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(Warning: Highly sensitive material & morbid discussion)

“So then he told them plainly ‘Lazarus is dead, and for your sake I am glad I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.’” (John 11:14-15)

Jesus went with Mary and Martha to the tomb of Lazarus. Jesus asked that the stone covering the tomb be removed. Martha explained that it had been four days since Lazarus passed; certainly there will be an odor. It’s interesting how typical this would be of modern day pragmatist.

“Then Jesus said, ‘did I not tell you that if you believed, you would see the glory of God?’ So they took away the stone. The Jesus looked up and said, ‘Father, I thank you that you have heard me. I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.’ When he said this, Jesus called in a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come out!’ The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face.’” (John 11: 39-44)

And I say Amen.

Why did I choose this biblical reference as a starting point for my article on “Sanctity of Life?” First I am a Christian, my values and morals are derived from God’s word. God being the first authority in my life, it is he whom I must acquire wisdom from, thus I pull from his example an overlooked demonstration of his respect for life. Secondly and I mean this literally, I am of the flesh thus equally susceptible as any person to provoke deep, controversial thoughts in the context of society corrupting moral boundaries. Because I am a man of flesh, I am not free from sin. When I critique our modern day practice of abortion, I am gloves off; loaded to the hilt with facts, emotions, scripture and pain…and I’m bringing this to your door step.

 

Before the blood letting begins, I respect you readers who are agnostic and atheist who follow these words to the last sentence. I welcome your challenges but I am not really interested in your non-theological centered arguments, they mean nothing to believers, as I am focusing on those who have lost sight of God and his required law. For the record, I am not dismissing your anti-Judeo Christian view points, as yours are weighted on scientific and pragmatic doctrine. I absolutely value science, and in another dozen articles would happily argue the scientific proof of God. But I must digress to my focal point and the audience in which is deserving of rebuke.

I sin therefore I am the embodiment of sin, okay Christians; get ready to be clobbered by stones inscribed with “Truth,” I wan to set your mind free. God so loved the world, he sent his only begotten son to raise a dead man. There is irrefutable truth to the promise of life for those who believe in him. Certainly Lazarus was a man after our Lord’s heart, skeptics who cannot take the bible literally, what is the point of this story to you? Scientifically we know how much damage occurs after just five minutes of a brain deprived of oxygen, but to Martha’s point, were talking about decaying flesh. A body in Jewish custom would not be fully wrapped if a man were near death, no, they had to remove the stone covering Lazarus’s tomb. To disregard this passage of John is to disregard the power and lesson of the Lord. Furthermore dismissing the resurrection of Lazarus means you dismiss the resurrection of Christ himself. There is no splitting of hairs here, these miracles of are the faith walks of Christ and our salvation.

Christ knows how hard it is to believe, that’s the premise of the path being long and narrow. We must separate ourselves from this world; we live in it, but not of it. Can you see the hate growing in America? Can you see the nightly news mocking Christianity? Was this not prophesied? Why do you side with haters of Christ? Why do you cast ballots for the wicked, bent on removing God and forcing you to give up your Christian duty?

The world hates the disciples; “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to this world. That is why the world hates you.” (John 15: 18-19)

12 disciples of Christ, following and obeying the Lord. 12 disciples of Christ hated by the world to become 12 martyrs. The world did not celebrate these men because their ways were not the world’s ways. Lifting up and celebrating leaders who corrupt God’s people is the earth’s ways. Supporting leaders and politicians who advocate for abortion is the earth’s way’s not God’s. Remove the scales from your eyes before it’s too late.

“Indeed the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” (Luke 12:7)

You are worthy to be saved. It is never too late to look and see how far from the path you have wondered. It is never too late to turn back to God’s ways and leave this world to itself until Christ comes to judge. However, it will be too late if you wait until after your last breath. It is really going to be tough to convince God that you believe in him when you rebuke his ways.

