A treasure or a choice

The Disciples may have thought they were simply an annoyance. They did not want them anywhere near Jesus. But Jesus commanded that they be brought to him. He said “for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19:14) We are talking about children.

The bible has another word for children. No it’s not “pain in the neck” nor is it “hardship”. The Bible makes it clear that children are a treasure. It uses terms like “a heritage from the Lord”,  “a reward” (Psalm 127:3), “crown of the aged” (Psalm 17:6) when referring to children.

It is a shame that a large portion of today’s society no longer seem to hold children in the same regard. Many are prepared to treat children as unwanted burdens. This year alone there has been over 8 million abortions worldwide. (worldometers.info/abortions)

In 2003 Eastern Europe had more abortions than live births. The countries included Belarus, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, the Republic of Moldova, Romania, the Russian Federation, Slovakia and the Ukraine. On average each woman in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia had close to 3 abortions each in their life time. (euro.who.int/en/facts-and-figures-about-abortion-in-the-european-region) In 2012 Russia had 42 abortions per 100 live births. (forbes.com-Are-there-really-13-abortions-for-every-10-live-births-in-Russia/)

From 1973 through 2011, nearly 53 million legal abortions have occurred in the U.S. “Twenty-one percent of all U.S. pregnancies (excluding miscarriages) end in abortion.” (abort73.com/abortion_facts/us_abortion_statistics/) It is predicted that at the current rate of abortion, nearly one-third of American women will have an abortion in their life time. In the United States only 12% of woman surveyed claimed health reason for the abortion and only 1% said it was due to rape. (abort73.com/abortion_facts/us_abortion_statistics/) Of all the women surveyed who had abortions, 75% said their reasons were due to work, school or other responsibility. The same percentage said they could not afford to have a baby.

Based on the data it appears that the primary reason for the devaluation of children and human life is the powerful dollar. Although we should be sympathetic towards those living in poverty who say they cannot afford a child, it still does not make it right to terminate a life. As for those who choose career, college and other economic opportunities over life, are in effect saying money and career are of greater value than human life.

The bible makes it clear that for the focal point of our lives to be wealth and possessions, amounts to foolishness, since these treasures are temporary and easily perishable, (Matthew 6:19), while a life in God’s hands is forever.

 

 

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A New Baby

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 139:16

My nephew will be witnessing the birth of his first child soon. It was interesting how for a moment I struggled with how to begin this post. If I said “There will be a new life soon,” I would be wrong. My nephew’s child is already alive, just not born. Plenty of doctors can attest to this fact. If I said “we will have a new member of the family soon,” again I would be wrong. This unborn baby is already a part of our lives. There are plenty of gifts, cards and furniture to prove that.

Some might disagree with me. They would call my grand nephew or niece, a fetus and nothing more. They also claim this treasure is not alive, although the doctors, nurses, my nephew and his wife have already had the pleasure of hearing the heart beat on several occasions. The mother has also testified on more than one occasion of how much the baby actually moves. Those who are not alive usually have trouble moving and showing a heartbeat.

Others insist this is not a baby. This wonderful creation has legs, arms, lungs, toes, a mouth ready to eat and a brain capable of capturing information at greater speeds than most adults. This life that exists within my nephew’s wife is a young human, less than a year old. By definition this makes this wonderful creation a baby.

I am sure that killing a creation as just described would be a lot easier if we could just believe that it is not human, not a baby and not alive. However there is nothing biological to differentiate between this creation and the baby we can hold in our hands. The only difference is the state of where they are physically.

The bible makes it clear that it is God that forms us in our mother’s womb and knows us intimately even before we are born. (Isaiah 49:1, Psalms 139:13-16, Jeremiah 1:4-5) Much of our character, likes, dislikes and physical characteristics have already been programmed by our creator. Our genetic material already has the information that will determine if we will be capable, with proper training and nutrition, of throwing a 90 mile per hour fastball, shooting a three pointer or winning a marathon. Although we may not know the inner workings of this wonderful being, God does.

What is our responsibility? To welcome this child into our lives, providing all the love and care we have. It is tragic that many children will not be received likewise. Some will literally never see the light of day.

Consider the following verses

Verses on Abortion

Verses on Children

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Verses on Abortion

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Verses on Abortion

Jeremiah 1:4-5 

Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.”

Exodus 20:13 

“You shall not murder.

Exodus 23:7 

Keep far from a false charge, and do not kill the innocent and righteous, for I will not acquit the wicked.

Psalm 139:13-16 

For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.

Psalm 127:3 

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.

Exodus 21:22-25 

“When men strive together and hit a pregnant woman, so that her children come out, but there is no harm, the one who hit her shall surely be fined, as the woman’s husband shall impose on him, and he shall pay as the judges determine. But if there is harm, then you shall pay life for life, eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.

Job 31:15 

Did not he who made me in the womb make him? And did not one fashion us in the womb?

Luke 1:44 

For behold, when the sound of your greeting came to my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.

Genesis 1:27 

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

Psalm 127:3-5 

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

Isaiah 49:1 

Listen to me, O coastlands, and give attention, you peoples from afar. The Lord called me from the womb, from the body of my mother he named my name.

Psalm 22:9-10 

Yet you are he who took me from the womb; you made me trust you at my mother’s breasts. On you was I cast from my birth, and from my mother’s womb you have been my God.

Deuteronomy 27:25 

“‘Cursed be anyone who takes a bribe to shed innocent blood.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’

Luke 1:39-44 

In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a town in Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the baby leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? …

.Isaiah 49:5 

And now the Lord says, he who formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob back to him; and that Israel might be gathered to him— for I am honored in the eyes of the Lord, and my God has become my strength—

Isaiah 44:2 

Thus says the Lord who made you, who formed you from the womb and will help you: Fear not, O Jacob my servant, Jeshurun whom I have chosen.

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Abortion, potential forever lost!

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; Jeremiah 5:1

He was born in the woods in a one room log cabin with a dirt floor. There was little money, but plenty of hard work. At a tender age he lost his mother. Although a difficult start to life, his was definitely a life worth living. He became, who many believe to be, our greatest president, Abraham Lincoln.

George Herman Ruth, Jr., was one of 8 children. He was born into poverty and saw 6 of his siblings die due to disease and poverty. He was placed in an orphanage. Later known as Babe Ruth, he become the greatest baseball player of all time.

Dave Thomas, was given up for adoption at birth and his adoptive mother died by the time he was five. He dropped out of school at the age of ten to work at a restaurant. Later in life he founded the chain of restaurants known as Wendy’s.

Life isn’t always easy, but it’s still worth living. What is the value of a life? What value could we place on the contributions of such great pillars as mentioned above and countless others who were adopted or suffered other hardships early in life like Steve Jobs, Jamie Foxx, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Marilyn Monroe, Scott Hamilton, Malcolm X, Bo Diddley, and George Washington Carver and others? Due to poverty and the lack of a stable home perhaps many of the individuals mentioned could have been a candidate for abortion.

Regardless of the obvious value of life there have been over 35 million abortions this year. In the United States 22% of all pregnancies, not including miscarriages, end in abortion. (http://www.worldometers.info/abortions/).

Psalm 139: 3-16 has this to say about life, before birth. 

3 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. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

Among all those abortions were there captains of industry, leaders of nations, and individuals of extraordinary talent or intelligence? We will never know. God places the value of our lives high even before we are born. Call it what you want abortion, termination, murder, choice, but it still ends a life, a life whose potential has been lost forever. A life created by God.