Why The Preborn have a Right to Life

Why The Preborn have a Right to Life

Why The Preborn have a Right to Life

The discussion of why Human Beings have a “right to life” or not has been discussed for a long time. In the Judeo-Christian worldview, a view that is reflected in the very beginning of The Declaration of Independence and is the presupposition of this article, it is maintained that the argument in favor of the “right to life” derives from the belief that God imbued mankind with such protections.

However, our discussions of the epistemology of the right to life and its implications tend to stop at God’s having granted it by fiat. As a result, it is often overlooked why this right exists. Therefore, understanding why the right to life ensures the continuation of pregnancy to term without premature termination is paramount.

First, right to life in particular must be defined in relation to another human being because nobody truly has a maximal “right to life” as is commonly understood since God can freely take that life as He sees fit without any trial; a Christian dies the same as a non-believer, even if they have their soul saved. In other words, God has no more obligation to sustain a man’s life than to take it since God owes man nothing; God may take our lives as freely as you might step on a cockroach. Thus, the “right to life” is not best understood as a positive right that someone has been bestowed, but rather it is the assertion that the taking of human life at will is an authority that we as a race do not have. This is argued by citing God’s bequeathing of dominion over all life within the world (Genesis 1:26; 1:28) but allotting for the caveat that this authority is not extended laterally (Exodus 20:13).

However, it should be noted that judicial sentencing of capital punishment for a crime such as adultery or murder is not an exception but rather an extension of this model: judicial executions derive their authority to take a sentenced man’s life by virtue of the authority of God via His prescribed punishment for that specific sin (Leviticus 24:17) and thus the executioner it is not a murderer as long as there is an accompanying due process via an appointed governmental authority (Romans 13:4).

Therefore, murder is not the infringement of some illusory or platonic “right to life” that is somehow applied uniquely to human beings, but rather it is the disordering of one’s proper authority within a divinely appointed chain of command. Hence, lynch mobs are evil while judicial executions moral. However, why capital punishment is prescribed by a Holy and perfect God as the legal and moral remedy for a murderer is of primary importance to this discussion, the justification of which is fortunately revealed explicitly: “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed, for God made man in his own image.” (Genesis 9:6, emphasis mine).

The image of God places mankind uniquely into a protected class, unlike sheep or trees, that their lives are not impugned. However, to understand why being made in God’s image explains our “right to life”, an investigation of the divine image is necessary.

First, this topic has been discussed for a very long time. The problem, however, is that many of the attributes included within common definitions fall short of remaining exclusive to human beings. For example, while Humans have souls, ensoulment is likewise a property of animals (Gen 1:24) and thus cannot be a criteria for the imago dei. In fact, there is no robust set of attributes, combination of properties, or composition of abilities that can uniquely define what makes up an Image of God.

This is a photograph of my son, Eliezer Tarr, right after he was born.

Artificial intelligence will someday supersede our best geniuses while the love and devotion of dogs can often dwarf the love and devotion of fellow men, but neither the mind, body, nor spirit that compose a person can give that person their worth: personhood is irrelevant to the discussion. Michael S, Heiser says it best in His book Unseen Realm when he claimed: “The image is not something we have, but a status” (Heiser, 2019, pg. 43).

In his book, he argues that the word “in” is a loosely utilized word that can be more clearly translated as “as”– man was made as the image of God (Heiser, 2019). This view of man intrinsically being a representative of God shows that every distinct human life has the same legal status before God regardless of capability, capacity, or state of development (a child and adult are both entirely made bearing God’s Image).

The “right to life” is not the logical or legal result of possessing the proper set of constituents; it is solely the result of divine grace crystalized by legal fiat. Thus, it is not what one has but what one is. Moreover, the universality of this understanding of the divine imaging status implies that it is one’s stage in the developmental process is likewise irrelevant. This view is reflected explicitly by the Psalmist in Psalm 139:13-16, where the Psalmist discusses a continuity of their indivisible self both within the womb as they were being formed as well as prior to it via God’s foreknown plans (McQuilkin, & Copan, 2014). 

This principle is applied even further in Hebrews 7:9-10, wherein the author argues that the Levitical priesthood paid tithes to Melchizedek by virtue of being within the loins of their ancestor Abraham when he paid his tithes. By implicitly accepting corporate agency, the bible thus argues in favor of a very strong continuity of any given person extending prior even to their own birth! It is this continuity of an individual identity is that explains why all individuals gain the protected status common to man at conception: by the Bible’s standard, all spermatozoa are considered a form of seed.

The relevance is as follows: by two witnesses, the Apostle Paul and the incarnate Lord Jesus, we know that the death of a seed creates the new life (1 Corinthians 15:36; John 12:24). This is a view of biology that conflicts with our current understanding, however as not only Paul but God incarnate himself asserts this biological paradigm, we must accept it wholesale. Moreover, we cannot dismiss Jesus’s usage as metaphorical as John 12:24 formulation relates directly to the literal crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus and in context of John’s gospel, Jesus uses mundane natural truths to explain deeper heavenly truths (John 3:12). Moreover, Paul labels those who reject this model of biological reproduction as fools (1 Corinthians 15:36). Therefore, when applied to human beings, we find that the new human life begins after the death of that seed: fertilization.

