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DAY 26

REJOICE DESPITE THE DARKNESS

“Indeed, if a man should live many years, let him rejoice in them all, and let him remember the days of darkness, for they will be many.” —Ecclesiastes 11:8

Today’s passage seems like quite a contradiction. We are to rejoice in all our days, yet as we rejoice in them, we are also to remember the dark days, the difficult days, the days we would rather forget. Solomon, toward the end of his life, jerks us back to reality by forcing us to realize that for many of us, the dark days just might outnumber the good. Yet we are to rejoice even in them.

Reading this, one cannot help but think of Job and what he suffered, especially the irreplaceable loss of his children. He certainly had many days of darkness. However, someone else comes to my mind when I read the above passage—a man who certainly had many dark days. In fact, he had more days than anyone ever had before or after him. I am referring to Methuselah.

Methuselah’s father was Enoch, who was so close to the Lord’s heart that he did not die as we all do. The Scriptures say that “Enoch walked with God; and he was not, for God took him.” (Genesis 5:24) Poor Methuselah was only three hundred years old when he lost his dad. I state that lightheartedly. However, can you imagine having such a godly father, who helped you stand firmly in the Lord, suddenly vanish after so long a time and without warning? Though he knew his dad was with God, that solid rock, mighty influence, and godly example for three hundred years was gone. So what kind of a world did Enoch leave to Methuselah?

Methuselah was old enough to see his great-grandchildren born to Noah: their familiar names were Ham, Shem, and Japheth. In fact, they were one hundred years old and Noah six hundred when Methuselah died. Immediately after his death, the flood prevailed upon the earth. 

Methuselah lived during the time Noah was building his barge, a time when “the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.” (Genesis 6:5)

Can you imagine what it must have been like for Methuselah to witness the godly walk of his father and then to live among the darkest nights of human depravity, to the point where God was grieved at having even created humankind? (Genesis 6:6–8) So many days of darkness were witnessed by him, yet in the midst of that, he could rejoice in the fact that it would be his own grandson’s strong stand the for the Lord that would lead to the continuation of humankind on earth.

Fast-forward many centuries later, and we see more dark days during the far shorter life of a man “full of sorrows and acquainted with grief.” (Isaiah 53:3) Yet all of humanity can rejoice in every one of Yeshua’s days on this earth.

During our Lord Yeshua’s life of just thirty-three years, He knew suffering as no other person ever would. His own people rejected Him, His siblings mocked Him, His fellow citizens accused Him of being insane and of having a demon. The religious leaders renounced Him, and all abandoned Him, including those who claimed they would never leave Him.

Jesus our Lord was tempted with every appeal to human flesh yet did not succumb to it. He knew poverty, hunger, thirst, and homelessness. He was betrayed by an intimate friend, was arrested, became the subject of a mock trial, was unjustly accused and physically tortured, was “marred more than any man and more than the sons of men,” (Isaiah 52:14) and was sentenced to death though completely innocent.

Yet in all the above, every day Jesus walked this earth was a day for rejoicing. During those dark days, the Light of the World walked among us. He cured the infirm, the crippled, and the blind. He cast out demons and shamed the devil to his face. He displayed power over the elements, fed thousands with barely enough to feed a family, prophesied of everything that would happen to Him, declared forgiveness of sins, and conquered the power of sin and death itself. Yeshua taught humanity how to pray, how to forgive individuals who hurt us, how to come to know God intimately through His Word, and how to live daily in a dark world during very dark days.

Because of our Lord’s powerful resurrection, we can rejoice in every one of our days as well. We have a living Savior who knows exactly how we feel. He has been there, and He overcame the world just as He said. (John 16:33) We can rejoice not only because Jesus understands our pain, but because He is working every one of our dark days for our good and the good of others according to Romans 8:28, just as every one of Jesus’s days worked for good.

Are you in the midst of dark days? As you walk this fallen world, knowing what is to come, every day may seem dark by comparison. Yet if you are not in a rejoicing mood, perhaps you have lost perspective regarding what awaits you.

