LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Truth at odds when it comes to abortion

What is truth? As I have done many times in the past, I am addressing this letter to those who say they believe in God. If you do not believe in God then this letter will probably anger you, and oh, if you do believe in God it may anger you too.

For the life of me, I cannot understand why abortion is an issue at all. How can human beings even discuss the possibility of killing the very most innocent and most defenseless of human beings in our society? We have laws that do not allow us to kill each other without the severe penalties of life in prison or even the putting to death of one who kills others. However, it seems that the very least, smallest, and most defenseless and innocent of any wrongdoing of us are not subject to those laws of protection. Why is that?

On May 10 of this year, Senate Bill 205 was introduced that would ban abortion after 20 weeks of gestation, at which time it is believed that a baby in the womb can feel pain. This bill remains sitting in committee waiting for someone to take action on it. It will most likely die in committee.

But also, on May 10, Senate Bill 101 sparing the lives of research dogs and cats from the certain death of euthanasia passed and was waiting for the governor’s signature, which of course he signed with much hoopla. Oh, don’t get me wrong, I am an animal lover and have raised many dogs (boxers) and Siamese cats over the years. I love all animals because they too are creations of our God. However, what I can’t understand is how those poor animals took precedence over those poor babies in the womb. Why is there no outcry at the inconsistency of those actions of our government?

The truth is our society just does not care about innocent baby humans in the womb. We still refer to them as “nothings” or “blobs” even though modern science has proven time and time again that they are human beings, live people, albeit “small or tiny” people, but none the less people in the womb.

It seems to come down to the age-old question of what is truth? In the 18th chapter of the gospel of John, Jesus is standing before Pilot and Pilot says to Jesus “then you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say I am a king “for this I was born and for this I have come into the world to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice.” And Pilot says to Jesus “what is truth?” And through the generations of man from that time until this mankind has struggled with just what is truth.

We have allowed the truth to become whatever seems reasonable or pleasing to us. Even for those of us who call ourselves “Christian” our truth is what we want it to be. Take any modern moral issue and the truth gets modified to what we believe it should be or what society believes it should be.

The truth is what Jesus said it is. Loving God with all your heart, mind, body, and soul and loving your neighbor as you love yourself. It is impossible to allow the killing of babies in the womb or just after birth and say you love God. It is impossible to say you live a virtuous life, go to church and worship on Sundays, live the 10 Commandments and be indifferent to the plight of babies in the womb. It is impossible to know that babies are being dismembered and their body parts sold for profit and say you love God the creator of those babies.

Does your truth jive with the truth of God’s commandment “Thou shall not kill?” Or is your truth more in the line with thou shall not kill except for the child of an inconvenient pregnancy.

What is truth? “Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice.” This child in the womb is created in the image and likeness of God. He or she is the child of God created with an eternal soul, and loved by God from the moment of its conception. But our society and we as individuals preach our own truth that a woman has the right to choose. Of course, we never define what choice the woman has do we? Is it the right to choose vanilla ice cream over chocolate, red shoes or blue shoes, blond or brown hair. Or do we mean a woman has the right to choose to kill a baby that she never really wanted anyway?

A man and woman in the heat of a moment are so irresponsible as to have unprotected sex create the possibility of producing a human being and then decide oh, I don’t want that, get rid of it. And the conceived child of that one indiscriminate act of passion, who is a precious and totally innocent human being suffers the consequences because its parents and society lives their own truth.

Our laws do not allow us to indiscriminately kill another human being. We can see the consequences of living our own truth as opposed to the truth of God by the anger seething through our society’s young people. Life is no longer precious and so life means nothing and can be ended by school shootings, mall and concert shootings, road rage and the all the atrocities that go on and on.

In order for things to change life must become precious again for all human beings great and small and love must prevail, true love for God and true love for each other, for “Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice.” What is truth? Dear Lord forgive us.

Rose Pritchett

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