The Problem with Pro-Choice

Why is it that so many pro-choice activists have become pro-life, yet we don’t hear about any pro-life advocates becoming pro-choice?  Consider the following:

– Dr. Bernard N. Nathanson was a medical doctor from New York City and co-founder in 1969 of the National Association for the Repeal of Abortion Laws (NARAL) later renamed National Abortion Rights Action League.  When ultrasound was developed in the 1970s, he observed a real-time abortion which caused him to reconsider his views on abortion.  He became a pro-life activist, saying that abortion is “the most atrocious holocaust in the history of the United States.”  In his book Aborting America, where he first exposed what he called “the dishonest beginnings of the abortion movement.”  In 1984, he directed and narrated a controversial anti-abortion film titled The Silent Scream, in cooperation with the National Right to Life Committee, which included the ultrasound video of a mid-term (12 weeks) abortion. His second documentary Eclipse of Reason dealt with late-term abortions.  He stated that the numbers he once cited for NARAL concerning the number of deaths linked to illegal abortions were “false figures.”

In his autobiography Hand of God in 1996, Dr. Nathanson referred to his previous work as an abortion provider and abortion rights activist, saying, “I am one of those who helped usher in this barbaric age.” He developed what he called the “vector theory of life”, which states that from the moment of conception, there exists “a self-directed force of life that, if not interrupted, will lead to the birth of a human baby.”

– Ronald Reagan was also convinced of this as a result of watching The Silent Scream, a movie he considered so powerful and convicting that he screened it at the White House.

– More recently, Planned Parenthood director and abortion advocate Abby Johnson turned and became a strong advocate for the pre-born, just by catching just a glimpse of what The Silent Scream film reveals.

– Norma McCorvey (Jane Roe in the 1973 Roe Vs. Wade case) was also a pro-choice activist until 1994 when she was enlightened by Phillip Benham, the National Director of Operation Rescue.  She quit her job at the abortion clinic she was working at, and become an advocate of Operation Rescue’s campaign to make abortion illegal.
McCorvey’s second book, Won by Love, was published in 1998. She explained her change on the stance of abortion with the following comments:

“I was sitting in O.R.’s offices when I noticed a fetal development poster.  The progression was so obvious, the eyes were so sweet. It hurt my heart, just looking at them.  I ran outside and finally, it dawned on me. ‘Norma’, I said to myself, ‘They’re right’.  I had worked with pregnant women for years.  I had been through three pregnancies and deliveries myself.  I should have known.  Yet something in that poster made me lose my breath.  I kept seeing the picture of that tiny, 10-week-old embryo, and I said to myself, that’s a baby!  It’s as if blinders just fell off my eyes and I suddenly understood the truth — that’s a baby!

“I felt crushed under the truth of this realization.  I had to face up to the awful reality.  Abortion wasn’t about ‘products of conception’.  It wasn’t about ‘missed periods’.  It was about children being killed in their mother’s wombs.  All those years I was wrong.  Signing that affidavit, I was wrong.  Working in an abortion clinic, I was wrong.  No more of this first trimester, second trimester, third trimester stuff.  Abortion — at any point — was wrong. It was so clear. Painfully clear.”

So what is the problem with the pro-choice movement, and why don’t we hear about pro-life activists becoming pro-choice?  The answer is:  ignorance.  I don’t say this in a demeaning way.  Will Rogers said, “We’re all ignorant, only on different subjects.”  We all need to be educated.  When the truth about abortion is revealed and learned, the pro-choice argument is indefensible.  I challenge any pro-choice advocate to watch The Silent Scream and come away unscathed–or, even to view the images at http://www.christiandataresources.com/prochoice1.htm.

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Grace is Misunderstood

We are saved by God’s grace (Ephesians 2:5), and that’s only the beginning.  God continues to show grace for us throughout our lives.  In all cases, grace is a free gift.  We don’t deserve it, and we can’t earn it.  It’s just something that God gives us.  Period.

In fact, misunderstanding of grace can be quite perilous.  Romans 11:6 says, “And if by grace, then it cannot be based on works; if it were, grace would no longer be grace.”  We cannot get to heaven based upon our works.  We get to heaven only by faith in God’s gift of His Son to us, and His works–not ours (John 3:16).  If we try to get there (even in part) on any portion of our own merit, we will fail.

Yet I believe that one of our great old hymns is in error on the subject of grace.  Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing says, “O to grace how great a debtor daily I’m constrained to be!”  We’re grateful for grace, but we don’t really become debtors when we accept God’s grace.  We don’t owe God something for His grace.  We just accept it.  Furthermore, we’re not constrained by His grace.  Rather, we’re set free (John 8:32).  We should live right, but we should do it because of our love for Christ–not because we owe him something in return for his grace.

