Only God Can Make a Man

A designer with a lower-case “d”

A few years ago we visited with a man who helped design a life-size robot of Abraham Lincoln. Not only did it look realistic, but it could even stand up and make a speech. The designer showed us the schematics of its inner workings—a true marvel of human intelligence and engineering.

The designer made the robot, but God made the designer.

“Know that the LORD Himself is God; it is He who has made us, and not we ourselves . . .” (Psalm 100:3).

As David said, “I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14a).

Using His God-given faculties, David could sling a stone with precision, play the harp with skill, and contemplate his Creator.

The Designer with an upper-case “D”

What David wrote 3,000 years ago about the wonders of the human body we can now say with even greater conviction, knowing as we do so much more about the intricacies of DNA coding within each living cell.

Who could possibly create such complexities but God? With ultrasound technology we can see what David could only imagine: “For You formed my inward parts; You wove me in my mother’s womb . . .” (Psalm 139:13).

Last week I marveled at a framed sonogram of our granddaughter at about the 7th month of gestation. She is now nine years old.

“Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well” (Psalm 139:14b).

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Adapted from an article by JDG in the daily devotional guide Power for Today

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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Making the Choice in Light of the Facts

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In view of the long-standing debate between the opposite camps on the issue of abortion, one wonders if anything more could be said by either side. Few of the most vocal, whether pro or con, are likely to be persuaded to change their minds.

But it is those who haven’t thought through this life-and-death issue who need to hear the facts—especially young girls and those experiencing an unwanted pregnancy.

Seven facts

The following facts deserve a fair hearing. Too much is at stake to act out of ignorance.

Fact #1: Abortion is a procedure that kills a living being.

Fact #2: This living being is human—not mere “fetal tissue” nor the “products of conception.” Many a pregnant woman, after viewing  a sonogram, has changed her mind about having an abortion. “This is my baby!”

Fact #3: Without an abortion, more than likely this little human being will be born and become a functioning member of society, just as you or I.

Fact #4: Many childless couples would love to adopt this child if given an opportunity. But for this little one, abortion negates adoption.

Fact #5: God, the author of life, has not given anyone the right to invade the womb to destroy an innocent human life.

Fact #6: What is legal is not necessarily moral or right. Laws are made by fallible humans, and though government is ordained of God, not all legislation or Supreme Court rulings are in keeping with His will.

Facts #7: Once an abortion takes place, an irrevocable decision has been made: a decision for death. This was not God’s decision. Nor was it the choice of the child. It is those who made the choice who must accept responsibility.

Without the facts

Too often a young woman, under the pressure of family or peers, makes this choice without knowing the facts. The deed is done.

A child who would have lived is dead.

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The Six Stages

The following are all the possible stages a person can experience from conception to eternity:

1. The womb

Reincarnation is not biblical. We come into existence at conception and not before (John 8:58; also compare the relative ages of John the Baptist and Jesus—Luke 1:36; John 1:15, 30).

Abortion is morally wrong because it fails to respect the sacredness of life in the womb (Genesis 25:21-23; Psalm 139:13-16; Jeremiah 1:5; Luke 1:41-44).

2. Innocence

Infants and small children have no sin (Deuteronomy 1:39; Matthew 19:14). If they were to die at this stage of life, they would go to be with God.

3. Alienation

When we first sin we are separated from God and are destined for hell, unless we turn to God in faith, repentance, and obedience (Ephesians 2:1-13).

4. Reconciliation

New life in Christ begins at baptism (Romans 6:3-5; Galatians 3:27; Colossians 2:12-13). We are restored to fellowship with God and now have hope!

5. Hades

At death the spirit separates from the body. The Hadean world is where the spirits of the dead await the Judgment (Luke 16:19-31; 23:43; Philippians 1:21-24).

Hades is not the same as hell (Matthew 10:28; 25:41; Revelation 21:8). At Jesus’ death His spirit went to the portion of Hades called Paradise (Acts 2:27, 31; Luke 23:43).

6. Heaven

When Christ returns, the righteous dead will be raised and be given glorious new bodies (1 Corinthians 15:42-58; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18). And then to live forever with God! What a glorious destiny awaits the faithful child of God!

We’ve all seen a diagram of a building or some other place that has printed on it, “You are here.” On our spiritual journey, where are we? Anyone reading this article is either in Stage 3 or Stage 4. If we stay in Stage 3, then our Stage 6 will not be heaven.

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Perspective

A mind-changing experience

What is there about a sonogram that changes the mind of many a woman considering an abortion?

This technological window into the womb makes it so very evident that what is living, moving, and growing inside the mother IS HER BABY, not mere fetal tissue.

Seeing it as God does

The Hebrew word for child (ben) is frequently used in the Bible of those who have been born, but also of the pre-born twins Jacob and Esau (Genesis 25:22).

The same Greek word for baby (brephos) is used of John the Baptist in Elizabeth’s womb (Luke 1:41, 44) and of Jesus after His birth (Luke 2:12, 16).

What does that tell us about how God views children in utero?

And how should we see them?

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