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Eric's Sunday Sermon; Abortion and Right to Die and the Death Penalty
Timeless and endless and incapable of dying.
Death by abortion or Right to Die are death of a human at the hands of another. Basically homicide. But that is just the beginning of coming to grips with the issues presented.
Death really just plain stinks as far as our human condition is concerned. It means the end of our bodies here on earth, Really the complete end to our bodies. That is unless you are weird like me and see a continuum of life as little critters and plants feed off the detritus of our rotting flesh like any once alive creature. But that is for an Earth Science and holistic sermon which this is not. Think I just wasted your time going off in that strange way. There is method to this madness. Flesh is flesh. Biology is biology. If you are concerned, overly, about death of anything stop eating ANYthing that was or is alive. I hug trees. Yep I just walk right up to them and give them a hug. I love trees. Any kind of tree - even the ones that give prickers and allergies. Hopefully all that mumbo jumbo got us off to the right start about people being out there in their thinking. I am.
Now we can talk about us humans dying. I like to saying "the life breath leaving our bodies". Our flesh was made to die. Something like our whole body regenerates our entire cell structure every given time period. That means our cells are constantly dying. I am cool with that I don't want to preserve all my cells, they are made to die off. But each cell is part of the entire body and so I have to accept that I am dying as I am living.
Bet you never heard anyone approach Abortion and Right to Die quite this way. Let us see where it leads us.
What do you think
Do plants have a right to live?
I wonder how I will look.
Life abounds all around us.
Life is so precious
With all the above said there is such beauty in the human life. Heck in all life. I am a child and roses guy myself, I love trees but I just really love to grow roses and children. I have to admit I find an old wrinkly face very alluring also. But it is hard to beat planting a vegetable and caring for it to fruition. Carrots are one of my favs. I probably would rather visit a guy dying in a hospital than sit in a boring board meeting. But I ain't no nurse or doctor though my mom and dad were respectively.
A plant leaf with cool morning dew or the pungent odor of a hot afternoon over a blackberry patch are just the best.
But get to people and I even revel in experiencing other's pain with them. Babies make me tear with joy and a lesson and hand holding with an octogenarian plus just fills me with joy. A hero giving her life for another or the standard medic just plain old saving a life is so awesome. If you have never been present for a birth - find out how and get it done.
But alas it really is not the flesh that turns me on. It is the life blood of the soul that fills me with all great things.
Oh my how I love the little ones just learning to stand and walk.
Just the fact that when we are alive we think is good enough for me to want to preserve life.
OK so life is wonderful and death is bad.
Now what do we do? God has some answers. God loves us and I don't think that when we say that it is limited in any way. I am sure He loves us in our bodies, where we can experience the joy of being His children. I think that the same love that we experience in these bodies, He knows also. Touch and seeing and hearing and tasting and feeling are all marvelous, why would He ever deny himself of such pleasures and goodness. This life is good and so He must know it.
Then we get into creation. The whole scheme without some "intelligent design" is just too difficult to prove. Just impossible to recreate. For what ever we create something created us. Primordial ooze and electrical impulses only can get us there. Alpha must begin somewhere. And so we are left with some kind of purpose driven life. So life has a purpose. Take my word for it that takes books. But here is a simple form you cannot disagree with: The purpose of life is to live!
Take that purpose away and you begin death. Or is it the other way? Start death and take away the purpose?
So that takes us to death. Oh boy. Death is hard to take but at the hand of another is really brutal. Suicide also.
Get off your high horse and walk a while.
We justify the taking of another human life. Argue the semantics or argue the legalism. Argue a never position and see where that gets you in defense of a child from a psychopathic homocidal maniac. So everyone agrees killing is justified in certain circumstances. Maybe not for you personally but you would want someone to protect the child from the maniac unless you are brain and feeling dead already. Bless you and we pray for you.
So for each of us we have to discovery what we think are the OK justifications. Take my word for it, there is no exact right and wrong. That whole thing with Roe v. Wade is the best man has ever come up with. It probably needs an update as to viable fetus. It does not make anyone happy so it must be a good compromise. But what is well done in the decision is that they, SCOTUS, recognized degrees of justification and bravely drew a line in the sand. Wrong or right, they are on the right track. We can learn from it.
As for me the question is answered simply. Gametes versus zygotes. Once two cells have joined to make a third living thing. From then it is the taking of a life. So contraception is cool for me, morning after probably. Any later and I am just opposed unless there may be other considerations or degrees. I am adopted at birth. I began life as a zygote and will end probably as a very old man. And that is a nice thought.
Death Penalty.Taking a life when there are options makes no sense to me. I am not opposed to forced labor of one convicted of a capital crime. Just do not see it as slavery - see it as productive punishment. Killing because of a bad act or several on behalf of a person, just does not make sense to me. Sure you can get into the whole eye for an eye deal, but who needs it? Deterrent is just a silly notion. I ain't never not kilt no one cuz I was fraid of the consequences.
Right to Die. Well someone had to work hard to come up with a rule against it. All life is precious so it should end when living makes no sense. Of course there are degrees here also. Duh. Billy a perfectly healthy 20 year old does not have a right to assisted suicide. John 91 year old suffering but alive on a ventilator clearly does. In between you make the call.
So to conclude
You draw the line. But don't go get all holier than thou on us and act like you are God or His right hand man. Push our government in the direction you like by electing officials with like minds. Go protest if you feel that strong. Let your feelings be known. But do not sit there like a bump on the log or couch and not give it thought. What good is your life if you are too important to consider the lives and deaths of others.
A pray for those losing their lives. Pray for those taking them. And pray for our leaders to consider mightily any decisions they make. Then pray for revelation as to what you believe.