LETTER TO THE EDITOR: In abortion debate, God makes no mistakes

I would like to respond to Paul Donnelly’s letter (“Not all religious are pro-life,” Letter to the Editor, July 9). First, I want to say that I am one of those “born again” pro-life people that he seemed to imply were close-minded about the issue of abortion.

I grew up in the 50s and 60s in the UMC denomination, but at the age of 39 I heard the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ and repented of my sins and put my total trust in Christ’s work on the cross for the forgiveness of my sins. At that moment, as the Bible says, I was “a new creature; old things have passed away; behold, all things had come new.”

From that moment on the Word of God became my standard of truth for all of life’s issues and circumstances; including the abortion issue.

Mr. Donnelly boasted about his denomination’s open-mindedness to this issue and the democratic way that they came to the conclusion that pro-choice was the correct position to take. Many in the Methodist denomination long ago gave up believing that the Bible was “inspired by God” and without error. Like Mr. Donnelly, they have cast off truth and replaced it with whatever feels right.

What does the Bible say about this issue? First, God is the creator of ALL human life: “God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Gen. 1:27); “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you” (Jer. 1:5a); and the psalmist wrote “For You (God) formed my inward parts; You (God) wove me in my mother’s womb.” (Ps. 139:13)

Each human life that God creates begins at conception — the fertilized egg immediately has its own unique DNA, which controls the individual’s growth and development for his entire life. By nine days his or her gender can be determined. By day 18 the heart is forming and eyes start to develop.

In another three days the heart is pumping blood throughout the body — which may even be a different type than the mother’s. By 30 days human features — arms and legs — are obvious and she has a brain. At 40 days the pre-born child’s brain waves can be recorded and her heartbeat can be detected by an ultrasonic stethoscope.

Second, God doesn’t make mistakes. A new life is NEVER an accident to God. “See now that I (God), I am He, and there is no god besides Me; It is I who put to death and give life” (Deut. 32:39a)

Finally, God says in His Word, “Do not kill the innocent or the righteous, for I will not acquit the guilty. (Ex. 23:7) It grieves God deeply when the innocent babies in the womb are torn apart by the abortionist, and He knows every person who has the blood of these babies on their hands — including those who support abortion. (Prov. 15:3)

Mr. Donnelly justified his position based on a vote by a group of flawed people (the Bible tells us “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God”). I justify my position by the Bible. We don’t get a vote when we stand before God, but we can receive His grace now (Eph. 2:8,9). Praise God that even the sin of abortion can be forgiven by the blood of Jesus Christ.

Sadly, many women who have aborted their child feel guilt and shame for many years after their abortion, which adversely impacts their relationships with husbands, children and others. Pregnancy Help Centers now counsel almost as many women who have had abortions as women who are seeking help to carry their babies to full-term.

In closing, I was alive when abortion was only legal in a couple of states and remember the scare tactics used by the abortion industry and NOW — women dying from self-inflicted abortions in back allies. I doubt it was as bad as they painted it.

Regardless, where are the cries from these same folks for better medical standards at the abortion clinics where hundreds of women have died because of the abortion they had? Where are the cries for the thousands of women who are sterile because of the abortion they had? Where are the cries for the tens of millions of aborted babies who have died on the altars of selfishness, pride, fear and lust?

Ray Lynch
Milford

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