Maybe these subtle and unintended errors in song are the reason for widespread misunderstanding of biblical principles.

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Why I Can’t Quite Be a Libertarian

The Libertarian party appeals to me. Let’s look at an overview of where the Libertarians stand of some of the main issues:

Taxes

Libertarians generally align themselves with the more traditional Republican position and away from the traditional Democratic position, favoring lower taxes at all levels – federal, state, and local.  They advocate the elimination of tax subsidies, the double taxation embodied in business income taxes, and ultimately, the replacement of all income and payroll taxes with a single consumption tax that will allow every American and every business to determine their tax burden by making their own spending decisions.  I like lower taxes, and making my own decisions.

Foreign Policy

Libertarians favor ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  I’ve always thought that our involvement is Iraq was a mistake.  We need to stay of the Middle East.  We end up taking sides with rebels against dictators, arming those rebels, then having our own arms used against us when they evolve into ISIS or something worse.  These are regional civil / religious wars and we simply don’t belong there.

Libertarians believe in dialing back military spending, ending NSA surveillance, and, in general, truly limiting the size and scope of government, both fiscally and socially.  If we need more than $1 trillion dollars to spend on our military, then we have a major management problem there.  Also, we don’t need the NSA or any other similar privacy intrusions from the federal government.  Government is way too big.  Our huge entitlement programs are the main reason our taxes are so high.

Civil Liberties

Libertarians base their beliefs on liberty and freedom, including the state of being subject only to laws established for the good of the community, especially with regard to freedom of action and speech.  I agree that individual rights should be protected by law from unjust governmental or other interference.

Legalizing Marijuana

Libertarians believe that responsible adults should be free to “make their own decisions about their bodies, and lead their personal lives as they see fit — as long as no harm is done to others.”  Consequently, they want to legalize marijuana.  I’m OK with this.  I don’t think it’s any worse than alcohol, probably not as addictive, and actually helpful for some people.  This would also greatly assist with the criminal justice reform argument below.  Some Libertarians want to end the Drug War entirely and legalize all drugs.  It’s difficult to argue against this, since everything we’ve declared war on in the last 50 years gets worse; i.e., drugs, poverty, Iraq, etc.

Criminal Justice Reform

As a follow-on to the discussion about legalizing marijuana, our prisons are full of people who were convicted of possession of a few ounces of marijuana or a few grams of meth.  They are only possessors–not dealers, and maybe not even users (though this is unlikely).  Let’s offer them some rehab, but not lock them up.

Immigration

Basically, the Libertarians favor an easier path to immigration for persons wanting to make a better life for themselves in America.  They say, “A bigger fence will only produce taller ladders and deeper tunnels, and that the flow of illegal immigrants across the border is not a consequence of too little security, but rather a legal immigration system that simply doesn’t work.”

I’m personally for stricter enforcements of our borders, but this wouldn’t be a show-stopper for me.  They’re probably right that the system is just broken and a wall won’t fix everything.

Gay Marriage

Libertarians support gay marriage.  I think that the gay lifestyle constitutes immorality in God’s eyes (Romans 1:18-32).  However, this is a distinctly different issue from gay marriage.  I believe that marriage is to be between a man and a woman, but I believe that marriage is defined by biblical marriage as distinctly a spiritual institution–not a government one.  The government (especially the federal government) just needs to keep it’s nose out of marriage–gay and straight.  So, by this reasoning, I can even accept the Libertarian view on gay marriage–as government staying out of our spiritual affairs, but not as personally accepting the gay lifestyle.  There are plenty of things the Bible condemns that the government allows or doesn’t enforce.

Pro-Choice

The Libertarian position is pro-choice, based upon the argument of having the least amount of government intervention.  However, this is why I can’t be a Libertarian.  Not only because it is morally wrong (which it is), but because we do need a certain amount of government intervention when it comes to things like murder, or hurting each other in other ways–stealing, etc.  If there is a single thing that government must do, it is to keep us free by keeping us from hurting or killing each other.  When we abort a child, we are taking his liberty–the very thing that Libertarians claim to stand for.  They need to consistently adhere to the same argument that they use about legalizing marijuana:  “as long as no harm is done to others.”

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How Will Hillary Protect Our Children?

A recent Hillary ad shows her saying:  “We intend to be sure that every child in this state is somebody.  It’s time to protect the next generation.  Fill the lives of our children with possibility and hope.  Open up the doors so that every child has a chance to live up to his or her God-given potential.”

