Abortion, A Biblical View

Sue Bohlin takes a hard look at abortion from a biblical perspective. Her Christian viewpoint focuses on the Bible’s perspective on the source and sanctity of life while understanding the emotions many women face. Why Abortion is So Volatile Abortion is one of the most divisive and controversial issues of our day. People generally have strong views about abortion. It is not a social issue of mere preference, but an issue about life and death. Abortion draws out the clashes between two divergent world views. The humanistic worldview says, “Man is the highest standard there is. You don’t answer to anyone, so do whatever you want.” The Christian worldview says, “We answer to God, and He has commanded us not to murder. We must always submit our desires and preferences to the authority of His word.” I believe that the real reason that we see such emotional, tenacious commitment to the availability of abortion goes even deeper than the issue of abortion: people want sexual freedom without consequences. Our culture has a definite agenda supporting any and all sexual expression. It’s difficult to find a new movie, or a successful TV show, or a popular song, that doesn’t embrace this view of sex. When the director of a Crisis Pregnancy Center in Dallas offered a school district a presentation supporting

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The Dark Underside of Abortion

Sue Bohlin looks at the common effects of an abortion on the women who chose it. From a biblical worldview perspective, it is not surprising that many women experience guild, shame and denial. Christ can bring forgiveness and healing for those who have taken this brutally wrong path in their past. Laura’s Story No matter how many times Laura{1} took the home pregnancy test, it kept showing up positive. She was pregnant, and seventeen years old. She’d gotten an A on her paper against abortion in school. Her parents would never understand, especially since her mother volunteered at the crisis pregnancy center! Her boyfriend was hot, but hardly husband material. He was more committed to skateboarding than to her. Laura had never felt more confused in her life. When she called her boyfriend to tell him she was pregnant, he just said, “That stinks. Well, I gotta go,” and he was gone. She carried her horrible secret for three weeks before finally telling her parents. Her father exploded: “What did I ever do to deserve this? Well, we’ll just have to get rid of it. It’s the best thing for everybody. You’re too young to be a mother.” When Laura’s eyes flooded with tears, he said, “You may hate me for a while, but I’m willing to take that risk.

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Utilitarianism: The Greatest Good for the Greatest Number

Introduction You have probably heard a politician say he or she passed a piece of legislation because it did the greatest good for the greatest number of citizens. Perhaps you have heard someone justify their actions because it was for the greater good. In this article, we are going to talk about the philosophy behind such actions. The philosophy is known as utilitarianism. Although it is a long word, it is in common usage every day. It is the belief that the sole standard of morality is determined by its usefulness. Philosophers refer to it as a “teleological” system. The Greek word “telos” means end or goal. This means that this ethical system determines morality by the end result. Whereas Christian ethics are based on rules, utilitarianism is based on results. Utilitarianism began with the philosophies of Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832) and John Stuart Mill (1806-1873). Utilitarianism gets its name from Bentham’s test question, “What is the use of it?” He conceived of the idea when he ran across the words “the greatest happiness of the greatest number” in Joseph Priestly’s Treatise of Government. Jeremy Bentham developed his ethical system around the idea of pleasure. He built it on ancient hedonism which pursued physical pleasure and avoided physical pain. According to Bentham, the most moral acts are those which maximize pleasure

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Middle East Uprisings in Light of Bible Prophecy

Introduction Rising conflict in the Middle East stirs within us a sense of worry as we see numerous areas of our lives affected by what transpires in the Middle East: rising oil prices, terrorist activity throughout the world, and the increasing power of hostile regimes bent on the destruction of Israel and America. However, it should also awaken our awareness of Bible prophecy and God’s activity in the world as we near the return of Christ. The uprisings in the Middle East today should capture our attention, for several nations involved in the conflict today will play key roles in the battles which will take place in the end times. My purpose in this article is to present a brief overview of the unrest occurring in the Middle East today and to explain their connection with Bible prophecy. Current Conflict in the Middle East Many of us are aware of the uprisings going on in the Middle East. The nations experiencing uprisings at this time are Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen. Several factors have led to these massive uprisings. First, there has been a long history of growing unrest against the corrupt regimes whose leadership has left the majority of their people in poverty while only a small upper class

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Middle East Today

Libya, Egypt, and the Middle East Today Current Tensions in the Middle East Tensions in Afghanistan The death toll rises in Afghanistan after the news of the burning of Qurans and other religious texts at a U.S. military base. So far 2 American soldiers and at least 13 Afghan civilians have been killed. Tensions – Syria Syrian President Bashar Assad has sworn he will never step down. Hundreds of people have been killed (over 200 in one massacre) and the government lost control of half of the country. Tensions – Iran Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei referred to Israel as a “cancerous tumor that should be cut and will be cut.” Iran has also sworn that it will never end its nuclear program. Will Israel attack Iran? Libya: History and Future Biblical History Libya is referred to numerous times in the Scriptures, both directly and indirectly. We read in Matthew 27 that Simon of Cyrene (part of ancient Libya) was the man who carried the cross for Jesus. In Acts 2, we learn that God-fearing men from Libya were present in Jerusalem on the Day of Pentecost. In Acts 11, we learn that Libyan followers of Christ helped bring the gospel to Antioch, Syria, and made disciples there. In Acts 13, we learn that Lucius of Cyrene (part of

