Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Deep Darkness

Jesus said:
     22 “Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light.
23 But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!Matthew 6:22-23 (NLT)

This statement by Jesus describes the consciences of those involved in the harvesting and selling of baby body parts. It is tragically ironic that they think they are so enlightened in their minds and yet their souls are actually in darkness.

How deep is that darkness? It is beyond sensitivity, mercy, understanding or compassion for the baby, even when its heart is beating while it lays on the table struggling for life.

How deep is that darkness? They sort through severed baby body parts without hesitating, cringing or caring the least bit that what lies in that dish before them is a person in its infancy, mutilated for of all reasons, base inhuman evil profit.

How deep is that darkness?  Words nearly fail to describe the intensity of that darkness so dense, so degenerate, and so deplorable that it defies human logic and the basic instinct of human love.

What does that darkness do? It exposes the wickedness and depravity of the human heart. Here’s what God says:  The human heart is the most deceitful of all things, and desperately wicked. Who really knows how bad it is? 10 But I, the LORD, search all hearts and examine secret motives. I give all people their due rewards, according to what their actions deserve.”  Jeremiah 17:9-10 (NLT)

The only answer to the darkness is God’s light or truth. His light, if heeded, will bring conviction, conversion, cleansing and forgiveness from all sin. Jesus reminded Paul of his and our mission: “17 ….. Yes, I am sending you to the Gentiles 18 to open their eyes, so they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Then they will receive forgiveness for their sins and be given a place among God’s people, who are set apart by faith in me.’ 
Acts 26:17-18 (NLT)

Here is the truth: “Jesus spoke to the people once more and said, ‘I am the light of the world. If you follow me, you won’t have to walk in darkness, because you will have the light that leads to life.’ John 8:12 (NLT)

We can do something about the darkness, let the light shine!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

When Does Human Life Matter?

George Will’s summation of Plan Parenthood’s view of the unborn: “The abortion industry’s premise is: At no point in the gestation of a human infant does this living being have a trace of personhood that must be respected.”

God has a different view!!!

Job 10:10-12 (NLT)
   10 You guided my conception and formed me in the womb. 11 You clothed me with skin and flesh, and you knit my bones and sinews together. 12 You gave me life and showed me your unfailing love. My life was preserved by your care.

John Frame, in the book Medical Ethics, says this:
    “There is nothing in Scripture that even remotely suggests that the unborn child is anything less than a human person from the moment of conception.”
John Frame, Medical Ethics (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 1988), p. 95.
Job 31:15 (NIV)
   15 Did not he who made me in the womb make them? Did not the same one form us both within our mothers?
Dr. John Ankerberg & Dr. John Weldon
     “Anyone familiar with recent Supreme Court history knows that two years before Roe v. Wade, in October of 1971, a group of 220 distinguished physicians, scientists, and professors submitted an amicus curiae brief (advice to a court on some legal matter) to the Supreme Court. They showed the Court how modern science had already established that human life is a continuum, and that the unborn child, from the moment of conception on, is a person and must be considered a person, like its mother (95:19, 29-30). The brief set as its task, “to show how clearly and conclusively modern science — embryology, fetology, genetics, perinatology, all of biology — establishes the humanity of the unborn child” (95:7).
     For example, “In its seventh week, [the preborn child] bears the familiar external features and all the internal organs of the adult. . . . The brain in configuration is already like the adult brain and sends out impulses that coordinate the function of other organs. . . . The heart beats sturdily. The stomach produces digestive juices. The liver manufactures blood cells and the kidneys begin to function by extracting uric acid from the child’s blood. . . . The muscles of the arms and body can already be set in motion. After the eighth week …. everything is already present that will be found in the full-term baby” (95:13-14). This brief proved beyond any doubt scientifically that human life begins at conception….”
“What difference does it make that human life begins at conception? The difference is this: If human life begins at conception, then abortion is the killing of a human life.”
When Does Life Begin? By Dr. John Ankerberg & Dr. John Weldon Published by ATRI Publishing Copyright 2011
Human Life Matters to God
Matthew 18:14 (ESV)
    … is not the will of my Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.”
Ecclesiastes 11:5 (NLT)
   5 Just as you cannot understand the path of the wind or the mystery of a tiny baby growing in its mother’s womb….”
“Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world. Red, Brown, Yellow, Black and White, they are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.” And this includes from the moment of their conception!
All human life matters to God. Life in the womb matters to God and life outside the womb matters to God. From conception to the cradle to the grave. There is not a time in which human life does not matter, especially to God, the author, creator, sustainer and giver of life.  Consequently those who terminate a baby’s life process, development and birth will have God to answer to.
In Proverbs 6:16-17 (NLT) God speaks of seven things He hates and one of them is: “…..17 hands that kill the innocent,
Matthew 18:10 (GW)
   10 “Be careful not to despise these little ones. I can guarantee that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father, who is in heaven.
Here is our motivation, hope and prayer:
2 Timothy 2:25-26 (NLT)
   25 Gently instruct those who oppose the truth. Perhaps God will change those people’s hearts, and they will learn the truth. 26 Then they will come to their senses and escape from the devil’s trap. For they have been held captive by him to do whatever he wants.