LETTER: Let us look to God's word on abortion issue
To the Editor:
This election is over, but the emotionally charged issue of abortion remains and will return in the next, as it has in every one since 1973 when it was legalized ... . More than 50 million unborn babies have since been aborted.
This Christmas, put to rest the arguments of the "pro-life" and "pro-choice" sides and instead reflect upon what God's inspired Word says... . In Genesis, God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness."
After man's fall, God promised that redemption of mankind would come through the seed of the woman (Genesis 3:15). That seed, which contained the life of the father's eternal son Jesus, would be conceived in the womb of Mary. The angel's answer to Mary's question about how this would happen was, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God" (Luke 1:35).
Before his full-term birth, Jesus our redeemer was a growing, developing unborn baby in the womb of Mary; the Son of God was becoming the son of man. His forerunner, John the Baptist, was filled with the spirit "even from his mother's womb;" the sound of Mary's greeting to Elizabeth caused this six-month-old "baby" within her womb to leap for joy.
Elizabeth was then filled with the spirit and prophesied loudly to Mary, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!"
Several other passages in the Holy Bible magnify man, a special creation of God from the moment of conception. David wrote in Psalm 139:13: "For You formed my inward parts; you wove me in my mother's womb. I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made." God told the prophet Jeremiah (1:5), "Before I formed you in the womb, I knew you; before you were born, I sanctified you."
Lastly, the Apostle Paul testified of himself to the Galatians that God "set me apart even from my mother's womb and called me through His grace."
This wisdom from Solomon concludes the matter for us: "As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything" (Ecclesiastes 11:5).
Robert A. Watson