The Book of Numbers and abortion

When teaching pro-life reasoning I often say in the Q&A that if someone can come up with a pro-abortion argument I haven’t heard then I’ll give them a quarter.  Well, recently I have seen an argument I hadn’t heard before (fortunately it was from a pro-abort on a blog and not a pro-lifer in the training class!).  I’ve seen this a couple places recently and it is transparently false if you just read the text.

Here is their argument.  Note that they don’t even believe the Bible is the word of God, they are just pretending that we are inconsistent if we aren’t pro-abortion.  And note that most of these have come from the “Christian” Left, not from atheists.

Jesus never mentioned abortion, although there are biblical references to the abortifacient herbs (Numbers) used by “wise” women. Additionally, if a woman’s fidelity was questioned, she would be forced to take the abortifacient herbs, and if she miscarried, it was assumed the fetus was conceived in sin. Gotta love the magical thinking behind that one, and another way to punish women for the acts of men.
So, you are correct, cherry-picking only those parts of the bible you agree with really is hypocrisy.

I addressed the “Jesus never mentioned” fallacy separately.  Here is my response to the Numbers claim:

I encourage you to re-read your pro-abortion Bible texts.  That passage doesn’t even say the woman was pregnant, yet pro-aborts use it to rationalize abortion!  It shows how desperate they are — as if they actually cared about what the Book of Numbers said.  See http://www.gotquestions.org/Numbers-abortion.html for more.

You are welcome to show me in the Book of Numbers where it says the woman is pregnant (not there). Then you could show where she has an abortion (not there). Then you could show where God taking a life means that we can also take lives in the another fashion for any reason, including those of our own children (not there).

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Bonus: While we’re talking about Numbers, let me share this from an earlier post plugging that book.  Read it!  (The Bible, not this. OK, read both.)

Apparently the Book of Numbers should really be called “In the Wilderness” (the meaning of Ba’midmar (במדבר), the Hebrew title). At least that’s what various sites on the Interwebs tell me.

So why the change? I’m not sure, but it is too bad they didn’t go with the more interesting sounding Hebrew version. For people who don’t read the Bible the current title makes it sound like it is all genealogies and such. Yes, it starts with a census, But consider these great passages that you miss out on if you don’t read it:

  • A test for adultery
  • The Nazirite vow
  • Elders appointed to aid Moses
  • The quail. Lots of quail.
  • Miriam and Aaron oppose Moses
  • Spies going into Canaan
  • The people’s rebellion
  • Korah’s rebellion (referred to in Jude)
  • Moses strikes the rock
  • The bronze serpent
  • Balaam and his donkey
  • Driving out the inhabitants
  • Cities of refuge
  • Much, much more!

Seriously, don’t miss the Book of Numbers — or anything else in the Bible. Like I’ve said, if/when you get to Heaven it will be awkward if you haven’t read every author’s books (“Oh, uh, hi Amos . . . look over there!” [Runs away again]).

Better yet, think about how you’ll tell Jesus all the excuses you had for not reading it regularly, and at some point reading it all. (Yeah, I’m fine using the carrot or the stick to get you to read more!)

Just read it. Every day.

Should you believe the Wintry Knight or Planned Parenthood on whether to have out-of-wedlock sex?

Go with WK, of course.  See How premarital sex damages a woman’s ability to be in a relationship.  Better yet, just see what the Bible has to say and then don’t be surprised when the logical consequences of fornication are destructive beyond measure.

Then again, via Planned Parenthood Tells Teens Nothing Wrong With Multiple Sex Partners:

Alex the “expert,” pronounced through Planned Parenthood’s Tumblr: “Since the number of sexual partners you’ve had doesn’t say anything about your character, your morals, or your personality – or about anything at all really– there’s nothing bad or unhealthy about having a big number of sexual partners.”

And you can totally trust Planned Parenthood.  I mean, just because they kill babies for a living, systematically hide rape, incest and sex trafficking, encourage kids to have all sorts of out-of-wedlock sex and pretend that it can be done without risks, would rather destroy a breast cancer charity than part ways amicably, commit Medicaid fraud, teach kids the joys of BDSM, and so much more, they are still worthy of receiving hundreds of millions of $ in taxpayer funds, right?

