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After reading the horrendous statistics on abortion; after seeing the images of babies torn apart limb by limb; after realizing the apathy of the church in combating the evil norms of our society; after being awakened to the wickedness of the world around us and the helplessness of our most innocent neighbors, we have a tendency to feel guilty. We feel guilt for not doing enough. We feel guilt for not being a voice for the voiceless. We feel guilt for our blind compliance. We see the need. We see the vast fields ready to harvest but where are the workers? I am the worker. You are the worker and you know it. You have awakened from your slumber and have found yourself surrounded by the things that are your duty as a Christian but that have been left undone. You have heard other Christian brothers and sisters admonishing the church to take a stand and it seems that they are guilting you into action. Some of you will be so offended that you shut out the message. Others will interpret the truth through their past and preconceived ideas and turn away. But a few will take that guilt to heart and leap into action. This last group of people is who I want to write about. Is this a good thing that guilt forced them into action? You may say that, “At least they are doing the right thing.”  Is this enough?

Why do we do what we do? Think about it. As a Christian, what is our motivation? What keeps us going? Is it guilt? Should we use guilt to get Christians to act like Christians? No. Jesus never did and neither should we. Guilt is a heavy burden to bear. It burns the active Christian out. Guilt is what made Judas hang himself. When we use guilt we are tapping into a temporary human emotion. It will run dry eventually. Guilt makes a bitter heart in the end. Guilt is exhausting. Does that sound like the work of the Holy Spirit?

So what is the right motivation? What truly convinces the Christian to do what is right and be obedient to his Maker and Savior? Jesus gave us the answer very clearly but before I delve into that I must make one thing clear. I love to rock the boat of Christianity. I love to challenge the norms and traditions and make people think for themselves. I love to shine a light in the dark corners of the church building and see what has been hiding there. I’m not talking about purposely causing dissension but challenging other true Believers to hold their personal walk to the perfect light of His Word. Often we find our relationship with God to be terribly lacking. That is iron sharpening iron. And I welcome the challenge into my own life. I never want to grow content with mediocre Christianity and neither should any of us. Because of this I have been accused of using guilt to wake up the church. I think that something is missing in this evaluation. We have to remember that there is a difference between GUILTING people BY their sin and EXPOSING their guilt CAUSED by their sin. What I want to do, as an ambassador for Christ, is to show people their need for a relationship with Him and as a result of that relationship, they will naturally act as a Christian. Works will follow when we have a relationship with Christ. When people are faced with their sin and feel guilty about it, sometimes they will lash out at the one that has shown the light on their sin instead of allowing the Holy Spirit to convict them of their sin and repent.

So what did Jesus say about this? Why did the apostles do the work of the Lord? The answer is in Mark 12:28-34. A scribe came to Jesus and asked Him, “Which is the first commandment of all?” That is the question we are asking as well. What becomes our foundation for everything we do as Christians? Jesus answered him and He answer us.

“The first of all the commandments is, Hear O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.”

All other commandments hang on these two commands. We are told to love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. That doesn’t leave much room for loving anything else other than the things that the Lord loves. That brings us to the second commandment; love your neighbor as thyself. This is the key. Only after we love the Lord will we be able to love others. It is His love through us. When we love the Lord, love for others naturally flows through us. We no longer need guilt to keep us going for Christ. Love goes so much farther than guilt ever could. There will never be an end to the supply of God’s love for He is love. If you are working and serving your Savior out of guilt, it is no wonder you won’t also love the children being murdered by abortion. It makes sense that you wont tell your neighbor about coming judgment and the grace of God. I understand your acceptance of sin in your life. It doesn’t matter to you that you hung Him on the cross because you don’t love Him. The mass genocide in our nation becomes a side issue when you love yourself more than your God and your neighbor. I don’t want you to feel guilty, I want you to see your sin and see the love of God that covers a multitude of sins. The goodness of God should lead us to repentance. When we partake in the love of God it becomes easy to love those around us. We wont have to be prodded and dragged to preach the gospel. We wont have to be convinced that it is our duty to speak out for the victims of abortion. We wont have to be forced to adhere to standards and restrictions but we will want to be rid of anything that hinders our relation with Christ.

