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?