Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Protecting Life

Government mandated population control has a long, terrible history associated with racism, sexism, and genocide. In Communist China, couples are allowed only one child and there is forced abortion. The state that attempts to dictate birth control places itself in direct opposition to God’s command to multiply and fill the earth.

The killing of an innocent child is the most heinous form of homicide. The murder of an adult is the wrongful end of life partially lived, but the murder of a child prevents a life that could and would have been. The Jewish Talmund states: “One how saves a life saves the universe.” The Koran quotes that verse with approval. So, Jews, Christians, and Muslims should all be affirming and protecting life.

Now lets turn to Sacred Scripture. . .

The Book of Exodus 1:22
Then Pharaoh commanded all the people, “Every son that is born to the Hebrews you shall cast into the Nile, but you shall let every daughter live.”

The Gospel of Matthew 2:16
He sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time had ascertained from the wise men.

The devil wanted to prevent Moses, and later, Jesus from appearing on the face of the earth. So, the devil influenced governments to subject an entire population to infanticide in the vain attempt to thwart God’s plan. A similar disregard for innocent human life that was present in the mind of Pharaoh, though many centuries ago, continues in the minds of some people today, who hold certain lives to be inconvenient and expendable.

Pope John Paul II On Protecting Life. . .

“. . Careful consideration should be given to the danger of this power (of population control) passing into the hands of those public authorities who care little for the precepts of moral law.”
Humanae Vitae (1968), 17.

“No human lawgiver can assert: it is permissible for you to kill, you have the right to kill, or you should kill. Tragically, in the history of our century this has occurred when political forces have come to power, even by democratic means, and have passed laws contrary to the right to life of every human being.”
Letter to Families ( 1994), 21.

[1] Come and See. Moses and the Torah. Catholic Bible Study. Fr. Joseph Ponessa. Laurie Watson Manhardt. Chapter 1, Pgs 22-23. Emmaus Road Publishing

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