Instead of allowing guilt to rule, instead of being angry with those that you feel are using guilt to see results, just love the God that bestowed the greatest love on you. There is enough bickering among the brethren. Let us take the power that God has given to us and proclaim His truth. With God, all things are possible but with men it is impossible. We can’t do anything that will last in our own strength. It must be the work of God. But don’t let that fill you with fear. It is okay to step out in faith. We must wait on the Lord and go wherever He goes but sometimes He is waiting on us to take that step in obedience. We will stumble and fall sometimes but God will never allow us to be utterly cast down. Love is stronger than any weapon made by man. Run the race with love. Stride into the battle with full confidence.

Get rid of the guilt and trust in the perfect love of God.

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May, 1944

  Despair increases steadily as does the terrible hunger, the like of which mankind has never yet suffered. With complete assurance we may say that they have not left us even a jot of that which is called body or soul.

  In truth, the world deserves only that we spit in its face…Sudden death, hunger, deportation, interrogations, labor, queues, etc., etc. wreak havoc on the ruined vineyard of Israel, among the poor remnant. Will you O God, keep silent? How can you, having seen it?

July 31, 1944

  My…heart is cut to pieces when I perceive how terrible my little sister is tormented. She lost literally everything- no stockings, no clothes…no tenderness. O you poor orphan, and what you have to suffer by my unjust treatment, because of my destroyed nerves. You, poor being, must help yourself with substitutes: instead of stockings some rags, instead of boots some wooden contrivance…God seems to have abandoned us totally and left us entirely to the mercy of the heartless fiends. Almighty God, how can you do this?

August 3, 1944

  When I look at my little sister my heart is melting. Hasn’t the child suffered its part? She has fought so heroically the last five years. When I look on our cozy little room tidied up by the young, intelligent, poor being I am greatly saddened by the thought that soon she and I will have to leave our last particle of home.

  Oh God in heaven, why didst thou create Germans to destroy humanity? I don’t even know if I shall be allowed to be together with my sister. I cannot write more. I am resigned terribly and black spirited.

  That was a few entries from the diary of an unknown Jewish boy orphaned, along with his younger sister, by the Nazis. The children lived in the Lodz Ghetto in Poland where they were forced into slave labor. After the war his diary was found written in the margins of an old French novel. Both of the children were murdered.

  Even though the Jews were forced to live in the confines of the ghettos, people, often children, would sneak through the borders and scavenge for food to bring back to their families. The Gentiles (Goyim as the Jews called them) were not allowed to mingle or assist the Jews in their plight…but some did anyway.

  Imagine for a moment that this was happening in our country. Our Jewish population was being dehumanized and confined to bordered ghettos in YOUR city. Imagine that we lived in a country that taught us through the school system, media and court rulings that the Jews were not human like you or I because of their race. Evil propaganda spread like wildfire on the internet assuring us that annihilating the Jews was for the betterment of our civilized society. The Gentiles justified their murder by calling it “choice” and “rights.” Imagine also that 80% of your fellow Americans supported this discriminatory ideology.

  Can you picture it? You were born in a country this way. You aren’t even surprised anymore when you see the smoke rising from the crematoria. That’s how it’s always been…well, at least since you can remember. You are disgusted at the racist barbarism but just try not to think about it too often. During the elections you faithfully vote for the candidate you think will help make the Jewish people a bit more comfortable. You are satisfied with the fulfillment of your duty. You stand for what is right with your vote! I mean, just two months ago a provision was voted on in your state that allowed the elderly Jewish people 85 and older to live outside of the ghettos. Not only that but it actually passed! Life is good…or is it?

  Imagine once more that you need to head into town to pick up a few groceries. No big deal. You hop into the car and head strait for the supermarket. Your day is busy but this will only take a few minuets. Zipping absentmindedly around traffic you make a left turn and speed down 7th Street. Less traffic down here. A long razor-wire fence stretches the length of the road, an ancient brick building looms beyond the boarder. Dark billows of smoke curl like a wicked smile from a blackened chimney. It’s the Ghetto hospital were the Jews go to get “taken care of.”