The bible lays out that seed that must die at conception for the new child to be produced, but after conception and into the posterior stages of human development any cessation of that biological life would be a considered either a stillborn and/or a miscarriage even by biblical standards (2 Samuel 12:22-23; Exodus 23:26). Moreover, all instances of a pre-born child posterior to conception are referred to as a child (Luke 1:44; Galatians 1:15; Genesis 25:21-22) with Job calling still-borns “infants who never see the light” (Job 3:16, ESV). Furthermore, a zygote (fertilized ovum) is undeniably a living cell (regardless of whether it’s a person, a part of the mother, a tumor, a parasite, etc.).

Therefore, the new life that results from the death of the seed of the man must begin immediately at fertilization/conception rather than implantation or later and as any death posterior is permanent, a human in the zygote stage of development as well as all later stages fully bears the Image of God. Given these facts, it is undeniable that taking of life at this stage is outside the domain of man unless the pre-born life can be given a due process for some crime and then sentenced to death. For this reason, abortion is the purposeful shedding of the blood of the Image of God and thus according to Genesis 9:5-6. Since it is impossible to legitimately convict a pre-born child of any wrongdoing, it is thus innocent blood being shed.

To summarize, Human life has the status of bearing God’s Image intrinsically at every stage of development as a result of divine fiat, and any death posterior to conception is referred to as a permanent death (biblically considered the death of a child). By God’s Law, taking the life of anyone who bears the Image of God is outside mankind’s authority unless it is prescribed by God. Finally, it is impossible to convict a pre-born child of any capital offense outlined by God. For these reasons, it is undeniable that Abortion is murder.

References

Heiser, Michael (2019). Unseen realm: Recovering the supernatural worldview of the bible. Lexham PR.

McQuilkin, R. & Copan, P. (2014). An introduction to Biblical Ethics: Walking in the Way of Wisdom. InterVarsity Press. ISBN 978-0-8308-6481-2 (digital). https://viewer.gcu.edu/QveWKa

 

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What Made Me Become Pro-life?

What Made Me Become Pro-life?

What Made Me Become Pro-life?

I was an atheist until I was 30 years old.

Being an atheist, I also had the liberal mindset on many issues including evolution and abortion.

My BIG catalyst was my belief in evolution. Either you believed in an intelligent designer (God) or you did not.

To me, evolution gave me and others like me, the platform to believe that all life came from non-life.

Life sprang up from the primordial ooze on its own without guidance from something or someone else.

No God needed.

Evolution does not have morals.

Survival of the fittest is its main tenant.

Nothing is good or bad, it just is…

Murder is not bad…

Stealing is not bad…

Lying is not bad…

Nothing is good or bad it just IS…

Whatever it takes for an animal or species to survive including humans is OK or even needed.

Morals are things that exist because they are a human construct or a made up, imaginary fairy tale by religious people or a law to keep people in line.

Abortion is OK because that is also survival of the fittest.

As a human, that life that is growing in your body really does not constitute a real living, breathing organism capable of complex thought that will turn into something much like you are in the future.

Remember, survival of the fittest.

Your life, your survival.

Only you are important.

Selfishness is a big deal when it comes to evolution.

That is what I believed when I was an atheist.

It helped me to live with myself and put together my limited knowledge of the puzzle of life before me.

When I became a Christian, all that changed.

I then believed that there was a guiding force behind the universe or intelligent designer behind it all.

He gave us morals and things as humans that we should or should not do to keep us alive and functioning without so much chaos and pain.

He also gave us freewill.

Freewill to make certain choices in our lives.

Many of these choices that impact others.

I then understood there was something much bigger than me in control.

When it comes to abortion, we are telling this intelligent designer or God, that He has made a mistake.

Think of it, God has made a mistake!

We are the final decider in our lives and have the right to terminate this life inside our bodies.

We are god and not Him because we know best.

History has proven that humans know best throughout human civilization.

We have the modern, complex notions of what works and does not work because we can see into the future.

Remember in Job 38:34 when God asked Job “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me if you know so much.”

This is Rhett. He came into this world on 4/26/22. He is the grandson of my friend Joe.

Our culture and modern times truly believes we need no god the tell us what to think or believe.

Our opinions is our god.

But of course, our arrogance knows no bounds.

When I was an atheist, I believed abortion was OK and even needed.

I paid for 3 of them and drove one individual to have the procedure.

I have been on both sides of this debate.

I now feel very foolish and have asked God to forgive me.

My arrogance knew no bounds.

I really believed God had made many mistakes when it came to human life and other issues.

Over 66 million mistakes when it has come to abortion since Roe v. Wade took effect since 1973.

Think of it, 66 million…

I guess Supreme Court knew better than God that year.