Molech worshipers demand that health care plans cover murder

If you know the Left, you won’t be surprised with this news: California requires all health plans to cover abortion.  What would expect from Democrats?  They are officially pro-abortion, not pro-choice, because they want taxpayer-funded abortions and no restrictions on anything, including “partial-birth abortion” (aka infanticide), late term abortions, gender-selection abortions, parental notification, etc.  Now they’ve added the requirement for health care plans to pay to kill innocent but unwanted human beings.  From their platform:

The Democratic Party strongly and unequivocally supports Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to make decisions regarding her pregnancy, including a safe and legal abortion, regardless of ability to pay. We oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right.

This is the party of evil.  No Christian should support them.

Leftists applaud mother planning to kill her child

A mom writes a letter to the child she’s about to kill and the Leftist Molech-worshipers swoon.  Via Media Enjoy “Heartwarming” Letter From Mom to Her Unborn Baby Saying, “I’m Aborting You”.

I love you, Little Thing, and I wish the circumstances were different. I promise I will see you again, and next time, you can call me Mom.

That was the end of the creepy letter.  Note how she thinks they’ll both be in Heaven.  Note how she “wishes” the circumstances could be different, especially considering that she is the one arranging the abortion.

I always like to point out that while the conditions surrounding unplanned pregnancies are psychologically complex (financial issues, bad/absent father, pressure from father/parents to abort, etc.) the situation isn’t morally complex at all.  That is, none of those are legitimate reasons to kill the child.  The pro-abort cheerleaders conflate those two in a deadly way.

In his response, Jezebel’s Mark Shrayber gushed over the “brave, honest letter.” He explained how, “Even when [abortion is] the right choice, there’s can be a lot of pain involved.”

Killing your child is brave?

“Beautiful and heartbreaking,” he concluded.

Similarly, The Huffington Post’s Nina Bahadur deemed the note a “powerful open letter.”

This is not beautiful.

And “this Reddit user,” she hyped, “is not alone in wanting to share her abortion story.”

Yes, people committing grave sins like company.  It helps them rationalize.

Cosmo’s Lane Moore highlighted the “heartwarming letter”  . . .

This warms her heart?

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But wait. Hasn’t the pro-abortion left just spent months telling us there’s nothing even “difficult” about the choice to abort? That the right to abort is “a deeply affirmative value?” That ending an innocent life makes a boffo plot line for a sitcom and the centerpiece for a date-night romantic comedy?

Pro-lifers were a bit more consistent in their responses, including The Blaze’s Billy Hallowell and LifeNews.com’s Steven Ertelt, who described the letter as “heartbreaking” and “heart-wrenching.”

In response to the myriad shows of support on Reddit, the anonymous mom later posted:

“Thank you, thank you, thank you. It is hard. I feel sick and awful for not wanting something that, at the same time, I want so badly. But I feel better knowing I’m not alone and now that I see it all written out, there’s less madness bumping around in my head, which is nice. Thank you, again.”

But, dearest Reddit user, know that there is another choice you can choose – and that you will not be alone, should you choose it: life.

 

What Hillary should have said

Hillary Clinton cares about Hillary Clinton.  Not only was her response ridiculously delayed, but it was completely lacking in authenticity.

Pro-abortion Hillary should have changed this statement:
 
Imagine what we would feel and what we would do, if white drivers were three times as likely to be searched by police during a traffic stop as black drivers, instead of the other way around.
To this one:
 
Imagine what we would feel and what we would do, if white children in the womb were three times as likely to be killed via abortion as black children, instead of the other way around.
 
It would be a morbid coincidence if both rates are three times as high for blacks as for whites, but the first statement isn’t even true.  It was a false conclusion drawn from a poorly executed study.
 
And even if the first statement was true, which is worse, getting searched during a traffic stop or getting crushed and dismembered?  Yet which ones do Leftists [pretend to] care about more?

Really, don’t pay to have your grandchildren destroyed

Despite all the talk about women’s right to choose to have their unborn children killed, they often feel like they have no choice.  Many times they are being pressured by boyfriends (who will leave anyway 90% of the time*) and their parents (including parents who claim to be Christians).

