Saturday, March 5, 2011

Aborted Values Repost

The following is another chapter from [Bittersweet Refinements].  Since each part is connected to the rest, it would do you well to keep reading (and listening for our Heavenly Father's explanations, of course).

Aborted Values

The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.  Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men.” [Isaiah 29:13 NIV]

No, it is not that they are being disingenuous.  For in most cases, they are being quite sincere in their convictions.

Nonetheless, be assured that all who support the illegalization of abortions based upon their belief in sanctity of physical human life have been woefully deceived[1].  For it is written: But someone will say, "How are the dead raised? And with what kind of body do they come?"  You fool! That which you sow does not come to life unless it dies; and that which you sow, you do not sow the body which is to be, but a bare grain, perhaps of wheat or of something else.  But God gives it a body just as He wished, and to each of the seeds a body of its own.  All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one {flesh} of men, and another flesh of beasts, and another flesh of birds, and another of fish.  There are also heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is one, and the {glory} of the earthly is another.  There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.  So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable {body,} it is raised an imperishable {body;} it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual {body.} So also it is written, "The first MAN, Adam, BECAME A LIVING SOUL." The last Adam {became} a life-giving spirit.  However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual.  The first man is from the earth, earthy; the second man is from heaven.  As is the earthy, so also are those who are earthy; and as is the heavenly, so also are those who are heavenly.  Just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we will also bear the image of the heavenly.  Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. [1 Corinthians 15:35-50 NAS]

In other words, it is spiritual life that our Heavenly Father holds sacred—not physical life[2].  For physical life is meant to end[3].  Whereas spiritual life in His only begotten Son[4], who truly is the Lord Jesus Christ[5], will last forever and ever[6].  AMEN!!!

No, physical death has nothing to do with spiritual life.  For it is written: “I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do.” [Luke 12:4 NAS]

Oh yes, this opens a can of theological worms that many would rather be left on a shelf deep down in an abandoned root-cellar with a thick coat of dust covering its label.  For they have been led to believe that one must be at least baptized into the church before being able to enter into the very presence of our Heavenly Father in His Kingdom of Heaven, and that is not a belief that is shared by others in their coalition.

Surely it would do us all well not to share in such a belief.  For the soul of every aborted baby goes straight to the bosom of their Creator[7]—be assured[8].

Yes, there is still plenty of common-ground for them to stand upon, and part of that has to do with lost potential.  For it is preached from pulpits on both sides of the Catholic/Protestant divide that the next aborted baby may hold the key to the cure for cancer or world peace, but who in their “right-mind”[9] would want to believe any of that[10]?  After all, is there anything good about any of us apart from our Creator[11]?

Besides, is not preaching such the height of hypocrisy?  For who is to say that the next executed convict does not hold the key to the very same things by that sort of reasoning, and is it not true that many who ferverently oppose abortions also see nothing wrong with capital punishment?

Oh yes, there is a big difference between an innocent aborted baby and a duly convicted felon, but we are talking about hidden potential here—are we not?  Besides, who from amongst us can guarantee that the next aborted baby would not make Adolph Hitler or Josef Stalin look rather harmless by comparison if allowed to live?

No, none of this is meant to deny that abortion is murder.  For what is generally considered as being life in the eyes of this world does indeed begin at conception[12], and the taking of an innocent life is indeed murder.

Subsequently, it is those who see nothing wrong with the practice that are much more in need of saving than the aborted babies, and this cannot be accomplished through the enactment of any laws[13].  For everything really is in the hands of our Heavenly Father[14], and if it is accordance to His will that there will come a day when no one will want to have an abortion, whether or not it is legal to have one will not matter[15].

Is this to say that we should be in favor of abortion?  MAY IT NEVER BE!  For to do so would be to support premeditated murder, but in regards to political action, it would be in the best interest of all concerned for the Christian community to stay neutral.

The same cannot be said of capital punishment, however.  For to lock someone in a cage for the rest of their natural life truly is cruel and unusual punishment[16]!

No, this is not to say that stoning should be reintroduced, but even if it was, would that not be more merciful than keeping someone incarcerated for life—even if in one of our modern facilities?  For the sufferings of this world would be over for them at the instant of their physical death.