  Turning up the Christian radio station you try and ignore the place but are stopped short when two children dart from the curb and into the road. Quickly, you slam on the breaks and come to a screeching halt. The children are frozen in their tracks right in the middle of the road and stop to see what you will do. You know that they have just escaped from the prison-like ghetto.

  Reddened eyes stare back at you from swollen lids and tallow colored faces. Stained and tattered rags cling to the children’s sweaty, emaciated bodies. Hunger and fear are etched deep in their beings. Bitterness and resentment leap from the boy’s eyes. In one hand he holds his sister’s tightly and in the other an old book. Golden words grace the front of the hardback cover…are those french words? You don’t have time to figure it out.

  A piercing alarm rings out across the city. The children have been missed. A dog barks in the distance. A few shouts echo from beyond the ghetto fence. The children would never have a chance on their own. The city teems with police and people that are more than happy to turn over runaways for a promised reward.

  You love the Jews. You aren’t a racist. You see the “King of the Jews” in your mind’s eye with children sitting at His feet. You worship these young Jew’s Messiah. Startled, the children run to your window and plead with you to let them in. You can’t hear their faint, despairing voices over, “God’s so good” blaring from the stereo. Now you can really see their faces stained with tears. They beat on the window with their fists. Two guards appear on the hospital grounds, weapons raised. A German shepherd bounds forward with a menacing growl and slams his body into the fence just a few feet behind the children. Tension floods the air. Screams from the children, barking from the dog and curses from the armed men all scrambled into a chaotic frenzy. Your heart pounds against your chest in rhythm to the pathetic drumbeat of the Jewish children’s fists. Police units assemble on both sides of the streets.

  Oh, what was that? A faint sound hummed in your pocket. You look down. There is was again! Suddenly a burst of laughter irrupts from your mouth. Excitedly you whisk the phone from your pocket and glance at the screen. Incoming call. It’s Sammy! You answer, “Hey, what’s up?” A bouncy voice answers back, “Not much. And you?” You laugh and after a short pause look at the children. They’ve stopped screaming. The despondency in their eyes screams louder than their voices ever could.

Um, nothing really…Just headed for the store.”

Great! You have time for coffee?”

You look out your window and see the guards closing in.

Yeah, I think so. I’ll meet you at Starbucks. Sound good?” You snap the car into gear and zoom off.

Yep, sounds good. See you in a bit.”

You hang up the phone with a smile.

Coffee sounds great right now.”

  You are free and it feels good to take a drive…even if you are busy. A few angry gun shots scream through the air but you don’t notice. You were just at the best spot in your favorite hymn and singing along.

  That would never happen, right? How could I ever be so hardhearted? If I saw another human in need I would stop and help, wouldn’t I? I would be brave like Corrie Ten Boom, Miep Gies, and Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

  After shopping you head strait to the coffee shop and meet your friend. You are having a wonderful time. Outwardly you chat about what is new and exciting in your life but inwardly you wrestle with accusing thoughts in your mind.

Should I have helped those children? Well, I am really busy this summer.

But you could have taken a bit of time out of your busy schedule to save a life.

They were going to die anyway and besides what could I do when thousands die everyday?

Don’t you think it is your moral obligation?

I know what you mean but that isn’t my ministry. I have never been led to help the Jews.

Do you have to be “led” to do what’s right?

Well…the Holy Spirit hasn’t given me a peace about it yet.

What about the peace of those children?

I’ll do it in my own way. I wouldn’t want to offend any of the guards.

They are murderers!

Jesus was loving and…

I know. So loving that He gave His whole life to save the lives of others.

But, that was Jesus!

Now it’s your turn.

  Nonchalantly you say good bye to your friend and drain the last drops of your mug. It was a long day and you hurry home. Out of habit you take 7th again. The street is abandoned and lonely. In the center on the road you notice a small object. Is it a book? Gold letters gleam brightly in the sunlight of the evening golden hour. Carefully you pull alongside the book and open your door. The words are French on the cover. It is an old French novel. Your curious fingers reach down and scoop up the fragile book. Nothing extraordinary about it. Just an old book.

You gasp and recoil your hands in shock. The book falls, binding up, smashing the yellowed pages. Dark blood spots the back of the book. It is the boy’s blood. Hurriedly you slam the door shut and speed away from the sight of blood. The steering wheel feels sticky. No, it can’t be! There is blood on your hands.

