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Human Life is Sacred - A Rational Point of View

Human Life is Sacred - A Rational Point of View

Wednesday, February 21, 2024 Sanctity of Life

Who can rationally argue that HUMAN LIFE itself is not the primary, most important value which, as a practical matter, makes all other values possible?

The following comments were written in response to an article from a group that calls itself Physicians for Reproductive Health, dated August 15, 2022, that was recently forwarded to me by a Pro-Life friend. The article was entitled, “Stop Giving Airtime to Anti-Abortion Extremists.” A link to the article appears below.

Thank you for sending me this article. However, I stopped reading it, after the first three lines. I simply could not stomach any more of this twisted, tortured, deceived thinking. The very idea of calling abortion “reproductive health care” is a contradiction in terms. It is totally irrational!

The left-wing media has become the establishment, and we, who believe that killing innocent pre-born children is wrong, are the outsiders.

I don’t mind being in the minority on any issue, but what I will not tolerate is being called an “extremist.” The Pro-Life position is the most middle, central, axial position there is. Who can rationally argue that HUMAN LIFE itself is not the primary, most important value which, as a practical matter, makes all other values possible? Who can rationally argue that a child in the womb is not human? Who can rationally argue that the innocent have no rights worthy of protection? If being Pro-Life is “extremist,” then what is the alternative but ghoulishness?

Hey, I know I’m preaching to the choir. Perhaps I’m just venting my frustration. But I’m afraid rationality is the key issue here. Can it be so that rationality, which has been the hallmark of Western Civilization since Pythagoras, Archimedes, Socrates, Descartes and not a few other notable thinkers, has suddenly become subservient to the pro-abortion mentality? I don’t even know how to define it. I think Sigmund Freud coined the term “Thanatos,” to define a moribund impulse, which is the opposite of life. (I think Freud’s term for the life instinct was “eros.”) But even “Thanatos” is insufficient, is seems, to characterize the pro-death mentality of the Left that seems to be predominant in the world these days.

Come to think of it, the pro-death mentality extends not only to abortion, but to assisted suicide, and to gender alteration, as well as tattooing, body-piercing and a host of other practices. It obviously stems from a rejection of God and His principles, but extends further into the abyss of pro-death philosophies, rationalizations, substance abuse and compulsions. (Of course, it’s only obvious to us, who believe in God.)

The key question seems to be which path will be most effective to counteract this grave threat to all that is good in our civilization, the path of religion and faith, or the path of logic and rationality? Or can both paths be effective simultaneously? Is faith in God and His laws rationalor irrational? If rational, then the two arguments are consistent. If irrational, then the two arguments are in conflict with one another. Personally, I believe that faith in God is absolutely rational and logical. In fact, I began my inquiry with this question: Am I the creator of myself and all that I see, hear, smell, feel and taste? Well then, how did all of this exquisitely intricate glory come to be? For me, the answer was – as it says in the Declaration of Independence – self-evident: There must be a Creator, who is higher, more intelligent and more powerful than anything we can even imagine. From that rudimentary starting point, I set my mind to learn all I could about the Creator, whom I call God. Others may use a different name for the Creator.

If we all begin from the same starting place and follow a logical path of inquiry, how is it that our current positions are so divergent”

In my opinion it is delusion, or to use another word for it: spiritual blindness. If one can deny one’s Creator, it’s not too much of a stretch for one to also deny logic, which is a set of principles created by God, and then merely discovered and described by men, including some of the above-named philosophers.

One of the problems with pure “rationality,” as today’s culture defines it, is that it ignores the spiritual world, which exists completely outside of the material, measurable, world. (Although it exists outside of the material world, it has the power to effect change – even mortal change – within the material world, because it affects the minds and wills of humankind.)

The material world is where most of us live, most of the time, no matter how spiritual we may think we are.

I’m taking too long to get to the point, and the point is this: There is a spiritual enemy. I call him Satan, which, means the adversary. In the New Testament, it is said of him that he comes not but to kill, steal and destroy. Although he was created by God, he is a spiritual being in rebellion against God. This helps explain the existence of evil in this world. It also gives us hope that God, who created all, is still in control. He allows evil to have its way in this world, but only for a time, and for a purpose that only He knows. If we will only believe, stand steadfast in our faith, and fight, as David fought against Goliath, we will reap our true reward.

May God bless you all. 

Rob Hale, friend of the JPLF 

Public Letter: Stop Giving Airtime to Anti-Abortion Extremists

https://prh.org/updates/public-letter-stop-giving-airtime-to-anti-abortion-extremists/

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