Do the circumstances of this life constantly steal your ability to rejoice in the bigger picture? Take time today to bring whatever it is that weighs you down and place it at His feet. He uses all of our life circumstances for His glory when we allow Him to. Trust that He overcame every obstacle in His own life, and since that is the pure and simple truth, He can surely overcome yours. Leave it with Him and rejoice.

“And it will be said in that day, ‘Behold, this is our God for whom we have waited that He might save us. This is the LORD for whom we have waited; Let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.’” —Isaiah 25:9

Posted from the chapter entitled Day 26, Rejoice Despite the Darkness in Judy Salisbury's book, More Than Devotion: Remembering His Word, Applying it to Our Lives. Copyright © 2015 by Judy Salisbury. All rights reserved.

 

DAY 11

FACING FEAR

“Do not be afraid of them; remember the Lord who is great and awesome.”—Nehemiah 4:14

Fear can be a paralyzing emotion—so paralyzing it almost halted the rebuilding of the wall around Jerusalem until Nehemiah stepped in to remind the faithful builders of the greatness of the Lord with the words above. This is always the perfect antidote for fear: a focus on the greatness of God. What is the source of our strength? To whom can we turn when the going gets tough and the attacks seem almost too impossible to endure? On whom can we rely when the enemy surrounds us? A man named Shammah knew. He would not give a hill of beans—literally—to the Philistines. The entire biblical account is outlined in only two verses:

Now after him [Eleazar, one of three mighty men who joined David in battle] was Shammah the son of Agee a Hararite. And the Philistines were gathered into a troop where there was a plot of ground full of lentils, and the people fled from the Philistines. But he took his stand in the midst of the plot, defended it and struck the Philistines; and the Lord brought about a great victory. (2 Samuel 23:11-12)

Can you imagine the discouraging voices yelling to him, “Come on, Shammah, forget that insignificant plot of lentils and run for your life with the rest of us!”? What did that scene look like as one man struck relentlessly at his enemy? Did you notice it was the Lord who brought about a great victory? Shammah was simply His faithful vehicle.

Sometimes we can feel like Shammah. Everyone else does this or that, giving up on a standard or calling because the crowd moved in another direction. I cannot tell you how often through the years my husband and I heard condemning voices about particular parenting decisions which, retrospect, we are very thankful we made and others did concede were valid. But this was because we based our decisions upon God’s Word. No doubt about it, the “Philistines” did not like our way of life. Nevertheless, we continued to stand our ground, trusting not in our ability as parents or servants but in the Lord. No wisdom, or strength, or success of battle happens without His loving intervention and reliance upon His Word. Remember the words of our Lord, who said:

But beware of men, for they will hand you over to the courts and scourge you in their synagogues; and you will even be brought before governors and kings for My sake, as a testimony to them and to the Gentiles. But when they hand you over, do not worry about how or what you are to say; for it will be given you in that hour what you are to say. For it is not you who speak, but it is the Spirit of your Father who speaks in you. (Matthew 10:17-20)

A man born blind knew this reality. Yeshua, Jesus, restored his sight. Shortly afterward, powerful leaders of the Jewish people confronted him. The Pharisees threatened that if he did not tell them what they wanted to hear, they would toss him out of the synagogue. This meant being severed from his people and his God. Yet, filled with boldness when cross-examined for the second time about his miraculous healing, his response hinted at what Yeshua meant by having the right words for the moment. I love this bold exchange:

They [the Pharisees] reviled him [the blind man] and said, “You are His disciple, but we are disciples of Moses. We know that God has spoken to Moses, but as for this man, we do not know where He is from.”The man answered and said to them, “Well, here is an amazing thing, that you do not know where He is from, and yet He opened my eyes. We know that God does not hear sinners; but if anyone is God-fearing and does His will, He hears him. Since the beginning of time it has never been heard that anyone opened the eyes of a person born blind. If this man were not from God, He could do nothing.” They answered him, “You were born entirely in sins, and are you teaching us?” So they put him out. Jesus heard that they had put him out, and finding him, He said, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” He answered, “Who is He, Lord, that I may believe in Him?” Jesus said to him, “You have both seen Him, and He is the one who is talking with you.” And he said, “Lord, I believe.” And he worshiped Him. (For the entire account, see John 9:24-38)

This man went directly from the cruel rejection of the Pharisees, right into the arms of the Lord. That is a much better place to be!

