Thursday, September 25, 2008

What's Wrong with Abortion?

There are many arguments going up today on a subject called "abortion." To correctly define abortion, it is "the removal of an embryo or fetus from the uterus in order to end a pregnancy" or "any of various surgical methods for terminating a pregnancy, especially during the first six months." To some, the definition itself may seem like just another definition, while to some it may sound horrendous. Many people think that if the mother wants an abortion, then she should be able to have an abortion because it is her right. Christians, along with many other conservatives, take the opposite side. Abortion is wrong. To Christians, it is a sin. Why? Because Christians believe that abortion is murder, which goes against the Bible. Doctors and scientists have argued that abortions are not killing babies, in fact, they are disposing of embryos that would later develop into babies, or fetuses, which are not even developed babies. There have been others, however, that have argued that fetuses are indeed babies and that embryos do carry life in them. Who is right? Let's take a look at the pro-abortionist's side. The embryo is not even a baby and is not living; therefore, it is dead. Abortion removing embryos would be the same as removing other defective tissue from the body; a simple surgery with no harm done. The fetus is not fully developed; therefore, it's not a baby either. It doesn'thave the abilities a newborn would have, nor the senses. After all it is the mother's right to choose if she keeps her baby or not. The circumstances might be unpleasant; there might not be room for another child or enough money to raise it. The mother may not be married, and the child would have no father to help nurture it. Perhaps she was a rape victim or perhaps the child would be born quite handicapped. An abortion gives the mother an option - one that may spare her or the baby or others pain.
Now let's take a look at the anti-abortionist's view. The embryo does in fact carry DNA, which means that it is living, and a human will later develop from that embryo. A fetus is actually already quite developed by the time the abortion is performed. It has eyes, hands, fingers, fingernails, feet, toes,and toenails. The fetus truly is a developed baby, and an abortion would be murder. Personally, I take the side of anti-abortion. For this side, there are some other arguments. A fetus is a baby, just not as fully developed as a newborn. Does that give anyone the right to end its life? A toddler is less developed than an adult, but if you would kill it, you would be charged for murder. If you killed an expectant mother, you would be charged with double murder. Why, then, would you not be guilty of murder if you killed only the baby, and not the mother? There are other facts to argue against the case for pro-abortion. There are many reasons why abortion is wrong, but the chief reason is the life contained within the fetus. A fetus is a baby. Abortion is murder.

The Trinity: Do You Believe?

Not long ago, I heard a person say something to the effect that the didn't believe in the trinity. I was shocked, and at first wanted to begin debating. How could someone claim to be a Christian and not believe in the trinity? I thought I knew just about everything there was to know about the Trinity, since that was one of the topics discussed thoroughly in my junior/senior Bible class during high school. However, the Trinity is a difficult subject to grasp, and contrary to the belief of some, it is impossible to know everything about the Trinity. However, the Bible does give evidence that there are three entities that are separate but one. The idea in itself is hard to understand that there could be three separate entities that are one at the same time. Just how does that work? Perhaps people try too hard to understand the concept and give up on the idea. Perhaps they think it impossible to begin with. However, it would be ignoring God's omniscient abilities to say that it is impossible. The Bible also contains verses showing proof of the Trinity, such as Jesus' baptism, probably the best example of the Trinity. "After being baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending as a dove and lighting on Him, and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, 'This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.'"(Matthew 3:16-17) In John 10:30, Jesus claims to be "one with the Father," though He also referred to Himself as the Son of God. Before he was crucified, Jesus made several references to his Father (Matthew 26:29 and 26:53). Jesus prayed to the Father in the Garen of Gethsemane. When Jesus was dying on the cross, he called out to the Father (Luke 23:34, and 23:46). After Jesus had risen from the dead, he visited the disciples, telling them that he would send the Holy Spirit ( Luke 24:49, John 20:22, and Acts 1:8).
He also commanded them to baptize believers in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. So we can definitely establish the fact that there are three entities. But are they one? The idea is seemingly unbelievable. I once read a little story about a boy who was trying to explain to his friend how that God was three-in-one and one-in-three, a rather difficult task for a little boy. He went home and prayed,and an idea struck him. He explained to his friend in a simple but true way. He asked his friend what he called his dad. The little boy answered, "Daddy." The other boy asked him what his mother called his father. The boy gave his father's first name. The little boy asked what the father's employees called him. The little boy replied by giving his father the title "Mr." and his last name. The other little boy said, "But that's three different names. Are they all the same person?" Of course they were, and the little boy went on to explain that the boy's father played three different roles(as a father, as a husband, and as an employer), under three different names, but was still one person. Now, that story may not be the best illustration, but it gives the general idea of the Trinity, at least to some degree. The Trinity is God, which is proved in Biblical text, and God cannot be completely understood. His power is beyond our comprehension. I myself cannot fully comprehend the Trinity, but with Biblical evidence to help support it, I strongly believe that the Trinity exists and is God.

Notification: Changes to Be Made

Dear readers of my blog,
For those of you who still keep up with my blog, I am announcing some major changes to it. It will no longer be updates on my life's happenings, but rather a collegiate form of writing to argue/debate or make a point. (I'm sure none of you are bothered by this since my last post was posted in May, and you probably have given up on me by now).

Though I will be researching some information for my topics, not everything I post will be fact, but most likely will be an opinion. Therefore, all posts are up for debate, if you would like to post comments. (Or you can agree, that's up to you).