"The key to understanding the Bible is to look for Jesus in the Bible. Jesus is the hero of the Bible. If you read the Bible and don't find Jesus, re-read it! The Bible has one hero, His name is Jesus; one villain, that is Satan; one problem, that is sin; one solution, that is salvation. That is what the Bible is all about." -Dr. Adrian Rogers

Monday, July 16, 2012

Is One Life Better Than the Other?

The other day someone said to me, “I am against abortion completely…unless the life of the mother is in significant danger.” How is it that people can call abortion murder in one scenario and then call it a lifesaving procedure in another? Do they think that, because the child has not yet been born, God values the life of the mother more than the life of the unborn child? Psalm 127:3 says, “Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.” God loves children, even those who have not yet been born. It is not His will that even one be harmed for any reason.

Suppose a mother and her young child are walking alone in a back alley. All of a sudden, a masked man appears out of nowhere with a gun. The mother quickly grabs her child, sticks him in front her, and says, “Here, shoot him instead, but please let me live!” Even the most coldhearted criminal would not have the least bit of sympathy for a woman who would do something like that. Yet that is exactly what someone is advocating who says that abortion is permissible as long as the life of the mother is in significant danger. The fact that the child has not actually been born yet makes no difference. Who are we to say that one life is more important than the other?

Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar
with baby Josie
Michelle Duggar was forty-three years old when she became pregnant with her nineteenth child. I’m sure there are many doctors who would have suggested to Michelle that she have an abortion due to her age and the fact that she has a history of preeclampsia. However, I am very thankful that Michelle did not listen to anyone who said such things. She went through with the pregnancy and now is the mother to a very precious baby girl named Josie, who is perfect in every way.

I suppose there are some who will say, “Well, what if both end up dying”? We cannot see the future. And even if we could, murder is still murder. We are to work as hard as we can to save both lives, and leave the rest up to God.

God is the only one with the power to give life and to take life. Jesus said, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). If you are reading this today and you do not know Jesus as Lord of your life, you have not yet truly lived. Jesus also said, “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). If you have not yet acknowledged Jesus Christ as Lord, I invite you to do so today. And I promise you on the authority of the Word of God that, if you will repent of your sin and trust Christ alone to save you, He will save you today and keep you saved forever.

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