However, one thing that both pro-choice and pro-life advocates can say for certain is that
abortion does not protect children.  It does not ensure that every child is somebody.  Instead of filling the lives of our children with possibility and hope, it does the exact opposite.  It takes away their life and removes any hope for them.  It ensures that no child has a chance to live up to his or her God-given potential.

Hillary, you can’t have it both ways.  You can argue that women have the right to kill their own children, but not that this protects our kids.  You cannot condone the killing of the one million babies who were aborted this year and then bring God’s name into it as though you have any moral ground to stand upon.

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How Do We Reconcile Science to the Bible?

How Can We Reconcile Science to the Bible?

Below are some typical questions from those trying to reconcile science to the Bible.

Does the Bible Imply That the Earth is Flat?

Ezekiel 7:2 and Revelation 7:1 reference “the four corners of the earth.”  Similarly, Isaiah 11:12 references “the four quarters of the earth.”  The Oxford English Dictionary defines “corner” to mean “An extremity or end of the earth; a region, quarter; a direction or quarter from which the wind blows.”  The word “corner” comes from a Latin root “cornu,” meaning “horn,” as seen in words such as “cornet,” “corn,” and “cornucopia.”  So, the four corners of the earth can be interpreted as referring to the four cardinal directions–north, south, east and west.  In addition, the “four corners of the earth” can also be interpreted as four “horns” of the earth.  One obvious example of such a “horn” is Cape Horn, the southernmost tip of South America.  So the usage of the phrase “four corners of the earth” does not necessarily signify a flat, rectangular earth.

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Do Christians Sin (1 John 1:8 vs. 1 John 3:9)?

Sinless Perfection

The issue of sinless perfection causes somewhat of a rift between evangelicals. Conservative fundamentalists argue that Christians are positionally sanctified since we’re indwelt with the Holy Spirit at salvation, but we won’t be experientially sanctified (made perfect) until we get to heaven. On the other hand, many charismatics believe that Christians can receive a “second blessing” whereby they receive the “filling” of the Spirit at some point following salvation at which they reach sinless perfection. (Conservatives also believe in repeated filling of the Spirit, but only as it applies to restoring temporal fellowship with God by confession of sin, as explained in 1 John 1:9.)

However, there is a concrete (yet subtle) answer to this question in the scriptures. Interestingly enough, this answer first appears in a form which seems to indicate that the scriptures are contradicting themselves.

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What is Prayer (and Does God Answer)?

You may have heard of a man named George Mueller who once ran an orphanage. Though accustomed to lacking material things, one evening there was no food whatsoever available for dinner. When the children asked Mr. Mueller what to do, he said, “Prepare the table. God will provide.”

They set the table, prayed for food, and then heard a knock at the door. It was a bread delivery man whose cart had broken down. He said he would be unable to deliver the bread, and he wondered if Mr. Mueller could use it.

Prayer is a powerful tool. We cannot expect God to always answer as timely and as powerfully as He did for Mr. Mueller. However, the Bible commands us to pray.

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Pagan Influence Upon Roman Catholicism

This article illustrates some of the possible influences of ancient pagan cults upon Roman Catholicism. For a more general look at pagan influence upon Christianity in general, please see Pagan Influence in Christianity.

As shown in the article mentioned above, many facets of the pagan religions of ancient Babylon found their way into Christian traditions, and some even persist in Protestant churches today. However, according to Alexander Hislop, in “The Two Babylons,” these pagan practices have been more deeply engrained in Roman Catholicism throughout the centuries, with far more persistence. Revelation 17:5 refers to the “Mystery of Babylon the Great,” and some Bible scholars even interpret this to be a reference to the Catholic church in the last days. We will use Hislop’s writings examine Roman Catholicism in light of its origins.

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What are Spiritual Gifts?

Spiritual gifts are talents and abilities that God bestows upon individual believers at the time of their salvation. These gifts enable believers to perform God’s work, and every believer has at least one spiritual gift. In order to recognize our own spiritual gifts, we must know what types of gifts exist. The following discussion addresses several categories of spiritual gifts, although other categorizations might be valid as well.

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Is the Bible Complete?

Christians today may have many questions about where our Bible came from. How do we know that the Canon of Scriptures is complete? How do we know that all of those 66 books constitute God’s word? How do we know which books should be included as Scripture? How do we know that there are not other books which should have been included? How do we know which writings were divinely inspired? To begin to answer these questions, we will first examine the commonly accepted scholarly arguments for the Canon of scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments.

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