Do naysayers afflict your life? Are there folks who want you to doubt God’s greatness? Do you allow the Holy Spirit to give you boldness when confronted? Is fear preventing you from all you can be or do for the Lord? Do you lack the confidence of the blind man? Fear makes us do foolish, impulsive things or stops us in our tracks when we should move forward. When fear fills your heart, it is proof that faith does not. Confront your fear. Confess your fear. Then obey the prompting of the Holy Spirit to step forward when He calls you. Do not put off any longer what you delayed due to fear. Trust in Him, and He will bring about a victory!

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control.” —2 Timothy 1:7, AMP

Posted from the chapter entitled Day 11 Facing Fear in Judy Salisbury's book, More Than Devotion: Remembering His Word, Applying it to Our Lives. Copyright © 2015 by Judy Salisbury. All rights reserved.

 

A LITTLE TIDBIT FOR THE APOLOGIST

by Judy Salisbury

            Often, when the Lord calls us into the ministry of Christian apologetics or evangelism, we tend to focus on answering individual’s questions or refuting challenges regarding our faith. After all, that is what Christian apologetics is all about, making an intelligent defense of and for the Christian faith. When sharing the Lord with an individual, however, there is a point in our conversation when we must move them from head knowledge and facts to heart knowledge and a relationship.

Do not think when someone has a mere intellectual ascent, “Aha! He agrees with me. I won the argument; therefore, he must be saved.” Alternately, do not think after someone has an emotional breakdown, “She’s crying and without finishing my presentation. She wants to pray the prayer, so she must be there,” because emotions are fleeting. 

Saving faith is not just a belief of the Truth but a relationship with the living God. I find there are many individuals who possess head knowledge concerning the Lord, but that is not saving knowledge. It concerns me that I am leading professing Christians to Christ all over this country at conferences and many other types of Christian events. Something is wrong. There is a distinct difference between knowing about God and knowing God. James 2:19 states, “You believe God is one. You do well; the demons also believe and shudder.” Even the demons have head knowledge; they know He is God. Unlike many of us, they at least have the sense to shudder at that thought.

Between lectures, a break during a conference or retreat, a meeting at a book table, or even a question and answer session are occasions to realize the impact of your talk and to reach individuals for Christ.

Be sure people understand to Whom they are committing their life. Be sure they know in Whom they profess to trust and believe. Romans 10:14 reads, “How shall they call upon Him in whom they have not believed?” As I quoted in an earlier chapter, Jesus asked, “Who do people say that I am?”[1] and “Who do you say that I am?”[2] When sharing your faith, does the person you are talking with view Jesus as simply a good, moral teacher? An individual who is simply a good, moral teacher cannot save you from your sins.

At age eighteen, I was baptized into a fellowship that was apparently more concerned about filling seats on a Sunday morning than making sure the flock was genuinely converted to Christ. Two weeks after I was baptized, and about a month after I made an ignorant profession of faith, I asked the pastor, “Was Jesus God?” Unfortunately, that pastor posed his answer in such a way that it appeared to me that the deity of Christ was merely a matter of opinion. Shortly afterward, as soon as my emotional experience slipped away, so did the foundation of my fragile faith. It took another ten years before I realized that what I had missed, aside from actually knowing the Individual in whom I would profess to believe, was true repentance and a complete giving over to the Lord every area of my life.

Yes, you must give people the Good News of salvation, but also you must present a realistic picture of the Christian life—one that is not always a bed of roses. Do not move people too quickly to utter a hollow prayer. Be sure they understand that they can become disciples, ready to take up their cross daily to walk with the Lord. It might take a bit more time, but the Lord will bless your efforts and, thankfully, the fruit will remain.

