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Abraham And Sarah Laugh, God Keeps His Promise, Isaac Is Born, God Is In The Business Of Doing Miracles, We Are Planned And Made In Heaven, God Alone Is The Author Creator And Designer Of Life, God's Will Be Done, Abortion Is Cold-Blooded Murder And Not Mercy Killing, The Apple Of God's Eye, Only God Knows The Future Of Unborn Children, We Have The Power To Improve Our Lives, Responsible For Our Actions And Choices, Driven To The Lord, God Hears Our Cries Of Distress, Faith And Trust In The Lord For Your Future, Aid Of Government Social Services, 1.37 Million Annual Unborn Victims Of Personal Convenience, Exodus 20:13 Thou Shalt Not Kill, Acuna & Turkish Deception, Women Are Personally Responsible For Understanding Abortion, Robbing Unborn Children Of Life And Their Freedom To Choose, Hormones, Teenage Pregnancy And The System's Two Solutions, Teenage Parents Must Accept Responsibility For Their Actions, Adoption & Childless Couples, Young Mothers In Other Cultures, Children Hold A Special Place In God's Heart, Prohibition Of Abortion Is Implied In The Bible, Involuntary Abortion In The Book Of Exodus, No Biblical Support For Intentional Abortion, Is Practicing Birth Control Better Than Having An Abortion?, Birth Control And Abortion Are Often Motivated By Selfishness
So exactly what did the Lord tell Abraham and Sarah, who were laughing in disbelief? Consider the following:
"And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be. And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her. Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear? . . . And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him . . . But my covenant will I establish with Isaac, which Sarah shall bear unto thee at this set time in the next year."
Genesis 17:15-17, 19, 21, KJV
"And they said unto him, Where is Sarah thy wife? And he said, Behold, in the tent. And he said, I will certainly return unto thee according to the time of life; and, lo, Sarah thy wife shall have a son. And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him. Now Abraham and Sarah were old and well stricken in age; and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women. Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also? And the LORD said unto Abraham, Wherefore did Sarah laugh, saying, Shall I of a surety bear a child, which am old? Is any thing too hard for the LORD? At the time appointed I will return unto thee, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son. Then Sarah denied, saying, I laughed not; for she was afraid. And he said, Nay; but thou didst laugh."
Genesis 18:9-15, KJV
"And the LORD visited Sarah as he had said, and the LORD did unto Sarah as he had spoken. For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, at the set time of which God had spoken to him. And Abraham called the name of his son that was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac. And Abraham circumcised his son Isaac being eight days old, as God had commanded him. And Abraham was an hundred years old, when his son Isaac was born unto him. And Sarah said, God hath made me to laugh, so that all that hear will laugh with me."
Genesis 21:1-6, KJV
So as you can see, God did the impossible. He both planned and placed a little life in that womb; which according to modern medical opinion, would be totally impossible. God is clearly in the business of doing miracles; and one of those miracles is the miracle of new life. In the Lord's eyes, our life doesn't begin after we pass through the birth canal and take our first gulp of air; it doesn't begin after so many weeks or months of gestation; it doesn't even begin at the moment of conception. God recognizes each of us as a person long before then. We were both planned and made by the Lord, in Heaven, and that should settle the issue of abortion for God-fearing Bible-believing Christians. To believe otherwise is to call God a liar.
No matter what kind of logical or politically-correct reason a person presents in their effort to justify the wholesale slaughter of millions of unborn, innocent children, it just is not going to stand up to the scrutiny of the Scriptures; because God alone is the Author, the Creator and the Designer of life; and if He wills it to happen, it will happen; and if it is not His Will, then of course it won't happen. If by His design, conception does occur, you had better not dare touch that developing being, no matter how young it is, or else one of these days, you may find yourself facing a very angry God.
To reiterate a point that I made earlier, they can resort to using every medical opinion in the book to try to convince us that an embryo is just "nothing but some tissue", and not a real person, but they are absolutely wrong, because God's Word says differently; and I personally will trust His Word any day, before I will trust profiteering abortionists. How about you? I hope that you are wise enough to see through the subtle lies and deceptions of those cold-hearted killers who slyly say:
"Oh, don't be alarmed. We are simply being merciful to this "clump of cells" by preventing it from ever being born. That way this "product of conception" won't have to suffer in the future at the hands of abusive parents. Let me just use this vacuum tube to suck the little life right out of you, and spare you the pain, which I know you will end up suffering if you were ever to be born. It will all be over in a few minutes. Don't worry ma'am; it's "nothing but some tissue"; it won't feel a thing."