Here’s an example I came across:

A lot of women don’t know. That’s so in my case, even through my daughter argued with me. She understood my motivation, but she was right and I was wrong!

Once they know, I totally agree. I’m a father who took his daughter to get an abortion; I had never considered anything about abortion; I just knew I wanted my daughter to have a chance at a good life and that I was already grieving for her.

The really horrible regret didn’t come for about 7 or 8 years, but when it did, I went reeling into a horrible depression realizing what I had done. As a Christian, I now know I’m forgiven, but I also have to carry what the consequences are . . . . one of which, I believe, is why my daughter still hates me.

No matter how bad things are, killing your children (or grandchildren) is not going to make things better.  There is a better way.  Start with your local Pregnancy Resource Center (aka Crisis Pregnancy Center).  They have lots of help to offer and all for free.

And if you did something you regret, please know that there is forgiveness, hope and healing in Jesus.  Abortion is not the unforgivable sin.  The blood of the cross covers it as well, but you must repent and believe.

*Let’s just say that guys who want to have their children killed aren’t the best marriage prospects anyway.

It’s pretty bad when even Jezebel says you are awful

Not the Jezebel* of the Bible, the iconally evil wife of King Ahab, but the website of the same name that posted Awful: Couple Ditches Baby with Down Syndrome with Thai Surrogate.

Like many others, Jezebel suffers from moral schizophrenia.  The site is rabidly pro-abortion and therefore fully supportive of killing Down Syndrome children (or any other children) in the womb, as happens 90% of the time in our “tolerant, loving” culture.  Read the comment thread if you don’t believe me.  But they think it was “awful” that a couple paid for a child but wouldn’t accept him because of his Down Syndrome.  That’s rather preachy, judgmental and moralistic of them, but I do agree with them on that point.

Some of the details, if you aren’t familiar with the story:

An anonymous Australian couple has ignited a huge controversy after abandoning a baby they had using a surrogate because he had Down syndrome and taking his healthy twin sister back to Australia with them. Because humanity just wasn’t insufferable enough.

But they would have had no issues if they had killed the boy in the womb, or even outside the womb via “partial-birth abortion,” aka infanticide.

Because commercial surrogacy is outlawed in Australia (though they may use an altruistic surrogate who does not receive any payment outside medical expenses), many couples seek options overseas to make things easier. Fertility clinics in places like Thailand and India have become hotspots as they are a much easier options for overseas parents-to-be and poorer Indian women can make a considerable amount of money from surrogacy.

There are many problems with surrogacy and I think it should be illegal.  Sadly, many gays and lesbians use it to deliberately raise children without a mother and a father.

. . . When the agency informed the Australian couple, they said they were not going to take the boy and allegedly asked her to have an abortion—which she refused.

Good for the mother!

When she gave birth to the twins in December of last year, the agent took the healthy baby girl, and left her with the baby boy. Pattaramon claims that she has yet to be fully compensated by the agency. She has never met the Australian parents.

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“Why does he have to be abandoned while the other baby has it easy? I feel sorry for him. I don’t know what to do. I chose to have him, not to hurt him. I love him. He was in my tummy for nine months, it’s like my child. I treat him like my other children, never think you are not my child and I don’t care for you, never.”

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Thai officials have maintained that commercial surrogacy is illegal in the country despite the huge lack of regulation, and Australian groups are worried that Gammy’s story may lead to an intense crackdown or all-out ban on international surrogacy. Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has commented, calling the situation an “incredibly sad story,” saying, “I guess it illustrates some of the pitfalls involved in this particular [surrogacy] business.”

 

“It’s a really sad story but not the first case we have seen in this area,” he said. “There have been recent tragic cases of foreign parents not accepting disabled children born through surrogacy.”

Pure moral schizophrenia.  Would they kill the children if they became disabled outside the womb?  Probably not.  Yet.

* Side note: Whenever I hear of her I think of my youngest daughter’s comment about how it would be considered a rather pretty name if not for Jezebel’s over-the-top evil nature.