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Abortion
What God’s Word Says About Abortion

God speaks very clearly in the Bible on the value of unborn children.

God’s Word says that He personally made each one of us, and has a plan for each life: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart” (Jer. 1:5). “Even before I was born, God had chosen me to be His” (Gal. 1:15). “For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb...Your eyes saw my unformed body. All the days ordained for me were written in Your book before one of them came to be” (Psa. 139:13,16). “Your hands shaped me and made me...Did You not clothe me with skin and flesh and knit me together with bones and sinews? You gave me life” (Job 10:8–12). “This is what the Lord says—He who made you, who formed you in the womb” (Isa. 44:2). “Did not He who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same One form us both within our mothers?” (Job 31:15).

Because man is made in God’s own image (Gen. 1:27), each life is of great value to God: “Children are a gift from God” (Psa. 127:3). He even calls our children His own: “You tookyour sons and daughters whom you bore to Me and sacrificed them...You slaughtered Mychildren” (Ezek. 16:20,21).

The Bible says of our Creator, “In His hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of every human being” (Job 12:10). God, the giver of life, commands us not to take the life of an innocent person: “Do not shed innocent blood” (Jer. 7:6); “Cursed is the man who accepts a bribe to kill an innocent person” (Deut. 27:25). “You shall not murder” (Exod.20:13). 

Taking the life of the unborn is clearly murder—“He didn’t kill me in the womb, with my mother as my grave” (Jer. 20:17)—and God vowed to punish those who “ripped open the women with child” (Amos 1:13). The unborn child was granted equal protection in the law; if he lost his life, the one who caused his death must lose his own life: “If men who are fighting hit a pregnant woman and she gives birth prematurely but there is no serious injury, the offender must be fined...But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life” (Exod. 21:22,23).

Life is a gift created by God, and is not to be taken away by abortion. God is “pro-choice,” but He tells us clearly the only acceptable choice to make:

“I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live” (Deut. 30:19).

(Excerpted from The Evidence Bible, compiled by Ray Comfort.)

Abortion: A Decision for Death
Provided by LEARN, Inc. by Ms. Juluette Bartlett Pack

In 1973 when Roe vs. Wade became the law of the land, the pro-abortion decision was not discussed in my home or church. I really do not recall glaring headlines announcing the decision that ultimately would cause the death of and destroy the humanity of millions of helpless human beings. This decision that would facilitate deadly and destructive actions against innocent children went virtually unnoticed in the Black community.

 
Shortly after that Supreme Court decision, organizations like Planned Parenthood began to spread propaganda dehumanizing the unborn by stating that during the first three months of pregnancy the fetus (Greek for "little one") was a mass of tissue rather than a small developing baby. Subsequently, when I became pregnant two years later, though married, I chose to abort that "fetus" because I felt it interfered with my career plans. The decision to do so was made easier because I thought the fetus was not fully a live baby, but was a mass of tissue or an organism. Even though I felt guilt and unease about what had occurred, I suppressed those feelings and refused to acknowledge their validity.

It would take thirteen years and two divorces before I would confront myself about the unnecessary abortion and repent to God for my actions. Consequently, I experienced His forgiveness and spiritual and emotional healing. Occasionally during that thirteen year period, I wished for another child, but because of a tubal ligation after the abortion, this was not possible. Also during this time, I saw pictures of developing babies and of aborted babies. It was then that the full humanity of the unborn child became very clear to me. While listening to a radio broadcast in 1988 which featured Kay James, a pro-life and family activist, I learned for the first time how high the abortion rates were in the Black community. My personal decision in 1975 to abort my child had contributed to over 10 million Black babies' precious lives being destroyed through abortion since 1973. Further research on my part revealed the social impact of abortion on the Black family through increased divorce rates; many caused by relational problems generated by emotional turmoil often experienced by both men and women in the abortion aftermath.

Abortion very often is touted as an economic solution for poor women, i.e., "Black women." Strident, pro-abortion feminists cry for abortion as a "right" for which they must fight to keep. Unfortunately, this misleading notion has been embraced by some people in the Black community as a civil right. The Black community has not benefited either socially or economically from an atrocity that is enthusiastically promoted by those who make millions of dollars from our dead babies; and by those who seek to entice the Black community to self-genocide through abortion. Therefore, the disproportionate number of abortions by Black Americans, as compared to our percentage of the general population, is more than a social phenomenon. It is destructive and genocidal. It must be halted in order to avoid further negative impact in our community.

Black Americans traditionally have come to the aid of family and non-family members who find themselves in desperate situations, including women in crisis pregnancies. I believe my role as a Christian is to edify human life from conception to natural death, and to do my part to offer life-affirming alternatives to those whose circumstances appear desperate and hopeless. The ministry of Texas Black Americans for Life seeks to do its part to make a positive impact in our community.
 
Mrs. Juluette Bartlett Pack is a founder and President of Texas Black Americans for Life. She is also a founder and Chairperson of the Advisory Board for LEARN
Western Culture, the Church and the "New Cannibalism" - Part I
Provided by LEARN, Inc. by James W. O'Clock, Doctor of Humane Letters in Christian Ethics & Pirkko K. O'Clock

 

Then he asked her, “What’s the matter?” She answered, “This woman said to me, ‘Give up your son so we may eat him today, and tomorrow we’ll eat my son…’”  2 Kings 6:28

Introduction

Western culture is often defined as or aligned with Western or European civilization, and stems from two major sources: the Classical Period of the Greco-Roman era and the influence of Christianity.  Western culture has achieved incredible success and influence in the areas of medicine, science, law, religion, architecture, literature, languages, and the arts.  It has provided a standard of living unsurpassed in human history, as well as created an environment where men and women can express their thoughts and beliefs openly and freely, while advancing the concepts of human rights, equality, and democracy. 

In casual conversation or in religious and academic settings, the topic of cannibalism is not usually considered to be a part of European, American, or Australasian culture, though some occurrences of cannibalism have been reported or witnessed, such as the tragic Donner Party incident in western United States (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Donner_Party), or bizarre, sensationalized murder cases (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeffrey_Dahmer).  Unfortunately, Western culture has accepted and practices indirect forms of cannibalism, and it seems to be moving towards the unthinkable.  This deception, which we are calling the “new cannibalism,” uses the youngest and most vulnerable amongst us in a vile and unscrupulous manner.

In “civilized” society there should be an inherent revulsion towards the practice of eating the flesh of humankind, and it is understandable that criticism, doubt, and rejection of such a premise would naturally occur.  This paper details the concerns that should cause all Christians to ask the Lord for discernment and prayerful, godly action. 

First, let us look at what the Bible says about cannibalism, and then reflect on those Scriptures to discover if they are relevant to 21st Century Western culture...