Does God care about human Life? Part Two

Human life and its value to God

Human life and its value to God–have you ever given it thought?

This post is an excerpt taken from my, TRANSFORMED BY CHRIST series. This is the second part centering on the important question: Does God care about human Life? 

Thank you,

Thomas Johnson

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Some may attempt to defend legal abortion by appealing to our God-given liberty, claiming our freedoms must include a right to secure an abortion. However, liberty is a gift, which we must use responsibly. Intentionally taking the life of human persons is a perversion of that gift, it takes away (from the unborn) the fundamental right of every person: the right to life. Reasonable people realize the Catholic Church can never sanction the taking of innocent human lives — not at the point of conception, not if they are one week old, not if they are 100+ years-old, nor anything in between.

From the perspective of the Bible and the Catholic Church, the author of life is God, not humanity. We hold the physical attributes to bring God’s life into this world, and from that perspective, we are cooperators with God in developing the family who will join Him in His Heavenly Banquet through eternity. The Bible has much to say about life, and it does not sanction abortion in any way. From the first book of the Old Testament, we see that God created us in His image, and He created us as different from the rest of creation:

Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. [Genesis 1:26-27 RSV-CE – Italics added]

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That passage tells us human beings hold dominion over animals and creation itself (the earth) and that God has placed His image upon every person. It would do us well to make it part of our daily thoughts to recall each of us carries the image and likeness of our Almighty God, and we bear that image from the moment of conception (think, again of human life and its value to God).

The Bible and the Catechism demonstrate humans hold a special and unique place with God, there is no reason to post them all here. Christians should take comfort in the knowledge God has given us such a privilege. The animal world does not share the same relationship with our Lord—we are unique, which is a critical point to acknowledge because many people today see no difference between people and animals. If we, as God’s children, have trouble believing we are unique and special, then it becomes no problem for us to take the life of innocent unborn persons through abortion. If we have difficulty accepting humans and animals are not equal, then by extrapolation, we can conclude God values people and animals the same, again making abortion easier to accept — with 60,000,000+ unborn babies aborted (in the USA alone), it is not difficult to recognize where this line of thinking goes. (think, again, of human life and its value to God).

If you believe the Bible is God’s Word, then you know God highly values each of His children, born and unborn. Many people do not understand unborn human life is sacred. The following passages provide clarification:

Yet thou art he who took me from the womb; thou didst keep me safe upon my mother’s breasts. Upon thee was I cast from my birth,... [Psalm 22:9-10 RSV-CE – Italics added]

Did not he who made me in the womb make him? And did not one fashion us in the womb? [Job 31:15 RSV-CE – Italics added]

Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, who formed you from the womb: “I am the LORD, who made all things, who stretched out the heavens alone, who spread out the earth—Who was with me? [Isaiah 44:24 RSV-CE – Italics added]

Now the word of the LORD came to me saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” [Jeremiah 1:4-5 RSV-CE — Italics added]

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The passages above reveal God forms us in our mother’s womb, and God places a high value on the unborn. The Bible also teaches the Lord knew us before our conception. There can be no doubt God loves us before, and after we are born, for He gives us His image and likeness, fashions us in the womb, and knows us before we were born (think, again, of human life and it value to God).

The Catholic Church takes Biblical truths, along with Sacred Tradition (which are oral teachings of Christ handed down to us), and it propagates the truth all human life from conception to natural death is sacred and is held so by God. The Church’s teachings about life do not come from people — they come from the Bible and the Second Person of the Holy Trinity, Jesus Christ.

There should be no ambiguity about the issue of life with any informed Catholic; there is no room for error on this subject, Catholics must support human life from conception (fertilization) until natural death, or they are outside Church teachings. Catholics cannot help anyone procure an abortion. Every abortion is gravely immoral.

Catholics should note mortal sin on our souls separates us from God, which means each time a Catholic procures an abortion they have committed a grave sin, though Catholics return to a right relationship with God by repenting and confessing the sin through the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the reception of absolution given by a Priest. Note: We cannot declare mortal sin upon any person; instead, we must lean upon the truth that God, the Bible, and the Church teach. The Catholic Church considers abortion to be an act that stands contrary to moral and natural law. (CCC, 2271, 2272, 2322, and 2274). Recall, actions become mortal sins if the following three conditions exist (as stated by the Catechism in paragraph 1857):

For a sin to be mortal, three conditions must together be met: “Mortal sin is sin whose object is grave matter and which is also committed with full knowledge and deliberate consent.”

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Applying those points to abortion, it would seem, in many cases, Catholics procuring an abortion meet all three conditions. In cases where Catholics voted for supporters of abortion, whether that was sinful depends on the Catholic voter’s knowledge and intent regarding the issue of life as held by the person for whom they voted. If a Catholic knows of a candidate’s plan to make abortions more accessible, and if they give full and complete consent to that candidate’s intention, that Catholic might be standing on shaky spiritual ground. They should seek a discussion with a Priest faithful to the Magisterium and the Vicar of Christ (the Pope).

Tragically, many do not hold a more profound respect for God’s truths and the teachings of His Church. Every Catholic who commits the mortal sin of procuring an abortion suffers automatic self-excommunication (if they fulfill all three conditions stated above). By going to confession and repenting from that grave sin, Catholics can have the ex-communication lifted (Catholics, please read paragraph #1857 from the Catechism above).

This discussion (focused on the question: Does God care about human Life?) continues in part three of this topic stream. To read the first post in this blog stream go HERE.

Thank you for reading,

Thomas Johnson

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