Wake up! That is not mercy killing! It is the cold-blooded murder and slaughter of an unborn, innocent child, who was created in the image of God! I am reminded of what the Lord stated in the Book of the Prophet Zechariah regarding the city of Jerusalem:
". . . for he that toucheth you toucheth the apple of his eye."
Zechariah 2:8b, KJV
That word "apple" is from a Hebrew word which actually means the pupil of one's eye. In other words, that verse is really talking about poking God in the eye. We all know that people are very sensitive when it comes to their eyes. At the first sign of danger, we will raise our hands to protect our eyes. Surely this same thought can be applied to unborn children. How much more must the Lord cherish these unborn innocents. To try to harm them is like poking God in the eye. Obviously, He does not like it one bit. As Jesus said in the Gospel of Matthew:
"Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven."
Matthew 18:10, KJV
As I pointed out a minute ago, absolutely no one knows the future of any of these unborn children with certainty, other than God Himself. To those of you who take the side of the two individuals that I mentioned earlier, I ask, how do you know that all of those unborn children have nothing to look forward to? Are you God? Can you see into the future of each and every single one of them? What gives you, or the parents, or the abortionist, the right to play "God"?
Now obviously, we all know that many children are born into an environment which is certainly less than desirable, and where they are at a disadvantage compared to other children. Some children are indeed born into bleak and even dangerous situations; however, to paint such a negative picture, where every single one of those 1.37 million aborted fetuses would become a drug dealer, or other type of criminal, if allowed to live, is, in my opinion, ludicrous, stretching the truth, over-exaggerating the facts, and quite frankly, a lie. It is just another lame excuse to try to justify the horrible act of abortion, which has slaughtered many millions of helpless, unborn, innocent children over the years.
Even if our life starts out rocky, we each still possess the power to make it better if we persevere at it, and if we do not give up, or try to take the easy way out through living a life of crime. As I explain in some of the aforementioned articles, a lot of things that happen in our personal lives are a direct result of our own choices. We are what we each choose to be, and we possess a certain degree of power over our lives. No one forces anyone to become a drug dealer, or any other kind of criminal. There is always another way if we seek it out, and we are each personally responsible for our actions.
If anything, negative experiences in our early lives should drive us even closer to the Lord, and not away from Him. We need to learn to cry out to God for His help and guidance during our times of trouble and distress. If we do so, the Bible tells us that God will hear us, and He will be there when we need Him. The Lord is always waiting and watching. Please consider the truth of the following verses:
"Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear:"
Isaiah 59:1, KJV
"I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah."
Psalm 3:4, KJV
"For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes: nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications when I cried unto thee."
Psalm 31:22, KJV
"I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears."
Psalm 34:4, KJV
"I cried unto God with my voice, even unto God with my voice; and he gave ear unto me."
Psalm 77:1, KJV
"In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and he heard me."
Psalm 120:1, KJV
Only God knows what He has in store for each of our lives. Only He knows the true outcome of each and every situation. That is where faith enters the picture. We must possess so much faith in His love and care for us, that we know in our hearts that nothing will happen to us unless it is by His Will and Design. Faith equates to trust; and when we trust, we do not fear the future. We simply place our future in His Hands, for as Jesus said:
"Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof."
Matthew 6:34, KJV
In the case where a young child is truly in danger, that is precisely what certain government social services are for. They are there to assist people in need, and to forcefully intervene when it becomes necessary. Granted, they are not perfect, and they do not always respond as quickly, or as efficiently, as they should, and some cases do fall through the cracks. None of us should be so naive as to think that any government-provided service is perfect; yet at the same time, even if certain cases do fall through the cracks, you can't tell me, or convince me, that it justifies the willful slaughter of 1.37 million innocent lives every single year in the United States alone. Let me remind you again that 93% of all abortions performed in the United States are due to some form of personal inconvenience. They are not the result of absolute necessity, such as to protect a woman's health, or to save the mother's life.
For many Americans, abortion has simply become the easy way out, just like those individuals who choose a life of crime. So which is really the worse crime, selling drugs to earn a big profit, or slaughtering unborn babies to earn a profit? Isn't the answer rather obvious? Please don't misinterpret my remarks. I am merely throwing this argument back in the face of those who offered such lame excuses. I obviously do not condone the sale of illegal drugs, or of anything else that may be harmful and/or illegal. But at the same time, neither do I condone the annual system-sanctioned slaughter of more than one million unborn innocent children, so that selfish parents can escape having to meet their parental responsibilities.
