There has been a lot of talk lately about the horrendous practices of Planned Parenthood. It is sickening to think that the body parts of human beings are being sold for medical research to help prevent diseases in living persons. The end does not justify the means. There are other ways to prevent disease. Our president at a recent banquet for Planned Parenthood stated that as long as he was president a woman would have the “protected right to choose”. That means the right to murder her unborn child. At the end of his speech he had the audacity to say “God bless Planned Parenthood”. He is asking God to bless an organization that murders children!
When the United States House of Representatives recently voted to stop funding Planned Parenthood, former speaker of the house Harry Reid said: “The Republicans have lost their moral compass”. How can we sanitize abortion and say that it is moral for a woman to murder her unborn child? I am sure you have heard the story of the dentist who killed Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe. This man is a dentist who has lost his license to practice and is now in hiding for fear of his life. A petition has been signed by hundreds of thousands of people demanding his extradition to Zimbabwe for trial and prison time!
Human life is made even less valuable when we are told that there is no difference between human beings and animals. Ingrid Newkirk of PETA said: “When it comes to having a central nervous system, and the ability to feel pain, hunger, and thirst, a rat is a pig is a dog is a boy.” She’s saying that we’re all the same; however, if we are all the same, why are there laws protecting endangered species but not human life?
What does the Bible say about life? In Psalm 51:5 David said: “Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin my mother conceived me.” He is not saying that his mother committed sin in having him but that there was never a time that he was not a sinner but the emphasis is on the word conceived. From that moment on he was a human being.
Psalm 139:13-16 reads: “For You formed my inward parts, You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for You are fearfully and wonderfully made, marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they were all written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none.”
The body is truly a miracle of God. We know that every living creature is made up of microscopic cells so small that the letter O would contain between thirty and forty thousand of them. Each cell is a micro universe of almost unbelievable complexity. Such a complicated and unerring development of cells cannot possibly be the result of chance. The Psalmist said “He created me”.
Today people argue that the fetus is not yet a person but simply a part of the woman’s body like a gall bladder that can be removed. That’s why the language in describing unborn children has been changed. Years ago everyone referred to the unborn child as a baby. It’s hard for anyone to think rationally about killing the baby so today we call it tissue mass. To get rid of tissue doesn’t sound so bad but that is not how the Bible describes unborn children. Growing medical knowledge of unborn children undermines that illusion.
James Boice said: “The Greek philosopher, Aristotle speculated that the fetus becomes human when it quickens in the womb, that is when the mother feels it move. We know today the movement of the fetus is only a matter of degree, the baby is moving all the time. Others have argued that the fetus becomes human only when it is old enough to survive outside the womb, but advances in the care of premature babies make it possible for even extremely small infants to survive, certainly infants that are younger and smaller than many being aborted. It is increasingly common today to identify life with brain activity, though we know that there is brain inactivity in the unborn child even before the mother is aware that she is pregnant. For that matter, there’s a beating heart and the circulation of the baby’s own blood as well.”
The problem with trying to determine a point before which the developing child is fully human is that there isn’t one. In the Psalm David speaks of his unique individuality from the first moments of his existence in the womb. From that very first moment, God knew him and ordained what his life was to be.
The apostle Paul said in Romans 1:25: “Who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.”
I hope you see now how heinous abortion is and how we must do our utmost to preserve life.
See you Sunday.