Have you ever heard about “Depraved Indifference?” Whether we have heard of the term or not, it plays a huge part in all of our lives. Let me explain. Depraved indifference is a standard used to show mens rea in court. Mens rea is a legal phrase used to describe the mental state a person must have been in while committing a crime for it to be intentional.It can refer to a general intent to break the law or a specific, premeditated plan to commit a particular offense.

  If you allow another human being to die when it’s in your ability to save him, you are guilty of “depraved indifference.” Countries such as The United States and England have used the depraved indifference standard as a basis for determining the legal state of mind of a defendant, although it is known as “depraved heart” under English common law.

Here is a story to help us understand:

The Firefighter

  An experienced big-city firefighter was charged recently with grave neglect of duty. Prosecutors maintain that he abandoned his responsibility and betrayed the people of the city when he failed to release rescue equipment during a recent fire, resulting in the needless and tragic deaths of a family of five.

  The lead prosecuting attorney said that for more than three minutes after arriving at the scene, the firefighter sat in his vehicle, wearing earphones and listening to a CD, while the family of five screamed to be rescued from the sixth floor of the burning building. Horrified bystanders reported that as the flames licked at the mother’s clothing, she cries out in terror and fell to her death, still clutching an infant in her arms.

  The distraught onlookers also said that the father held two terrified children as the massive flames engulfed him. This terrifying drama took place in full view of the firefighter as he remained seated in the fire truck, listening to the CD.

  Eyewitnesses were sickened when they discovered that the reason the firefighter had remained in the locked emergency vehicle was simply to test a new high-tech CD player that he had purchased as a gift for the fire chief.

  The chief immediately distanced himself from the defendant and dishonorably discharged him from the fire department. In a prepared statement, the chief said that there were no words to describe such a betrayal of those the firefighter was sworn to protect.

  At the trial, the defense pleaded, “no contest,” but added that the defendant had gone to great personal sacrifice to purchase the expensive gift for the chief, and hoped that the judge would take that into account when passing sentence.

  What do you think would be a fitting punishment for this firefighter’s serious crime – probation? Two years in jail? Twenty years? Life? Death? What sentence would YOU give the negligent firefighter? Please make a judgment.

  Do you enjoy worshiping God? Most people in church would say they do. Every Sunday all across the country, auditoriums are filled with hand–raising, God–loving Christians singing their praises to God. That’s understandable, because when the Holy Spirit dwells within us, it’s not hard to worship our Creator. In the light of the Cross, it’s as natural to worship God as it is for flowers to open up their petals in the warm sunlight.

   May I ask you a personal question? When was the last time you shared your faith with an unsaved person? When did you last go out of your way to witness to a stranger? In his book, The Coming Revival, Dr. Bill Bright notes that only two percent of American churchgoers share their faith with others. That is tragic. If the love of God dwells in us, how can we not be horrified at the fate of the lost? Yet many professing Christians today are so locked into worship (with the volume turned high) that they seem to give little or no thought to the fact that all who die in their sins will be cast into the lake of fire. (Revelation 21:8) (Way of the Master, Ray Comfort page 6)

  This is the essence of “Depraved Indifference.” I’m not doubting the salvation of those that are guilty of this but I do know that we have no excuse for acting this way. Often we are motivated by a fear of man instead of a fear of God. We are too worried about offending someone while we pull them from the flames they cannot see. But this is just evidence of something deeper, a denial of something we claim to believe. We don’t really believe in Hell. If we did we would take the proper action to warn the millions upon millions of our fellow human beings, our neighbors that will spend the rest of eternity in such a place.

  One of three things are true for the Christian. Either you don’t really know Hell is real and so neglect to tell people about it, you know it is real and still fail to tell others because of apathy and selfishness or you know it is real and so you act on that knowledge and tell the world the reality awaiting them after death. If we are either of the first two examples we are guilty of “depraved indifference.”. Either we know and do nothing about it or we claim to know and still do nothing. This is evidence that hate is not the opposite of love, but apathy is.

