Saturday, January 18, 2014

January 19, 2014

“Teacher, what is the greatest commandment in the Law?” He replied, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: You must love your neighbor as you love yourself. All the Law and the Prophets depend on these two commands.” Matthew 22:36-40

Don't you think God knows what He is doing?

Don't you believe He is much wiser than you?

Why, then, would you not consult His Word before you make any important decisions? Especially a decision as important as whether to terminate a pregnancy or not.

Over the last few days I have been placing some of "pro-choice" justifications for abortions beside God's Great Commandment. It has been quite effective in exposing the fallacy of their claims.

Today I want to examine a third claim: Abortion is safe and easy and I can get on with my life.

Well, let's examine the safety of it:

- The risk of ectopic pregnancy is 30% higher after one abortion and 400% higher after two or more abortions.

- An ectopic pregnancy places the woman at a 12% higher chance of death during her pregnancy.

- Women who have had an abortion have a 600% higher rate of a condition called abruptio placenta - a condition where the placenta tears away from the uterine lining during future pregnancies.

- After an abortion a woman has a 2-5% chance of becoming infertile.

- After an abortion the risk of breast cancer increases 100%

- After second or third abortion the risk increases 300%

- The increase risk of a young woman under 18 having a abortion developing breast cancer is +150%

- If the teen comes from a family with a history of cancer her risk increases 1000% after an abortion.

- These are some of physical risks that follow an abortion but the emotional and psychological impacts can be for worse.

- The suicide rate for women following a full-term birth is 6/100,000

- The suicide rate for women after an abortion is 35/100,000.

- A condition called "PTSD" usually follows an abortion. Some of those symptoms can be: Nagging guilt, anxiety, avoiding children or pregnant women, emotional shut-down, depression, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse, promiscuity, or difficulty bonding with future children.

I am not saying any of those will happen, but I am saying they are some of the risks that often do happen and make abortion far from being "safe" or "easy".

Or, for that matter, it may not be guaranteed that you could simple put the abortion behind you and get on with living.

These are facts confirmed by actual scientific date from 40 years of abortions. But behind the medical issues are the spiritual implications of breaking the commandment of God!

Can you honestly and in good conscience reconcile having an abortion with loving God with all your heart, and all your soul and with all your mind? 

Can you be confident that terminating a pregnancy is consistent with demonstrating your love for God?

And what about loving another as you love yourself? Can you square that with having an abortion. Don't you want to live? Don't you want to be happy and experience the best things in life?

Then God's commandment would require you to extend that same love to the life forming with in you.

Doesn't that make sense?

Isn't that what the Great Commandment demands?

Obeying the Great Commandment means loving God, loving others and loving yourself. I can't reconcile that with having an abortion.

Can you?

January 18, 2014

"He replied, “You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your being, and with all your mind. 38  This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: You must love your neighbor as you love yourself."  Matthew 22:37-39

A second rationale offered to justify abortion is this argument: I am not terminating a human life since it cannot survive outside of the womb.

I would have to ask, "How can it not be a human life when you have a human sperm uniting with a human egg?" If the sperm is alive and the egg is alive how can the cell formed by this union not be considered alive?

If you are lying to yourself about this, what else are you lying to yourself about?

Let me concede your point that it is just a few cells. If it is just a few harmless cells then why would you need a procedure to get rid of them? If it is because you know it is eventually going to be alive then aren't you still guilty of knowingly ending a life if you abort it?

"You are the one who created my innermost parts; you knit me together while I was still in my mother’s womb. I give thanks to you that I was marvelously set apart.  Your works are wonderful—I know that very well. My bones weren’t hidden from you when I was being put together in a secret place, when I was being woven together in the deep parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my embryo, and on your scroll every day was written that was being formed for me, before any one of them had yet happened." Psalm 139:13-16

But let's measure this argument against what God's commandment says.

What decision would you make if God was truly your Lord and you loved Him with all your heart and all your soul and all your mind? Would you please Him by ending a pregnancy?

And what about the second part of the Commandment? What decision would you make if you were to love another as you love yourself? And what about loving yourself? Can you be sure you will still love yourself if you terminate a pregnancy? Is having the abortion the best thing you can do for yourself? Are you glad your mother decided to carry you to full term and give you birth?

There is no doubt that making a decision on whether to end a pregnancy or carry it to term can be a very difficult decision. Shouldn't you seriously consider what God says about it before you make a final decision?

When you factor in God's commandment the decision becomes much clearer doesn't it?