Saturday, August 15, 2009

Abortion/Euthanasia - An ancient issue

I usually try to avoid bringing up controversial issues that often cloud the image of Jesus Christ. Some issues are secondary and when we make them preeminent in our focus we then obscure Christ. Politics often does this. We become more associated with our politics than Jesus. As Mark Driscoll of the Mars Hill Church in Seattle says, "When a good thing becomes a god thing, it becomes a bad thing." Sometimes good things become our focus to the point it becomes our idol and we'll fight like the devil to make sure people will see things our way. That will often become a bad thing because it becomes a thing people see as our god and hence, cause fights.

However, there are issues that requires a voice. I've been hesitant to talk about abortion or euthanasia because it so often becomes an issue that clouds the clear image of Christ. However, it is an issue that the church and ancient Judaism has been very clear on and has always stood against the standards of society.

Rather than repeat what others say, I'll simply point you to a site that offers some of the clearest explanations of why Christians and Jews have stood against this hellish practice. You will notice it is a Catholic site and some of you will automatically turn it off. Don't!! Read it with an open mind. The article refers to a profound writer on the one child issue in China that really puts these issues in perspective. You can read the blog What Does The Prayer Really Say? by Fr. John Zuhlsdorf. Don't ask me to pronounce his name. He's known simply as Fr. "Z".

In this particular blog he refers to an author of the book, Better Ten Graves Than One Extra Birth. The article is very enlightening. I plan to purchase the book which can be acquired for $15 at the author's website, Loagai Research Foundation.

Society has been at odds with both Christianity and Judaism on this issue for centuries. Read and become educated.

God Bless

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