong for people to call it wrong? But it is okay for you to tell others to shut up?

          When the prophets spoke, our Lord told them why they must speak. They knew the truth. If they withheld that truth from sinners, they too would be condemned. If I don’t speak out against abortion, then I too will be condemned as an abortionist.

          Anyway, I am not going to waste time trying to prove you are bad. That’s established fact. And I am not going to waste time trying to prove I am good. I am not. It’s your evident lack of wisdom that concerns me. You don’t even realize voting is important. That is foolishness.

          Why are you here? You must think government and the law are important. If government and laws established by government are important, then the means we use to establish government is important. We establish government with our votes, even in Australia.

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        2. tom, i can’t bother with more than your first sentence because you have no interest in hearing what i’m saying, more that clamouring for the nails and hammer to satisfy your persecution complex!

          mate, i have only said one thing. again, pro life and pro choice have to be engaged in the woman’s life before she has sex at all! does she care how you vote? hell no! and will she care when she’s pregnant and struggling, hearing all kinds of things about her and her life who think they “care” quite a lot? no! why should she? she gets two opinions from people who likewise have two buttholes and both have about the same import to her at that point.

          get over yourself and get off the cross you’re building.

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        3. and to be clear, i didn’t say voting is unimportant! your emphasis on voting making meaningful progress is what i’m saying is off. you know the world wins, brother! the fight has always NOT been about the law! see jesus christ if that jogs your memory any. voting … or being there with those in need?

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        4. @Steven Hoyt

          When we debate on the Internet, there is rarely the possibility of a proper victory. Few people can rationally consider the words of another, admit defeat, and immediately change their mind. So I don’t expect you to do so.

          So at this point, I will just observe. You are not actually participating in a rational debate. Your goal is not victory. You goal is to guilt your opponents into silence. Unfortunately, most Christians are not very familiar with the Bible (that include you as well, I expect), and they don’t know what is required of them. But doing nothing is easy. Silence is easy.

          I am no genius, but I have studied the Bible. Therefore, I can see you don’t know what you talking about. I can see you are just flailing about, just incongruously spouting phrases from a Bible you don’t really understand. Why? Are you trying to expunge your own guilt upon others? Perhaps.

          Anyway, you missed the point. The world does not win. Christ already has the victory, and He did it for the glory of God and for us.

          Thank you once again for visiting and helping me to illustrate the nature of the debate. Please take the time to read and study the Bible carefully.

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  4. Thanks for linking my posts about abortion. It is a truly a sad, sad issue and a black mark on our nation in my opinion. Wish more people would ask their representatives how they stand on the issue of, using you words which I agree, to tell them an accurate description of abortion. .

    “In supposedly sterile, but unregulated facilities, we give the life and the suffering of the unborn indifferent consideration. The mothers we strive to keep ignorant (That is why we call the baby a fetus.). What matter is “me” — what I want — and a handsome profit for the “abortion provider.”

    I would add abortion is evidence of a failure of love, hope, and dreams for both a mother, and a nation.

    Regards and goodwill blogging.

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  5. I didn’t take Steven’s position to be diametrically opposed to yours, Tom. I saw Steven as advocating for engagement on a personal level with the people who might consider abortion. And he appears (at least to me) to be saying that Christian ministry to these people both a pre- and post-pregnancy stages, along with actively establishing support and alternatives to abortion will be more effective than political activism. You may not agree, but his position is a commonly held one (perhaps not commonly enough and perhaps not acted on widely enough) and one that is perfectly consistent with Christian principles. What’s the problem with that?

    I don’t understand why your position in response has to be to question Steven’s religious faith or his Biblical scholarship.

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    1. Steven Hoyt is, unsurprisingly, incorrect in each of his assertions. It is a common enough rhetorical technique — to use your opponent’s Christianity against him in an effort to shame him into feeling that his position is wrong. It’s a distraction seen many times on Citizen Tom’s blog — one that you’ve used in the past.

      ===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

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  6. This has been a very intriguing dialogue. 🙂

    Please allow me introduce myself before I add my thoughts to the discussion. I am a follower of Christ living in America, the so-called “land of the free and home of the brave.” While I am proud of many of the things my country has accomplished in its brief history as a nation, my Christian faith causes me to be ashamed of the slum in which we are currently standing. As bleak as it sounds, I wonder if perhaps my country could more accurately be referred to as “the land of the decadent and home of the cowardly,” not for her past but for her present. That being said, every society has those who are following the truth and those who are not. God is patient with sinful people, although we can see that His patience has a limit. The story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah illustrates this quite clearly. I am personally uneasy about the future of the United States of America, for we have given God the middle finger on a national level and are happily going about business as usual. Please join me in praying for the revival of America. God is able to save us.

    In relation to the theme of this discussion, I believe the Word of God is clear on how the Body of Christ should approach the abortion issue. It is wrong for us to present abortion as a valid option, and we should reach out to those in need with a spirit of love.

    Deuteronomy 6:6-9 (NLT) says, “‘And you must commit yourselves wholeheartedly to these commands that I am giving you today. Repeat them again and again to your children. Talk about them when you are at home and when you are on the road, when you are going to bed and when you are getting up. Tie them to your hands and wear them on your forehead as reminders. Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.'” We have God’s truth, so we are therefore responsible to share that truth with others. If we obey this Old Testament command to teach truth to our children, we will be doing our part in giving them a light to guide their path. If they choose to deny the truth and instead create their own reality in which truth is relative, that is an exercise of their human free will, even though it is to their own folly. So, it is not our responsibility as truth-bearers to make choices for others, but rather to present the truth to them in love.

    Galatians 6:1 (NLT) says, “Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself.” If a believing female has an abortion, this passage clearly explains how the Church should respond, with the sobering reminder that all of us are subject to various temptations just as Christ Himself was while He walked on the Earth.

    John 8:1-11 tells the story of how Jesus responded to the woman caught in the act of adultery. Religious leaders were fixing to stone her for her sin. After calling them out on their own brokenness and issuing a bold challenge, Jesus didn’t condemn the woman but instead told her to go and sin no more. Notice that He never said she wasn’t a sinner. She would’ve thought He was crazy to suggest that. Both she and he knew that her sin was real and that she deserved to be punished for it, but Jesus offered grace to her and instructed her to not repeat the same sin. The Church should never take a soft view on sin, but the Church should always love the sinner and point them in the right direction. This applies to all people, believers and non-believers alike.

    Whether participating in the political process makes a difference is another argument altogether. Some Christians believe it is one’s moral duty to vote while others might think it’s participating in a skewed and corrupt system. The truth on the matter does exist; however, I believe that the greater responsibility for us as believers is to speak the truth of God’s Word to those inside and outside the Church. There are young people in our congregations who are hearing sermons every week but who are almost as confused about the big questions of life as those who have never stepped foot inside a sanctuary. These young adults go to universities – some of them Christian liberal arts colleges – and come away with illogical philosophies and a free pass to whatever their hearts desire. If no one took the time to disciple these students and teach them reasons to believe that the Bible’s message is true, then there is blood on the hands of some. Yes, every person is accountable for their own actions; however, those who have the truth are responsible for teaching it diligently.

    The most effective way to bring about change in society, therefore, may start at a grassroots level, from the bottom up. After all, politicians sometimes change their voting patterns, so the conservative senator or representative you voted for in 2012 may decide that the liberal party provides a better membership package or simply change their personal views on the issue. I’m not saying it’s pointless to vote; however, I’m arguing that participating in the political process is not the ultimate expression of the Christian faith.

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