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FAITH: The life charter of the Charterer
In an age of fast moral decline, we need to take a hard look at moral issues of our day and ask, “Where do we stand and what should we be doing?”
More so, the question could be popped up as: “Exactly what does the Bible say on the issue?”
The Pro-Life Society of Kamloops banner that has been displayed on a street for a few days a years in support of right to life bore a heart-searching message again this month.
If we were to simplify the question of what has happened to morality in our culture, from a human perspective we could say there are two major factors that have contributed to moral decline in Western culture:
2) The evolutionary theory.
Man, at his best, is a fallen creature, captive to moral depravity and sin. But, from a human perspective, the above two factors have affected us more than we may ever know.
The right-to-life subject is not merely an abortion issue. It is the issue affecting everything in our culture.
Our nation’s moral decline is definitely related to our culture’s viewpoint about life.
Speaking of Darwin’s theory of evolution, a leading humanist magazine stated a few years ago: “Darwin’s discovery of the principle of evolution sounded the death knell of religious and moral values.
“It removed the ground from under the feet of traditional and moral religion.”
To address the issue of right-to-life biblically, we need to look at three things:
We must understand God created human life (Gen.2:7; Job 31:15; 33:4).
Human life in the Bible is not defined by functions of human body.
The body without the spirit is dead (James 2:26).
The principle of human life that makes it sacred is totally and radically different from all animal and plant life.
Christians have respect for all kinds of life.
But, there is only one life we hold as sacred, namely human life, created in the image of God and after His likeness.
We must understand God’s control over human life (Job 34:14-15).
The secular humanists and all who oppose the sanctity of human life violently oppose the idea that God is sovereign over human life.
Every believer who truly understands the issue of right-to-life argues it from the standpoint of God’s sovereignty over human life.
God, not man, is in control of life and death. The Christian believes the human life is totally under the control of God.
It is not our part to “play God” and take life or hasten death.
We must understand God’s concern for human life (Job 10:8-12; Matthew 6:25-26).
The fact God is concerned about human life should make us concerned about right-to-life. Man is of more value to Him than animals or things (we might add that babies in wombs are more valuable than whales trapped in ice).
We must, therefore, face the moral issue of murder. The rampant rise in murder alone is enough to prove our society’s abandonment of sanctity of life has come full circle.
Murder has always been wrong — it is God’s holy and righteous standard, yet we continue to refuse to do what God has said.
We must face the moral issue of abortion (Exodus 21:22,23).
The abortion issue is not simply an issue of killing babies in the womb, as horrible and detestable as that is.
The issue does not stop there. The medical atrocities of Nazi Germany only a generation ago began with the same realization and self-justification, even the same terminologies we hear today regarding issues of abortion and euthanasia.
We also must face the moral issue of euthanasia, which carries the misnomer of “mercy killing.”
Physical suffering or handicap is never a reason for taking a person’s life (Exodus 4:11; Job 2:4-10; 27:1-6; 42:12).
Abortion was all the foundation that euthanasia advocates needed.
Today, we might well be fighting for our lives and lives of everyone who some day might be arbitrarily designated as “unworthy” of living and thus put to death by the state.
We must face the unspeakable moral issue of abuse, including parental abuse and spousal abuse.
We not only kill those we don’t want in our society — we beat up the ones who live.
The Bible is clear that any kind of abuse is a violation of sanctity of human life.
It emphatically declares life begins at the very moment of conception.
This has always been the historic Christian position and it is being compromised only by way of cultural pressure that is being exerted today.
To believe otherwise is to champion a lost cause — medically as well as theologically.