This weekend my pastor gave a message based on Hosea 14:1-9. This passage of scripture talks about the Isreal and the dire place they are in. It talks of their lostness and the pain and brokeness their land is experiencing because of Their sin.
Our pastor drew some parallels between Iseral and America and issued us a challenge and I enjoyed it so much I want to pass it along to all of you!
Pro-choice/abortion, like many things in the apologetics blog, is a hot-button issue, especially in light of the recent Kermit Gosnell hearings (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kermit_Gosnell). The pro-choice movement has had explosive growth lately as feminist ideals begin permeating the culture more and more. Pro-choice is essentially the prerogative of the woman to keep or abort the baby. The other side of the argument is pro-life, which says the child’s life should never be taken away. This post will shed light on the situation an examine the position a Christian should take on the issue.
This past week marked the 40th aniversary of Roe Vs Wade . This was the judgement that made abortion legal to proform at any time in the pregancy, for any person for any reason.
The anniversary spurred a lot of discussion about the abortion movement, is it right? is it wrong? Christians traditionally take a stand of prolife (against abortion). However they neglect to support their case in most discussions.
While listening to Focus on The Family on the radio I heard a man explain the simple difference between a Fetus and a baby in 4 differences. I wanted to take a minute and share these four differences with you so it can be seen why many Christians take a prolife stand and feel the duty to stop abortion.
The exact moment that life begins is a topic intensely debated. This topic can come up in many different areas of life, but it is most closely related to the topic of abortion. The current scientific consensus is that life doesn’t begin until a few days after conception. This means that the fetus is not recognized as human until that time. This also means various forms of emergency contraceptives aren’t actually killing a human, but just a conglomerate of cells. But is this true? Or is this a socially constructed idea? The answer: a socially constructed idea. The Bible has a thorough answer!
As discussed last week, God is unchanging. He is the same today as He was thousands of years ago. Furthermore, this means He doesn’t just change his mind either. Where am I going with this? God knew everything at once including every person to ever live. Yes, this means the creator of everything knew everything about you thousands of years before you were even born! You were in the thoughts of God for as long as God existed! And this is exactly what the Bible says too in Psalms 139:13-16.
But one could say “So what? Just because a person was a thought in God’s mind doesn’t mean they actually existed.” To this point, I would agree. No, it is likely that you did not have a physical conscious when you were a thought in God’s mind, but that doesn’t take away from your planned position in the world either. Think of it this way: Everything you see created around you came from God. And where did this come from in God? His thoughts. When it gets boiled down, it is God’s thoughts that are the true predecessors to things in existence. It is the thoughts of God that are the requirement for existence and nothing else can ever replace this.
Ultimately, this means you technically start since, well, forever. Just because you go into a human form through conception does not change when you are alive or not. It just changes the form. Physical life, therefore, begins the very second the zygote (the initial combination cell of the sperm and egg) forms. Furthermore, this means that abortion is murder, because it is the taking of physical life (and existence) no matter how many cells the person has.
Abortion is a large topic, so it is likely I will come back to it in the future. Remember, any questions just ask. I know the topics can sometimes get a little difficult to follow (and that is probably due to the way I choose to explain things) and I would be more than happy to help make the topic more clear!
Have a fantastic Monday!
When Do You Say Life Starts? The Battle Over Abortion Rages On.
Its an election year so there are a lot of debates going on as to when life starts.
When do you say life starts at conception, Once the baby’s heart beats, Once the baby’s movements can be felt, or maybe once the baby is born and you can see them with your eyes crying and moving?