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Bittersweet Refinements: Chapter XXXIV

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Chapter XXXIV
Aborted Values
The Lord says: “These people come near to me with their mouth and honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.  Their worship of me is made up only of rules taught by men.”  [Isaiah 29:13 NIV]

No, it is not that they are being disingenuous.  For in most cases, they are actually being quite sincere in their convictions.

Nonetheless, be assured that all who support the banning of abortions based upon their belief in the sanctity of physical human life have been woefully deceived [Ephesians 6:10-12].  For it is written: But someone will say, "How are the dead raised? And with what kind of body do they come?"  You fool! That which you sow does not come to life unless it dies; and that which you sow, you do not sow the body which is to be, but a bare grain, perhaps of wheat or of something else.  But God gives it a body just as He wished, and to each of the seeds a body of its own.  All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one {flesh} of men, and another flesh of beasts, and another flesh of birds, and another of fish.  There are also heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is one, and the {glory} of the earthly is another.  There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.  So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown a perishable {body,} it is raised an imperishable {body;} it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual {body.} So also it is written, "The first MAN, Adam, BECAME A LIVING SOUL." The last Adam {became} a life-giving spirit.  However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual.  The first man is from the earth, earthy; the second man is from heaven.  As is the earthy, so also are those who are earthy; and as is the heavenly, so also are those who are heavenly.  Just as we have borne the image of the earthy, we will also bear the image of the heavenly.  Now I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. [1 Corinthians 15:35-50 NAS]

In other words, it is spiritual life that our Heavenly Father holds sacred—not physical life [John 6:63].  For physical life is meant to end [Hebrews 9:27].  Whereas, spiritual life in His only begotten Son [John 3:16], who truly is the Lord Jesus Christ [Matthew 3:16-17], will last forever and ever [2 Corinthians 4:17-18].  AMEN!

No, physical death has nothing to do with spiritual life.  For it is written: “I say to you, My friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that have no more that they can do.” [Luke 12:4 NAS]

Oh yes, this opens a can of theological worms that many would rather be left on a shelf deep down in an abandoned root cellar, with a thick coat of dust covering its label.  For they have been led to believe that one must be at least baptized into the church before being able to enter into the very presence of our Heavenly Father in His Kingdom of Heaven, and that is not a belief shared by others in their coalition.

Surely it would do us all well not to share in such a belief.  For the soul of every aborted baby goes straight to the bosom of our Creator [2 Samuel 12:23]—be assured [Matthew 19:14].

Yes, there is still plenty of common ground for them to make a stand upon, and part of that has to do with lost potential.  For it is preached from pulpits on both sides of the Catholic/Protestant divide that the next aborted baby may hold the key to the cure for cancer or world peace, but who in their “right-mind” [1 Corinthians 2:6-16] would want to believe any of that [Jeremiah 17:5]?  After all, is there anything good about any of us apart from our Creator [Psalms 16:2]?

Besides, is not preaching such the height of hypocrisy?  For who from among us can honestly say that there is absolutely no way that the next executed criminal did not hold the key to those very same things by that sort of reasoning, and is it not true that many who fervently oppose abortions also see nothing wrong with capital punishment?

Oh yes, there is a big difference between an innocent aborted baby and a duly convicted felon, but we are talking about hidden potential here—are we not?  Besides, who from among us can guarantee that the next aborted baby would not make Adolph Hitler or Josef Stalin look rather harmless by comparison if allowed to live?

No, none of this is meant to deny that abortion is murder.  For what is generally considered as being life in the eyes of this world does indeed begin at conception [Psalms 139:13-16], and the taking of an innocent life is indeed murder.

Subsequently, it is those who see nothing wrong with the practice that are much more in need of saving than the aborted babies, and this cannot be accomplished through the enactment of any laws [Romans 8:3].  For everything really is in the hands of our Heavenly Father [John 16:8-11], and if it is indeed in accordance to His will that there will come a day when no one will want to have an abortion, whether or not it is legal to have one will not matter [2 Corinthians 5:17].

Is this to say that we should be in favor of abortion?  MAY IT NEVER BE!  For to do so would be to support premeditated murder, but in regards to political action, it would be in the best interest of all concerned for the Christian community to stay neutral.

The same cannot be said of capital punishment, however.  For to lock someone in a cage for the rest of their natural life truly is cruel and unusual punishment [Leviticus 24:10-23].

No, this is not to say that stoning should be reintroduced, but even if it was, would that not be more merciful than keeping someone incarcerated for the rest of their natural life—even if in one of our modern facilities?  For the sufferings of this world would be over for them at the instant of their physical death.

Alas, does this not speak to the crux of the issue?  For in far too many cases, being in favor of life sentences is more about punishment than keeping society safe, and that warrants an eternal death sentence [James 2:12-13].

Yes, it can be argued that life sentences stand as a strong deterrent, but do they really?  For that would only work in the case of someone in their right-mind, and no one in their right-mind would want to do anything that would warrant such a harsh sentence to begin with.

No, this is not to ignore the suffering of the victims and their families, but vengeance is our Heavenly Father’s to repay [Deuteronomy 32:35].  Besides, prolonging the physical lives of those who face eternal damnation just prolongs when the real punishment will begin (naturally-speaking, of course) [Revelation 20:10-15], but woe be it unto all who would want to think in such a way as this [1 John 4:20-21].

