A Matter of Life and Death

By Dr. John M. Adams
Moral Action Executive Director
From Mission:World Magazine – January/February

MoralActionRevelation in regard to human origin and birth, and in regard to the inner mysteries of bodily life, is characteristic of our times. It must suffice us to set before our minds the great truth concerning God and life-birth.

According to Psalms 139 God designed man, and the complications are beyond us; we can only wonder and adore. Every embryo is a bundle of possibilities. God alone can know the small child in the mother’s womb. He knows the child from the beginning. For this reason we in our Judeo-Christian heritage are firmly convinced that life begins at the time of conception in the motherly womb.

When is human life expendable? The question is answered, “Never.” Yet on January 22, 1973, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the landmark case Roe v. Wade decision that unborn human beings are not legal persons according to the U.S. Constitution. An unborn baby is the property of the owner, and she can have the child killed at her request. Ours is a peculiar society; we have laws protecting wildlife and dogs but not defenseless human embryos. The real question today is not when human life begins but what is the value of human life?

Time magazine states, “Even in the earliest stages of pregnancy, the embryo is amazingly babylike. By the ninth week the fetus is kicking and moving, and even today its sex can be recognized at nine weeks.” Dr. Everett Koop, author of the book The Right to Live, The Right to Die, said, “Once there is the union of sperm and egg, and the 23 chromosomes of each are brought together, that one cell with its 46 chromosomes has all the DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), the whole genetic code that will, if not interrupted, make a human being just like you with the potential for God-consciousness.” He asks a crucial question, “At what point can one consider this life to be worthless and the next minute consider the same life to be precious?” Ecclesiastes 11:5 says, “As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all.”

In the United States, every 10 seconds a baby is aborted. It’s a horrible, painful death considering that the baby’s heart is beating at three weeks and the embryo’s nervous system is very sensitive to pain. There is a wrong attitude toward human life. Every human being reflects to some degree the likeness of Almighty God. When a human dares to take another human life, he lifts his hand in rebellion against the image of Almighty God. Abortion-on-demand laws give one person (the mother) the legal right to kill another (the baby) in order to solve the first person’s social problems. It’s hard to believe that this is happening in a civilized society. A second wrong value is the wrong emphasis on self. That is, the mother has the right to decide what happens to her own body. The question is then raised, “Aren’t the rights of the unborn child to be recognized?” Former and late President Reagan said in the Los Angeles Times, “When they put it simply and say, ‘I believe in the right of someone to have a free choice,’ what I came back with was, ‘That’s what a murderer is insisting on, that he’s got free choice to decide that he thinks somebody should be dead.’”

The main question R. J. Gardner asks in Medical Society Journal is, “What will we do with a human life that has been given to our keeping?”

The effects of this willful death are far greater than we think. Moody Monthly asked, “Have we been sitting Lot-like, quiet at home, unruffled, even critical of those who are easily alarmed about babies? If the blood of Abel, one innocent adult, cried out to God from the ground, how many more millions of babies have cried out since 1973’s legislation.”

The problem of “throw-away” life will not lessen. It presses on the American conscience with great agony. And it should.

To put one’s will above God’s will is to rebel against the Sovereign of the universe. When we flaunt the will of God we are walking in the footsteps of a doomed and defeated Satan. We cannot expect His help or blessings as individuals or as a nation if we ignore His word and set aside His Bible precepts. Isaiah 59:7, 8 says, “Their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed innocent blood: their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; wasting and destruction are in their paths. The way of peace they know not, and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.”

In conclusion, this dramatic statement haunts our nation: “You can kill babies without penalty because according to our U.S. Supreme Court, the word person as used in the Fourteenth Amendment does not include the unborn.” We ask God to spare our nation

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