For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb. I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: ...My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Psalm 139: 13-15
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. Jeremiah 1:5According to these verses, God knows us before he formed us in our mother's womb. You can not know a blob of cells, this is life and it is known and created by a holy God, who before birth has ordained and sanctified that life for a purpose. In our study, some of the issues we are tackling include birth defects. What if a baby is born with down syndrome or blindness or, in the case of the Elephant Man, Proteus syndrome? Did God make a mistake? Let's look at an account in John 9:
And as Jesus passed by, he saw a man which was blind from his birth. And his disciples asked him, saying, Master, who did sin, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind? Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him. John 9:1-3Why was the man blind? "That the works of God should be made manifest in him." -- for the Glory of God. He was blind for a purpose. We all have stuff -- emotional stuff, spiritual stuff, sin stuff -- all of our stuff is to be used for the glory of God. We may have created some of our own problems and circumstances from our own sin and now consequences are brought to bear. However, as this man shows, some things are unchangeables from the hand of God -- and they are no error.
I have taken such a long time to set the background for my beliefs, because I have a foundation in a holy God that sets a standard for the worth of every person's life that he has created and known. Therefore, I believe that we do not have the right to terminate life at will.
That being said, I heard on the radio a discussion regarding abortion that took place on a show called "The View". I do not watch TV, so I came home and looked up the segment on the ABC website. A federal judge in Texas apparently is upholding a law that requires abortion providers to show or describe an ultrasound of the fetus (and heartbeat) before the abortion is performed. These are some of the quotes from the ladies at "The View":
"It's very totalitarian ... forcing somebody to confront something that they have already decided they don't want to deal with" (Joy Behar)Barbara Walters noted that the reason someone is having an abortion is that the baby is unwanted and that this is a
What I hear these ladies saying is that if someone is forced to acknowledge that this is a baby -- a human being -- it might make some people not abort their babies. In fact here are some comments from Whoopi Goldberg:
..."tremendous decision it's involved with so much fear and guilt and then to go and be forced to see the fetus and hear the heartbeat, to put more guilt on you; I think it is heartbreaking."
"Sometimes you have to have the abortion, because they can't afford it." and "Some people just don't want kids."
I want you to think about Nazi Germany for a minute. A Nazi soldier is standing in front of withered death camp inmates and his officer gives the order to fire -- kill them all. Wouldn't you want him to acknowledge the humanity of each of these people in the hopes that he would be unable to carry out this gruesome order?
There are millions of babies being killed in our country and can't we just acknowledge their humanity. Their God-given creation, and as Jeremiah 1:5 indicated, their sanctity.
Please watch this video called 180 -- whether you agree with me or not -- this will challenge you: