Another Heartbreaking, Death-Imposing Decision from SCOTUS

Law and Order Pillars in the Supreme Court

On Monday in a 5-3 decision, the US Supreme Court struck down parts of Texas House Bill 2, the abortion law that required abortion clinics to meet similar standards as outpatient surgery centers and that required abortionists to have admitting privileges in a nearby hospital.[1] This bill sought to prevent the kinds of horrors that were uncovered in the Kermit Gosnell abortion clinic; Gosnell was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder for killing infants born alive and for involuntary manslaughter for the death of a forty-one year old woman.[2]

In line with the dreadful precedent of the Roe v. Wade decision, the court ruled that the bill placed an “undue burden” on women seeking an abortion. In 1973, the Supreme Court invented a constitutional right to abortion. Undoubtedly, this week’s court decision strengthens this so-called constitutional right, making restrictions against abortion more difficult to enact.

In truth, the fury for abortion in our day is incredibly ironic. Our society is driven to advance the cause of people deemed vulnerable or oppressed. But what group of people is more vulnerable than these little ones who have absolutely no voice? Moreover, at what point will the logic of abortion lead to the legal killing of infants already born? Sounds crazy, but Peter Singer, a professor at Princeton, openly advances killing infants who are born with some disability if parents so desire.[3] Moreover, Singer has said that he doesn’t want his health insurance to increase to pay for treatment for infants who will have “zero quality of life.”[4]

In abortion, not only does a little one lose a life, but also would-be parents face a lifetime of regret. What about the countless women and men who live with tremendous guilt over a past abortion?

There is a better way. God’s Word reminds us that every person is created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). Thus, every life from the moment of conception until the moment of natural death has value (Psalm 139:13-15). In today’s secular environment, little ones aren’t the only ones at risk. Laws permitting euthanasia and physician-assisted suicide are gaining momentum. At some point, this movement will almost certainly lead not only to a right to die but also ultimately to a duty to die. Undoubtedly, elderly and disabled people will be encouraged to “do the right thing” or policy makers will decide that treatment must be delayed or withheld in light of limited resources.

When we decide that we know better than God, the consequences are always devastating. It is estimated that over 58 million lives have been legally killed in America since 1973.[5] What kind of nation tolerates this kind of killing? Only a people who have forgotten God and who have brazenly rejected His Word. God help us.

 

[1] Adam Liptak, “Supreme Court Strikes Down Texas Abortion Restrictions,” The New York Times (June 27, 2016), accessed June 28, 2016, http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/28/us/supreme-court-texas-abortion.html.

[2] Sarah Torre, “How Gosnell’s Abortion ‘House of Horrors’ Led to this Week’s Suprememe Court Case,” The Daily Signal (March 1, 2016), accessed June 28, 2016, http://dailysignal.com/2016/03/01/how-gosnells-abortion-house-of-horrors-led-to-this-weeks-supreme-court-case/.

[3] “Peter Singer FAQ,” Princeton University, accessed June 28, 2016, https://www.princeton.edu/~psinger/faq.html.

[4] Jessica Chasmar, “Princeton Bioethics Professor Faces Calls for Resignation over Infanticide Support, The Washington Times (June 16, 2015), accessed June 28, 2016, http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/jun/16/peter-singer-princeton-bioethics-professor-faces-c/.

[5] Steve Ertelt, “58,586,256 Abortions in America Since Roe v. Wade in 1973,” LifeNews.com (January 14, 2016), accessed June 28, 2016, http://www.lifenews.com/2016/01/14/58586256-abortions-in-america-since-roe-v-wade-in-1973/#.

The New Testament: Fact or Fiction?

A Greek Bible open to the well-known passage of John 3:16

The reliability of the New Testament is always under attack from one direction or another. In fact, God’s Word has been questioned from the very beginning. In the garden the serpent asked Eve, “Did God actually say?” Undoubtedly, God’s Word will continue to be under fire until the end of time.

While attacks against Scripture are unending, these attacks have been addressed in the past and continue to be answered. The following links will help you as you consider the reliability of the New Testament.

Which books should be included as a part of the New Testament canon? To put it another way, why are some writings included in the New Testament while others are rejected? 

Consider this article from got questions.org. In a simple and straightforward manner, this article explains how New Testament writings were recognized as Scripture. Of interest, “We believe that God was involved in each step of the process, for why would God go to such lengths to inspire His Word and then not preserve it? Why would He speak to us and then fail to guide us in recognizing His speech?” Read more.

Scott Kellum, a New Testament professor at Southeastern Baptist Seminary, tackles the question of why we have twenty-seven books in the New Testament. He sheds light on reasons that writings like the Gospel of Thomas and others are not included. Of note, Kellum says, “… almost before the ink was dry, the earliest Christians, including leading figures in the church such as the apostles Paul and Peter, considered contemporaneous Christian documents as Scripture on the same level as the OT. From this it is not too difficult to trace the emerging canonical consciousness with regard to the formation of the NT through the writings of the early church fathers in the late first century and early second century. In fact, prior to the year 150, the only NT book that was not named as authentic or not unequivocally cited as authoritative in the extant patristic writings is the tiny book of 3 John.” Read more.

Michael Kruger, president of Reformed Theological Seminary and New Testament professor, provides ten facts about the New Testament that every believer should know. Each of these facts links to an article with more detail. In exploring the possibility that an early church council decided which books to include in the New Testament canon, Kruger says, “The fact of the matter is that when we look into early church history there is no such council.  Sure, there are regional church councils that made declarations about the canon (Laodicea, Hippo, Carthage).   But these regional councils did not just ‘pick’ books they happened to like, but affirmed the books they believed had functioned as foundational documents for the Christian faith.  In other words, these councils were declaring the way things had been, not the way they wanted them to be.”Read more.

Don’t the Gospels contradict each another? How can I believe the New Testament if it can’t keep its own story straight? 

It has been suggested that the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) are hopelessly contradictory. The account of the resurrection of Jesus is usually given as a prime example. In the following article, the details of the Gospel accounts of the resurrection are harmonized or placed together to reveal that no true contradiction exists. Consider this, “The gospel accounts of the resurrection are complementary, not contradictory. If the church had conspired in concocting the resurrection, then certainly they would have exercised care in developing very uniform accounts. Instead the resurrection reports provide just what is expected of multiple eyewitness accounts, varied and corroborating details.” Read more.

What does comparing the names of people in the New Testament with the names of people in other ancient works reveal about Scripture’s truthfulness? 

Dr. Peter Williams, warden of Tyndale House at the University of Cambridge, presents new research supporting the truthfulness of Scripture. He compares the number of times that people’s names occur in the New Testament with other ancient works from the New Testament era. This research provides more compelling reasons to believe in the truthfulness of Scripture. While it will take you just over an hour to watch, it will be an hour well spent.

 

What did Jesus believe about the Scriptures? 

Even some who claim to be Christians have lost confidence in the complete truthfulness of Scripture. In this powerful message, Kevin DeYoung, senior pastor at University Reformed Church, considers what Jesus Himself believed and taught about the Scriptures. I believe this message will strengthen your trust in God’s Word and give you a greater desire to read the Bible and be shaped by the God who really has spoken..