“I know your deeds that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm – neither hot nor cold - I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” (Revelation 3:15 -16)

Cast your lot Christians and measure well. We have been a house divided for far too long. We have division in the church, division of the gospel, division of sanctity and division among family. This house will not stand! Why do you defile your marriages, why do you defile your children and why do you defile the most innocent…the unborn? A life form without sin, imagine if the unborn could through stones, they would be the righteous worthy to cast us out. We’re back to a house divided; is it life in the first trimester, second, third or at the breech? Why do you who wish not to judge and condemn murderers are so apt to choose when a fetus becomes a child? Shield the wicked and slay the pure? Crush the defenseless, kill it before it can recognize you, shatter its heart, throw it away, give it to science, and freeze it for another day! Oh but the murderer, God will forgive them, they had a hard life, “show mercy upon thee for I know not what I do”…right, but you chose free will, you chose sin. Where are the lawyers at for the womb, how does the innocent get fair representation? Do you feel uncomfortable yet? Good. Let’s see what the CDC has to say.


Below are 2007 statistics of death rates relating to disease in the U.S. per the Center of Disease Control.

  • Number of deaths: 2,423,712
  • Death rate: 803.6 deaths per 100,000 population
  • Life expectancy: 77.9 years
  • Infant Mortality rate: 6.75 deaths per 1,000 live births

Number of deaths for leading causes of death:

  • Heart disease: 616,067
  • Cancer: 562,875
  • Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 135,952
  • Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 127,924
  • Accidents (unintentional injuries): 123,706
  • Alzheimer's disease: 74,632
  • Diabetes: 71,382
  • Influenza and Pneumonia: 52,717
  • Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome, and nephrosis: 46,448
  • Septicemia: 34,828

Now, the numbers for abortion;

  • Year to date reporting limited to 2006. Since the inception of Roe V. Wade in 1973 there have been 49,551,703 abortions in the U.S. – add four more years to this…
  • 1990 hit peak at 1,606,000 abortions executed for one year.
  • Alan Guttmacher Institute and the CDC put 2007 projections at 1,206,000 babies aborted per year.
  • In 1998 the CDC stop reporting estimates for California.
  • When National totals started to look like they were plummeting, Abortion rights groups like “Planned Parent Hood” touted these numbers as if it was do to effective social planning. What’s sick is they disregard California’s estimate, thus subtracting the largest contributor to the nation. In 2007 AGI estimated California hit its highest level of abortion procedures with 307,000+.
  • Planned Parenthood performed 289,650 abortions in 2006; Revenues for same year reported $112 million in profit, $336 million from public funding.

Put another way, with the exception of Iraq and Afghanistan, all American soldiers killed in all wars starting with the revolutionary equal 2,757,000 dead. Or just three years at current abortion rates would far out number 225 years of American military deaths

There are many free passes we Christians have bestowed upon ourselves to circumvent the scriptures of God. Some of our favorite ‘get of jail free’ cards come from leaving “all” judgments up to God. We refuse to call out what is false “judge not lest ye be judged.” More and more Christians are excepting the ways of the world and we are lying to ourselves about the damage of worldly living. We love to play the “I believe in Jesus Christ as my Lord and savior” so I get to gallivant and do whatever I like until my death. The “lukewarm” warning continues to surface in light of these practices. Self responsibility and accountability are ugly ideas today. It actually requires holding your own feet to the fire and taking action for lost direction. But many do not want to hear this; they rather cast their lot with the feel good crowd and support earthly desire. Many do not want to go to church and be preached at for twisting God’s word, some church’s are so tired of pointing out sinful nature, they have even decided to join the rank and file. I often hear of people describing they are “spiritual” but not religious. I have news for you spiritual followers, without Christ in your life, walking the walk; your spirituality doesn’t mean a hill of beans.

“He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of men’s hearts.” (Corinthians 3:10)

In closing I leave this last scripture as one I read, re-read and attempt to practice with what sense of conviction I claw at. I do not put myself above the non-believer, I just know I cannot run with you or mimic your ways for they are not Christ’s way. Men are instruments for good and evil, we must align ourselves with those who know the word for the others only wish to tear us down. Can you not see?