What also amazes me regarding the comments that were made by the previous two individuals, is that one of them had the audacity to state the following:
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"God wants everyone to live full and happy lives under the ten commandments. Therefore, would God want children brought into this world that won't be happy, at least for most of their child life?"
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I find it unbelievable that this person, who obviously finds nothing wrong with slaughtering more than 1.3 million unborn children every year, would even have the audacity to mention the Ten Commandments to me, and yet seemingly ignore the fact that one of those very Ten Commandments clearly tells us:
"Thou shalt not kill."
Exodus 20:13, KJV
It might interest you to know that in that verse, the word "kill" is derived from the Hebrew word "ratsach" which means intentional and premeditated murder, or assassination. That is exactly what abortion is. Let's not kid ourselves. Those abortion doctors know exactly what they are doing. They know that they are intentionally lying to those women, or at the very least, withholding the full truth from them, as we saw earlier in the case with Doctor Sheldon Turkish and Ms. Rosa Acuna. That evil man was caught red-handed sugar-coating the truth. It may surprise you to know that in November of 2007, the New Jersey Supreme Court ruled in favor of Turkish, and refused to reconsider the 1996 case. A month earlier, the US Supreme Court refused to hear the same case.
While I have pointed to Doctor Turkish's deception, I think that it is only fair to question these women who claim that they didn't know, and that they didn't realize that within their womb was a developing human being. I don't recall how old Ms. Acuna was at the time of her abortion in 1996, but it just seems to me that she should have known better, and should have been better informed. Given her Spanish name, it is possible that there may have been a language barrier, but I remain unconvinced. Acuna claimed that Turkish should have been more forthright with her, but does that really excuse her from her detestable actions?
Personally, if I were a woman, and if I were to discover that I have become pregnant for the very first time, I would want to learn everything that I possibly can about the new life that is growing within me. I would be fascinated by it, and would want to know what it looks like, how large it is, etc., at each stage of its development. I would endeavor to conduct my own personal research at the public library, via the web and by way of whatever resources are at my disposal. Now, God forbid, but if I were considering having an abortion, I would thoroughly research that as well. I most certainly would not rely upon the word of a man who obviously makes his living by slaughtering innocent babies. As I mentioned earlier in this series, claiming ignorance to the facts regarding abortion does not make anyone excusable before the Lord. So I believe that women are personally responsible for understanding both pregnancy, and abortion, if the latter is their decision.
But concerning the former issue regarding a child's happiness, let me also add, that when people have the right to murder an unborn child, based upon their personal speculation that said child may not be happy in life, our society has really passed the point of no return. By slaughtering these unborn children in cold blood, these parents, and unfit mothers, are in fact not only robbing those children of life, but they're likewise robbing them of the freedom to make their own choices, once they have grown. Again, we are not God. None of us knows what choices an individual may make. Some of the greatest people in history have come from less than favorable childhoods. We simply do not have the right to say to our unborn children, "No child; you don't deserve a chance. I'm going to make the choice for you by terminating your life through an abortion."
As we have seen, a wide variety of arguments are set forth in order to try to justify abortion; yet one by one, we see that when we judge them by the Standard of God's Word, they fail to pass the test every time. Another justification that is commonly used by the abortionists is to point to the fact that young, teenaged girls who may still be in high school, simply should not be getting pregnant. I agree. In fact, I will take that argument even a step further by stating that they shouldn't be having sex at such a young age either, and yet they do. While we parents can try our hardest to instill in our children the importance of sexual abstinence until an appropriate age is reached, and until a proper relationship is established, nevertheless, many will rebel. We can blame it on hormones or whatever we like, but teenage pregnancies are still going to continue to occur. Teenage pregnancy is simply a fact of modern life.
My point is, we can't change the fact that millions of young boy and girls are having sex all across America, or the fact that many of those teenaged girls are becoming pregnant. Yes, we can reduce the number of American teenagers who choose to engage in sex by some degree through proper education, and by counseling them as their parents, but by how much? It's never really going to be enough, is it? So, we also need to strive to make a large impact on what happens after those teenaged girls become pregnant. Sadly, the System's solution seems to be twofold. One of these is abortion:
"Oh, sorry; that child made a very bad mistake. Don't worry; no problem; we can fix it; we will just slaughter the baby."
Their entire attitude is so callus that it really stuns me. As I've noted several times now, this is nothing more than an abortion for the sake of convenience. It has absolutely nothing to do with saving the girl's life. If anything, it is either done so that she can continue her studies, or to avoid public embarrassment to herself, or to avoid problems with her family, or a mixture of all three of these. Quite often, as we've already seen, these abortions are done in secret, protected by the right to privacy, even without the parents' knowledge or consent.