[1] Mark 8:27 [2] Mark 8:29

Posted from the chapter entitled Your Leap of Faith in Judy Salisbury's book, A Time to Speak: Practical Training for the Christian Presenter. Copyright © 2015 by Christian Publishing House.  

 

Divinely Blinded

by Judy Salisbury

As the author of The Conversation: An Intimate Journal of the Emmaus Encounter upon reviewing Luke 24 with various individuals, many seem to have the same nagging question. Why didn’t those two downcast disciples of Jesus (Yeshua) recognize Him immediately when He happened upon them? I imagine we could agree that immediate recognition surely would have saved them, at the very least, a two-hour trek all the way to Emmaus. After all, an early moment of recognition surely would have prompted the zealous proclamation, “Forget Emmaus, let’s head to the upper-room now!”

Perhaps some folks, reading the account for the first time, just might suppose that it would have been more compassionate for Jesus to reveal His identity at the onset, especially because they were in such despair. Surely recognizing Him immediately would have moved them to a place of rejoicing. This is particularly true since it is exactly what happened when they finally did recognize Jesus; back to Jerusalem they sprinted to announce their experiences with the other disciples.

Indeed, Luke 24:16 states that, their eyes were prevented [or quite literally were being prevented] from recognizing Him. However, the question is, Why? Speculating as to why God does something supernatural always puts you on dangerous territory. I believe God pays close attention to how folks who purport to know something, share that something. However, at the same time, in our pursuit for truth, I also believe it’s healthy to share our thoughts on particular matters as long as we are careful to note that our theories remain in the realm of pure speculation. Therefore, allow me to speculate on the matter of the disciple’s particular type of Divine blindness.

No doubt, Cleopas and his traveling partner struggled to reconcile the events they witnessed with the identity of the One they loved and thought they had lost forever. They genuinely desired answers; some sort of context to explain their own personal, why? They had a picture in their minds. They knew what they saw, what they experienced, and this they tried to reconcile with their own presumptions regarding the coming Messiah. They exchanged meaningful, impassioned words, but until the Word Himself walked with them, their exchange only amounted to more confusion and despair. Especially, it seems, when they had to explain those painful events to that Unannounced Eavesdropper. There seems to be a bit of irony in their desperate search for truth, as Truth Himself walked beside them.

For me, there is something precious in the picture of Christ walking with us in our darkest hour, which I cannot overlook. So often, as fleshly humans, we desire an answer when His desire is that we have the answer—Himself. He knows what is required for us to reach that place of joy and peace in Him. What an example we have in the Emmaus account: where two or more are gathered, there He is in their midst.

When reasoning amongst ourselves concerning spiritual matters we don’t understand, there is always a high risk for heresy. Yet, the Word explains it all. Beginning with Moses, to the Prophets and the Psalms, we find Him: the Alpha the Omega, the Beginning and the End, the First and the Last. If you seek Him throughout His Word, the Lord God, will be found by you. What the natural eye cannot see, the Spirit will surely reveal. Here is what they could not see; that the Messiah must suffer and die before He could enter into His glory.

Though sorrow is for a night, there is joy in the morning, and those two downcast disciples needed to see and live that truth. Through their pain, they could not see that Jesus’ suffering would translate into their eternal joy. I believe the Lord, in His grace and mercy, prevented them from recognizing Him so they would have the opportunity to see with real clarity. They needed to understand by way of His recounting of the Scriptures concerning Himself. Truly, had He immediately revealed Himself to them, it would have been obvious that He was risen indeed. However, it was imperative that they first see with their hearts and minds before recognizing Him with their natural eyes. Since our Lord’s desire is for us to share Him with others through His Word and not His physical body, that is what they needed to see first. They needed to see Yeshua, Jesus the Messiah, foretold throughout the Scriptures.