“If you love me you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father and he will give you another counselor to be with you forever – the Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you will live. On that day you will realize I am the Father, and you are in me, and I am in you. Whoever has the commands and obeys them, he is the one who love me.” (John 14: 15-21)


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unBroken1 6 years ago from Florida

Interesting read. Thanks


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unBroken1 6 years ago from Florida

Wow...really powerful video!


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lcbenefield 6 years ago from Georgia

Amen and amen. What a great tribute to our Lord and His creation.


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Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Hello Unbroken1- thank you for stopping by to read this. I am equally glad you viewed the video. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Icbenefeild - I rejoice with your Amen. Thank you.


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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

Awesome, voted up. You have spoken against murder in the womb, I'm curious "do you support the death penalty?"

You have brought to light the point of abortion being a sin as listed in the 10 commandments that are currently being removed from all court houses and many more public places. It seems as though they are in the motion of dumbing down coming generations by taking away our foundation and I pray that there exist a crowd like you to carry he torch.

Stay Blessed and keep talking out against the immoral sins of mankind, voted up 50


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Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Hi 50,

Thank you for the great contribution you lend to my writing.

I would be a hypocrite if I didn’t believe in the death penalty. I completely support our troops when they go in against evil regimes, thus enacting an extension of our death penalty to the condemned.

Secondly, if my family where to be in direct threat by a perpetrator, I would not hesitate to kill them dead where they stand.

I believe in taking responsibilities for our actions; when man decides to abuse the free will of others, there are dire consequences to that action.

A child in the womb has not yet the benefit of ‘protected’ free will, and therefore cannot defend itself against malice, adults can. I know others would call me a hypocrite for deciding for one and against another, but I think I am consistent. Either way, I would kill to protect my children, isn’t that the righteous point?

I always appreciate your deep reflection, it keeps me honest. Thank you friend, God Bless.


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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

Jason, Aye, some fine points you make as to the death penalty. While I agree with the actions of military and been there done that, but never considered it quite like the death penalty. It was do or die and to young to know why, I'm still figuring out the reasons.

As for killing to protect your family is a given, best I can figure, I tote shooting irons every where I go and don't go where they are forbidden. I would stretch my safety net to any person or family that becomes in danger from some one that can be stopped.

So I don't support the death penalty for a few reasons but mostly due to the inability for people to pay for an experienced attorney to represent them in a system that rushes to close a case and move on. There are just way too many folks in prison that are being released as new ways to defend them, DNA most specific, are rising up and men and women released from a false sentence to a life that has lost many years, all the while claiming innocence, being denied parole due to sticking to the story they didn't do what they were in lock down for to begin with. I give wide leeway on this topic to folks of either side as there are solid arguments for both. Peace, 50


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Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Hi 50,

You and Pcoach are in unanimous agreement. I do follow you on wrongful imprisonment; no one wants that except the ideologically insane.

This is a subject with much grey area due to fallible situations. I am curious about your stance on current crime committed. Since we do have the technology and DNA research, they caught the New Heaven murderers, (reference to article discussed on death penalty hub) these monsters beat the father with a base ball bat (he lived) they tied up his two daughters, 11 and 17, raped the 11 year old, raped the mom, forced the mom to a bank where she emptied the account of several thousand dollars. Then they tied her up again, beat her more, and then burned the family alive. The father was barely conscience enough to stumble out the door before being consumed by the fire.

50, I like to think I am a reasonable guy, but had this happened to me, I couldn’t control my anger, I would burn the jail house to the ground that held these monsters. These aren’t men, these are devil incarnate, demon possessed souls only good for compost. This poor father is beyond a wreck, my heart breaks for him, and give him my tears of righteous anger and infinite sadness, then prayer.