Many of our current politicians believe they know better than God as this issue comes before the Supreme Court once again.

The wounds of abortion have not healed after all, since 1973.

Maybe God is asking us “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me if you know so much.”

 

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Fear: Coronavirus and Climate Change

Fear: Coronavirus and Climate Change

Fear: Coronavirus and Climate Change

It seems like every time I turn around our news media is promoting a new thing to fear.

Now that we are neck-deep in the Coronavirus scare (real or otherwise) the news media has 24 hours of coverage from all over the world. Statistics are showing how many people have gotten the virus to how many have died with many showing supermarkets’ hoarding of food and of all things, toilet paper.

The US government, as well as local towns, are putting their people on lockdown and are told not to meet in large groups. Movies, restaurants, coffee houses, as well as churches, are being closed for a time.

I do not remember a period that so much fear emanating from the far reaches of the globe and right here in the United States.

What has happened?

Social media has had a great impact. The speed at which the news travels is another one along with the harsh realities of political discourse.

Over the years I have watched the Christian culture crumble in our country, but it has also disintegrated all across planet earth. I do not mean to say God is not working in different places BIG time like in China, Africa, and South America but in places that Christianity stuck its flag of salvation through Jesus Christ in past centuries is now history.

The gospel has become week and almost unrecognizable in a place like the USA and Europe. The very places that Christianity sprang from to reach the rest of the world through missions and heavy-duty reading of scripture and the many powerful preachers and teachers of God’s Word have dwindled.

The Bible is not being read with as much passion as it once was. Certain aspects of God’s Word have been jettisoned like the teaching of Hell and Homosexuality and many other parts of scripture that people have deemed old and outdated in our modern-day. Human opinions have trumped God’s perspective.

Fear: Coronavirus and Climate Change

Our churches are a confused bunch in many ways.

We have been sucked into this present culture because it seems to be more exciting. Our worship has become a performance-based and entertaining as you would encounter at a rock concert.

The preachers are afraid of talking about hard subjects like hell and homosexuality for fear of alienating the people that sit in their pews or criticism from the outside world

God’s Word has become just another bunch of words to be endured and Jesus is just another smart holy man that lived many years ago.

Who needs God when we have science?

Many Christian much less the rest of the culture we live in really do not believe much of the bible is the inspired word of God. Evolution is where many think life sprang from and not God’s intervention in our world. Most people do not have an understanding of evolution itself but blindly follow what atheistic scientist say.

To this day scientists have not produced life from non-life in laboratories with all the perfect conditions. Many of these scientists have come to believe life itself is just too complex to come from the primordial ooze so they have come up with alternative idea’s like the multi-universe and seeding of life from space.

It does not stop them from promoting alien life somewhere else in the cosmos or that we have been visited by these beings. Every other day we read in the news how astronomers have discovered a new planet that has all the right conditions for life.

I had to come to terms with what the Bible said where mankind came from in Genesis. How could I believe in the rest of scripture and what Jesus said in the New testament if I did not believe where we came from in the first place. My whole belief system would unravel.

Fear not!

Fear is the single most driving force in our lives. When you take God out of your life, fear can be an overwhelming. You are left to your own devices to figure everything out. You begin to put your faith into humans, governments or even yourself to figure it all out.

Fear in the news media has not just come from this Coronavirus but Climate Change before that. We needed the right president to deal with racism or homophobia. How many people became so fear-based after the 2016 election that it seemed like it changed politics in the country overnight.

Abortion has become the word and practice of the day. It is if God made a mistake by having a human growing inside of another and we need to correct his mistake because as all-knowing humans, we know better.

When you take God out of a culture fear begins to reign. Humans are very short-sighted and do not have a basic understanding of unintended consequences.

Fear: Coronavirus and Climate Change

How can we?  

We do not know the future nor were we around when God made it ALL and put it into motion. We have no idea what His intentions are. The one place that He spelled it all out for us to have even the smallest understanding has been rejected or given a distant second place on the self.

Our modern culture has become increasingly godless. It believes that if you believe in God then you are believing in a fairy tail. We know better because we have come to understand that humans do not have the answers deep in our hearts. Just look at the history of mankind. The Coronavirus shouts it out to us.

Fear not!

“Fear not!” is the most repeated command in the Bible. It’s been said that there are 365 “Fear not” in the Bible — one “Fear not” for every day of the year! … God doesn’t want us to go a single day without hearing his word of comfort: “Fear not!”

I wrote an article about fear and climate change a couple of months ago that you might like to read that goes into depth on this subject. Climate Change: Is God A Fool.

Like I said at the end of that blog:

Do not get all caught up in the hysteria and fear. Do not let mere humans with their narrow incite and opinions shout over God’s voice of reason.

He created you and me and has a hope and future for each one of us. He also created this time and space called a universe and is not surprised by anything. He knew it would come down to this in the end.

Do not let fear rule you!

Jesus walked on this planet, died and rose again so we could have a future.

That you can take to the bank!

 

Fear: Coronavirus and Climate Change

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