Sunday, January 22, 2012

The Sanctity of Human Life

Today is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.  Churches across America joined to take a stand against abortion and tell others to value human life.

The Bible tells us that from the moment we are conceived, we are alive and He knows us. 
"For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth" (Psalm 139:13-15)


If you want to get technical, God actually knows us,has all the days of our life determined, knows what we are going to be, and has a plan for our life, before we are even conceived.  
"Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be. " (Psalm 16)


If you want to go even deeper, God planned you not just before you were born, but before He even made the world.
4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he[a] predestined us for adoption to sonship[b] through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. " (Ephesians 1:4-6)

Doesn't that blow your mind? 

The world is fallen, we know that.  This earth is currently Satan's stomping ground.  "Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour "I Peter 5:8.  The Bible tells us he "walks to and fro over all the earth". 

Is it any wonder, then, that the world tries to tell us that human life doesn't matter?  That babies are lower on the scale of life than animals?  That's part of the lies.  The Bible calls Satan the "Father of Lies."

If the world doesn't see the Bible as God's word, if they believe we as humans descended from apes, is it any wonder that abortion is so prevalent in our society?  If we are here by "accident", then who cares if babies are killed now or die later in life?  It wouldn't matter!  If there's no meaning to life, no purpose to my being, and no place to spend eternity but rotting earth, then it makes sense that my life is worth nothing now or later.  Therefore, what harm does an abortion incur?

What should surprise you is the number of abortions that are undertaken by professing Christians.  In 2010 it was 560,000 for Protestants and 350,000 for Catholics.  13% of all abortions in the United States are performed on born-again Christians.  Now, I know that professing to be a "born-again" Christian doesn't necessarily mean that you are one, but we have no way of knowing for sure, so we are assuming.

I have heard numerous times Christians within the church who are in favor of abortion in certain cases where (1) It will save the life of the mother, (2)If they feel the baby may not have a "good quality of life", or (3) in cases of rape or incest.  The problem with these arguments is that it's not up to us to change Scripture.  We are not God and cannot claim to be Him.  God doesn't change.  He didn't say He loves us when we have a good life or we are in good health.  He just loves us!  Murder is murder.  Circumstances of humans don't change God or his nature.  

How do you know what kind of quality of life someone is going to have for sure?  What kind of standards are you measuring what some one's life is worth against?  Your own?  What society calls "normal"?  How do you know what God's will may be for your child?  You don't!  Every one's life is able to glorify God if that's what God intends.  Not just perfect children.  Everyone.  Have you ever asked any parents of special needs children what their lives would be like without those children?  If they wish their children had never been born?  Every single parent of a special needs child I've talked to has been thankful for the opportunity to have that life entrusted to them.  To be able to have their own life changed and impacted by a special child.  God has the plan for life.  Not us.

We live in a "me" society.  It goes against what Jesus taught.  Jesus said we must lose our life to gain eternal life.  We must be servants first and foremost.  The last shall be first.  We should lay down our life for our friends.  Jesus never taught us to "save ourselves". 

If a mom gives up her life for her baby, isn't that a picture of Jesus' love?  Horrible in our human short-sightedness, yes.  But we can't see the end result.  We don't have the big picture.  We have a finite view of life.  God knows the end. He had the end planned before the beginning even started!

May God continue to bless Crisis Pregnancy Centers. May God press upon our hearts to adopt babies when moms choose life. He sets the lonely in families. Don't be afraid to be vocal about abortion. Once again, it's not up to you to change someone, it's up to you to be a witness.

Crossexamine.com has some great vidoes on abortion, the industry, and the effect on mothers.  Check them out.

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