What is a snipers job? To give ground support to troops, remove hostile barriers and execute high value targets. A sniper only does one thing when they aim, kill. It is a necessary function, but I do not see much difference with the ends. Yes the situations are completely incomparable, but orders by sentence or duty are not. I find both necessary in society because of human nature. I may have more baggage God will want to talk to me about 50, who knows.

I really appreciate you engaging me in this conversation, if anything we clarify our points for others to see, as well as our own. You demonstrate a soft hand of reason and approachable openness. These are great attributes. Thank you friend.

Many blessings to you.


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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

Jason, the situation you describe is a 100% proof and punishable by the taking of life. I would only ask those screaming for the head of the murderers be the ones to pick the method, then carry it out themselves. I say this because the killing of another from my experience is a heavy burden to carry. Looking through the 10 power scope at your target so close you can literally see the blinking of the eyes as you wait for the turn that allows you to center the X on the chest for a drop shot, then when all is set you squeeze off the bark that the target never hears, the slap of the bullet is first. The experience will mark a sane man the rest of his life and it will just wet the thirst of another in his search to get to do it again while laying in the dirt covered in the growth of the jungle, he hears the bullets slap through the trees that surround him. It proves he didn't get the sound to bounce off other areas confusing the enemy as to where the shot came from. If one lives long enough he hones the ability to do it right every time, and the squeezing of the trigger gets easier each time. To me this just proves that folks like the guy hiding in a car trunk and cruising around shooting folks in parking lots of grocery stores and other places have gotten the taste of blood and their kind need to be done away with in a hasty method. I carry a gun 'cuz a cop is too heavy and if I was in a situation where the lives of others as well as my self were put in danger by an active shooter I would not hesitate to stop them in their rampage if I was able. So I leave the execution to those who have lost and cry for the life of the taker. They should be the ones who "get even" if that is what they think will make them feel better. I can only attest that it will not make them feel better and if it does make them happy, I'll question their moral character. It's a time when anger and feelings rage then killing others in a fit of this rage will come back well after the fight has ended. This fight is 3 things, before the fight, the fight and after the fight. A heavy topic to be sure. Life with out parole happens to most soldiers and visits them so often that they never gain freedom for the rest of their lives. check out my friend Mickey Dee at:

http://hubpages.com/politics/Vietnam-1968-1969-Or-...

He can attest to being a mess, as killing fails to leave anything but bad feelings for the sane, God Bless, 50


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Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

50 my fine friend, you are indeed the man to speak of these things with rational sense and a taste of knowing. If I sound like the guy screaming for a murderers head, I apologize for to those who think I distort the message of our Lord.

Only a couple of times have I pulled my weapon with intent, only to find that I was a few moments late of confrontation (and thankful). I know it is easy for some to make statements that one otherwise might not have the faculties to follow through on when the real deal happens. I have not been tested so far as of yet. I believe I would have no compunction pulling a lever or trigger ending a man’s life who heinously destroyed others for want of sin and gain.

I have experienced a taste of Mr. Micky, he is very articulate on where he stands with God and duty. I respect his views as much as yours.

Like you said, when you pass from this place to the Lord’s hands, my generation and younger will be left to carry the remnants of ideological moral value. I hope you can see the logic of the sniper analogy. What has been done for country can be brought before the alter of God and asked for forgiveness. Fulfilling duty for the greater good is admirable, even when it torments the soul. It should be all the easier to send God the wicked before more of the righteous should be harmed.

Evil men who are locked away do not stop doing evil things. Look at the gang violence and organized murder planned behind prison walls. Hitler was imprisoned for 13 months; it is in prison where he wrote Mein Kampf. Prison does not stop evil, it only slows it down. (for the record I am talking of the worst of the worst, murdering rapists and pedophiles).

I could be wrong 50, but I bet if it were Stalin, Hitler, Mao or Bin Laden, I doubt you would have the same grief of act. I could be wrong. Thank you friend, I hope I do not come off as too fanatical.