In John 20:29 Jesus said to Thomas, another chap who needed a bit of clarity, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.” It is the weaning of the child dependent upon the mother always being in clear, physical view. When the child learns to trust their mothers’ promised return, they feel free to play peacefully in another room. They know she is there even though they cannot see her. They trust she will respond when needed. They are content and lack nothing. They freely and joyfully go about their busy play. They trust without sight.

Perhaps those men needed to trust the Word, from Moses to the Prophets and the Psalms, before relying upon His physical presence for evidence to His identity, purpose, and glory. For soon, that was exactly what they would need to teach others to do, to trust Him by His Word not the manifesting of His body.

We, like the two disciples on the road to Emmaus, have sorrows, confusion, disillusionment, and despair. It is our lot as fallen individuals, living among other fallen individuals. Yet, 1 Peter 1:6-9 is a great passage to realize the depth and truth of Jesus’ words in John 20:29:  In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.  

Some people need to “see” by way of proof and evidence. I thank God for divinely preventing those two downcast men from immediately seeing or recognizing Him, as it brought about a cementing of their faith and a radical transformation from sorrow to joy inexpressible and full of glory, and it is just that kind of transformation, that turned the world upside down.

 

Divinely Blinded, copyright © 2011 by Judy Salisbury. Permission Granted to reproduce Divinely Blinded in its entirety only.

 

The Heart of the Matter: What Makes Abortion Wrong

by Judy Salisbury

            As a professional speaker and presentation trainer, I have been assisting speakers for years to articulate the pro-life or human life position with credibility. Often pro-life proponents pose the argument, “Legal abortions harm women emotionally and physically.” Some ask, “How do we respond to the unsafe, illegal, ‘back alley abortion’ concern?” Also, there are very powerful articles and books written about the emotional trauma post-abortive women face. There are books that discuss the disturbing psychological impact abortion has had on those who performed them. While these are all valid concerns that we can and must address, it is also vitally important to recognize and keep the focus on what is truly at the heart of the abortion debate.

            When approaching the subject of abortion rights, I believe it is important to point out the distinction between the sin and the consequence. The purpose of this article is to settle that distinction and address the abortion rights arguments intelligently and successfully. It is my hope that this article will be valuable to individuals who have dedicated their lives to stopping this evil. For those of you who find yourselves in a debate or question-and-answer forum, I pray this will be an asset to you as well.

When I was about thirteen, I was of the opinion that the best way to wash a car was to scrub it with a steel wool pad. Although my intentions were sincere, the results were tragic and rather costly. In the case of abortion, we have many sincere people arguing the matter who are sincerely wrong. Some folks passionately believe abortion helps women during a difficult time. There are those who sincerely do not believe in the personhood of the fetus until a live birth or at a certain time of gestation. However, though sincerity may translate into passion, it does not necessarily translate into truth.

When discussing the arguments for abortion rights, first establish the full humanity of the pre-born child from the moment of conception. The establishment of the humanity of the conceptus is vitally important. If pre-born children are not fully human from the moment of conception, why dispute the issue at all? Keep in mind that if the conceptus is not a person, the argument is irrelevant. Alternately, if the conceptus is a person, the argument is unnecessary. By the end of this article, you will understand why.

The humanity of the conceptus is not a matter of personal taste or opinion; it is a matter of biological fact. The Law of Biogenesis states that life comes from life. Every living being is pre-programmed through their genetic code, or DNA, to reproduce after their kind. (The discussion of this pre-programmed genetic code is also valuable when debating an evolutionist. Much like your personal computer, it takes intelligence outside the system to create the initial program. That Intelligent Designer is not one the evolutionist wants to face!)

The conceptus is a product of human parents; therefore has human causes, a reproduction of his or her kind—humanity. She has 23 chromosomes from her mother and 23 from her father. Having 46 chromosomes, she is neither her mother nor her father. She is her own unique individual person. There is no additional genetic material needed for the rest of her life. 

