Life is a delicate balance in all it’s forms. From Genesis to Revelation there is one constant narrative – LIFE. Whether it be the universe, plants, animals or human; life is created by God, talked about by God, promoted by God and loved by God. Life is precious and life has purpose.
In Genesis, God-breathed man is given dominion over all other species of animals. Everything was perfect until…
In a fallen world, abuses of this divine trust has also deteriorated. Man makes decisions based on his own welfare. Not really considering God’s purpose or divine will. This has ultimately led to a path of self-destruction…abortion.
Life: A Path of Uncertainty
Many years ago, while I was at school, I knew a few young girls who were pregnant, underage and out of wedlock. For some reason they confided in me. My response was shock but also compassion.
It was clear they needed advice, family support, and their unborn child needed a home. I was just a listening ear. Maybe, it was not possible for them to give the baby a home at that time of their life. However, somewhere in their community or further afield, there was a family waiting. There was a family who maybe couldn’t have children who was more than willing to adopt. However, little thought was given to the unborn child, it was all about the hassle it was going to give this young mother, if she decided to keep the baby.
Over time, my shock soon turned to horror when they told me of their experiences of the actual abortion procedure. Abortion is not legal in Northern Ireland, although as abortion is now becoming more and more accessible globally, even that is now changing.
In ‘those days’ women had to travel to the ‘mainland’ UK to have a termination. Sworn to secrecy, I listened intently to their stories when they returned. Their sense of relief that it ‘was over.’ However, many years later and I mean decades, I learned that it is never really over. For years they had suffered in silence, wondering about that one child that never made it into the world.
Because of their decision, pressure from family and partners, they were burdened with guilt, especially now that they were married and had families. Some of these women never even told their husbands what had happened.
Life: Jesus Hope for Humanity
Jesus once said, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” (John 10:10)
This scripture alone, encompasses God’s will for man. So why does man constantly ‘fight’ God? If you are like me, a believer, you know that Jesus is the only hope for humanity. I often think of my friends all those years ago. I pray for their well-being and for the souls of the unborn babies that they carried, if even for a short time.
LIFE matters. It is as simple as that. It is a precious gift from God. Genesis 1: 27-28,
“So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them. And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply,..”
We all make mistakes, we all fall short, we are not perfect. However, when we make decisions in life that affect the very existence of another human being, we are in uncharted territory. We must pull back. We must not act in haste but seek counsel. God provided man with commandments to help to protect him not to condemn. One thing the Bible is very clear on is that taking innocent life is wrong. That should surely be our guideline.
“Thou shalt not kill.” Exodus 20:13
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