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March 24, 2012


Bonhöffer on Abortion

This from Desiring God.

Destruction of the embryo in the mother’s womb is a violation of the right to live which God has bestowed upon this nascent life. To raise the question whether we are here concerned already with a human being or not is merely to confuse the issue. The simple fact is that God certainly intended to create a human being and that this nascent human being has been deliberately deprived of his life. And this is nothing but murder.

A great many different motives may lead to an action of this kind; indeed in cases where it is an act of despair, performed in circumstances of extreme human or economic destitution and misery, the guilt may often lie rather with the community than with the individual. Precisely in this connection money may conceal many a wanton deed, while the poor man’s more reluctant lapse may far more easily be disclosed.

All these considerations must no doubt have a quite decisive influence on our personal and pastoral attitude towards the person concerned, but they cannot in any way alter the fact of murder. (Quoted in Eric Metaxas, Bonhoeffer, 472, paragraphing added)

Exactly the right balance. Clarity on the act itself, and yet a sensitive awareness of motivations and influences. What a striking observation - “God certainly intended to create a human being…”.

It has long been my view that mothers are more often than not also the victims in abortion, duped by our culture and (in particular) devilishly evil organisations into thinking that what they do is acceptable.


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Another untold story is that of women pressured and even coerced into abortions by their “man,” their “family” and by “friends.”  Yep, all in quotation marks because none of the mentioned people or parties are living up to the words.

[1] Posted by Timothy Fountain on 3-25-2012 at 05:51 AM · [top]

“For our conception being the root as it were, the very groundsill of our nature; that He might go to the root and repair of our nature from the very foundation, thither He went; that what had been there defiled and decayed by the first Adam, might by the Second be cleansed and set right again. That had our conception been stained, by Him therefore, primum ante omnia,to be restored again. He was not idle all the time He was an embyro, all the nine months He was in the womb; but then and there He even ate out the core of corruption that cleft to our nature and us, and made both us and it an unpleasing object in the sight of God.

And what came of this? We who were abhorred by God, filii irae was our title, were by this means made beloved in Him. He cannot, we may be sure, account evil of that nature, that is now become the nature of His own Son, His now no less than ours. Nay farther, given this privilege to the children of such as are in Him, though but of one parent believing, that they are not as the seed of two infidels, but are in a degree holy, eo ipso; and have a farther right to the laver of regeneration, to sanctify them throughout by the renewing of the Holy Ghost. This honour is to us by the dishonour of Him; this the good by Christ an embryo.”

Lancelot Andrewes
SERMONS OF THE NATIVITY.
PREACHED UPON CHRISTMAS-DAY, 1614.

http://anglicanhistory.org/lact/andrewes/v1/sermon9.html  (paragraph ~23)

[2] Posted by dwstroudmd+ on 3-25-2012 at 12:51 PM · [top]

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