We have heard it said, “It's my body, I can do what I want with it.” The conceptus is not part of the woman’s body, as their blood types can be completely different. If the pregnant woman is carrying a boy, do we then consider her as both male and female? Suppose the conceptus was a part of the woman’s body, can any of us do whatever we deem fit with our own bodies? Certainly not! There are laws against suicide or drug abuse, especially when pregnant. I could go on stating more evidence for the fact that the conceptus is not a part of the woman’s body, but for this discussion, I want to focus on his or her full humanity. 

You might hear some say, “Well, I think they are human, but I don’t think they are persons.” Is there a difference between a human being and a human person? Every human being is a human person¾you cannot separate the two, as they are the same. In this argument, you are dealing with pure semantics. Do not let this argument throw you. Simply ask them to define the difference. 

In an age where certain words have lost their proper meaning, ask people to define the words or terms they use. Many people will use terms they hear pro-abortionists and the media use, not thinking about the meaning or the proper usage. There are those who, if they use the term “fetus,” want you to believe they are referring to something other than a child. When you are talking to someone who continues to use this term, simply say, “Oh! I didn’t know you spoke Latin. I’m sorry, I’m afraid you have me at a disadvantage. I speak only English fluently. Let’s do this; since we have the English language in common, let’s agree to use the English words for the Latin word ‘fetus.’ From now on, we will refer to the pre-born as ‘the child in the womb.’ After all, that is what the word ‘fetus’ means.”

I know sign language. When having a conversation with someone, should I begin to sign only certain words? Does the use of a word in another language change the meaning? No, it does not. 

To sum up, we did not come from a conceptus or zygote-we once were one. Remember we were at one time a baby, then a toddler, then a teenager, and then an adult. Our humanity was and remains present. We are what and who we are at the very moment of our conception.

            Now that I have established the full humanity of the conceptus, I want to address the arguments for abortion rights. Most arguments advocating abortion, euthanasia, or infanticide, appeal to the emotions. These arguments rarely appeal to the intellect, and with the establishment of the full humanity of the conceptus, they are morally bankrupt. Consider the following scenario:

My husband and I have been working hard, growing our new business. Financially there are things we would like to have and do. We have concerns because our daughter is starting to get expensive, and if something happened to the business, I am sure we wouldn’t want to raise her in poverty. We are very busy people, and now that she is three, she is beginning to make demands on us, such as, “I want some juice. I have to go potty. I need a hug.”

Sometimes there are toys all over the place, and the emotional stress associated with parenting is just too much for our mental health. We don’t want to get so frustrated that we might physically abuse her. Certainly, you can understand our not wanting to subject a child to a home where there is a potential of physical abuse!

We just didn’t plan on all of this. It’s not convenient; the timing is poor. We also have concerns that the world might be overpopulated, and we know many think it’s best for couples to have only one child. We want to do our part and if we should only have one, we’d much rather have a boy.

Now is the time for us to make a decision, because we don’t believe she is a person until she is five! So, we have decided to choose to terminate her, after all, this is a private matter and she does belong to us.

Unfortunately, some of the homemade guns used to execute the terminations backfire and women are harmed while in the process. So I think there ought to be a safe, legal place for me to go where I won't be harmed in the process of executing the termination of my toddler, who again we feel is just a non-person until the age of five anyway.” 

Financial concerns, poverty, emotional stress, mental health, child abuse, unplanned, inconvenient, bad timing, population control, sex selection, a denial of humanity based upon opinion, illegal back ally terminations where women might be harmed in the process—finally our children have been reduced to a piece of property we can keep or discard arbitrarily. The reasons outlined in the above scenario for the termination of the born child’s life are considered perfectly legitimate for the execution of the pre-born child’s life. When considering abortion rights arguments and applying them to the born child, soon we can see that they do not apply at all. Reductio ad absurdum, we have reduced the arguments to exactly what they are―an absurdity.

Arguments for aborting a child conceived through rape or incest calls for a death sentence based upon how they were conceived. Simply put, this is executing the child for the crime of the parent. Should we, if we meet a person who is a product of rape or incest, automatically execute them? 