Alas, does this not speak to the crux of the issue?  For in far too many cases, being in favor of life sentences is more about punishment than keeping society safe, and that warrants an eternal death sentence[17].

Yes, it can be argued that life sentences stand as a strong deterrent, but do they really?  For that would only work in the case of someone in their right-mind, and no one in their right-mind would want to do anything that would warrant such a harsh sentence in the first-place.

No, this is not ignore the suffering of the victims and their families, but vengeance is our Heavenly Father’s to repay[18].  Besides, prolonging the physical lives of those who face eternal damnation just prolongs when the real punishment will begin (naturally-speaking, of course)[19], but woe be it to all who would want to think in such as way as this[20].

Yes, much of that sounds like grounds to be in favor of the legalization of suicides and assisted-suicides, and I must admit that this is jar of some really disgusting stuff that I would rather be left on a back-shelf, myself.  For I have been there.  That is, at least in regards to suicide.

In fact, I am still there.  For if it was not for knowing that anyone in their right-mind who kills (even themselves) when it is not in accordance to the will of our Heavenly Father commits murder, I would kill myself.  For my life in this world has been one of intense pain and anguish—both physically[21] and spiritually[22], and I have not received any assurances that my sufferings will end anytime soon.

A terrible thing to say, I know.  For it would cause my wife an enormous amount of grief, but that would pass soon enough.  Whereas the suffering that she endures because of my infirmities keeps going on, and that is something that I can honestly say that I do not want to be a part of[23].

Please, do not misunderstand.  For I know that everything that I have had to endure is for our Heavenly Father’s glory[24], but that does not make it any less painful[25].

Oh yes, I am naturally a gutless wonder, but that does not mean that I do not know what I am talking about.  For what I have been given to say is of our Heavenly Father[26], and if you don’t want to believe it, I beseech thee to seek His counsel for yourself[27].

{1}Ephesians 6:10-12; {2}John 6:63; {3}Hebrews 9:27; {4}John 3:16; {5}Matthew 3:16-17; {6}2 Corinthians 4:17-18; {7}2 Samuel 12:23; {8}Matthew 19:14; {9}1 Corinthians 2:6-16; {10}Jeremiah 17:5; {11}Psalms 16:2; {12}Psalms 139:13-16; {13}Romans 8:3; {14}John 16:8-11; {15}2 Corinthians 5:17; {16}Leviticus 24:10-23; {17}James 2:12-13; {18}Deuteronomy 32:35; {19}Revelation 20:10-15; {20}1 John 4:20-21; {21}Job 10:18-22; {22}Jeremiah 20:7-9; {23}John 21:18-19; {24}1 Corinthians 10:12-13; {25}2 Corinthians 12:7-10; {26}Galatians 1:11-12; {27}James 1:5.
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  1. Very interesting post.I have always been against abortion. Now the prison thing is interesting. I believe in capital punishment. Am I right or wrong.Is it indeed cruel to keep them locked up for life.What gives us the right to take another life. But they have to stay out of society or else havoc would take over.
    Very puzzling.

  2. Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Russ!!! It really is a very good question, and only our Heavenly Father can settle it for you. Perhaps the following will help? For it is written: Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. {Romans 13:1-5 NIV}

    Yes, many a tyrant has tried to use that passage to justify their rein of terror, and the truth is that they would not be in power unless our Heavenly Father ordained it. Nonetheless, that doesn't mean that our Heavenly Father delights in oppression, and when enough truly humble themselves before Him, He will deliver them from their bondage.

    Of course, that may be just confusing the issue further. For it can be argued that our Heavenly Father never authorizes capital punishment, and if our time in this world was all that there will ever be to our existences, be assured that He would not.

    Ah, but our time in this world is not all that there will ever be to our existences. Therefore, is it not a kindness to send someone, who can never be forgiven for their crimes against society in this world, home to where they can spend all of eternity with the One who has forgiven them? On the other hand, of course, if they are headed for Hell, anytime spent in this world is better than going there, but who can be executed if it is not in accordance to our Heavenly Father's will?

  3. Abortion, Capital punishment and suicide. That's quite a mix. I always found it really odd that it was acceptable for the state to kill someone as a punishment for the crime of murder.

  4. Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Ann!!! Yes, you are very much not alone in that way of thinking, but be assured that our lives in this world is most definitely not the end of our existences.


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