My personal perspective on teenage pregnancy is this. If a young girl defies the wisdom of her parents, and feels that she is mature enough to engage in sexual intercourse, then she should also be mature enough, and responsible enough, to parent the baby which results from her sexual encounter. Not only will she have the help of her family in most cases, but becoming an early mother may help to keep her out of a lot of the trouble that some pre-adults tend to get into at that age. Motherhood, and fatherhood, at a young age, will result in those children maturing, and taking on responsibilities a lot sooner than they might normally have expected to; but if they don't like it, then they should have thought about that before they engaged in sex. Becoming a parent at a young age will certainly help them to forsake the youthful foolishness that got them in that situation in the first place.
If a girl finds herself in a situation where her parents or other family members are unable, or perhaps even unwilling, to assist her, then as I noted earlier, there are government agencies and services which can offer the assistance that is required. Abortion is simply not the only, and certainly not the best, option. The murder of an unborn child for the sake of personal convenience is simply wrong, wrong, wrong.
One option that I briefly mentioned earlier is giving up the child for adoption. Again, it is not the best choice by any means, but it is a positive alternative to abortion, and one which should be seriously considered. If the young mother is so insistent that she does not want to keep the child, if she cannot accept the love that God has put in her heart for that child, then adoption may be the next best solution. If she, and her sex partner, are simply too selfish, or incapable of properly caring for that child, for whatever reasons, rather than sacrifice it on the altar of the abortionist's table, then surrendering it for adoption is such a much more humane option.
There are many childless couples who would love to have that child, but sadly, they are never given that opportunity; and the unborn child is never given the opportunity either. Why? Because it was easier, quicker, and less complicated to just slaughter it in a profiteering abortionist's clinic. Adoptive parents would take good care of the unwanted child; and when he or she grows up, they will undoubtedly be quite thankful that they were not secretly aborted, but rather were given an opportunity to enjoy life, and to make their own choices.
While I used the phrase "young age" a moment ago, we need to realize this term can be interpreted differently, depending on the culture where one is raised. It appears that it is in pampered Western societies where people have been brainwashed into believing that girls at that age are too young to become mature, responsible mothers. A study of other cultures will reveal that young women having children at that age is quite a common occurrence. Nothing odd is seen about it whatsoever. However, because in Western society, people are so focused on obtaining a higher education, so that they can earn a lot of money and climb the corporate ladder, early pregnancy is seen as a hinderance, and is undesirable.
Now, please don't misunderstand my words. I'm not saying, or suggesting, that young girls all across America should start becoming pregnant. I am merely making the point that how we view this issue is in large part determined by the culture in which we have been raised; and not everyone is convinced that American culture is the best by any means. In fact, as you may already know, some people consider American culture very evil, materialistic, and ungodly.
It seems that no matter how much I stress this point, there will be some people who still don't understand how harshly an act of violence against a child, born or unborn, is viewed by the Lord. From the Old Testament to the New Testament we find verses which demonstrate God's special love for children. We have already seen how conception and childbearing should be viewed as a blessing from the Lord, and that they are indeed ordained by God. We also saw how Jesus said that the Guardian Angels of children are constantly beholding the face of God. Consider also the example where Jesus chided His followers for refusing to allow young children to come to Him in order to be blessed:
"And they brought young children to him, that he should touch them: and his disciples rebuked those that brought them. But when Jesus saw it, he was much displeased, and said unto them, Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child, he shall not enter therein. And he took them up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and blessed them."
Mark 10:13-16, KJV
"And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them. But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive the kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein."
Luke 18:15-17, KJV
Just as the U.S. Supreme Court interprets certain fundamental rights from the US Constitution and the Bill of Rights, even though those rights are not found therein in black and white, so it is with the Bible. In their zeal to try to defend the practice of abortion, some people may argue that there is no clear commandment in God's Word which plainly tells us "Thou shalt not commit abortion". While some modern-day issues are not specifically covered in the Bible due to the simple fact that the world has become a lot more complex during the past four thousand years, and such technology didn't exist at that time, we do need to rely upon the leading of God's Spirit and carefully study what is available in the Bible, in order to make wise decisions concerning these issues.
