Abortion: Murder is Murder

We all know actions have consequences but they aren’t the only things to have consequences…  Beliefs have consequences because belief formulates action.  We can look all over history and see where belief has led to actions that have had serious, sometimes devastating, ramifications.  There was belief that blacks (and others of minority ethnicity) were inferior and could be owned as property still has a long lasting effect into present times.  The belief that people of a certain nationality or descent were inferior led to wholesale genocide during World War II and has repercussions that have reached into modern day, as well.  Both of these view points were strongly supported by evolutionary theory and left scars on people that will not be soon forgotten.  Even more frightening, they both had support of the countries government at the time they were in place.  The old adage of ‘those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it’ should be ringing loudly in your ears at this point.  People everywhere must’ve forgotten slavery and the holocaust because we are repeating the same abominable actions right now!  We have once again fallen into the belief that a specific, vulnerable people group are no longer human.  We have decided that if you are not yet born, you are not a person and have no inherent rights.

Once again, the poisonous tree of evolution and humanism have born deadly fruit.  When you espouse a belief the humans are nothing more than ‘advanced apes’ and ‘higher animals’ what value can you place on human life?  After all, many people every year get rid of animals they have because it has become inconvenient for them.  Although I’m fairly certain there would be public outcry if every complaint of a pet owner that no longer wanted a pet was met with the resounding advice of ‘just kill it;’ this has become modern society’s view of pregnancy.  This worldview has led to 50+ million pre-born children killed since abortion (read:  paid child murder) was legalized in the US of A.  Still proud to be an American?

The horrendous action of murdering pre-born children is so obviously wrong that even our sorry excuse for a legal system hasa double standard based on whether or not the child was ‘wanted’ or not.  An abortionist can charge to kill a patient’s baby but if that same doctor causes a car accident where a pregnant woman loses her child, he could be charged for the infant’s death.  Makes sense, right?  Frankly, I think his defense would probably try to portray it as medical malpractice instead of manslaughter.

People give many reasons for their support of abortion but the real issue comes back to the inherent problem in the slavery and racial bigotry that has left so much heart ache already.  All people should have the right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness, not just those the Supreme Court Justices (non-elected officials) deem worthy.  Pre-born children are human (their DNA is set at conception) and shouldn’t be biased against based off the fact that they have less cells than humans already born.  The right to life shouldn’t be based off of convenience or by trying to dodge the consequences of poorly made decisions.

In the end, the real problem isn’t cultural, it’s spiritual.  All of humankind’s troubles stem directly from rebellion from God.  Slavery, abortion, suicide, violence, etc. shouldn’t shock anybody as the obvious outcomes to a humanistic/evolutionistic worldview.  If we’re just higher animals with no intrinsic value what will have little long-term impact on existencewhy should we live for anything beyond pleasing ourselves day in and day out?  Doesn’t that sound like modern culture? 

Thankfully, this isn’t the case!  There is a God and He created everyone with a purpose.  He created everyone in love.  Though we are born into this world at odds with Him, He has given us a way of redemption through His Son, Jesus Christ.  The majority will not choose redemption (Matt. 7:13) but will choose to stay in open rebellion to God.  An aspect of God’s love so often overlooked is His gift of free will.  As we so often tell pro-choicers, ‘people have the freedom to choose, but not freedom from the consequences of their choices.’

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Was It Really Six Days?

Genesis 1:5 reads, “And the evening and the morning were the first day.”  This proceeds through the rest of the chapter periodically telling us what God created and also informing us of when a new day occurred.  At the end of the chapter, in verse 31, the Bible states, “And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.”  This is pretty clear language although it becomes a little more muddled if you rely on a version other than the King James Version (KJV).  This was accepted belief for thousands of years so what caused this sudden questioning of long held belief?

People, seeking a way to deny the Creator, once again started to put forward ideas that the earth was far older than was Biblically accurate.  Chief of these was Charles Lyell, a British lawyer, who wrote a book called Principles of Geology.  In it, Lyell popularizes uniformitarianism (the belief that earth was shaped by the same processes still in effect today) and that the earth was over 300 million years old.  He was also instrumental in the development of the different era’s of time (paleozoic, mesozoic, etc.) and their supposed application to rock strata.  Lyell’s book is one that Charles Darwin read and used on his journey aboard the HMS Beagle.

Lyell’s first three volumes of Principles of Geography were published in 1830-1833.  This was long before radioisotope dating, yet he was somehow able to determine that the earth was hundreds of millions of years old.  There is no way possible that he could identify the age of the earth simply by looking at geographical strata.

Unfortunately, people within the churches started to be concerned about this new ‘revelation’ concerning the age of the earth.  Instead of trusting the Bible and looking more into what these people were saying, they began to scrabble for theories that would somehow mesh the the Bible and old-earth together.  Two of the major thoughts put forward were the Gap theory and the Day-Age theory.  These lines of thought are still around today and are held by many claiming to be followers of Christ.

The Gap theory was popularized by Thomas Chalmers, a Scottish minister and founder of the free Church of Scotland.  The theory posits that the days in Genesis are six literal twenty-four hour periods but that there is a gap between Genesis 1:1 and Genesis 1:2.  People that follow this tenet believe that during this gap is when God created all the organisms found in fossil record but at some point in time (possibly related to the fall of Lucifer) they were all killed off.  It is after this time, that lasted for billions of years, that Genesis 1:2 picks up. 

The Day-Age theory is the belief that the days mentioned in Genesis are merely references for ‘a period of time.’  The prominent scripture bandied about for this 2 Peter 3:8, “But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.”  The problem with that scripture is that ‘as’ in this context is a simile.  This verse was given to Christians who were eager to know when the Lord would return.  This was Peter’s admonition to remember that God keeps His promises but does not follow our time table.

Just as “A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump” (Gal. 5:9), these corruptions of the Bible lead to severe ignorance of doctrine and belief in the inerrancy of the Word of God.  Genesis 1 repeats that “evening and morning” were one day.  The word used is Yom which, in context, refers to a literal twenty-four hour period.  The Hebrew scholars never doubted the use of the word as a literal day, why should people who didn’t even speak the language decide to question it thousands of years later?  Exodus 20:11 tells us, “For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is,” there is no room, or need, for a gap.

Linguistic issues aside, there arises far greater consequences when someone tries to adopt these beliefs.  Romans 5:12 shows us that Adam brought sin into the world and that sin brought death.  If you say that there was death before Adam you are clearly calling God a liar.  In Matthew 19:4, Jesus says, “Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female.”  If you say that there was billions of years before there were humans you are also calling God a liar.  The only reason to try and force an obviously convoluted interpretation (in the case of day age) or write a Sci-Fi novel (who gets to make up what happened in that Gap?) is to try and force the Bible to agree with faulty science propagated on lies of men determined to deny God.  Let’s read the passage Peter wrote:

2 Peter 3:3-10

3 Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, 4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation. 5 For this they willingly are ignorant of, that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of the water and in the water: 6 Whereby the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished: 7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.  8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day.  9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.