Yes, much of that sounds like grounds to be in favor of the legalization of suicides and assisted suicides, and I must admit that this is a jar of some really disgusting stuff that I would rather be left on a back shelf, myself.  For I have been there.  That is, at least in regards to suicide.

In fact, I am still there.  For if it was not for knowing that anyone in their right-mind who kills (even themselves) when it is not in accordance to the will of our Heavenly Father commits murder, I would kill myself.  For my life in this world has been one of intense pain and anguish—both physically [Job 10:18-22] and spiritually [Jeremiah 20:7-9], and I have not received any assurances that my sufferings will end anytime soon.

A terrible thing to say, I know.  For it would cause my wife an enormous amount of grief, but that would pass soon enough.  Whereas, the suffering that she endures because of my infirmities keeps going on, and that is something that I can honestly say that I do not want to be a part of [John 21:18-19].

Please, do not misunderstand.  For I know that everything that I have had to endure is for our Heavenly Father’s glory [1 Corinthians 10:12-13] and my ultimate good [James 1:2-4], but that does not make it any less painful [Ecclesiastes 1:18].

Oh yes, I am naturally a gutless wonder, but that does not mean that I do not know what I am talking about.  For what I have been given to say is of our Heavenly Father [Galatians 1:11-12], and if you don’t want to believe it, I beseech thee to seek His counsel for yourself [James 1:5].

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  1. Brenda

    Hi Jerry,
    all I feel led to do after reading this post is pray that the Lord would heal you from your physical sickness and pain. I would not be able to do this if I had not had physical healing, and in one instance a miraculous healing, myself. Psalm 103 says that He heals us from all our diseases, and I know that He does. We are also told in Math.ch. 18 v.19 that where two agree on earth as touching anything it will be done for us by our Father in Heaven. We are told in 1 John ch.5.14,15 that if we ask anything according to His will we know that He hears us and if we know He hears us we know that we have what we ask for. If He says in Psalm 103 that He heals us from all our diseases then it is according to His will that you be healed, He is not a man that He should lie. So agree with me in prayer. Father, we ask that You heal Jerry from all his diseases, that You heal his eyesight, making him able to see perfectly. We give You thanks for answered prayer Father, giving You all the Glory for Your unconditional love for us. In Jesus' name we ask this amen.

  1. Jerry E Beuterbaugh

    Thanks for stopping by again, my dear Brenda!!! As you pointed out, my healing would all depend upon it being in accordance to our Heavenly Father's will, and He has made it known to me that it is not--at least for the time being. Some of the reason for this has to do with keeping me humbled, but most of it is in regards to giving what He has given me to say more weight. For one of the main things is to proclaim that He truly is in FULL control of ALL that happens, which would include even what we naturally consider to be the bad stuff, such as suffering, and that it is all for His glory and the ultimate good of all who will but want to give Him the full benefit of their considerable doubts. For it is one thing to hear something like that coming from someone who appears to be living what is generally recognized as being a wonderful life in the eyes of this world, but it should be another thing entirely to hear it coming from someone who is suffering from some fairly severe physical ailments and is almost destitute in a financial sense. After all, would not a loving Heavenly Father want His children by faith to live in relative comfort as proof of what He can do for all who will but bow down and worship Him? Still, have we not been given the example of Lazarus {Luke 16:19-31}, who lived a miserable life in this world, and what about His will for His Apostles, who were blessed with an intimate understanding of His most awesome ways and yet were subjected to great suffering before the time of their service came to an end {2 Corinthians 4:1-18}. Be assured that as it was with them, so is it also with me. Be also assured that I am so very glad that He did deliver you from your torments, but please, resist Satan's desire to convince you that the same is available to all who will but humble themselves enough (or have enough faith) to ask for it.

  1. Brenda

    I'm sorry if what I prayed for was not what you wanted Jerry, but I don't think for one minute that my believing that the Lord heals us has come from Satan's convincing. It comes from scripture, and I have been through many trials too. Anyway, God bless you in whatever situation you are in.

  1. Jerry E Beuterbaugh

    In what way did I give you the impression that I do not want to be healed, and how did you get, "I don't think for one minute that my believing that the Lord heals us has come from Satan's convincing, from, "Be also assured that I am so very glad that He did deliver you from your torments, but please, resist Satan's desire to convince you that the same is available to all who will but humble themselves enough (or have enough faith) to ask for it?"

  1. Brenda

    It's alright Jerry, but I really did feel sorry when you said about your sickness, and I automatically wanted to pray for you. I think it is probably the 'always want happy endings' that my father's made up stories, when I was a child, has instilled in me.

  1. Jerry E Beuterbaugh

    Your replies are really confusing me right now. For I am fully expecting "a happy ending," but I have to accept that it may not come until after my time as a part of this world comes to an end. I just know, with this information coming from our Heavenly Father, that I have some more suffering to endure, and much to my shame, I am not looking forward to it at all. In fact, I keep begging for it to end, and I am very thankful that He has not held this against me. Oh, but Satan sure has a good time tormenting me about it.