Subject: Abortion Part 1: Part of God’s Plan?
Jeremiah 8:9 “They have rejected the word of the Lord, so what wisdom do they have?”
In Alfred Edersheim’s classic historical work “The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah”, Edersheim laid out the five characteristics that led to the inward collapse of the Roman Empire: 1) a culture of entitlement, 2) the spread of self-deification, 3) the rejection of absolute truth, 4) the end of marriage, and 5) the spread of abortion. If you are paying attention, the parallels in America today are striking.
January is usually the most active month in America for the battle over the right to life for the unborn child. The annual March for Life was this past week, and the 46th anniversary of the Roe vs. Wade decision is this week. The decision which legalized abortion in America is based on a factual error: “The judiciary, at this point in the development of man’s knowledge, is not in a position to… resolve the difficult question of when life begins… since those trained in the respective disciplines of medicine, philosophy, and theology are unable to arrive at any consensus.” (Justice Harry Blackmun, author of SCOTUS majority opinion).
46 years later, abortion activists have taken things to a new, gruesome level: claiming abortion is part of God’s plan. There is a YouTube channel featuring adult-led conversations with children as young as eight, known as the “Kids Meet” series. One of the YouTube videos was released early this month featuring ‘ShoutYourAbortion’ co-founder Amelia Bonow interviewing children about their understanding of abortion.
Here’s Bonow’s back-and-forth with an 8-year old boy. She first asked him if he believed there were any reasons why abortion would not be okay. He said, “I want to say if you’re being reckless, if there is nothing wrong going on.” Bonow didn’t like his answer, and responded to an 8-year old “I don’t know, I just don’t agree.” She then put an innocent 8-year old child on the spot: “Do we want people to just have all those babies?” In other words, if a baby were to be conceived out of what the child called “reckless behavior”, Bonow’s defense for why it would be acceptable to end that newborn baby’s life is “So we should just allow those babies to be born?” So a newborn baby in the womb is not a human being of infinite value. It is, as she later explained in the video, more like a toothache: “like going to a really bad dentist appointment.”
Bonow’s main defense for this position? She explained it this way: “I feel like if I am forced to create life, I have lost the right to my own life.” She continued, “I should be the one to decide if my body creates a life. Even if you are giving a kid up for adoption, you still have a kid out there somewhere.” It’s the favorite argument for abortion, since now the SCOTUS argument is scientifically proven to be false (we know for certain that child at conception is a human being, which means they have fundamental right to life).
Bonow’s argument is “Its my body”. The problem is, everyone knows the baby in the womb is not her body. No one asks a pregnant woman “How’s your body doing?” The only time this defense is used is when the baby in the womb is unwanted. If the baby is wanted, it’s a baby. We even give this wanted unborn child a unique name. If the baby is unwanted, it’s not a unique person. The hypocrisy is obvious.
Bonow then questioned the 8-year old boy on his religious views! He told her that he believes in God. So she then asks him what he thinks God’s position on abortion is: “What do you think that God thinks about abortion?” The child answered that God is probably “fine with it” since people are still having children. But then, this 8-year old boy turned the question back on Bonow! Her answer: “I think it’s all part of God’s plan.”
This video has over 500,000 views. We have never seen such a ridiculous position in American history. Have Americans become so biblically illiterate that they think abortions are a part of God’s plan? To set things straight, here’s what God says, from the Bible, on how He views the unborn in the womb.
Psalm 22:10 “I was cast upon You from birth. From my mother’s womb You have been my God.”
Psalm 127:3 “Children are a heritage from the Lord. The fruit of the womb is His reward.”
Psalm 139:13-16 “You have formed my inward parts. You have woven me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well. Your eyes saw my substance, being as yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.” Jeremiah 1:5 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you. Before you were born I set you apart, and ordained you a prophet to the nations.”
Edersheim’s fifth characteristic, in his analysis of Rome’s collapse, tragically seems to fit America today.
Ed Croteau is a resident of Lee’s Summit and hosts a weekly study in Lees Summit called “Faith: Substance and Evidence.” He can be reached with your questions through the Lee’s Summit Tribune at Editor@lstribune.net.