Again I quote Ray Comfort,

  Worship is the highest calling of every Christian, and we can see in the book of Revelation that the church will one day be consumed in worship before the throne of the Almighty. We are going to worship God for all of eternity. But when we look back at the book of Acts, we don’t find the church consumed with worship. Instead we find it was obsessed with reaching the lost, to the point that they willingly gave their lives to preach the gospel.

  So please, reevaluate your priorities, take off the earphones, unlock the doors, become equipped, and demonstrate the depth of your love for God by rescuing those who are about to perish.

The question arises, Why worship a God you don’t obey? The early Christians truly believed in Hell. They knew it was a real place and acted upon it. They had a deep love for the one that saved them from Hell and their sin and because of that love obeyed Him. They weren’t guilty of “depraved indifference.” They had no blood on their hands because they were the watchmen on the wall that sounded the warning of coming judgment. Most Christians today don’t like to hear that “God is angry with the wicked everyday” because they feel indifferent to the flames of His holy wrath. No wonder the world calls us hypocrites. We tell them of Jesus’ return and of eternal death and act like they don’t exists.Where is the evidence that what we claim is true? They should hear the torturous flames in our pleading voices. They should see the mighty grace of a holy God behind the compassion of our eyes. Our lives should be evidence of what we claim to believe. Maybe then the lost would see we are serious.

Jesus Christ will never be real to the world if He isn’t real to us. The flames of Hell will cease to sear if we ignore its reality. Heaven becomes a fairy tale when we live for earthly things.

I’m no longer interested in playing games. I’m not interested in being at peace with the world. I’m not interested in watching my neighbors burn up in the consuming flames of sin. I’m not interested in a gospel stripped of it’s power by modern day preachers that preach peace when there is no peace.

We have become a people consumed with depravity and indifference while the world marches on into the gates of Hell. We have burned in our lusts of worldly pleasure and comforts while a silent holocaust greedily rips our children limb from limb. They smile and we smile with them, too afraid to rock the boat. We want to blame the world for their “depraved indifference” while being guilty of the same thing.

If you do nothing for the lost, if you stand by while the youngest among us are being systematically exterminated we are guilty of “depraved indifference.” Your mind will protest and say that I am wrong but look at your hands. Do you see the blood? You have so readily accepted the blood on the hands of your Savior, it is time to have the “ministry of reconciliation.”

This is a group of students that we talked with at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Although they were flustered at times the conversation went well. One of the women argued that you don’t need the Bible to have an unfaltering moral standard. I tried to explain that if our morals are dictated by personal beliefs no life is safe. Who gets to decide the moral standard? Me? You? Hitler?

When are preborn human beings “persons”? When does the spirit enter the preborn body?

(This post was taken from http://ahanorthidaho.com/AbolitionArticles_01252015.html)

When we argue that abortion is murder, we are arguing that preborn human beings are made in the image of God and that they are fully human and are indeed persons with the same value as born persons. It is because of the fact that people are made in God’s image that He prohibits our murdering them (Genesis 9:6).

Many people in the past have tried to argue the personhood of preborn humans from scientific facts. These have included when the heartbeat begins (the heart starts beating and circulating blood only 2 to 3 weeks after fertilization), when there are measurable brain waves (synapses form in the spinal cord 5 weeks after conception, and an EEG can detect brain activity usually by the 12th week of pregnancy). Then, there is the argument about when a preborn baby feels pain, currently argued as at around 20 weeks post fertilization.

But, the Word of God is said to be sharper than any two edged sword and is the full counsel of God. What are the bible’s arguments as to when the spirit enters the body?

Some of the common arguments used from the bible include:

1) Psalm 139:13-16 – For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.  I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.  Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

2) Jeremiah 1:5 – Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

3) Every woman in the bible who is pregnant is said to be “with child”. For example, Genesis 16:11 – And the angel of the Lord said unto her, Behold, thou art with child, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call his name Ishmael; because the Lord hath heard thy affliction.

These are just some of the commonly used scriptural arguments.

In this article, I will focus on two less well known but perhaps more solid scriptural foundations for the fact that at conception, the human spirit indwells the human body (even if that body is only a handful of cells versus trillions of cells in an adult human body). First, let’s acknowledge what is the part of a human being that is made in the image of God.