In my view, all of the verses which I have been sharing with you in this series, clearly demonstrate in an indirect way, God's view regarding abortion. In other words, just as with certain fundamental rights which have been implied from the U.S. Constitution by the court, and bestowed upon American citizens, the prohibition to perform abortion is implied in the Bible as well. However, please notice that there is one law that is found in the Book of Exodus which does shed some light on this issue. It is found in the following verses:
"If men strive, and hurt a woman with child, so that her fruit depart from her, and yet no mischief follow: he shall be surely punished, according as the woman's husband will lay upon him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. And if any mischief follow, then thou shalt give life for life, Eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot,"
Exodus 21:22-24, KJV
What these verses are saying is that if two men struggle, and during the course of their fighting a pregnant woman is hurt, and loses her child, (involuntary abortion), the guilty man shall be brought before the judge and fined accordingly. But, if not only the child is accidentally aborted, but the woman is also harmed, or more specifically, killed, as a result of the skirmish, then the guilty man must pay with his life. The implication here seems to be that if the woman is harmed so that she can no longer bear more children, or in fact dies. This is because the word "mischief" is derived from a Hebrew word, "acown", which, according to my Hebrew lexicon, means evil, mischief, harm, or hurt. The fact that the last verse states "thou shalt give life for life" clarifies that the intent is that the woman probably dies.
The reason why the penalty is so severe under the Mosaic Law, is because back then, and even now, in Hebrew/Jewish culture, having progeny and continuing the family line is viewed as an extremely important issue. The Israelis have already realized that within a matter of years the Jewish population of Israel will be outnumbered by those of Arab and Palestinian descent. So, killing a man's pregnant wife, or killing the child that she carries, could be devastating to an Israelite. If we take into consideration the time period in which the Mosaic Laws were given, it becomes all the more apparent why this law was enforced. Israel was a young, budding nation, with enemies all around. Thus, increasing the population was of utmost importance.
But what I really want you to see from the previous verses is this: If a man was to be punished for accidentally causing a woman's involuntary abortion, (miscarriage), how do you think the Lord views our modern society where abortions are by no means accidents, but are in fact conscious acts of heartless, cold-blooded murder? Not only that, but they are profitable acts of cold-blooded murder. If God chose to hold all of us to the stiff penalties of the Mosaic Law, every abortionist, and every single parent, or would-be parent, who engages in this ungodly slaughter of the innocent, would be found guilty of death. It becomes evident then, that from the writings of the Old Testament to the New Testament, there is absolutely no Scriptural indication that God condones abortion. There is not a single verse to support this terrible, ugly crime.
A moment ago, I stated that the System offers two so-called "solutions" when it comes to the issue of teenage pregnancy. As we have already seen, one of these is abortion. The other is birth control. In the conversations that I have had over the years, some people have pointed to abortion as being a good reason to support birth control. The argument usually follows a line of thought which says that if it were not for unwanted pregnancies, then the problem of abortion would not exist; therefore, the solution is to promote birth control. Another person remarked how using some form of birth control prevents so-called "unplanned pregnancies".
Of course, if you have been carefully reading this series, then you will probably already realize that I have a problem with the latter comment. When two mutually-consenting adults engage in sexual intimacy, whether they have planned it or not, if God chooses to bless them with a conception, then it was planned by Him, whether they recognize His Will in the matter or not.
So the question is this: Is birth control truly any better than abortion? In my view, absolutely not, and here's why: An abortion murders a baby after it has been conceived and begins developing in a woman's womb; while birth control prevents that child from having ever been conceived in the first place. In both cases, selfishness is often a factor.
The fact is, many people want to enjoy sex, but they don't want to have to be responsible for the God-ordained fruit -- that is, children -- which results from their sexual relations. As we saw earlier, for many people who are caught up in the world's rat race and trying to scale the corporate ladder, an unexpected pregnancy, childbirth, and the child-rearing which follows it, is an inconvenience. Pregnancy brings a sudden halt to their plans, and their life of freedom, and they don't like it one bit; so they decide to either rely upon birth control in order to "play it safe", or else they opt for abortion, so that they can continue to enjoy their selfish lifestyles. As we saw earlier, 93% of abortions in the United States are motivated by personal inconvenience, and for no other reason. They are not performed to save a woman's, or a teen's, life. And what do they do when birth control fails for one reason or another? Abortion.
So while we may possibly be tempted to view birth control as the so-called "lesser of two evils", being as taking a pill -- or whatever method is used -- doesn't directly involve the outright murder of a developing fetus, nevertheless, it is still wrong; because regardless of which method is chosen, birth control or abortion, it is still a way to potentially interfere with what may be God's Will. In short, to accept birth control, and to promote it as a humane alternative to abortion, is in essence saying that it's alright to use one evil, birth control, in order to prevent another evil; i.e., abortion; and I personally can't accept this misguided form of reasoning.
Please go to part six for the continuation of this series.
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