It is not how one comes into this world, but that one is already here. Birth does not usher us into this world. From the moment of conception we have already been in the world.

In the case of incest, when the victim is secretly carted off to the abortion clinic, the abuse is covered up, which actually allows it to continue. When victims of rape or incest abort, they suffer more emotional trauma from the abortion than from the sexual assault, for they knew the aborted child was theirs as well. 

In cases where the life of the expectant mother is at risk, the intent is not to actively kill the child. The objective is to save the life of the mother through drastic measures. There is no denial of the humanity here of either party. It is either sacrifice one or both die. It is the greater good to sacrifice the life of the one who cannot survive apart from the mother who we know will survive. In some circumstances, the child is viable and there is the difficult choice between mother and child. However, I know there are many mothers who would surrender and have surrendered their life for their child. Again, the intent is not to kill, but to (at a very high cost) save one life so as not to lose both. 

We often hear arguments to justify aborting the handicapped child. I will never forget hearing Dr. Margaret White at the Heartbeat International Conference in November of 1995. At the time, she was a British physician, writer, international lecturer, and vice president of the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children. She made the following shocking statement at that conference, “Research into the causes of handicap almost ceased. Now nearly all research goes into spotting the handicapped in the womb and getting rid of the tainted baby. When Professor Lejeune discovered the extra chromosome in Downs Syndrome, there were seven professors working on research in Downs Syndrome. After abortion became common in Europe, he was the only one left trying to find a way to cure it. The others turned, trying to find a way to find (the syndrome) early in the womb, so you could get rid of (the child) on the grounds it would have such a poor quality of life.”   

As with euthanasia and doctor-assisted suicide, abortion for the sake of a terminal illness, disease or handicap reduces one to a mere physical being, which we are not. We are not our bodies, our finances, our possessions, or our appearances. We are spiritual beings, created in the image of the Living God. We have a mind and a soul, which is what makes us who we are. When you see me, you see my shell, not what makes me who I am. You do not see my dreams, memories, goals, or fears. You are simply looking at my earthly tent. 

Answering abortion rights arguments is not difficult, but rather easy when you keep the focus where it needs to be. Because the conceptus is fully human, we are talking about the wholesale slaughter of tens of millions of innocent human lives since abortion became legal. It makes no difference when we abort, or by what method, as the result is the same; the taking of an innocent human life. 

I think it is absurd how the media, when talking about the partial-birth abortion method, refers to it as a “little-used method.” It makes no difference if this method was employed only once. The result was the death of an innocent human being. The fact that our elected officials would have to debate this should send chills up all our spines. What some are saying is, “As long as we don’t see the child being mutilated, it’s all right to continue the legalization of abortion. Just don’t do it in this manner.” Others say, “Since it is a ‘little used method’, why all the fuss? They are going to abort anyway, so let’s do it in such a way that we can use the child for his or her body parts.” The abortive method, the month in which we commit this act, or how often it is committed, is not what makes abortion wrong.

            What if the abortive procedure actually was safe for women, they suffered no emotional or physical side effects, and they received all the informed consent possible? Suppose the parents had full notification that their teenage daughter was about to undergo an abortion. What if the abortionists who perform this deed did so rarely and with no psychological aftermath? Imagine if the procedure to put the pre-born to death was done quietly, peacefully, and pain free. By removing all the surface arguments, would abortion be a morally and ethically viable option? The answer is no. I am sure, at this point, you can recognize that the horrors that follow an abortion are all consequences for the sin of taking an innocent human life. You see, it is the taking of that life that is what makes abortion wrong and this is the real heart of the matter.[1]


[1] Posted from the Appendix of Judy Salisbury's book, A Time to Speak: Practical Training for the Christian Presenter. Copyright © 2015 by Christian Publishing House. Permission granted to re-print The Heart of the Matter: What Makes Abortion Wrong, by Judy Salisbury in its entirety only. 

 

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