Since God is a Spirit (John 4:24), then it is clearly not our bodies that are in His image. The bible talks generally about two parts to a man, the inner man and the outer man (or, more specifically the outer man being the body, or flesh). As to the inner man, that is the soul or spirit of the man, that which transcends the mortal body and is everlasting from the time of its creation:

Ephesians 3:16 that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;

The contrast between soul and body can be seen in 1 Corinthians 5:5 “to deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

Two solid scriptural arguments for life at conception.

The two most solid biblical arguments for life at conception, for full personhood at conception, for a human spirit in the human body at conception….are found in James 2:26 and Luke chapter 1. Let’s examine them:

James 2:26 – For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

Although the main point of this verse is not that the body without the spirit is dead, it is making a comparison to this apparently obvious fact. The assertion is that if a body is alive, then the spirit is present. Abortions are obtained BECAUSE the baby’s body is alive, and is growing. If the body inside a woman’s body were dead, the woman would not consider surgical or chemical removal of the baby’s body, because her own body would naturally purge the uterus of the dead baby’s body.

If cells are reproducing, if there is motor activity in those cells, then that baby’s body is alive. And, based on James 2:26, if the body is alive, then the human spirit, that which is in the image of God, is present in the body.

It is a mind blowing fact to consider the human spirit, that part of us that will endure everlasting, whether with the Lord or in the lake of fire. How does one quantify the human spirit? It can not be seen, can not be measured, almost can not be comprehended. But, it is the essence of “who” we are. The body is its shell. The body is perishable, can be seen, felt, sensed, measured, yet the body is not that which has the most value according to God.

The second biblical argument that presents a solid case for personhood at conception is found in Luke chapter 1. In Luke 1, we see two persons, both in utero, and both at vastly different ages since conception:

Verses 24-31: And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying, Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.

And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, to a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.

Here, we see that when Elisabeth was in her 6th month of pregnancy with John the Baptist, an angel visited Mary and told her she would conceive Jesus. Watch carefully what happens next:

Verses 34-37: Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be impossible.

Note that the angel said to Mary that the Holy Ghost SHALL come upon her. He had not yet come upon her. At that moment of the saying, she was not yet pregnant with Jesus. Then, what did Mary immediately do?

Verses 39-40: And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda; and entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.

She left the presence of the angel and went WITH HASTE to the hill country to Elisabeth, who was dwelling in a city of Juda the scripture says. Judah is a district south of Jerusalem, and Hebron was the city at the center of it. Mary was dwelling in the city of Nazareth of Galilee, which was well north of Hebron by at least 80 miles. Scholars estimate a journey in that era to be of 3 to 4 days duration.

If Mary went with haste, she presumably started the journey soon after the angel’s visit, and thus almost immediately after conception of Jesus by the Holy Ghost. Since she journeyed with haste, she probably arrived at Elisabeth’s house within a week of conception. In a normal pregnancy, conception happens as the egg travels down a fallopian tube. Then, within a week of conception in the fallopian tube, the fertilized egg implants in the lining of the uterus. During that week, the baby is multiplying cells at a phenomenal rate, starting with two cells, and rapidly expanding to 8, 16, hundreds, then thousands. The baby’s body is alive and growing rapidly.

Note, what the scripture says as to Mary’s arrival at Elisabeth’s house:

Verses 41-44: And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: and she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.

By these scriptures, we see two main things. First, John, 6 months along in the womb of Elisabeth was cognizant of the presence of Jesus and leaped. Second, Mary is pregnant and is declared to be a mother by Elisabeth, and more specifically mother of the Lord. Meaning, the Lord was already accounted as present within the womb of Mary.

All that, within the first week of conception. What that confirms is that people are people from the moment of conception. Fully human, fully persons, with spirits present in the baby’s developing body.

And as such, EVERY abortion is the murder of an image bearer of almighty God.

And as such, all human abortion should be abolished to protect these innocent human beings and to comply with the laws of God.

(This article was found at http://ahanorthidaho.com/AbolitionArticles_01252015.html)

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  We stood on the quiet, narrow streets of downtown Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Despite the overcast weather the quaint, brick walled shops were inviting and a trickle of foot-traffic rambled along the sidewalks, window shopping and going about their everyday business. It was an average day in this city of 45,000. Or was it?

