Sunday, January 20, 2008

You see ... abortion is a deceptive issue.

Today is Sanctity of Human Life Sunday.

In that regard, check out and here's some good stuff from John Piper:

15 Pro-Life Truths to Speak

"You will know the truth and the truth will set you free." - Jesus Christ
  1. Existing fetal homicide laws make a man guilty of manslaughter if he kills the baby in a mother's womb (except in the case of abortion).
  2. Fetal surgery is performed on babies in the womb to save them while another child the same age is being legally destroyed.
  3. Babies can sometimes survive on their own at 23 or 24 weeks, but abortion is legal beyond this limit.
  4. Living on its own is not the criterion of human personhood, as we know from the use of respirators and dialysis.
  5. Size is irrelevant to human personhood, as we know from the difference between a one-week-old and a six-year-old.
  6. Developed reasoning powers are not the criterion of personhood, as we know from the capacities of three-month-old babies.
  7. Infants in the womb are human beings scientifically by virtue of their genetic make up.
  8. Ultrasound has given a stunning window on the womb that shows the unborn at eight weeks sucking his thumb, recoiling from pricking, responding to sound. All the organs are present, the brain is functioning, the heart is pumping, the liver is making blood cells, the kidneys are cleaning fluids, and there is a fingerprint. Virtually all abortions happen later than this date.
  9. Justice dictates that when two legitimate rights conflict, the limitation of rights that does the least harm is the most just. Bearing a child for adoption does less harm than killing him.
  10. Justice dictates that when either of two people must be inconvenienced or hurt to alleviate their united predicament, the one who bore the greater responsibility for the predicament should bear more of the inconvenience or hurt to alleviate it.
  11. Justice dictates that a person may not coerce harm on another person by threatening voluntary harm on themselves.
  12. The outcast and the disadvantaged and exploited are to be cared for in a special way, especially those with no voice of their own.
  13. What is happening in the womb is the unique person-nurturing work of God, who alone has the right to give and take life.
  14. There are countless clinics that offer life and hope to both mother and child (and father and parents), with care of every kind lovingly provided by people who will meet every need they can.
  15. Jesus Christ can forgive all sins, and will give all who trusts him the help they need to do everything that life requires.



At 21 January, 2008 20:11, Anonymous Lionel Woods said...

Hey Pasor Gunny, I reposted this on Black and Reformed, haven't got any hits yet, but I am praying. Hope the weekend was good. I have a new slogan "we don't want no stinky cheese in Arizona"! I always get excited this time of the year because everyone joins my Lions! Especially when the Cowboys are at home with us! Go Pistons!!!!!!!!!

At 21 January, 2008 20:59, Blogger GUNNY said...

Sir, my beloved but misguided brother, how could you support Detroit teams?

For me, I can't think of another city so dense with teams I hate!

I have hated the ...

... Tigers since I could remember, since they beat the Cardinals in the '68 World Series, nullifying Bob Gibson's MVP, 1.12 ERA, and 17 strike outs of Tigers in Game 1 of the World Series. The Cardinals were *this* close to winning that.

... Pistons since '89 when they beat the Mighty Lakers for the World Championship, spoiling our 3-peat. With thugs like Bill Laimbeer and Isaiah Thomas on the team and the weirdness of Rodman, what's not to hate. Dumars was okay and I actually like Vinny "the Microwave" Johnson, but that's about it. They beat the Mighty Lakers in the finals again in 2004 and my animosity was renewed.

... Lions since '91 when they beat the Cowboys in the playoffs. Then they beat us last year too and almost again this year.

... Red Wings since '98 when they beat the Stars in the Western Conference Finals. I was so relieved to NOT have to play them in subsequent years, having to play Lanche instead. They STILL have our number. My ire resurfaced in a major way when Brett Hull and then Derrian Hatcher (my favorite star) defected to Detroit in consecutive years.

Even when a Detroit team is not so good, they always play my teams well, which is a whippin' of the highest order. I fear the Detroit team for that reason, regardless of record.

P.S. I do like the song "Detroit Rock City," however, and I loves me some Motown.

At 22 January, 2008 09:04, Anonymous Lionel Woods said...

I forgot Dallas had a hockey team! Dallas in Hockey is like soccer in Anartica it should not exist. There is no snow here and when there is ice Insurance CEO's go on a 5 day fast!

The Cardinals redeemd themselves so I think you should let byegons be byegons!

We have owned the Lakers since 89 (though only meeting twice in the championship in almost 20 years)

The Lions have been the laughing stock of football since 99-00 and by the way there are some pretty good receivers coming out this year which one will Millen take is the question.

What can I say about the Redwings, had a couple of down years but for the most part has always been a threat.

Not to mention the Wolverines are the winningest team this side of heaven! Got to love the helmets brother got to love the helmets. We have been trying to get some Aggie tenders but they are rare up North!

At 22 January, 2008 11:11, Blogger GUNNY said...

Good point on Cardinal redemption. The pain has subsided greatly there. They got theirs against the Tigers in 2006, which really helps heal the wounds.

The Red Wings are kind of like the Yankees in baseball. They're an automatic for the playoffs (typically the #1 seed), and they beat just about everybody. So, I probably shouldn't take it so personally that they own the Stars. Who don't they own? BUT ... there's still the matter of stealing my boys. And (in my best Vito Corrleone) that I do not forgive.

The Pistons tarnished the Lakers dynasties, in the late 80s and in the 00s. What's up with that? What's up with the guy wearing a mask? Bill Laimbeer use to wear a mask too? It doesn't help that they go for the "bad boys" image.

At 25 January, 2008 12:08, Blogger Jade said...

This is a story of a pregnant woman who was faced with a likelihood of dying if she didn't have an abortion. She choose not to have an abortion and she delivered a healthy premature child. She died two months later. What courage and selflessness because she choose to give life to her child in exchange for hers.

At 25 January, 2008 15:39, Blogger GUNNY said...

I commend her as well.

For the believer, this should probably be an easier decision that we like to think.

What I've always wondered about are those scenarios where a husband bears the responsibility to choose between the life of the mother and the baby (like in the ER or something).

If the wife/mom is a Christian and gets to be with the Lord, then that's not really so bad.

But, I think even the pro-lifeiest of us pro-lifers would value the mom more than the (unborn) baby.

Many would easily make that decision saying, "We can always have other kids."

Interesting "What if?" slooge, eh?


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