God Bless


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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

Jason, I sense, you have, sense. In the midst of this all I received a link via email on this topic, and started to in turn email it to you instead of post it here, but it made sense to me to let all have the opportunity to read it if they so choose. It is a long story but one of the best arguments to stop state sanctioned murder be it abortion or the death penalty. It show cases a sanctioned murder, one that I feel if investigated these years later, evidence that clears a dead mans name and convicts another of "framing" another all the way to the grave, what should be done with those in the shadow of a falsely accused, and convicted man that imprisoned him all the while he waited to be killed knowing he was not given the shadow of doubt.If I ever am called to serve as a judge on a jury the guilty verdict will be "NOT" every time regardless the evidence". This was sent via Mic. to me just this AM, it is a long read but in the case of a man loosing his life, it is too short, in my humble opinion. It is much too late for this man but it is right on time for every jurist currently serving or about to be asked to dance over a fine or sentence to prison or to the killing tree. Any improper trial for any reason, especially those who fall into the hands of a public defender is just plain wrong. It will forever amaze me that our system in some places, requires lawyers to take on cases of accused people. They are forced to provide representation for a certain amount of time or number of cases, I don't fully understand that part of the system. I do understand how hard a person will work for zero compensation while having a back log of folks with plenty of money to pay them for their time. Innocence and Guilt are too often decided by money, money is power that is not fair. There was a guy named "Judas" who accepted 30 silver shekels for a righteous life in turn. It was the key to our being able to have a place to rest our heads every night when it comes time to rest. If we were in lock down waiting to be killed, I wonder how well most folks would sleep. I know that after a time a Marine will reach exhaustion and finally sleep, even with the coming and going of the popping of the old twin blade Huey helicopters as well as small arms fire to bursts of a quad fifty with a spot light panning the surrounds of a soldiers bunk for the night. Anyway, we've messed around here and could have co-authored a sizable hub, no?

http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/front/3472872....

Peace, God Bless, 50


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Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

50,

friend, first, you are right about the size for which this subject will grow. Next, you are not going to be happy with my answer. I thank you for your dedicated effort to openly discuss this subject and further expose the core to such a deeply lasting event.

50, there is so much wrong with the article you sent me that I cannot begin to even touch the subject you wish to assuage me from. You and I both agree that evil incarnate had his hands busy with the Rueben Cantu case. It is a heart breaking story of the dilapidated moral authority in America. Poverty, ignorance, moral squalor and deviance. The characters involved all seamed to be under the influence of terrible guidance, propagated hate. I will email you my further thoughts about this case because I could make this really long.

Bottom line is this does not change my mind. I can bring before you just as many cases of freed men going back to kill again. There is so much more to this then trading an innocent for a murderer, you are right, none of this is simple.

God bless you 50. We will continue this dialogue…


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

Great post. Can't really add more than is here! Buttons up!


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Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

You certainly are getting around my hub today, I feel honored to have you visit multiple times in one day. You are a valued contributor to the conversation. Thank you for your compliment.

God Bless you Micky


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Judah's Daughter 6 years ago from Roseville, CA

Praise God; you are obedient to charge the 'world' with this 'murderous' sin rooted in their father, the "murderer from the beginning", who is Satan himself (John 8:44). To be the 'god' of choosing life or death of another is to play 'God', except in God's book, the guilty will die, while the innocent will live. Satan gives 'life' to the guilty and destroys the innocent. This is temporary, for the righteous Judge is on His way and the wicked will be judged according to their deeds.

You've got a fan, brother!


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Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Daughter of Judah - I say amen to that…thank you for this great contribution. You summed up my article with just a few lines. Thank you for the great compliment. These things are easy for us to see, we’ve been blessed with spiritual vision.

God Bless sister.


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Kristeen 6 years ago from Michigan

Life is such a miracle! It never ceases to amaze me. I enjoyed the video and will always support "LIFE". Those who kill the unborn will have to answer to God someday.


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Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Kristeen, thank you for coming by to read my hub, I am glad to hear of your dedication to life. God will bless your support for his littlest ones.

God Bless.

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