Lives Lost In 2011
Is one life more sacred than another?
I am troubled that abortions and suicides represent people we will never have the chance to meet, to share laughter with, admire, and learn from, be protected by, or come to love. True, choosing to uphold the sanctity of life can sometimes entail extraordinarily heavy burdens.
I believe that lives are sacred, created with their own spark of divinity, and intended to live out a lifespan long or short with all that life has to offer and to gain.
I could perhaps gather statistics of the lives lost to abortions and suicides this year, but lumping such losses together in statistical coldness is not the point. One such loss is tragic.
You may have heard the recent news report that a young woman paid someone to beat her up so that she would have a miscarriage and her fetus would die from the trauma.
Every aborted fetus experiences such trauma, whether from a beating, a fall, or an abortion. Every fetus deserves to be born in innocence, in the natural process to human existence.
But "what about this...?" And, "what about that...?"
I'm sorry, but I find it impossible to reconcile the sanctity of life and creation with the "what ifs" that abound today such as "life of the mother," "rape," "incest," "deformity," handicaps," "etc."
How can we have it both ways? Where are those choices rooted in scripture?
Is all life sacred? Is one life more sacred than another? Did a life in the womb come into being pre-destined to be aborted? I don't believe so.
Suicide is a very different circumstance, but only because the living person is usually making an ill-informed choice based on their own perceptions of the value of their own life. Murder-suicide, as in too many cases the act of a suicidal person choosing to commit murder as part of their act of suicide. If anything, it is even more abhorrent, an act without recourse to repentance; such acts are two or more killings and transgressions of the commandment not to kill.
The rest is speculation, for we will never know (at least not in mortality) what the real consequences are for we humans usurping God's divine power over life and death. We marvel at Abraham's willingness to offer his son in sacrifice, while thinking too little of the sacrifices of aborted lives and suicides.
We can choose to mourn with those who mourn, and comfort those in need of comfort. Meanwhile I will continue to wish that we might gain a needed perspective and understanding from the lives of those whose lives were almost aborted or almost lost to suicide. Those examples could teach us the differences which choosing to respect life has made in this world we share with them.
Our "national debt" is not just one of dollars and cents owed to lenders, we appear to owe these sad debts to God.
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