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Is abortion the taking of life?

Man can conform laws to morality, but man cannot create right and wrong.
Morality is eternal, universal, unchanging, and emanates from God's nature.
Absolute rights are established by God, and are not imputed by man's vote.

Objective moral values exist only if God exists. If there is good there must be a moral law by which to distinguish good and evil. Objective moral values do exist, therefore God exists. The culture war is a war between people who believe in divinely inspired absolutes, and those who believe laws are based upon majority rule, and the belief man evolved by chance.   

In Dred Scott vs. Sandford, the U.S. Supreme court ruled a slave was not a person.  However are founding fathers believed all men are created equal, and are endowed by their Creator with unalienable Rights of Life, Liberty and the right to pursue Happiness.  The sixth commandment says, "Though shalt not kill." The Ten Commandments are not ten suggestions. In Exodus 21:23 it says if a man injures a pregnant woman and her baby dies, that is the killing of a life, and the man must pay with his life.  In Leviticus 20:13 If a man lies with a male as with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination and both should be put to death.

The United States Constitution did not create judicial supremacy or consign us to be ruled by judicial dictatorship. The Constitution separated the powers of the federal government into three branches-legislative, executive, and judicial-with checks and balances.  The Constitution vests all legislative powers in Congress.  In the past fifty years judges have become activist and have legislated from the bench. Judicial supremacists have invented so-called rights to abortion, same-sex marriage, and the right to publish pornography. 

In Roe v. Wade, (1973) the U.S. Supreme Court ruled abortion is protected in the U.S. Constitution under the right of privacy.  No one has the right to kill, rape, or commit incest under the right of privacy.  Roe v. Wade has no constitutional basis.  The Constitution does not mention abortion or the right to privacy to do what is evil. In Obergefell v. Hodges, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4, (2015) that the fundamental right to marry is guaranteed to same-sex couples by the Due Process Clause and the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment.  The ruling requires all fifty states to perform and recognize same-sex marriages.  The Constitution says nothing about same sex marriages, and does not authorize the judicial branch to legislate from the bench.  In addition man does not have authority to establish something to be good, if God declares it to be evil.    

Liberal theologians such as Brian McLaren, Jim Wallis and Rob Bell condone same sex marriages and abortions on demand.  They reject the concept the Bible is inspired, inerrant and the authoritative Word of God.  The contemporary emergent church is nothing less than theological liberalism of the twenty-first century in post-modern clothing.  Liberals want a God without wrath, who will bring man without sin, into a kingdom without judgment, through Christ without a cross.

Fundamentalist Theologian John Gresham Machen in the 1920's said that liberals who do not believe in the inspiration of the Bible, the virgin birth of Christ, the atonement for sin, the resurrection of Christ and his miracles, are  not truly Christians.   The Apostle Paul said the gospel is, "Christ died for our sins in accordance to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised the third day in accordance with the Scriptures."  (I Corinthians 15:3-4)  Jesus said not everyone who claims to be a Christian is one. Liberals such as Harry Emerson Fosdick and Brian McLaren assume authority over the Bible instead of placing themselves under its authority.  Man becomes the arbiter of truth rather than God establishing truth.  Post modern man rejects the concept of absolute truth. 

The first century Jewish historian Josephus wrote that the Mosaic law forbids abortions. Tertullian in 200 AD wrote in "A Treatise on the Soul" that the embryo becomes a human being in the womb from the moment its form is completed.  Although living in the mother, it for the most part shares its own state within the mother.  Abortion and infanticide were outlawed after the age of the Christian Emperor Constantine (313-337 AD.  The Didache is an anonymous early Christian treatise written in the first century. It was a summary of the teachings of the Lord to the twelve apostles.  The Didache states, "Thou shalt not murder a child by abortion, nor kill him when born." 

Culture declines when lawlessness increases. Nations become weak through loss of economic discipline, lack of self-restraint and decline in moral character.  If American is to be great again we must repent and turn back to God. Christians must pray that President Trump will nominate and the Senate will confirm, Godly men and women to the Supreme Court, who believe in the rule of law and divinely inspired absolutes.   

 


 

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