  I stood on a street corner holding a sign. There was nothing extraordinary about that until you took the time to stop and read it. One moment I was a part of the ambling humanity around me and in another I had become a disturbance to a normally calm city. I was a voice for the voiceless. A voice of dissidence in a culture in love with death and destruction. Honestly it is a humbling place to be. No one wants to be awakened from their sleep. It is painful to be faced with a light after living contentedly in the dark for so long.

  My sign read, “CHRISTIAN. deliver those being drawn to death. ARE YOU?” A simple question with huge implications. This is the blinding light. This is salt in a wound. It is not condemning, it simply asks a question to today’s Christians. Their conscience condemns them for us. The conscience in on God’s side and all we do is awaken it.

  If you were walking down the sidewalks that afternoon you would have seen six abolitionist declaring unabashedly what the wages of sin really are. Your ears would have met with the sounds of two men preaching the Gospel of Christ. You who were lulled to sleep by the lies of the world would have been faced with the blood on your hands. The blood of 57 million babies murdered by abortion. Ignorance is no excuse. Being too busy is no excuse. Your conscience would pierce your heart. You would be awakened. Your evil works of darkness would be exposed.

  Coeur d’Alene was awakened that day and she lashed out in a desperate attempt at justification. An evil mindset, ideology or desire, when met with opposition often reacts with hatred. People hate the love of God because it reveals their own weakness and need. I saw the awakening, if for but a moment. The devil and his angels were affronted that day and they stared back in the stony faces and angry stares of the people that passed me by.

  I glanced to my left and saw a family approaching down the side street. The middle aged man gave me a smile that didn’t reach his eyes and I knew he hated life. He casually pushed a stroller with his baby boy. His wife and teen aged daughter followed close behind. The girl looked amused. I looked at the man and said,

  “What is your opinion on the American Holocaust?” Without a moment’s hesitation he answered,

  “I think every baby should be aborted!” He said it with a smile. I shot a glance at the baby sitting quietly in the stroller unaware at the evil fate he had escaped by the mercy of God. I told the man that he would be judged one day by a righteous God. He just cheered and whooped and yelled trying to shut out the truth.

God sees you as a murderer, Sir.” He walked right passed me, still cheering and mocking God. The woman didn’t say a word but the look in her eyes spoke volumes. She was lost in darkness. A broken heart.

  I think the majority of Christians never see this. They don’t understand the depth of darkness that envelopes the world. The Holocaust today is no different than that of Nazi Germany. I say this over and over again because no one seems to grasp it. It is true. Honestly, I don’t think that I even understand the enormity of what is happening. We are living during a Holocaust. What will awaken the apathetic Christian heart to this desperate situation? Would you be awakened by the sight of 57 million mutilated bodies? I’m beginning to wonder. I think we have lost the value of life. We have begun to live peaceably with death. Life has become about us or about what God can do for us. Maybe that is why the death of Jesus Christ has failed to move the Christians to action. We are more than willing to accept the death of Christ so we can live but we hesitate to lay down our own lives and become hated of all men; to speak out for the lives of others. The churches have become a safe haven for selfishness and hypocrisy.

  Christians love to talk about the “glorious days in the future when we will be persecuted for our faith.” Maybe we have never been persecuted because we have never given the world something to persecute us over. Maybe the church has become the world. The world is not at peace with Christ but it is with you Christian. Why? What has become more important than being one with God? Christ is the rock of offense, so would we be if He shown through us by our words and actions.

  The devil is a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. We are hated because He is hated. We are in a war Christian and the enemy has made another soldier of God ineffective every time he can slyly lull us to sleep and make us think the battle hasn’t reached us yet. Though Christ is the victor the battle isn’t over yet. For some, they haven’t even begun to fight.

  It is time to be a light. It is time to be hated. It is time to live Jesus publicly. The world is just waiting for you to speak. Some will be malicious toward you, others will run to the grace of God. Your neighbors are waiting to be loved as you love yourself. Some will be saved, others will still be lost. God is waiting for you to be obedient. He will bless you and keep you.

This is a young women so lost in the darkness of sin. Pray that she will see her wickedness and repent and trust in the loving grace of God. Our hearts should break for her.