They Slap God in the Face! :: By Gene Lawley

He can take it, though, for the final decision is in His hands. It is the issue of where is the beginning of life, personhood and a person’s future. Based on Scripture, particularly Psalm 139:13-16, the beginning of life and personhood can be no other than at the moment of conception:

“For You formed my inward parts; you covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works, and that my soul knows very well.

My frame was not hidden from You, when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed, and in Your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me, when as yet there were none of them.”

That is why I am saying that any other claim that life does not begin at that point is a slap in God’s face! Another defining Scripture also indicates the source of that denial of God’s intimate creation of life in conception. It arises from the depths of Satanic darkness:

“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10).

When Thomas Jefferson framed the Declaration of Independence, and then the founding fathers endorsed it, they did not identify when life began, but the words parallel those of Scripture in Psalm 139 and John 10 above. The Declaration of Independence makes this statement:

“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness….”

Is it not uncanny that those who embrace the so-called “pro-choice” position on abortion are primarily those who also identify themselves as “more equal” than others? The egotistical elite, who make up the core of the women’s rights movement, have a hidden agenda, I suspect, that is more akin to the New World Order plans to reduce the population to a more manageable size of one billion or less on the earth. That means that over six billion people must be eliminated, and abortion addresses that very well.

“Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness—unalienable rights that are  a gift from our Creator, and the first one listed is Life. The claim is made that a woman’s health and well-being are issues that justify a choice of abortion. In 2016 I understand there were more than 100,000 abortions in America, alone. I cannot believe that a woman’s health and well-being was the justification for all of those abortions. Can you?

I can concede that there are such cases, as well as rape and incest situations, but it is more likely that the majority of the abortions were merely for convenience and a gruesome form of birth control. Of course, I am a man, and how could I know anything about a woman’s concerns, right?

I recall a lady in the community where I grew up who was helped in her first pregnancy with medical treatments—pain killers and medical assistance, but she wanted to see just how it would be in her second pregnancy if she endured it naturally. Perhaps she bore the child at home, I’m not sure. But the summation of it was that she “thought it was going to kill her!”

God did tell Eve, as punishment for her disobedience in the Garden, that she would suffer pain in childbirth. Modern medicine has made the prospect much more endurable, but even so, is there a possibility that some women are expressing defiance toward God in their denial of a right to life for their unborn? Can anyone honestly justify partial birth abortions?

Here is the capstone of the whole beginning of life and personhood issue, if the passage quoted earlier from Psalm 139 is rejected merely because one chooses not to believe it. During the Christmas holiday season I was looking at the passage in Luke 1 that ells of the angel Gabriel’s surprising visit to the young Hebrew maiden named Mary:

“Now in the sixth month [of Elizabeth’s pregnancy with John the Baptist], the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. And having come in, the angel said to her, ‘Rejoice, highly favored one, the Lord is with you; blessed are you among women!’

“But when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and considered what manner of greeting this was. Then the angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end.’ Then Mary said to the angel, ‘How can this be, since I do not know a man?’

And the angel answered and said to her, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God. Now indeed, Elizabeth your relative has also conceived a son in her old age; and this is now the sixth month for her who was called barren.  For with God nothing will be impossible.’ Then Mary said, ‘Behold the maidservant of the Lord! Let it be to me according to your word.’ And the angel departed from her’” (Luke 1:26-38).

The question to be answered in that passage is this: “When did life and Personhood begin for the conceived Son of God?”

Right away Mary visited her cousin, Elizabeth, to relay the good news and, no doubt, to confirm what the angel had told her of her cousin’s pregnancy:

“Now Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, to a city of Judah, and entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.

Then she spoke out with a loud voice and said, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! But why is this granted to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For indeed, as soon as the voice of your greeting sounded in my ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord’” (Luke 1:39-45).

This is a lengthy quote, but the full context is important to see that Mary’s conception by the Holy Spirit must have been almost immediately after being told of it, for she “arose with haste” and went to visit Elizabeth, and as soon as she greeted her cousin, the babies in both wombs were alive with instant recognition! There were no merely non-living, non-person fetuses in those wombs. They both were living testimonies of the God of the impossible!

If the Immaculate Conception was the beginning of mortal life for the Son of Man, Jesus, who has never been without life from eternity (John 5:26), what does that say about the beginning of life and personhood for all mortals? Therefore, I must say outright, it is a slap, even a backhand, in the face of God to claim that life and personhood do not begin at conception. And since it is so, all those who have been aborted will be waiting beyond the veil of this life to stand as witnesses to this truth.

Psalm 139:16 says, “He wrote them all down in His book of life.”

God’s indictment of the unredeemed, lost mankind is this: “There is no fear of God before their eyes” (Romans 3:18).

End Note:  A prior article on this subject may also be of interest to you. Let me know by email below if you would like to have a copy sent to you.

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