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Comparing the 2012 Democratic and Republican Platforms

The Democratic and Republican Conventions have concluded, and the elections of 2012 are in full swing. In order to be an informed voter, you need to consider many aspects of a candidate including their character, their stand on the issues, and much more. The following is a brief comparison of the two major party platforms on key social issues. Abortion and the Sanctity of Life D: The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay. We oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right. Abortion is an intensely personal decision between a woman, her family, her doctor, and her clergy; there is no place for politicians or government to get in the way. We also recognize that health care and education help reduce the number of unintended pregnancies and thereby also reduce the need for abortions. We strongly and unequivocally support a woman’s decision to have a child by providing affordable health care and ensuring the availability of and access to programs that help women during pregnancy and after the birth of a child, including caring adoption programs. R: Faithful to the “self-evident” truths enshrined in the Declaration of Independence, we assert the sanctity of

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Election 2012

Trends that Favor Values Voters Geographic People move around quite a bit – not just talking someone who drove off in a U-Haul truck. I am talking about the geographic realignment of America. Population has been flowing from Snow Belt to Sun Belt. But it is more complex than that. Fastest growth rates have been in Texas, the Rocky Mountain states, and South Atlantic States. The growth rate in Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia is much higher than in the West Coast states of California, Oregon, and Washington. Interior Boomtowns – Dallas is larger than San Francisco, Houston is larger than Boston, Charlotte is larger than Milwaukee. Rust Belt is collapsing – Detroit, Pittsburgh, Cleveland, Milwaukee, Buffalo, Rochester. Census – Congress Winners: Texas (4), Florida (2). Six other states: Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, South Carolina, Utah, and Washington. Losers: New York (2). Eight other states: Illinois, Iowa, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. The 2010 election changed state legislatures: 20 legislative houses that were controlled by the Democrats switched to the Republicans. Republicans needed 5 seats for a majority in the Pennsylvania House and won 15 seats. Needed 4 seats in the Ohio House and got 13 seats. Needed 4 seats in the Wisconsin House and gained 14 seats. Taxation United Van Lines – 20,000 Americans relocate across state

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Is America Going Broke?

Let me begin with a provocative question: Is America going broke? It is a question that has been asked many times before. And when an economist asks the question, it creates quite a stir. Back in 2006, Laurence Kotlikoff asked: “Is the United States Bankrupt?” {1} He concluded that countries can go broke and that the United States is going broke due to future obligations to Social Security and Medicare. At the time, his commentary generated lots of discussion and controversy. Two years later that same economist writing for Forbes magazine asked the question in a slightly different way: “Is the U.S. Going Broke?” {2} He pointed out that the federal government’s takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac represented a major financial challenge. These two institutions issue about half of the mortgages in America, so that part of the bailout put the government on the hook for $5 trillion (if you consider the corporate debt that is owed and the mortgage debt that is guaranteed). But $5 trillion is effectively pocket change when you consider the real liabilities that are facing our government. He estimates that is on the order of $70 trillion. I have seen others estimate our unfunded liabilities at anywhere from $50 trillion to as high as more than $90 trillion. Let’s for the sake of

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American Government and Christianity

America’s Christian Roots The founding of this country as well as the framing of the key political documents rests upon a Christian foundation. That doesn’t necessarily mean that the United States is a Christian nation, although some framers used that term. But it does mean that the foundations of this republic presuppose a Christian view of human nature and God’s providence. In previous articles we have discussed “The Christian Roots of the Declaration and Constitution” [on the Web as “The Declaration and the Constitution: Their Christian Roots” ] and provided an overview of the books On Two Wings and One Nation Under God. Our focus in this article will be to pull together many of the themes of these resources and combine them with additional facts and quotes from the founders. First, what was the perspective of the founders of America? Consider some of these famous quotes. John Adams was the second president of the United States. He saw the need for religious values to provide the moral base line for society. He stated in a letter to the officers of the First Brigade of the Third Division of the Militia of Massachusetts: We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest

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Civil Unions: Approaching the Issue with Compassion and Clarity

There are several reasons every healthy society should stand against bills that allow for civil unions or same sex marriage. The job of the government is to protect a society from destructive forces that are harmful to the state. The state is responsible to create and enforce laws that protect individuals and communities from self-destructive behavior and research has shown that the gay lifestyle is a dangerous lifestyle with harmful consequences for any society. The Gay Lifestyle First, homosexuals are much less monogamous and much more promiscuous. Several studies foundshocking results. • In the classic study by Bell and Weinberg, they found that 43% percent of white male homosexualshad sex with 500 or more partners and 28% having 1000 or more partners.1 • A New England Journal of Medicine study revealed a gay man has 106 partners a year.2 Even gays in a “committed relationship” were discovered to have multiple sex partners. The definition of monogamy differed from the common definition. Monogamous relationships are those which lasted no more than nine months and almost never more than five years. • Bell and Weinberg revealed that only 14% of gay males and 40% of lesbians were living in “monogamous” relationships. • A Dutch study of “partnered” homosexuals, published in the journal, AIDS, found that men with partner nevertheless had an average

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